Yesterday, I'm in the shower and my dogs go nuts because someone's at the door. Turned out to be
someone knocking doors and handing out literature for a Republican candidate running for a state House district office. I hadn't answered the door, so they stuck their flyer in the crack of the door where I'd be sure to find it.
I'm really glad I was unable to answer the door because I've been sort of seething with anger at all the Republican outrages of late and I don't know what I might have said to the person. I realize that erupting in anger and going off on that person would have accomplished nothing, except brand me as the crazy liberal Democrat who lives in that neighborhood. Plus, is that how I want to be treated when I go a door-knockin' for Democratic candidates?
Once I calmed down a bit, I realized that I wished that I had had my own literature to hand to the Republican door knocker. Just a list titled "The Top 10 Reasons Why I Do Not Vote Republican." This way, I could maybe, maybe have a teachable moment with the person, if they actually took the time to read it. And I wouldn't come off as a frothing-at-the-mouth crazy person. Plus, if I could be pleasant and "nice them to death" and dispel any illusions they have that Democrats are evil.
I've started my list for next time with a few recent items:
1. Republicans in the House of Representatives just voted against a bill that would provide money to ease the baby food formula crisis, while simultaneously supporting legislation to overturn Roe v. Wade, supposedly to protect the lives of unborn babies.
2. Republicans in the House of Representatives just voted against a bill that would prevent price gouging on gas during times of emergency.
3. Republicans such as Rick Scott of Florida want to "sunset" Social Security and Medicare so that these programs would be voted on every few years. They want to do this just so that these programs can be done away with.
4. Nine Black people were killed and others seriously injured in the Buffalo massacre, yet Republican senators and representatives refuse to enact commonsense gun control laws, including a law we used to have banning assault rifles like the one used in the Buffalo mass murder and other massacres.
There are really hundreds of horrible things the Repubes have done that I could add to my list (the insurrection, their support of twice-impeached, treasonous grifter Trump, their support of Russia instead of Ukraine), but I'm trying to stick to recent news items of which my Republican neighbors are likely ignorant, what with their getting all their news from Fox.
If anyone has any ideas of things I could add, that'd be great. Anyway, just thought I'd share.
I was approached outside the polling location by a representative of a Republican candidate carrying a sign with his candidates name and a big endorsed by Ted Cruz line at the bottom. He said may I ask for your vote?, to which I replied, Endorsed by Ted Cruz? I dont think so.
Petty of me, but it felt good any way.
set distance. Hmm . . . maybe we should all carry one of those 100-foot tape measures when we go to vote and if we get approached at a polling place, say,
"Here! Could you hold this for me?" and actually measure how far they are from the building!
And they are unavoidable as you walk in to the polling place. I go to a library near me and the Republicans literally stand there under one of those pop up canopies.
There were no Democratic candidates represented except by signage. Its a joint primary and obviously, Im in Texas.
Wisconsin is 100 yards from entrance to polling station. We reported a mayoral candidate last month for standing outside on the sidewalk.
Unless you park somewhere in the park and come in through the back entrance of the library, youre going to have to go through them. The parking lot to the library is always full of them.
Seems ridiculously short, as during a potus election year, the line to vote can be 3x that.
I think it should be 200 yards.
Some people feel they can go up to voters, but I feel it's not their fault that they're stuck in line, so they aren't giving consent to receive push cards etc. I will hold up signs, but that's it for me.
I havent measured, but I go to the same library just about every time I vote and there are always candidate representatives in the same spot where the Cruz nerd was yesterday. There are sometimes Democratic representatives but there were none there yesterday.
not only supported, they participated in it.
How about the republicans have supported the big lie and are doing everything they can to destroy democracy in the US
How about republicans voted against financial assistance for Ukraine, who is fighting for democracy against a vile dictator who invaded their country.
How about many republicans are supportive of that vile dictator who invaded Ukraine
How about republicans did not take covid seriously and so far over a million citizens died and many have long lasting effects from the virus. They still do not take it seriously.
They blocked President Obama from appointing a Supreme Court justice because there were only eight months (I think that's right) before the 2016 election. Then they appointed Coney Barrett with mere weeks before the 2020 election.
1) Never, ever answer the door. *
2) Never pick up the landline, even if you recognize the calling number (the phone numbers are usually spoofed anyway).
*Further explanation for #1 above: "unless you are naked"
to escape a flaming voting booth. My favorite was a candidate who touted being pro gun, anti gay rights, and against public schools. I was literally the last person on earth who would have voted for him. Waste of dollars.
Don't want to contaminate the house with it.
Told them their party is trying to end American democracy and install fascism. Said get the F off my property you traitors.
Maybe I was wrong, but I think they need to know that most of the country views them as anything but patriotic, we view them a Nazis.
on social security . they have been mad since its installment . the congress has been nickleing and diming it for yeas .
I'm exaggerating, but our numbers are pretty sparse.
Dogs can go in and out and there's a Dogs in Yard sign on the gate.
time so as not to bug the neighbors), so I guess that's a bit of a deterrent to door knockers. This person didn't linger long.
but I used to take anti-R lists & print off a dozen or 2 copies, then when I went shopping I'd leave them
on store shelves or drop them on the floor folded up. My simple way of educating Rs in my red town w/o
getting into a face to face argument.
Always designed mine as questions, works better than statements IMHO. Plus I'd always leave links
where appropriate, ie: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/117-2022/h232
takes you right to where Rs believe there is no price gouging.
Thanks for the link, too!