It is a phenomenon all women experience sooner ot later, married or single, with a brood or childless. You say (or think) a sentence, and you realize that your mom has just popped out of your mouth. It has happened to me before, and this morning, on opening my email, it occurred once again. There was this compelling product of wordsmithing:
Still4Hill — (My real name here)
We all have a choice to make in the next seven days.
It’s not just a choice to vote, or a choice to knock on one more door, make one more call, talk to one more voter.
Together, the choice we must make is to continue what we started.
The outcome of this election will determine not just who holds power in the halls of Congress. The decision we make in this election is going to set the direction of this country for years to come.
I need you fired up in Metropolis. (My real city here)
Still4Hill, I need you to give it everything you got. And I need your help to power our work until we reach that finish line.
Democrats are running the most ambitious get-out-the-vote program ever attempted in an election like this. Every dollar you can give today will be put right to work to get our message out, to provide the tools our volunteers need.
And every donation will be doubled because it will be matched by another supporter who is giving what he or she can afford.
Will you donate $3 today — and fund the final push?
I know this is a difficult election. It’s because we have been through an incredibly difficult time as a nation, and many are still hurting.
But our opponents in this election are some of the very people who got us into this mess — some of the very people who stood on the sidelines while we worked to clean it up. Now they are promising to pursue the exact same agenda that led us into this crisis.
It’s an agenda that was written by and for the special interests that have fought this movement at every turn. Worse, these groups that stand to profit from the Republican agenda are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to influence this election — flooding the airwaves with misleading ads to attack our best allies.
It’s up to each of us to raise our voices to beat them back.
So if you care about the critical reforms we made to a broken health care system, I need your voice.
If you care about fighting for middle class families, and building a country where opportunity is shared by everyone — I need your voice.
If you care about climate change — and a future where clean-energy technology is built right here in America — I need your voice.
If you share a vision of America that says I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper — I need your voice.
I did not run for this office for the sake of winning an election. And you did not join me in this fight two years ago to quit now.
I know we’ve asked a lot of you in the last few months. You have come through time after time. But I can promise you this: There is one week to go — what all of you do right now will decide this election.
So, if you believe in the change we have made together, I need you to stand behind it. If you believe we are not finished seeking that change, I need you to choose to fight for it.
Please donate $3 or more — and let’s finish strong in the last seven days:
“Lord give me patience!” Voice of mom came out of my mouth. Of course I had not expected that the previous post here about the lost art of etiquette would change the insistently rude and ignorant path these folks have chosen, and I was floored to see, in my own mailbox, a request like the one Uppity Woman referred to in the comment thread on that post: Three ($3) dollars? Seriously? Can he BE any more pitiful?
First, let’s take a look at the vehicle, and you need a little history here. I joined Moveon.org in 2004 and never bothered to rescind my membership since they promised when they endorsed Obama that they would leave me, a Hillary supporter, alone. Weeellllll (voice of Lucy Ricardo) not really. They did bother me again after Denver, and they gave my email addy to Organizing for America the agency serving as the collection arm for my requested $3.
Moveon.org served as the vehicle to deliver my invitation to Obama Camp in 2008. They seemed to think I had the mentality of a fifth grader (a male one, at that, based on some Ralphie Parker prototype) who would be impressed by having the title “Field Organizer,” and there was a not-so-veiled threat of ominous consequences should I accept this weekend of training on their dime, and then go AWOL when ordered to my assigned battleground state. Just charming. How could possibly resist?
I should not be surprised if they now think I am in Middle School and can scrape together $3 somehow.
Secondly, let’s take a look at the content. I need to get this one off my plate ASAP:
“I did not run for this office for the sake of winning an election.
Really? Somehow that does not quite jell with the fact that Obama has spent months (I have not been counting, but the past 18 is a conservative estimate), not weeks, Rachel Maddow, months “campaigning” which often consists of barking and yelling at the American people. Once again, charming.
As Hillary Clinton departs again today and enters her 22nd month of tireless travel signing treaties all over the globe, her administration does not lift a single pinkie-finger to push those treaties through Congress. Monumental among these is the New START Treaty which Hillary and Sergei Lavrov and their teams hammered out over a long series of months and meetings. Obama was happy enough to fly off to Prague to sign it last April, but where is the follow-up? (I won’t bother you with his picture here. I didn’t save any. Hillary was radiant at what she and Lavrov had accomplished, and for my $3 … or more, she is MUCH easier on the eyes.) Vital here is the protective nature of this treaty. But, of course, I suppose it is too much to expect START to get in the way of campaigning.
The Obama administration has the worst record for treaty ratification in fifty years. The president has been so busy campaigning and telling us we have to “do better” that while he had a majority in both houses, he failed to use it to the advantage of his supposed platform
Now, I receive these marching orders. Before I jump ten feet in the air, what does his platform consist of?
- Shared opportunity
- Climate change
- I am my brother’s/sister’s keeper. (Wha’?????)
I have no idea what that last is supposed to mean, but as my sister’s keeper, I would like to see something on there about how her hard work COULD be protecting us IF he would just mount an effort to push START through.
If anyone thinks it will be an easier push after November 2, dream on. That is when he will likely try to call in Big Dawg to get a bipartisan approval of Hillary’s treaties.
Third, and finally, there is grammar. It is bad enough that the niceties of correspondence are once again ignored. I thoroughly understand politicians using colloquialisms on the (flawed) theory that it better frames their messages to “the common man (and woman).” I fail, however, to understand why a supposedly well-educated official would write a sentence like this:
Still4Hill, I need you to give it everything you got.
Everything I got? Got from where, from whom? As a member of the Nitpicker Society I would have preferred “everything you’ve got” or even the more British “everything you have. “ But “everything I got?” So far, I got nothing except a bad impression from a man who purports to stand as a role model for youth. If these folks really do think I have a seventh grade mentality, it would be exemplary of them to mind their tense usage in writing to such simple and immature recipients as me (and Ralphie Parker).
Finally, about this upcoming trip to India: It is rude not to sample the food in a country you are visiting. The chefs and owners take great pride in having served you well. Your Secretary of State knows this very well, not from her whirlwind months of zipping around the globe for you, but from many years of experience in D.C. Of course I should know better than to expect better since I know what I “got”: a rude and arrogant POTUS who is the polar opposite of the populist he makes himself out to be.
So Lord, give me patience, to accept the things I cannot change. Do not make me go down there!