Friday, February 18, 2005

Red or Blue?

The other day I received - in the same mail delivery - both a "Republican Census Document" and a "2005 Membercard" from the Democratic National Committee. I'm so confused - am I a red witch, or am I a blue witch? (Why, I'm not a witch at all!)

The Republican National Committee tells me,
You are among a select group of Republicans who have been chosen to take part in the official CENSUS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

Enclosed is your new GOP CENSUS DOCUMENT which was assigned and prepared especially for you as a representative of all Republicans living in your voting district.
Well, isn't that Special!

It shows a "Registration #" and "Voting District Code" and goes on to say,
Your answers will be used to develop a BLUEPRINT for the Republican party for the next 10 years.

I don't think so, Dorothy! I toyed with the idea (before I actually looked at the "census") of trying to come up with some way of screwing with them.

But the questions are so simple-minded and guided it's ridiculous. They mostly take the form, "Do you want to be safe?" with no suggestion of what they have in mind. OF COURSE I want to be safe!

But they leave out the part about the torture, the shredding of the Constitution, the neighbor against neighbor, the lies that they employ to impose their idea of safety.

It is of course a tool to get you feeling that these guys want what you want - security, economic growth, good schools, "saving" Social Security, fighting terrorists, to pick out a few.

Then they hit you with the money pitch:
Will you join the Republican National Committee by making a contribution today?
$100 will pay
to mail 250 more CENSUS DOCUMENTS to registered Republicans.
(Maybe I should check to see if I'm still a registered Democrat!)

For cheapskate Republicans, there's this:
Yes, I support the RNC, but I am unable to participate at this time. However, I have enclosed $11 to cover the cost of tabulating my survey.
What a bunch of leeches.

Here's a page linking to the whole package. They do seem to be putting the scare on the faithful. This is from the letter:
There is no question, the Democrats will be back with a vengeance.
Well I hope so! Then there's this:
And liberal special interest groups like People for the American Way, the Trial Lawyers and, emboldened by their influence in 2004, are already filling their campaign coffers for 2006.
I had no idea the the Trial Lawyers was a liberal special interest group suitable for Capitalizing!

As I mentioned at the top, the Democratic National Committee also sent me a pitch. I prefer to donate online.

Social Security calculator

US Senator Charles E. Schumer, Senate Leaders Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, and Debbie Stabenow today unveiled a new Social Security calculator that demonstrates to Americans what they could lose under the Bush Privatization Plan.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Mainstreaming evil

The Rude Pundit gets it right. Buried in a pretty good diatribe about the JimJeff Turduckert affair:

this administration has mainstreamed evil, has made it a dull hum in the background.

The idea that evil, or the devil if you will, does not have a pointy tail but wears a business suit is an old one. I don't remember who first suggested it. The game is to get us accustomed to the constant hum, and chip away at our freedom bit by bit.

Maybe they should ask for a refund

If I were the advertiser I might have questioned the placement of the ad on this page.