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The Rant: A Monday Morning View - Political Campaigns

Updated on February 10, 2013
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This one is for all those political campaign marketing managers. Can you spell ENOUGH?

Political Phone Banks

We've had enough. At least I have. Last night I had eleven phone calls. Eleven! I answered three of them. Why did I answer? Because I want to be involved in the political process. I want to be informed.

Those eleven phone calls came from eleven different numbers. Yep, different zip codes too. I could accept that eleven different organizations are trying to swing the vote their way and I could even accept them all calling - once. But this has been going on for weeks now and it's reached the point where it feels like harassment. I've already told you who I'm voting for so you don't need to keep calling. If you have enough high-tech people working for you to auto-dial my number repeatedly, surely you can record somewhere in that database that I'm on your side and tell the system to leave me alone. Did you hear that - leave me alone!

This is what you need to know:

  • For the campaign finance officer - I've already made a donation. Check your books. This well is dry.
  • For the volunteer coordinator - I don't have time this year to volunteer. I told you that in August. Stop calling me.
  • For you pollsters - I'm not changing my vote. I'm still going to vote for the person I told you I was voting for in September. You don't need to ask again.


Political Print Ads

Your brainwashing will not work, not on me. How do I know? Because I don't read everything you send through the U.S. Mail. In fact, I quit reading it many weeks ago. There are at least three pieces of political campaign mail in my mail box every day. I sort it on the way into my home and immediately drop it in the recycle bin. Why are you still wasting good money on it. Do you think I'm the only one who isn't reading it? Well, I hate to break it to you but most of us aren't reading it.

I don't even look at the headline anymore. Nope, I couldn't tell you which candidate is sending the most. I can tell by the format, size, and finish that it's political propaganda and I refuse to buy into it. Since this campaign season is almost over, I'll just say this. Don't bother next time. Save your money and donate it to a good cause, like the American Red Cross. Or, if you get elected, maybe you could mandate that the recyclers donate a portion of their proceeds from campaign ads to the Red Cross. Now that's a novel idea, isn't it?

Email

If there's one thing I despise, it's when someone treats me like I'm stupid. When you send me ten emails in a day and the "From" says "Joe Biden" on one, "Maya Angelou" on another, and "Michele" on yet another, I'm smart enough to look at the "properties" to see where it really came from. I'm sorry but it's more fun to see where the email came from that it is to wade through all its propagada-like text.

I don't mean to single out the Obama campaign but you are the worst. Now I'll own up to my responsibility for this one. I did register on your website for news. I don't remember authorizing you to harass me though. Give me a break, would you? I don't want to read the same email from ten different people on the same day. I'm not fooled by your technical marvels that write a script that changes the "From" name and leaves the rest of the email intact.

The Internet

Before I go, I want to introduce you campaign marketing managers to a friend of mine. It's called the "Internet". When I want to know something, I google it or yahoo it. Gone are the days when poor little dumb people are sitting at their farmhouse table wondering what's going on in the world. Your politics have taken care of that. You made it darn near impossible for the family farm to survive.

You understand, don't you? I don't want your emails or phone calls or print ads. I've already got all the information I need to make an informed decision. I know who I'm voting for because I've done the research. I didn't count on your skills, the skills of a political campaign marketing guru, to tell me how to think. Harassing me isn't going to make me like your candidate any more than the other one. So, next time, just put the stuff you want me to know on your candidate's web page. I'll check it out on my time.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Good morning my dear friend!

    I have never been so happy to see an election end as I am for this one...absolutely ridiculous. I average ten calls per day, and they are usually all from a different area code. They tricked me a couple times with local area codes, but I don't fall for it any longer. I do not answer the phone now unless someone leaves a message at the end of the call, and then I'll return the call.

    As for the internet, one would think we are all personal friends of the candidates, the way they greet us. Like you, I want to be a part of the process, but they have now lost me....I'm getting close to not liking any of the candidates; I voted, but that was before I built up a resentment. LOL

    Great as always Linda; carry on the fight!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Good morning to you Bill! From the sounds of it, you and I are standing on the same ground again. I had a totally different rant planned for today but last night they pushed me beyond what I will tolerate. I unloaded on two of them, knowing it was not the fault of the person on the other end of the line. I've been there. I have volunteered multiple times as a phone bank person. I know how difficult it is when you get that person on the other end that is fed up or, doesn't believe in your candidate. But these folks need to get serious. Most of us out here are just trying to get by and don't need any more reminders of how uch money is being spent on all this campaign stuff. I cannot help but think about all the money thrown into this campaing that could be going to save farms, end homelessness, provide comfort to the "uns" of this nation. Let's just hope and pray that it will really be over by this time on Wednesday. I' going to need a new set of gloves at this rate. :-)

    I wish you a simply wonderful day my friend.

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    junko 4 years ago

    I think that the 2 billion spent on this election produced an information overload. The small armies both sides organized nationwide are mostly volunteers, there are also jobs paying from minimum wage to 6 figures. That army of minimum wagers are paid to get in the heads of voters, over and over again. Network news, print news, cable news and left and right talking heads get paid in the millions, but 2 billion would leave a lot of money for junk mail. I understand this rant. The big money in political national races will because corporation are people, things will be a lot worst in the future.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi junko! I agree that it will only be worse in the future. I can't even comprehend this much money much less condone it for a campaign. I appreciate your weighing in and adding to the discussion.

