To Those Who Perceive Moving On As "Quitting"Submitted by fishyculture on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 14:18
Once one knows the situation, one understands there is no "quitting" it. However, politics is NOT the only avenue to victory. Indeed, placing all our eggs in one basket is an avenue to certain defeat.
In 2007, my apathy was "cured" and I jumped into politics with both feet. I never made any secret of the fact that I do not do well under pressure. I still found myself getting sucked deeper and deeper into the political process because people who had more aptitude, money, whatever, were too busy protecting their precious reputation to associate with Ron Paul. I finally reached my level of incompetence and crashed and burned in spectacular fashion. But before that happened, I had helped to put together a formidable force, in spite of constant backstabbing by the local politicians and new political wannabes that I helped assemble. The helluvitall was when "Campaign For Liberty" was born, rather than being put in touch with them and asked to help get it off and running, I was asked to donate money. I had the names and contact information for most of the people in this state who stepped up and ran for PCP, the ones who were not afraid to canvass or make phone calls, and the ones who were in it to make their own careers in the cesspool of Idaho Republican politics. All this data in my head and computer was never requested. Eventually the computer died and the notes and such were scattered among the boxes here.
When Bush proposed the first bailouts, there were 8 of us in the street. The new RP politicians ould not make waves in the GOP, we were too new By and by, the "Tea Party" came to town one day our Lt Gov. announced to the State Central Committee that the GOP had successfully taken it over, and I walked out. Not quietly. Put a fork in me, I was DONE.
But Dr. Paul got to me - he tries so hard, and his cause is so worthy.... So I did what I could. I can make phone calls, and if I am speaking to a rational person I can even explain his policies pretty articulately. But I am not good at lying, and I am no good at at direct confrontation with those who love war. When I got there, I found that it was a MUCH more organized and well equipped situation, but they really did not have anything substantial left of the groundwork laid in 2008.
The politicians were there. It was gratifying and irritating to see these folks seated at the side of the stage, being recognized for their efforts for "Liberty" when only one elected official stuck his neck out in 2008 and deserved that spot, along with a guy who jumped in in 2008 and got himself into the state legislature. But those who know how to play the political game get the political glory, and that is some form of justice.
We are in no position to play politics this time. No heart for it, no money for it. What little funds we had, we invested locally. Too little too late, I realized there would never be enough people making calls to do what needed done, so we sold some stuff and paid for a robocall for as much of our county as we could afford. We also sponsored a table at an event where Stewart Rhodes was to speak. Well, tragedy struck Stewart's family, and we got Elias Alias, and I REALLY enjoyed his talk. However, he does not have the "name recognition" pull, and the event was very small. We were one of 3 paying sponsors. A candidate was allowed to speak at the event who went into a rant about how evil non-Christians are that was so vile my husband walked out before I did. When Elias stood up and stated he was an agnostic, and friends with Chuck Baldwin, I knew my money was well spent. But I knew the Republican Party was not redeemable, too. The woman behind me was nearly orgasmic over his tirade. The room was clearly on his side. At our expense. We did not want their vote or their money, we jsut wanted to tell them how to not starve. We took our evil selves out for a cigarette.
The same son of a gun who just KEPT a knife in my back in 2008 posted an announcement from the meetup about our event, and he only listed 2 sponsors. We PAID to be listed as sponsors, but he saw the chance to put a knife in and by golly, he took it. Mind you, this is the "Golden Boy" of the local scene. With him as my ally, you expect me to stay in politics? I am a terribly sensitive person, it hurts my feelings, and makes me miserable. Why would you demand that of me? Do you demand Carol run for PCP? Become a delegate? I made nearly 10,000 phone calls, worked the crowds every where I could, did everything I could think of including digging through boxes for old notes and scraps for contacts. And again, the campaign will pull out of town without ever stopping to ask those of us who just spoke to hundreds and hundreds of Idahoans, "What did Idahoans say about Ron Paul?" or even "Would you do this again in 2016 for Rand?" They just blow in, pull volunteers from the woodwork then let them crawl back in. They never take feedback, never try to cultivate a solid network. It is not about being thanked, it is about feeling like we are building on something rather than re-inventing the wheel each time.
And the simple fact is Idaho has special wounds, inflicted by the good doctor himself. He quit on US.
I am moving BACK to what I was doing when I stopped to make phone calls. If any of you are ever hungry, do look me up, there is NO NEED FOR HUNGER. Silly little hobby of mine. Good luck converting the evil, bloodthirsty Republicans. I just have better things to do with my sensitive little soul. I do appreciate what you are trying to do, it is simply as shame you are so unappreciative of those of us who have other callings. You need us more than we need you.