To sum up the Republican position, the debate on Iraq shouldn't be about Iraq. To hell with the country and the troops serving our country. Let's create a political strategy that doesn't make us look like the losers that we are. Nothing else matters.
ExxonMobile is still up to its same tricks. The American Enterprise Institute has offered $10,000 to scientist to write a report criticizing the recent Fourth Assessment Report on global warming by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change. The Fourth Assessment recently concluded that the earth is warming and it's being caused by humans emitting carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. The AEI has received $1.6 Million from ExxonMobile over the years and the former CEO and Chairman of the Board, Lee Raymond, is now the Vice Chairman of the AEI. http://environment.guardian.co.uk/climat
By the way, articles are expected to be up to about 10,000 words, which is $1.00 a word. I bet Chris Bowers wishes he was being paid at that rate. :)
I understand your decision. Part of your bad experience may be the area you were canvassing or poor organization at the ground level. I was working on a targeted list of swing voters and Democrats and for the most part, it was a solid list of people who supported or might support the Democratic Party. I was also a volunteer. I felt this made a big difference and learned to pause after saying "I am a volunteer" to let those words sink in before continuing with "for the Democratic party." I think being a volunteer makes a significant difference to most people you are approaching.
For anyone that may be reading this that hasn't canvassed or phone banked before, my experiencing canvassing and phone banking has been quite different from ProgressiveChristians' experience. I was actually surprised by how most people respond positively.
I too was concerned that I would be invading people's privacy. I am also a little introverted and going up and knocking on a stranger's door wasn't my idea of fun. But after four years of Bush, I was desperate enough to phone bank and after six years of Bush, I tried canvassing in this last election.
And I really liked canvassing. I thought that I made a difference with at least a few people that I made contact with. Even Republicans that somehow found their way onto our target list were polite in their refusal to engage me in a discussion on the upcoming election. A few people simply said they weren't interested, but they were a tiny minority. A lot of people thanked me for helping to get out the vote. At the end of the day, on both days, I was happy and invigorated. I will continue to canvass in future elections and recommend it to others.
The answer is simple. We can be mad at Nader, the Democrats that voted for Bush, the Republicans that voted for Bush, Bush, Cheney and others. All share responsibility for the mess that Bush created. This post, however, is about Ralph Nader.
There needed to be an agnostic/athiest category. Those who do not necessarily believe in a god or God. Chris, You asked us to help design the poll. How about next time you ask the religious question and break down the current "Other" category into "other" and "agnostic/athiest?" As an agnostic, I hate even being put into the same category as athiests, but given the small numbers of agnostics, I guess I have to compromise!
It seems that everyone at mydd loves to talk about what strategies and tactics that will help the Democratic Party win elections. This could be an interesting topic area to poll. What about asking about the 50 state strategy vs. narrow targeting in close races? What percentage of a person's political contributions went directly to candidates, the DNC, DSCC, DCCC to candidates through ActBlue, BlogPac, mydd special projects, etc. How active are people? Within the last 12 months, have they canvassed, phone-banked, contributed money, coordinated other volunteer activities, written letters to editors, etc? Which activity is most effective? What political issues should the Democratic party pursue to win elections? Iraq, terrorism, social security, universal health care, labor issues, immigration, ethics reform, election reform, global warming, other environmental, trade, gun control, culture war issues, gun control, states rights, etc. Finally, how about asking, "Which of these factors is most important in choosing a candidate to support in a Democratic primary: the candidate positions on policy most closely matches my own; the candidate's experience; the degree to which the candidate represents change; the candidate's electability; the candidate's personality; the region of the country that the candidate represents, etc."