Tuesday, October 21, 2008

pushed over the edge...

Yesterday I did two things I've never done before. In the afternoon, I bit the bullet, dragged myself out of bed, went to our local library, and voted early. There was a good turnout. At 2:30 the line was long, over half an hour's wait. When I got to the booth, the voting was electronic, with nothing to show for it (no paper ballot), which didn't give me any warm fuzzy feeling about what I was doing and in fact made me a little nervous. I've watched that Homer Simpson video too many times to be happy about electronic voting.

Then last night, late, I made two political contributions online. I don't believe I've ever contributed to a political campaign before. I have no problem contributing to the arts, or to any number of good causes, e.g., Juvenile Diabetes, ALS, Susan G. Komen foundation, etc. But when it comes to politics, I’ve donated time but not cash, not even a dollar on my income tax return. I've never felt a reason to contribute financially, before now. And although I'm weary to the bone of this seemingly interminable campaign season, it was a politician who finally made me see the light, as we like to say in the south.

So who's responsible for my seeing that it makes sense, for me, to contribute some cold, hard earned cash to the cache, so to speak? The answer might surprise you. The person who prompted me to finally take action financially is Minnesota congresswoman Michelle Bachman. Yep, her comments to Chris Matthews on Hardball re anti-Americanism and how she would like to see the news media "do a penetrating expose and take a great look at the views of the people in congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America?" smacked so loudly of McCarythyism that it pushed me over the edge (you can watch the video here). And so although I've lived in Texas for 25 years, last night I found myself looking on the internet to see who is opposing Ms. Bachman in Minnesota for her congressional seat this year. The answer is Elwyn Tinklenberg, and having found that out, I made a donation to him and of course to Obama.

I wasn't alone in having this reaction to Bachman, btw. It turns out that her comments brought in $810,000 to Tinklenberg's campaign in less than 72 hours, in contrast to the year it had taken him to raise $1 million prior to that. And I smile to think, I doubt that was the reaction Michelle anticipated when she spoke to Chris Matthews. And if things don't turn out as I hope they do in November, and if the time comes when people start drawing up lists of who did what, who contributed to whom...well, I'd be proud to show up as having made those donations.

5 comments:

JACKIE said...

I'd love to hear her definition of anti American. Something tells me we would not agree. I haven't watched anything affiliated with Fox since the X-Files went off the air.

Jackie

emmapeelDallas said...

Yeah, I have the same feeling. It wouldn't be close to what Colin Powell says about welcoming diversity, would it? Sounds like you made a wise choice regarding Faux News, I mean Fox News.

Michelle said...

Bachman is an embarassment to all of us in Minnesota. I wish she were the congresswoman for my district just so I could vote against her. That woman is pure evil.

emmapeelDallas said...

I was raised in Minnesota, and still have a brother living there. She is the antithesis of what I think of when I think of politicians from Minnesota, e.g., Humphrey and Mondale, to name two...

Cat said...

I, too, contributed to a political campaign for the first time. It had never occurred to me before, although this is only the second presidential election I've been legally able to vote in. That's not to say, had I lived in FL, I wouldn't have found a way to vote before then...Bravo for taking a stand!