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” <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
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.
Thanks for all you do.
–Michael, Elena, Mark, Tim, and the rest of the team