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I think I figured it out

I have gotten call after call, email after email, from the dems, from Barack, from progressive groups, all telling me I have to go to the headquarters and make phone calls in these last few days and on election day. But I refuse to answer the calls.

Why? In 2004 I even went to Nevada to work at the campaign offices there. Earlier this year I wanted to do what I could to help. But when push came to shove I simply have not been there. I have sent money and I have watched Rachel and I do care desperately and everything says I should do something myself to help. Yet I have not.

I think the reason is that I have had enough of doing what I hate. It really is just that simple. For years I have volunteered, both politically and otherwise, at events and headquarters, and done things that I did not enjoy and just wanted to be done with. Others are so much better at this than I am. This year I did send money, again and again. Not huge amounts but still.

I am not going so far as to say tough s**t. I am not going to say that I do not apologize for my lack of political spirit. I am simply saying I have only so many days left on this earth and I do not want to spent them doing things I really really hate.



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Nov. 4th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean. After Ed and I did canvassing yesterday (and got yelled at by a guy who'd had enough of the Obama "ground game" and didn't want to be hassled any more) I told Ed how I think volunteer coordinators are the backbone. Their jobs are SO important and they really have to be GREAT or else they ruin it.

Volunteers aren't employees. They have to be motivated by things other than a paycheck. So, volunteering needs to be fun, it needs to be easy, and volunteers need to feel appreciated.

Sounds like no one made that effort with you. They didn't make it with me entirely, either, though some volunteer coordinators were better than others with me.

Just stick to what you enjoy. Do the kind of community work you like :)
Nov. 4th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
That's my plan from now on, to stick to what I like. It was easier for me to send money this time than to get on the phone or canvass neighborhoods. I admire those who do these things and I do feel guilty that I did not. It is incredible how many calls were made just in San Luis Obispo county (I got the stats in an email), by others. I would be very happy sitting at a desk in a campaign office and talking to visitors, or hammering signs in the ground even. Nobody offered those positions to me but maybe they are there and I can find them next time.
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