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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-28-03 10:28 PM
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19. Dear roninvt - I can understand your feelings. OVER AND OVER I POST
about the TOLL FREE Capitol Hill switchboard number and how you can be transfered for free to anybody's office in the House and/or Senate.

OVER AND OVER I POST about what to say, how to fend off arguments, how to broach the subject, and even particular lines, memes and buzzphrases to plant (I figure I'm pretty good at it by now, with credibility I've earned. I've got numerous awards for writing, I'm a published author and now online commentator - beyond just here at DU, and I learned to think up and manipulate choice and memorable turns-of-phrase from my late father, who was a very successful advertising guy).

OVER AND OVER I POST about going to www.congress.org for info on fax/email/snail mail specifics, and how and why to make use of them.

OVER AND OVER I POST about going to takebackthemedia.com and pick up some of the email/snail mail/fax/phone contacts to the newspapers and TV/radio/cable networks to let them know your views.

OVER AND OVER I POST about looking at the bottom of news reports and op/ed pieces for the email address of the writer - AND TO USE IT TO WRITE TO THEM!!! Because very often they write back (I know this, personally, for a fact). Plus, I offer repeated suggestions of words and phrases to insert, to further drive your point home and make sure it's memorable enough to stick in their brains - maybe they'll like it enough to turn around and use it themselves.

Most of the time, my posts die a fairly quick death. I'm no Will Pitt, so I don't garner the dozens and dozens of replies and comments he routinely does. And sometimes I feel like giving up, as a result. I feel like I'm talking into a vacuum. Because my ideas are good and they work if they're tried, and if LOTS OF US tried 'em, we'd very likely get somewhere. And most people are probably either too busy or - more likely - completely disheartened by what's happened. I can understand the what's-the-use mentality. I succumb to it myself.

But in the long run, I always try to snap myself out of it. I always try to remind myself that, if I give up, the bad guys REALLY WILL have won. And I can't live with myself if I allow that.

Finally, I will re-post this quote that a fellow Dem friend and colleague sent me, that he uses to buck himself back up when he's feeling unconsolable:

"The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you are going to lose, because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins. In order for somebody to win an important, major fight 100 years hence, a lot of other people have got to be willing -- for the sheer fun and joy of it -- to go right ahead and fight, knowing you're going to lose. You mustn't feel like a martyr. You've got to enjoy it." -- I.F. Stone.

Yes, I posted this quote by itself a couple of days ago and it, too, died a quick death. But I am NOT willing to die a quick death along with it!!!!!!

If we give up, brothers and sisters, the republi-CONS (another of my ideas I'd like to see quoted all over the place) really HAVE won.

Blessings and peace and solace to you, roninvt. I hope your anguish subsides, and leaves you vulcanized like strong, transformed, hard, cured rubber. So you can bounce back. Scarlett O'Hara said "tomorrow is another day." I hope we realize that, too. It's not over yet. Unless WE decide to throw in the towel.
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