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    We must find a way to limit campaign (cam-pain) spending. It is wasteful beyond belief. That much money would do so much to help storm victims, feed the hungry, all the good causes ou there. Corporations are not people, no matter what the court says, and thi spending must be curbed.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi xstatic. I could not agree with you more. It's all I could think about last night when the calls kept coming. Thanks for saying it loud and clear.

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    Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

    These pesky phone calls are driving me insane as well. I can not get over how many I receive in one day. I also do not appreciate the late night calls that wake my elderly Mother.

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    You'll love this: Both candidates had door to door campaigning in my neighborhood, with Obama's being 10 minutes behind. :))

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Shiningirisheyes - I so agree. I had five tonight, the last one at 10:00 asking me to canvas neighborhoods tomorrow. Egads!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    MH - so I guess that means you answered the door. You're nicer than I am if you did.

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    Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

    The negativity of campaigns drives me crazy. If they're going to be that way, I'm going to be just as negative back to them. In the phone calls I received, when asked if I was voting, I said, "Why in the hell would I vote to put a crook in office? Tell me...Why!??! They're both liars and thieves trying to scam the American public, just like you are. Who are you voting for, thief #1 or thief #2?" Usually, they'd hung up before answering. I do have to say, I didn't receive a lot of phone calls after that. lol Now, I just have to decide which crook is the lesser of the two evils. As of this writing, I still haven't decided. So much for my Tuesday morning rant! lol Great job, Linda!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Rich, since you're undecided, I'll push you a little. lol

    We know what we've got. It's not great but at least we know what it is. Romney wears a mask. Not to be cliche' but, he does flip flop. We don't know which Romney we're going to get if he wins. I'm going with what I know because although he is a visionary rather than a boots on the ground guy, I think he really is more balanced when it comes to genders and race and class. So there. :-)

    Back to the rant. They calls have been worse than ever. The really sad part is that the person on the other end is a lowly volunteer and they are in the horrible position of listening to us when they call. Our anger really should be directed at campaign managers and candidates but you know how impossible that is. Perhaps we should start a movement after this election. Good luck today. I hope you make the right choice for all of us.

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    Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

    Hey, lrc7815 … I feel your pain.

    Would you believe we’re as sick of it all over here on the other side of the pond as you are over there.

    We are having to endure constant news items and assessments of who is leading. It’s all deadly boring … and it’s not even our country!

    If I were an American I think I would have to hide in a bunker until all the hoo-hah was over :)

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    MizBejabbers 4 years ago

    I know, enough is enough, but we just ignore the calls we don’t recognize. We’ve also turned off our answering machine because it was malfunctioning. I wonder how many trees have been killed just to keep me informed! I don’t read them either. Our county doesn’t recycle, so they go into the trash. But I can take the political campaigning, annoying that it is.

    Here’s my rant! What I can’t take and makes me madder’n a wet hen are the emails I get from my so-called friends. I’m talking about the nasty, “hate Obama, hate anyone Democrat, hate liberal, and if you don’t vote Republican you are un-American and unpatriotic” emails. When Gee Dubya Bush was running I got the same or similar emails, just substitute Clinton for Obama. I have already lost two purported friends because I researched their passed-on lies and called their hand. If they can’t love me for me and not my political persuasion, then good riddance!

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    mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

    Did I overlook the people who want to send booklets out to tell us exactly what to vote for? Our Postman will be happy this is over as will the Waste management people. Nice rant.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Angie. Wow, that is pretty bad. I know a lot is hinging on this election, even on the international front but you shouldn't have to endure this kind of torture. lol

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh MizB, I didn't dare start another section on friends. That's a hub all by itself. I haven't logged on to facebook for two weeks because of that very thing. I'm sure I've lost some friends over this election but that's fine. I respect their right to choose and if they can't do the same, I didn't need them. Keep on ranting MizB. We'll share it. :-)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    lol mckbirdbks....I think we both missed that booklet. That's a novel idea though, isn't it? Far too practical, but novel. I love your attitude!

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    I have to add my two cents. It doesn't matter who you voted for as today we have the president. We do have to freedom to choose and the people made the choice. If you are mad at anyone it should be the people not the candidates. Anyway I am just happy not to be receiving phone calls all day, and the constant ads.. Just think all the money spent on the campaigns could have fed the hungry in the US for a year or more.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Carol, your comment reminds me why I wrote the hub after this one called "What does freedom mean". We do have the right to choose. I am so glad this is over for now and like you, hope we can get down to the business of making things better in our country.

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Walt, I appreciate your visit and your words ring so true. The marketers of political viewpoints are mostly followers too and more often than not I find that even they know very little about the issues or conviction of the candidate they represent. How sad that is. I wonder sometimes if we will ever return to a time where believing in something really means that we believe. And, will we stand up for that belief? Perhaps another hub in the making. lol

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