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I just got an email appeal from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. These incessant appeals, usually whining for money are possibly the most tone-deaf of anything coming from the Blue side.

This one, over the sign off of Senator Michael Bennet, wanted my sig on a statement of support for the President's agenda BEFORE the State of the Union Address. IN ADVANCE.

I had something to say about that...  Dive in under the fold..

See the following fot the gist of the email [some personal details removed] I received today. Most of us involved in progressive causes,, ActBlue, Obama for Action... have been down this road. We know very well that after you sign the petition, you get handed over to the donations page. DNSC has been tireless in having their hand out. That's annoying enough, but to be asked to toss in without hearing a single word of the Presidents speech is just plain taking my support for granted. It's presumptive, it's arrogant, and it's insulting.

Kurt — The Washington Post called tonight’s speech the most important State of the Union address of the Obama presidency.

In just a few hours, the President will officially propose the most ambitious and important agenda in decades.

Tomorrow, you’ll see the Republicans ferociously attack the President, and every issue you care about and fought for in November — from equal rights to protecting Medicare.  

You helped win that election, but it’s day one of a new fight: making this agenda a reality. And like winning the election, it’s not going to happen unless we stick together.

If you support the President, add your name to support this agenda right away — before he takes to the podium! Let’s get 150,000 supporters on board tonight!
We’ve waited so long for this kind of progress to be within our reach. But success will require the same level of intensity as we had in November.

Otherwise the other side will snatch it from our hands.

Please show your support,
Senator Michael Bennet

So I had quite enough at this point, and had this to say about that. My response, that I emailed back to


Dear Senator Bennet

I have been and still am an overall supporter of the President, especially when given the quality and mean-spiritedness of the opposition. But there are a number of Administration policies that I do take exception too, most specifically continuing and in some cases expanding some of the worst abuses of the Bush Administration.

I am prepared to support many of the Presidents 2nd tern goals,  especially since many of them will impact this Nation and Planet for generations, and may be critical to human prosperity on the Earth. I have children, Senator, and I care about their future.

But I will NOT blindly sign a petition offering my support sight unseen prior to the SOTU Address. I would much prefer to HEAR and consider and evaluate President Obama's agenda and initiatives first before I'm willing to SIGN A DAMN THING.

I should hope in the future you treat this constituency with more respect. I'd like to think that progressive voters are people capable of critical thinking and making our own decisions. "Show the President you've got his back"  To that sentiment, where was the Democrats in the House and Senate during the president's first term? You might try a little of that leading by example thing.

Oh, and the incessant whining for money thing?

NOT TODAY. I used to be middle class, I am working poor now. So not a lot of flex in the budget these days. Thankyouverymuch.

With all due and appropriate sincerity,

Kurt Griffith

Self-Employed Graphic and Web Designer
Progressive Independent Democrat
Nanuet, NY


'Nuff said.

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  •  The DNSC loves reaching out to Texas (4+ / 0-)

    for money they then spend on races everywhere but the Lone Star State. We're turning Texas blue in the foreseeable future, but with no help from them whatsoever. It's shameful.

    Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

    by cassandracarolina on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 10:56:24 AM PST

  •  Got mine from Nancy Pelosi. (2+ / 0-)

    I'm not much for signing on to support the unknown either, so I didn't. I did not respond at all. Your way is better. Thanks for the incentive.

    "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

    by tardis10 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 11:02:16 AM PST

  •  Overall a good response (0+ / 0-)

    BUT if YOU feel a NEED to CAPITALIZE words TO make YOUR point, you SHOULD think about reWRITING your letter.

    "Reality has a well-known liberal bias." - Stephen Colbert

    by Rob Dapore on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 12:06:49 PM PST

    •  Caps (0+ / 0-)

      Valid point. Done for emphasis. With just four total instances, not done to death, I should think. However in the email response, was done as I wanted emphasis to be carried over in plain text, which does not support bold or italic styles for emphasis. But it's entirely possible that I've been working on marketing and promotions projects  too long.

      Still annoyed at the DNSC, tho'...

      What th' heck do I know, I work for a living...

      by SamuraiArtGuy on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 12:27:52 PM PST

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  •  They don't insult the supporters they care about. (1+ / 0-)
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    And I doubt that you and I are among the supporters they care about.

  •  In case you haven't figured it out, (1+ / 0-)
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    they use these online petitions to solicit money and  get email addresses (to solicit MORE money).
    I don't sign online petitions of any kind anymore. I delete most emails "SIGN THIS PETITION!" before opening these days.
    I just glanced at my email box- I have a petition from Tom Udall and another from Al Franken to get Republican Senators to sign the VAWA.
    Here's an email from John Hlinko of Left Action with a petition to stop Ted Nugent from coming to the SOTU. Who are they going to give that petition to, I wonder?
    Oops, just received another one from Rep Steve Israel to sign a petition to give to Obama and members of Congress telling them to get seriuos about gun control.
    It's completely out of hand, but it must work or they wouldn't be doing it so much.

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 01:07:26 PM PST

  •  I don't even open them anymore. (2+ / 0-)
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    tardis10, Neuroptimalian

    Not even the ones from the White House.  They are only there to ask for money.  I have none to spare.

    But I do have a beef to air.

    When Bush was in the White House, I must have written a letter a week ranting about something.  I always got an answer.  It was a BS answer, but I got an answer.  I even got a Christmas card.  The Obama White House?  I get e-mails asking for money.  Not a single letter or e-mail has EVER been answered.  

    Same thing with Senators.  Living in Jersey I was always writing to Lautenberg and Menendez.  Never an answer from Lautenberg - not surprised, man's a fool.  But I always got an answer from Menendez's office and, hard to believe, the answers were such that I think someone actually read the letter and thought about a response!  I know, unbelievable.

    Moved to Pennsylvania - not so much as an e-mail in response.  Only begging letters before the election.  Never expected much from Toomey (R), but Casey (D) could at least be sending out form e-mails.

    Okay, rant over.  Sorry, but I  needed to vent.

    "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

    by Most Awesome Nana on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 02:07:48 PM PST

    •  Congressional Responses (0+ / 0-)

      I feel blessed here in Massachusetts. Many years ago, my daughter, then in fifth grade, wrote to all her state and local elected officials as part of a class assignment. Within a couple of weeks, Ted Kennedy's office had sent the material she had requested, complete and direct answers to her questions. This told me (a) constituent response was important to Kennedy, and (b) he had a hell of a staff to carry out his priorities promptly. The local guys, not so much. We had to go into town and visit the administrator to  get the information.

      We have always gotten responses from John Kerry, verbose yet vague (sound familiar?) and really specific responses from our representative, John Tierney.

      We'll see what happens with Elizabeth Warren over time.

      •  Lucky you. And a good experience for (0+ / 0-)

        your daughter.

        My local and state reps are hopeless.  Like you, we would have to go to the office to get any response (I was going to say answers, but that's a joke).  

        Here's hoping Senator Warren lives up to the hype.

        "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

        by Most Awesome Nana on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 04:20:16 PM PST

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