The other day, I received and e-mail from "Eli, Wes, Joan and the Whole MoveOn Team" asking for input to determine the future course for the organization:
MoveOn works for the same reason democracy does: when lots of people work together, they generate great ideas and accomplish great goals. That's why we need your help.
To get direction from our members, we have set up an online forum. There, you can share your ideas and goals for MoveOn and our nation. Comments are read and rated by other members and the best ideas float to the top. These help set MoveOn's course.
Take a few moments today to contribute to the Great Goals forum.
While I haven't had a chance to contribute yet, I did read through the top one-hundred or so comments (there are thousands) addressing the forum issue:
Issue: What is the most important goal for MoveOn.org Political Action to pursue in the next four years?
You can check the forum out for yourself here. You'll notice the same words showing in most of the comments: impeachment, stolen, lying, spying, and Diebold. The comments provide a fascinating look at the worldview of the people who support one of the Left's most powerful fundraising and political action organizations.
And if they're any indication of where MoveOn is heading, the nuttiness is only beginning.
At the risk of being accused of shooting fish in a barrel (or shooting a lawyer on a quail hunt), I've pulled a few of my favorite comments from the forum:
Since we cannot rely on our elected officials to do what's right in this matter, this mission needs to fall to the people. It is going to take the people to affect change in this matter. It is going to take us standing together. We are all very upset, but we get lost in our own personal lives. It's not enough to be upset, but we need to physically come together in massive protest.
I think it is time the people draw the line, and I would like to see MoveOn PAC organize a March on Washington, the people should storm the capital in protest - that is our real power, the power of our united voices. It is time we use it, and finally stand up for ourselves and defend our liberties and freedoms that keep slipping away by the minute.
- Brandon Brawner, Music Industry (February 21, 2006; West Hollywood, CA)
Freedoms...slipping away... by the minute. Must...storm...capital
And everyone is right, it's not the point whether Bush declares himself king, or torture and kidnapping legal or his supreme court says he can put Americans in black holes or have a Holicaust of Liberals and place Ann Coulter on the supreme court shouting in her sexchanged voice OFF WITH THEIR TRAITOROUS HEADS!
What counts is the vote count. Bears Repeating to every congressman now at home on vacation, every senator on home for vacation....IF YOU DON'T COUNT OUR VOTES WE CAN THROW YOU OUT FOR COLLUSION IN THE BUSH CRIME FAMILY VOTE COUNT. Diebold and Bush Family stole American votes in the last elections and that alone means WE THE PEOPLE are not in charge anymore.
Corruption rules America, no matter what phoney act the Republican Lites in Congress (war supporting democrats) want to act like.
- sofia debussy, writer (December 30, 2005; sausalito, CA)
You can tell she's a writer by her clever use of capital letters.
The reason they won in 2004 is that their message was clear, well articulated and consistant. Unless our message is consistant it gets lost on people who have a very short attention span. It is like with childred. You must repeat, and repeat, over and over again the same thing before it will begin to sink in.
- Arnold Becker, Realtor (February 12, 2006; Hayward, CA)
Let me give this a try. Condescension is not an attractive political message. Condescension is not an attractive political message. Condescension is not an attractive political message. Condescension is not an attractive political message.
Congress, do not vote for bills to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. I as an African American cannot bear any more burdens from the Republicans. This administration's neglect of Africans Americans, in particular those who are the first to die in Iraq, New Orleans, the last to receive equity, while being unfairly imprisoned for crimes, less serious than those committed by the president and his band of thugs. Those who support and have supported these thugs are as bad as those committing these crimes against humanity. These crimes are worse than those Sadam is accused of committing, and is probably as guilty as Bush and associates. So please with a heart for humanity vote against all republican supported bills, and be sure to vote "Yes" for impeachment.
- walter l. ellis, CEO/non-profit (February 12, 2006; ruston, LA)
He's not saying that Bush is as bad as Saddam Hussein. He's saying that he's WORSE!
If we don't have fair 2006 elections, all the Repugnants up for election will be even more beholden to Bush for preserving their jobs, and they may also be getting scared of his power by then. Bush has shown no compunction to break any law he pleases, so what does Congress have left in its arsenal to do battle with? At that point, they may try to impeach and Bush may refuse to be impeached.
Oh, but the people would never stand for that. Why not, if they let him get away with lying and spying and war and torture? After all, everybody I talk to says there's nothing you can do but vote them out next time.
It may be too late already, but massive action to get Bush out before the elections may be our only hope of surviving under the present Constitution.
- Ben Hogue, Database Programmer (February 01, 2006; Driftwood, TX)
One can only imagine what this "massive action" might look like. Something tells me it's more than a candlelight vigil.