It really is very nice when you decide to go door to door to meet those you'd like voting for you face to face. But I have some things for you to remember.
We had a candidate show up at our door this afternoon. I won't mention names, because I think he realized his mistake about half way through. But it doesn't negate the fact that he removed himself from being considered by me at all. I moved back in with my folks a few years ago when my father became ill and I acted as caretaker until he had to be put in 24 hour care. I stayed because my mother is handicapped and needs a lot of help around the house. I own a very small portion of the house, but regardless, my name is on the deed.
As you probably guessed, I am also a registered voter. I am registered libertarian. My mother is registered democrat.
This candidate showed up at the door and, because I move a lot faster, I was the one who answered the front door. He began to address me by my mother's name, and I told him I was not her, but could help him. He told me who he was and said he really needed to speak with my mom. His reasoning was that she was listed as a regular voter, and gave me a look as if to chastise me for not being as on the ball with these things as my mother. It was like he was talking to a 20 year old who missed the last election. I can't be mistaken for a 20 year old, I promise you. I was around his age.
So, I called my mother and waited. She made her way down the hallway to speak with him, and I went into the room next to the front door where the dog was losing her damn mind trying to bark at him through the window.
He went into his speech and again stated he had in his notes that she was the sole voter. My mom looked at him cockeyed and said I was a regular voter as well. Truthfully, I've never missed an election in my entire life, from small town rolls up to president of the USA.
As I was leaving the room to head back toward the back of the house, he again stated there was no other voter listed on his sheet for this house. I looked back and said, "Probably because your list only has voting democrats. I'm a voting libertarian. We don't run a lot of seats in this state, you may not have a libertarian running against you." And just walked away.
My word of advice is this. If you have access to names of people who vote regularly, don't visit only the ones from your own party. Have you learned nothing? Get the list of all active voters and either visit or call all of them. I know that is a lot of places to visit, but you can't openly discount an active voter because they aren't in your party. History has shown large quantities of people jump party lines all the time. I, myself, am not a straight party voter. Neither is my mom.
If nothing else, when you get your active party voters, check to see who else is in their home and if they, too, are active voters. The way this guy completely discounted me - and almost chastised me for thinking I was not an active voter - should not have been done. I immediately memorized your name and face, and you can count on me voting for a dog turd before I ever vote for you.
Also, don't assume a person's political affiliation based on demographics or stereotypes. Not all women are democrats. Not all African-Americans are democrats. Not all Hispanics are democrats. Not all white men are republicans. I didn't show up on your active voter list because I am not a democrat. I am a woman, yes. You assumed I just didn't vote because you assumed all women are democrats. Don't assume anything.
What this guy did today was erase one voter and made the one he came to talk to question whether or not she wanted to actually vote for him. My mom would probably have voted for him, but since he completely discounted the one person in the house who is extremely active politically because he didn't bother to do better research - and trust me, the politicians around here know me - she's questioning whether or not this guy gives a crap about all of the people, or just the ones he knows will vote for him.
Everyone knows you only care about power, and that statement is for both parties. But at least do your best to make people think you might be different.
In response to the article "Florida Teacher of the Year's gun violence post goes viral after school shooting"
Author: Greg Caldwell
Having worked in the education field for a number of years, I'm here to tell you she nailed it. In addition to her words, let me add some of mine!
Since the latest school tragedy in Florida, they are coming out of the woodwork with solutions. Let me debunk some of the worst ones.
Arm Teachers - OH HELL NO - As the Technology Director for a small school district for a number of years, I worked daily with teachers. They are a bunch of great people that are working hard to help their students! However, giving them a gun, even with training, is enough to scare the hell out of this ole combat veteran. As a matter of fact, anything that can be used as a weapon does not belong in the classroom. Period.
Ban Assault Weapons - Yes, yes, I know. The AR-15 is not an assault weapon but I'm tired of trying to explain that to people that don't know anything about it. OK, we ban them. Magic wand waved, they disappear off the face of the earth. Now what? Let's not forget that the VA Tech shooter killed 30 people with a handgun.
