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If you’ve ever made a political donation in the past, you probably receive dozens, maybe hundreds, of fundraising emails every day. My views have evolved to the point that most of the candidates I formerly supported now seem much too far to the right for my tastes. Certainly, the Democratic Party as a whole is too “moderate,” far too eager to compromise its ideals for the sake of getting lackluster politicians elected...and doing almost nothing constructive once its “safe” candidates are in office. For the longest time, I just deleted those emails and bemoaned the crisis in leadership. You can also use SMTP servers to send emails for political campaigns.

Moderate Democrats

The Democratic Party today is like a lifeguard afraid to get in the water, inching in a little at a time to get slowly acclimated to the temperature, when people are out there drowning and need help NOW.

And then I realized that unless these candidates, and the Party itself, knew WHY I was no longer donating, they would never understand the need to change. They could well believe they had lost support because they hadn’t compromised ENOUGH. So now I respond to each and every one of those fundraising emails. Mind you, I have my reply saved in a file on my desktop, so all I have to do is copy and paste. And it still takes a while. But every “moderate” candidate and organization gets this reply:

“I cannot donate until you begin consistently and loudly proclaiming your commitment to drastically cut military spending and use those funds for single-payer healthcare, tuition-free college and trade schools, public transportation, and the development of solar, wind, wave and other forms of green energy. You must declare a complete ban on fracking and new pipelines, insist on eliminating private prisons and prison sentences for non-violent crime, and refuse to accept corporate donations. You must demand immigration reform that is humane rather than punitive, civilian review boards across the nation to investigate police brutality, and promote other ‘progressive’ ideas. If all you can offer me is ‘Republican Lite,’ you are part of the problem. Please be a part of the solution.”

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Naturally, people can tailor their personal responses to include other issues important to them. My own response evolves slightly over time as well. But I do feel the term “Republican Lite” sums up my opinion of their compromising positions in an immediate, unmistakable manner.

The question is whether or not such an email response from some random person refusing to donate will be the least bit effective. The truth is I don’t know. I just know that NOT explaining my reasons definitely WON’T have any effect. I believe too that if more people responded to those fundraising emails in a similar fashion, there could be a cumulative impact. We should also go to the individual websites of the candidates and Democratic organizations that do not push bold ideas and send them this message directly. This would have to be coupled, of course, with the success of fundraising campaigns for truly progressive candidates. I think this combination might finally force some “moderate” Democrats to move further to the left. The Democratic Party today is like a lifeguard afraid to get in the water, inching in a little at a time to get slowly acclimated to the temperature, when people are out there drowning and need help NOW.

We need to use every strategy we can to push an enlightened, civilized platform of ideas. This method is one that even introverts and people with limited funds can use. If we haven’t already, let’s make a short, concise message we feel comfortable with, and keep it handy. It may take half an hour a day to reply to all those emails flooding our inboxes or to visit individual websites, but let’s make sure “moderates” understand that they must evolve into progressives before we are willing to elect them.

Johnny Townsend

Johnny Townsend