In the words of the great political philosopher, Popeye the Sailor Man, “That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more.” On the same day that the Obama Administration refused to stand for clean air by not even enforcing the clean air standards of the George W. Bush administration, I received an email from the campaign asking for my money and labor for his re-election.
I am a Liberal considerably far to the left of the President. In 2008, he was my 5th choice during the Democratic Primaries. However, once he defeated Senator Clinton, I became an enthusiastic Obama supporter. I donated money and traveled to Washinton D.C. to attend his Inauguration. Although I believed that he was politically naive with few coattails or allies in Washington, I was optimistic. That hope triumphed over what I knew about his hostility towards teacher unions as expressed in my September 2008 article, “First We Kill the Teacher Unions” and my horror at Arne Duncan’s nomination as Secretary of Education, “Obama Practices Social Promotion.”
Getting the President’s Attention
The President’s base is having a heck of a time having their concerns heard or respected by the Obama White House. The “punch a hippie strategy” might work as a political tactic, but not at the expense of increased asthma suffering by children or the survival of the American middle class.
My possibly inconsequential act of dissent was unsubscribing from the Obama political mailing list. Perhaps, the White House political team will take “the base” more seriously if a large number of political supporters sever their ties to the re-election campaign. So, I just unsubscribed and I urge others to do so as well, even if you plan to vote Obama as I do in November 2012.
I only had a small text field in which to express my reasons for unsubscribing. My comment is as follows:
The President’s weakness in negotiating with the GOP House, attack on public education, refusal to march with Wisconsin workers, capitulation on environmental regulation, continuation of questionable interrogation techniques, escalation in Afghanistan, support for soldiers of forture and refusal to fight for qualified nominees like Elizabeth Warren makes me quite unenthusiastic about either donating to his campaign or volunteering my time.
If you too wish to express your dissatisfaction and unsubscribe from Obama’s mailing list, click here.
Please donate to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and/or the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee!
Happy Labor Day!
Veteran educator Gary Stager, Ph.D. is the author of Twenty Things to Do with a Computer – Forward 50, co-author of Invent To Learn — Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, publisher at Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, and the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute. He led professional development in the world’s first 1:1 laptop schools thirty years ago and designed one of the oldest online graduate school programs. Gary is also the curator of The Seymour Papert archives at DailyPapert.com. Learn more about Gary here.
4 thoughts on “Why I Just Unsubscribed to the Obama Mailing List”
And what did you do when the rule was implemented in the first place? what did you do when he got the auto industry to his terms on mileage?
If you learned the facts you’d save time and emotional energy.
Obama just raised, what, $60 million? Yeah, I’m sure he’s quaking in his shoes that you dropped off his email list.
Gary – I too dropped off. I’m not sure that President Obama ever presented himself as being where I am philosophically. But my disappointment at where he ended up (a little bit right of Bush) has left me wishing we on the left had another choice. (Hillary wouldn’t do that) When the republicans have finished their dance we’ll be left with someone like Michelle Bachmann or worse. My question is what do we do then? Obama will probably end up getting my vote – but he is about as far away from my belief system as Bachmann. Americans seem to want to elect people who hate government to govern them.
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