Whither Goest MoveOn.Org?


Today I received an email from a political action org that I had grown to respect.  Now it appears that they are expanding into something akin to a “vanity press” operation where you provide the issue – any issue – and they will assist in distribution techniques.

I can think of many things I would like to petition the powers that be to legislate against.

1.    I find it irritating when people replace a roll of toilet paper that unrolls from the rear instead of, sensibly, over the top.
2.    Although I had long hair  as a teenager in the ’60s, but I find it offensive to see teenagers with pants as low as my hair was long.
3.    Truth in advertising: If an ad claims to cure something, it should  provide sources.
4.    Standards for shoe design should provide for Celtic peoples that have “Morton’s toe” where the second toe is longer than the         bigtoe.

The possibilities are endless, but I ask:  “What have you been smoking?” A petition should address a valid issue, else it is reduced to its lowest common denominator and its effect diluted. More, groups like MoveOn.org will be reduced in influence to just another unread email in the cacophony of petitioners complaining about the lack of interest in the aliens among us – Carlos

On 9/2/2011 8:35 AM, “Michael Sherrard, MoveOn.org Civic Action” <moveon-help@list.moveon.org> wrote:

Dear John,

We’re testing a new tool that lets anyone start their own MoveOn-style petition and we want you to be among the first to try it out.

It’s called SignOn.org, and it’s a revolutionary approach to online organizing. Instead of MoveOn staff organizing just a few big campaigns, we’re turning the keys over to grassroots progressives like you to run thousands of campaigns on local, state, and national issues.

Whether you’re a seasoned organizer or a first-time activist, you can create a petition in minutes, and then invite your friends to sign it. We’ll send the most popular petitions to other MoveOn members to help build support for your cause.

Click here to start your own petition on SignOn.org right now.

Thanks for all you do.

–Michael, Elena, Mark, Tim, and the rest of the team

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About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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