Pay at the door
Confession: I am on Ron Paul’s mailing list because my VCR’s subliminal messages convinced me that civil liberties were worth investigating. It’s easy to sign up to receive the campaign’s email messages and it doesn’t involve any commitment. I get emails from his campaign about how I can participate as a grassroots activist. What makes me sad, though, is that I would love to help collect signatures to assure that he will be on the primary ballot in February, but I don’t have any 8 1/2 x 14 paper. I feel paralyzed by my lack of discretionary funds. Am I supposed to dip into the family budget to buy a ream of paper, or solicit a donation from an office supply store? Although, now that I am thinking about it, I guess I could call around and someone I know would have some 8 1/2 x 14 paper that I could bum. I’m feeling a little inspired, to wake myself up out of apathy and change out of my pajamas and walk down my street with my children in tow to ask my neighbors for their signatures. How very “grassroots” of me that would be.
Also, I got an email from the Ron Paul campaign with the subject “Virginians: Vote for Ron Paul at the last State GOP Sponsored Straw Poll”. I would love to go to Arlington and vote in the straw poll, but I don’t have the means to pay at the door. What, what? I have to pay to vote in an election poll that doesn’t mean anything? I was totally ignorant of the significance of straw polls so I looked them up on Wikipedia.org and found that the word straw alludes to winds of change and predicting which way the wind is blowing. OMG, my name is Fighting Windmills, I would be the perfect person to vote in a straw poll! The results of straw polls generate media attention and participating in one helps people with similar interests meet each other. So, the problems are that 1) this is a Republican Party of Virginia sponsored event in Arlington* and 2) I would need to wear something nice like a “Subvert the Dominant Paradigm” T-shirt and 3) it costs $35 to vote and 4) I would be afraid that the Republicans would all stare at me and be all, WTF is Fighting Windmills doing here? So I start to feel apathetic again.
Alas, the “trickle-down” economy has done it again. The powerful, the connected and the rich get to vote in straw polls, something that is supposed to be “grassroots”. It got me to thinking about Ani DiFranco’s music and wondering if she thinks her message is trickling down. To hear her in concert, one has to pay at the door. So, even the most noble of us are caught in this hypocrisy.
Here’s a thought: Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich as running mates.
Blogging counts as grassroots activism, too. So, for now, I placate myself.
*I’m scared of the GOP because of patriarchy and going to Arlington would be crazy because of traffic and the logistics of what to do with my children (damn them, always in the way)