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Response to Atticus (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 09:46 PM

4. Well, personally I think I'm doing as much as I possibly can.

I have written so many letters to my rep who is GOP and announced he wasn't running again. I do denounce trump and the GOP to every one I know, but then the people/family/friends I am in constant contact with are all anti-trump. I have not gone door to door to register voters, but at almost 71 years old, my door to door days are over, especially in winter. I spread the word in my senior community that they should all make sure they are on our township's permanent absentee ballot list. Some of them are still stuck in "old school" mode where they feel they have to go to the polls personally. If it's a day they're not feeling well, then they may not go, and I know which ones whose health is iffy at best which is why I tactfully tell them I can help help them sign up for the permanent list online if they'd like. Many of them are not computer literate.

As far as shutting down business as usual, I'm not sure what that entails.

I think there are a lot of DU'ers who are trying to do what they can. My son goes door to door in Florida to canvas for Dems (now that I wrote that it's occurred to me that these days that could be dangerous). I brought him up right. My daughter is also a Dem and always votes Dem, but as a relatively new mother with a full time job, she has very little time. I brought her up right also.

Back in my youth, it was mostly the youth that marched on Washington. I've done that during Dubya's lead up to his illegal war and in my state capitol for gun control during the Million Mom's March in 2000. The numbers of people at both of those events were phenomenal, but it didn't do any good. We have even more mass shootings twenty years later, and Dubya's illegal war cost many, many people their lives for nothing. Then there were the huge women's marches not only here but around the world. We marched and carried signs. He's still occupying our White House.

I'm getting a bit discouraged. I guess I'm slowly sinking into the notion that my years are numbered on this earth and isn't it about time the younger people picked up the torch? I was so heartened when the Occupy Wall Street movement was going on because that seemed to be young people, but you see where that ended up. As I said, I'm just discouraged. I'll still do what I can.

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