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Political Phone Calls [Dec. 11th, 2011|09:39 am]
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As a Democrat in a GOP-controlled state--in a Congressional district with an entrenched GOP-idiot Congressman--I get political calls from both parties.  It's annoying enough that the party I support calls me with the attitude that if I contributed $5 to a campaign two months ago, I can now contribute more than that every month...but at least these callers are real people, not tape recordings, and even if they sound intent, they don't sound hysterical.

The GOP calls are recordings (mostly including a message from my Congressman) and the callers *always* sound hysterical.  Including my Congressman, whom you would think was fighting off an invasion of king cobras slithering under his desk, from his tone of voice.  Hysterical fear, is what he sounds like, and that's not something I want in my so-called representative.  It's been obvious for years the man can't think, can't do anything but mouth the party line in defiance of both facts and logic, and maybe he really is that terrified of reality, but does he have to sound like someone with a snake up his pants leg?

Yesterday evening's call was just as hysterical as usual, though I'm not sure it was him (I had the volume turned down on the answering machine, so missed the first part of the spiel; it sounded like him, but then terrified people sound more alike than their normal voices.)  The cause of the fear as "Obama" and "Obamacare" which the hysterical male voice wanted me to call my Senators about right away so they'd vote to repeal it.  My Senators are just as braindead GOP as the caller could have wished for, and what they get from me has no effect on them at all...I point out the factual errors and lies in their position, with references, and they send me bland "responses" (not responding to any of the points I made) reiterating their love for America and their clear intention to pay no mind to anyone who disagrees.  So no, I wasn't going to call them.

But the real kicker was what came next, past the point where I usually hang up the phone.  A female voice came on, not as hysterical as the male voice but speaking very rapidly, giving instructions for how to "authorize" the call center to put my name on a petition by just punching one of two numbers.  In other words, the GOP are a) determined to get names by any means possible--if I hadn't listened closely, I would not have realized that *either* number would put my name on that petition--and b) so terrified of talking to real people that the whole damn thing was a recording.  This goes along with their policy on meetings: GOP candidates hold "meetings" that are stuffed with their people and anyone who attends and expresses a contrary opinion is an intruder (in one case was arrested for attending a supposedly public meeting and asking an awkward question...the only time a "dissident" has a chance of speaking directly to a GOP politician, apparently.)  It leads up to the disgusting displays of viciousness by the audience at the GOP candidates' "debates" where it's clear GOP supporters will cheer for deaths of sick and injured, and boo-hiss serving military personnel with whom they disagree.

I'm sick of the fear-mongering the GOP does, that preys on any latent racism, homophobia, paranoia and increases it.  I'm sick of the ranting, hysterical tones of voice that make grown men sound like screaming toddlers faced with something scary to a toddler.  I'm sick of the plain damn lies they tell, too.  And most of all I'm sick of the meanness, the viciousness, the willingness to harm fellow citizens, the hatred of everybody but themselves.

So while the recorded female voice was going on about how EASY it was to push the button, I said "Go to hell" very distinctly and hung up.  It was unnecessary, of course.  They're already in the hell they made and they like it so much they want to drag the rest of us in there with them.


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[User Picture]From: jhetley
2011-12-11 03:46 pm (UTC)

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We don't wait long enough to find out what the computer-pitch is selling.
[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-12-11 04:02 pm (UTC)

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Often I don't either. Sometimes I do.
[User Picture]From: badgermirlacca
2011-12-11 04:00 pm (UTC)

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Well, to be absolutely fair, I might be tempted to boo/hiss serving military personnel with whom I disagree, too. (God knows I fought with my father often enough.) Their opinions are entirely separate from their service.

As for the rest of it--yeah, there is a substantial segment of the Republican party (and it may exist in the Democrats too, but I have yet to see it) which has found yet another way to get around what we used to think were bedrock truths: they've found something lower than the lowest common denominator to appeal to. These are the same folks who talked my father into selling the family land (our Dawes roll allotment) to fund (he thought) the Clinton impeachment. This, from the man who threatened to throw me out of the house when I first registered to vote, if I registered as anything but a yellow dog Democrat!
[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-12-11 04:05 pm (UTC)

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It was homophobic boo-hissing. And from the members of a party who claim to be patriotic, to someone on active service in a war zone. I found it shocking. Not surprising (remembering what the GOP did to Lew Puller when he ran for office) but shocking nonetheless.
[User Picture]From: badgermirlacca
2011-12-11 05:46 pm (UTC)

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I don't think someone on active service in a war zone gets a free pass on his opinions. I would object to someone heckling ANYBODY because the heckler was homophobic, but that's because I disagree with homophobia.

I have heard active duty service personnel (just back from having served in war zones) express opinions which, imho, are neo-Nazi in mature, and you better believe I told them what I thought of them. Has nothing to do with their service. Has everything to do with their beliefs.
[User Picture]From: stillnotbored
2011-12-11 04:52 pm (UTC)

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The single mindedness of the GOP frightens me. They are like pod people or a true hive mind, where there is only one truth, one way of thinking and anyone who differs from that approved truth must be destroyed.

