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Every day I receive numerous "Sign the Petition Requests" from one organization or another. Although I support every one of the causes for which these requests are are made, Women's rights, Immigration rights, Gay rights, Voters rights, Equal pay, etc. , I send these requests to junk mail.  You know why?  The people or organizations to which these requests are sent throw them in the garbage.  They don't care what I think.

As a young Chicagoan coming of age in the '60's, I believed in America.  I believed in our Government.   I voted for the first time in 1964. I was so proud of my self (and still am) when I left the voting booth.  Then everything went crazy.

You know the story, Protesters, Flag burnings, Anti-Americanism, Hippies. Martin Luther King,  I was annoyed by them all.  

Little by little, I changed my mind.  I went from being a conservative Democrat to raging Liberal.  You know why?  People took to the streets in massive demonstrations across the country.  They got things done.  They opened our eyes to the horrors of the Viet Nam War, the despicable treatment of African Americans, inequality in pay between men and women.  The despised Hippies (I'm still angry at how they treated the boys coming home from the war) helped open after school programs,  affordable pediatric clinics in neighborhood houses all over the city, helped register thousands of voters, drove them to their polling places on Election day and so on.

That's what you have to do, Petition Requesters.  Don't take the easy way to protest with your Iphone or laptop. Take to the streets, show your faces, raises your voices.  Mobilize, organize, March on Washington in millions (not hundreds), demonstrate in cities and towns all over the country. Yell at Congress, the Supreme Court, the Mainstream media, the Millionaire Bankers, boycott, occupy, demand.  

Come on, channel your inner 1960's and get moving, but don't send me anymore "Sign the Petitions".  


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  •  Hmm. (3+ / 0-)
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    rebel ga, kurt, Piren

    You have an excellent point!

    My biggest gripe about the "petition" emails is that I don't know who the person or organization is.
    If it's someone I know, I'll help out.

    But if I'm another name on a list sold for .000017 cents.... screwdat.

    Suddenly, it dawns on me, Earnest T. Bass is the intellectual and philosophical inspiration of the TeaParty.

    by Nebraska68847Dem on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 12:35:33 PM PDT

  •  Sadly, this is what activism has become: on-line (2+ / 0-)
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    freewayblogger, Piren


    (What I do: set up a 2nd email address that I never look at. Stuff goes there and, as far as I am concerned, just disappears).

  •  Thank you for all of that. It's what been missing (4+ / 0-)

    All the self flagellation and rending of garments, then a"click" on a petition to make it all go away and get better. Nuh uh.
    If it were that easy, we'd have single payer and a society that looks a lot more like Scandanavia than tsarist Russia.
    Part of the problem is that too many people today are either unemployed and/or underemployed and are too busy trying to stay above the water to take time to hit the streets.  Just like the 1% wants.  i was able to work full time, supporting myself going to college - AND - take part in a demonstration or two. None of my classmates at the state school worried about huge loans, because we paid less than $100/yr.  We ran people like Nelson Rockefeller, Humphrey and others off campus.  They were heady times!
    We made enough noise to bring Walter Cronkite on our side and get the war ended. (Yeah, six years later).
    Like you, I was unable to vote before helping to send Barry the Bircher back to AZ. (Unfortunately, that didn't stop all the little birchers from sprouting and growing into today's ugliness.)  We also made civil rights a priority and knew we were onto something good. Then, Nixon, Agnew & Watergate and it all went to hell.
    It's harder on the knees today, to march for hours, but it seems as if we're the only ones left to do it - maybe we need to show these plugged in, headphone wearing, eyes-on-the-screen kids how it's done.
    (Yeah, sure, like we old farts know anything.)

    "Takes more than guns to kill a man" Joe Hill

    by sajiocity on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 01:41:38 PM PDT

  •  I agree wholeheartedly (3+ / 0-)
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    penguins4peace, freewayblogger, Piren

    As a child of the sixties myself, I too became a liberal. I marched for Biafra, I marched on Washington, I joined the Peace Corps, I taught in an inner city school, etc.

    My friends and I marched on Harrisburg against the war on women a couple of years ago. We wondered why most of the crowd was of our vintage.

    We are fighting the battles we fought 40+ years ago.

    Online petitions don't mean a thing.

    “Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed.” ― Herman Melville

    by techwriter on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 02:49:41 PM PDT

  •  Occupy Tried Taking It To The Streets and Found (1+ / 0-)
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    a Militarized Police Industrial Complex built by the US government including small towns, counties, and cities funded by the federal government contracted with corporations.

    They were quickly shut down.

    It ain't the 60's anymore.

    The "strongly worded" petitions sent to my inbox are deleted.

    There is no competing with the Koch brothers and the 1%.

    They won.

    "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003

    by kerplunk on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:09:00 PM PDT

    •  npr yesterday had debate on online classes, (0+ / 0-)

      can get up to 100,000 in a class. No need to march on DC. Online Hoovervilles becoming a possibility. The platforms are there, can develop agendas and demands, my preference is that participants in a national teach-in develop moneyouttapolitics legislation that confronts the Court, strips pretended jurisdiction, voter movement electing sponsors.

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