Ban All Guns - OK sweet pea. Let's go over that. In order to ban guns, first you'll need to rescind the 2nd amendment. There are only two ways you can do that, neither of which I'm going to list. Google it. It suffices to say the chances of rescinding the 2nd amendment are about ........... zero! Ain't gonna happen. Move on.
Our kids are being slaughtered, so how about all you folks start dealing with reality and forget the utopia that you wish to have. What can be done IMMEDIATELY to stop most of this carnage? The simple answer is, controlled entry points into each school, metal detectors at those controlled entry points, and armed, professionally trained personnel manning those entry points at all times kids are in the building.
Yes, we need to improve a lot of things but the suggestion above will have an immediate effect. Some people are complaining that we will be making our schools militarized zones. Ok. Maybe! But, I'd rather my school be a militarized zone than a bloody crime scene. Yes, the sight of armed people at the entrance to school may initially upset some of the younger ones but once it's explained that those people are there to keep bad people out, they'll quickly forget it and it will soon be normal.
Now that we have the immediate safety of our kids covered, let's turn our attention to the social and mental issues that are causing these people to want to create carnage at our schools.
I do not have all the answers but there are things we can do. We all need to start dealing with reality and not some utopian desire that's never going to happen. Notice I didn't say that the President or Congress needs to do something! That's because we parents and concerned citizens are going to have to take the initiative and FORCE local and state leaders to do this! We can find the money to get started and then pressure Congress for more. We HAVE to start somewhere sometime. Why not now? Why not at your school?
OK, I am starting to have trouble with Facebook. I don't know if we have a troll who is reporting my stuff over and over again, or if Facebook got one report and is now doing their best.
It started out with someone reporting a post from January 10, and it was removed for basically being racist. The post was about the H&M hoodie debacle. The article was about the mother's reaction to the post and how maybe people shouldn't take it upon themselves to speak on behalf of others without their consent. I'm not sure what about that article was racist. What I assume happened is someone read the headline, decided not to be bothered reading the article, and just reported it. Facebook has a long track record of just taking the reporter's word for it, so the post disappeared.
A few hours later - same day - I get this:
Now, I went in, clicked on the box to type in, got another message, and clicked for more details. A page popped up:
So I was blocked for "spam?" This time it was an image. I had used it on the website Facebook page to reply to a conversation. The image? The Florida school shooter... an image I saved from Facebook. It was him in his little commie shirt with his raised fist.
I'm not allowed to reply to my own readers? That's "spam?" Or does it upset someone that the image is off narrative? Facebook is full of proud commies with their fists raised, and that doesn't seem to be a problem. Suddenly, in this case, it is. And since they deem it "spam," they don't have to defend the move. I'm still not sure how replying to a comment on my own page is spam.
I sent a message to Facebook asking for clarification after checking off the box that said I believe this was done in error. I explained the image they deemed spam was a reply to one of my readers, and was a current events photograph that depicted nothing violent or unknown.
OK, well, bottom line here is this. If I have a troll trying to inflict damage, there isn't much I can do about it since Facebook acts on only one side of a story (and right now, I don't know if this is a troll doing all of it or if I just landed the page on Facebook's radar after one post got reported by a troll). And since I got a warning and Facebook jail all in under 12 hours, it leaves me wondering how much longer we're going to have a Facebook page.
For my Facebook followers, I have plenty of social media, and you can decide which you want to deal with.
But that's where we are. I am going to try to save the Facebook page, but like I said, if there is a snowflake reporting everything, Facebook doesn't really care what my defense is or that whatever they blocked doesn't violate their own TOS when I search for it. The above are the alternatives should something go down.
CNN's breaking new box after the speech:
STUDENT WHO LOST FRIENDS IN FLORIDA SHOOTING TELLS TRUMP: ‘DO SOMETHING INSTEAD OF SENDING PRAYERS’: Click
My response: And what did you do, Sarah? Did you tell anyone about the strange behavior everyone else saw? Did you say anything to your parents? Bring concerns up to your school? Or do you expect everyone else to do it for you?
I made a video last night about the shooting and why we need to stop screaming about gun control and start doing something real about these shootings. I had trouble uploading last night, but I hope to get it here tonight. In the meantime, it is up at the YouTube channel if you want to see it now.
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