Look out Floridians, the politicians and the horrid big money political machines are coming.
Be prepared to be under attack! In your mailbox, in your newspaper, on your smart phone, on your computer, on your televisions, your radios, and your landline phones. There will be signage littering all your streets, most of the lawns around town. I have no poll to prove this but I suspect gun sales have been up this week. You might want to just go ahead and unplug those landline phones now and save yourself dawn til way past dusk aggravation.
Finally, today, the hoards will depart our state and flock in mass to Florida.
For sure they have plumped up some local and state coffers. Charleston has been raining money. All those yankee network folks and their hairdressers and such seem to have learned how to enjoy cheese grits and biscuits for breakfast. Good bye lattes and energy bars.
Back to the politics.
Things are not as they seem.
First of all, I made it a point to take all the polling calls. I saw this as a duty. If you do not plan to vote for a candidate with big PAC money then the only way the others can make any showing in the numbers is if we voters suffer through the calls and speak up for our choices. It is grueling work. I took the calls from the robos and actual humans. It would be hard to say which was more frustrating. This experience got me so aggravated I sent e-mails to all the taking heads at Fox, MSNBC, and CNN. Here is why, they are broadcasting flawed data 24/7. I am still awaiting their replies.
Here is a typical situation with the robo calls:
" If the election were being held today would you vote for
Romney? Press 1. Gingrich? press 2. Paul? Press 3."
If, after the third offer you have not pressed a button the call is terminated.
There is no opportunity to add your position to the polling. No choice for the others.
What is maybe a tad interesting is the order of the voting for Ron. Newt or Mitt depending on who is conducting the poll. In some of them, where their candidate is mentioned first and you don't push number one ... yep they disconnect so they only collect votes for their candidate.
What happened to honesty?
Lady Liberty is weeping.
When actual humans call the experience is different.
Some are rigidly impersonal others seek to bond through a sort of theatrical folksyness.
In one polling call, a man asked if I had a few minutes to answer a survey/poll?
" Well, yes if you hurry up before it's time for me to get the pasta out of the hot water".
" Is that a candidate?"
" No, it's dinner"
" Will you take the survey?
" Yes, but get on with it."
" What is your date of birth?
" You called to survey my age?"
"We try to determine the age of voters"
" Okay, I am old enough to vote."
" What is your actual age lady?"
" Somewhere between 18 and death".
He hung up.
At least he did so before I overcooked the pasta.
Blowfish was over in his chair having a laugh.
He does not feel enough dedication to answer any of the calls but he is having a fine entertainment
watching me have fits over them all. I threatened to go on a Kitchen strike. No cooking for non participating Americans. I think it is important to step up and not be silent. If you want to have a say in what is happening in our country you have to participate in the process. If you have been a long time member of the "silent majority" it is time to be silent no more. Speak up! Act! Vote!
On Thursday morning, a few hours before the last SC debate, I received a personal call;
" Good morning! Is this Fishy?"
" Mrs. Goodsouth here, calling to share with you this morning our family's pride and excitement in the opportunity to again have our White House as the residence of a fine Southern gentleman!"
" I think your gentleman went home to Texas this morning."
" I am, of course, referring to Speaker Gingrich."
" Fishy, I am calling this morning to invite you to join us in supporting Speaker Gingrich in saving our Nation. He is the only one who can oust the current occupier of our White House."
" I will not be voting for Mr. Gingrich."
" Well that is just not a loyal decision. Let me help you understand why you must , as a thinking person, vote for our Speaker"
" Can we skip that part of the conversation and just move on to have a nice day?"
"Please explain why you think you will not be favoring our candidate with your support.
I can set you straight again in one skinny minute."
" Mrs. Goodsouth, you have my admiration for your participation and support of this election process but I will not be voting for the Newt. There is nothing you could say which will change this."
" Why ever in this whole world would you withhold your support from this fine man?"
" Because he is NOT a 'fine man' and there are better choices."
" He is the only candidate who can beat The Occupier in a debate".
" Do you think we are hoping to elect a Great Debater or a president?
Plus he is not , in my view, a great debater. He does however practice effective stagecraft."
" Oh my goodness Fishy. We have a lot of work to do to get you on the true path this morning".
" I am not going to travel your path today Mrs. Goodsouth. Good bye and God bless you."
I hardly hung up from that call when my phone rang.
A robocall again disallowing a vote beyond the PAC's candidate.
I was soooooooo annoyed I called the local GOP office to complain.
The man taking the call there suggested I stop answering the robo calls and just vote for his choice.
I mentioned as a staffer in the GOP office he was not there to support any one candidate. If that was his mission he should be on the phone banks in the headquarters for his chosen one.
" Would you like to make your donation by phone today?"
I found this equally dismaying and irritating.
Here is my next issue.
So to the Trolls, Auntys and La Divas of Florida, you have my sympathies.
It's not fun but please, y'all do your part ! Participate! Report if things are not as they should be and vote. It counts. A lot.