Not disagreed with, not respected for having another opinion--destroyed.

I used to think that the damage they've done to this country could be repaired. Now I'm not so sure.
[User Picture]From: teriegarrison
2011-12-11 06:27 pm (UTC)

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Before the Nov 2004 election, I believed that if Bush weren't reelected, we *might* see the damage to the country repaired within my lifetime (I turned 44 that year), but if he were reelected, it wouldn't be in less than a hundred years, if ever (taking climate change into account), for the country to be repaired. Nothing has happened to make me think that opinion was wrong. Sigh.
[User Picture]From: kirylyn
2011-12-11 08:10 pm (UTC)

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IMHO, bush jr was not re-elected. florida was handed to him by his bro jebbie both times, including the totally illegal ballot in Palm Beach County. Don't forget the 'hanging chads' *rolls eyes*

really wish I knew someone living in Canada so I could immigrate :(

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[User Picture]From: teriegarrison
2011-12-11 08:18 pm (UTC)

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I agree. But my point was about Bush serving a second term, which he did, regardless how it came about.
From: (Anonymous)
2011-12-12 06:06 am (UTC)

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Canada isn't safe anymore. PM Stephen Harper (sort of a combined Bush/Cheney) and his conservatives are wreaking a lot of damage. He's from Alberta, the Texas of Canada. Who do you think has been pushing the Keystone XL pipeline from north of the border?
[User Picture]From: entp2007
2011-12-12 06:08 am (UTC)

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Canada isn't safe anymore. PM Stephen Harper (sort of a combined Bush/Cheney) and his conservatives are wreaking a lot of damage. He's from Alberta, the Texas of Canada. Who do you think has been pushing the Keystone XL pipeline from north of the border?
[User Picture]From: Andy Harbin
2011-12-12 03:00 pm (UTC)

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As bad as Harper is, he would be labeled a communist socialist leftie in the states. Our 'centre' is so far left, the GOP would be totally out of words to describe their opponents(so far left we even move the R ;-) ).

We're still in a lot better shape, generally, and though he's trying to do some dumb things, Harper's not getting as far as he would like.

What is nice about our system is that we are not in constant election mode like the US. Yes, there is always political posturing (that's politics), but the active constant campaigning and advertising, bickering and fighting, lack of compromise, isn't there. 18 months campaining out of a 4 year term? Heck, we've had three full general elections in that time! (but that's an aberation, and the campaigns are only 6 weeks long)

[User Picture]From: nagasvoice
2011-12-12 10:03 am (UTC)

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Agree with you on this one. That election day was one of the worst I've ever seen. I even looked into emigrating to Canada, in complete fury, but couldn't find a practical way to make money/family obligations work out.
I should have anticipated they'd take root there too, as noted by entp2007 below.
[User Picture]From: joycemocha
2011-12-11 05:40 pm (UTC)

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The GOP is using computer pitches because they can't get the phone bank volunteers, and they refuse to pay call services. That's my surmise.

But, yeah. Gaahhh. As a teacher I'm seeing the oncoming implosion of the system and trying to figure out alternatives. Fast.
[User Picture]From: 90sbondgirl
2011-12-11 06:05 pm (UTC)

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I guess they haven't found my phone number yet - Hooray for Vonage! - because I haven't gotten calls from anybody. From your description, this is probably a good thing for my blood pressure.
[User Picture]From: wyld_dandelyon
2011-12-11 06:29 pm (UTC)

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If I got a call like that I _would_ call my senators, just to leave an opposing opinion. Perhaps, also, to say I hate robocalls.

Like you, I'd assume that a GOP senator wouldn't pay attention, however, no point in letting them assume that all of their constituents approve of their behavior.
[User Picture]From: kk1raven
2011-12-11 08:49 pm (UTC)

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I not only get calls from my own Congressman. I've also been getting calls from a Congressman from a neighboring district. The messages all feature him introducing himself as my Congressman then saying he called to ask me a few questions but missed me and will try again. I have to admit I'm getting really curious about what questions his recording wants to ask me. Whatever they are, I can't imagine that he'd like my answers since he's even worse than my actual Congressman.

I don't necessarily agree with either of the two main parties in the US on a lot of issues, but I see a major difference in the attitudes that supporters of the parties have towards those who disagree, and that alone is enough to push me in the direction of the other side. Racism, homophobia and hatred directed against the poor are not the way to win me to your side. Neither are ranting and hysteria. Why can't we all discuss the issues in a sensible way instead of casting slurs against various individuals and groups of people?
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[User Picture]From: nagasvoice
2011-12-12 10:01 am (UTC)

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They always do like it when they're winning!
[User Picture]From: gifted
2011-12-12 02:14 pm (UTC)

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Ouch. I'm glad I don't get these kind of calls. Can you opt out?