Ok, seriously. I am so done with getting political propaganda. I went to check the mail yesterday and out popped a deluge of political fliers, a bill for my student loan, a package slip (thanks for the book, Vicki!), and the local paper’s advertising circular. And I mean literally popped, because I had so many political fliers wedged into my mailbox that they started wedging themselves out almost as soon as I got the door open. Granted, I only check my mail a few times a week, but this was out of control. I’m surprised they didn’t assault some poor postal clerk.
Speaking of postal clerks, I wonder if there is any way I can convince them not to wedge phone books I don’t want into my box. Or advertising circulars. Maybe I should leave a little note on the door, like “hey, unless something is specifically addressed to me, I don’t want it. I like trees.”
The really funny thing is that I have already voted, because I am registered as a permanent absentee voter. I mailed off my ballot two weeks ago. (Hey, John Edwards, thanks for backing out, and therefore causing me to throw my vote away. I went to all the trouble of requesting a Democratic ballot specifically so that I could vote for you because I hate both of the frontrunners, and then you dropped out. Bad politician. No cookie.) I also don’t know where these people get my address. Or my email. Or my phone number. And I was infuriated to learn that the Do Not Call List specifically does not cover political groups, so I have basically no recourse, and since the damn calls are all robots and not people, I can’t even ask to be taken out of their database, which I think is grossly unfair.
I just want the propaganda to stop. In former years, my policy has been to automatically vote in opposition to whatever propaganda I get, which used to work because I only got propaganda from the Republicans for some reason (I’m registered non-partisan, as I believe I have mentioned elsewhere), but I get shit from the Democrats too, although it’s hard to tell the difference because they are pretty much the same party these days. And I get stuff from random people I never voted for thanking me for my support. Because, you know, being reminded that I didn’t vote for a legislator in the last election is going to make me vote for them this time.
I really don’t remember getting this much crap before an election before, especially since there’s not a lot going on on Tuesday:
Prop 91-even the sponsors of this prop are saying to vote against it, because the issue has already been covered in other legislation. I was therefore surprised to get no less than three fliers about it.
Prop 92-community college reform. No fliers. Interesting. I voted yes, incidentally, because I like spending more money on education, and I hope it makes our budget collapse, thereby hastening the beginning of the end. Only probably they will just yank the money out of education to buy more of something I don’t like, like roads.
Prop 93-term limits for state legislators. I’m a pretty big fan of term limits, but this law is complex. Basically, if you are in the house or the senate when it passes, you get a free pass to serve up to 12 years in that body, including prior service. Current term limits are eight years in the senate and six years in the house; this bill changes it to 12 years total, in the house, senate, or both. Supposedly this is going to limit the influence of big bad special interests in California. Right now the bill is faltering, perhaps because it is expanding term limits in the individual houses while claiming to shorten them? The propaganda wants me to think that it will REVOLUTIONIZE CALIFORNIA’S DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. Or maybe it will magically extend the term limits for people currently in the legislature, allowing them to serve for 12 more years. Oh, and the whole thing is being masterminded by bad, evil people. No, wait, the bad people are opposing it. (Seven fliers.)
Props 94-97-Indian gaming. Which I voted against on principle, for a variety of reasons. Nine fliers, mainly telling me not to vote for “unfair deals.” I think that what we have done to the Native Americans is pretty sick; I’m not quite sure how voting to build giant disgusting casinos on reservations is going to atone for that.
And of course I got propaganda from the Democrats, telling me that I can vote in their primary because they aren’t mean like the Republicans. Oh and I should vote for Hillary. No, Obama. Experience! Change! A Clinton! A black dude!
I threw them all in the recycling on my way out, but it still bothers me. It bothers me that I get tons of unsolicited political mail, and that other people do too. It bothers me to think of all this wasted paper and ink and energy to transport these fliers from wherever they come from to me. It makes me sad to think that voters are influenced by this crap because they don’t know where else to get their information.
I am so over the political system in America; this is just a nail in the coffin.