I often participate in get out the vote efforts. To me, it’s our civic duty. I was posting about it earlier this week. If we want our government to be for the people, it must be by the people.
While I mean this for all citizens of our country, right now I’m writing this for my fellow Elizabeth Warren supporters. We know how amazing she is. She is intelligent, thoughtful, accountable, transparent, and effective as hell. The problem is, it’s not just enough to support her. It’s not enough to just vote for her. We must be off the sidelines.
Tonight is an FEC deadline. Tomorrow is the South Carolina primary. Tuesday is “Super Tuesday” when 14 states, 1 US territory, and Democrats Abroad will be voting (What is Super Tuesday and why is it important?). About 1/3 of the delegates will be awarded.
Bloomberg has spent $500,000,000 already on ads, and he’s not stopping. Warren tried to get everyone in the field to swear off Super PACs, but no one would, and so now she wants them all to disclose their donors, including the one backing her. She didn’t ask for this, and she will make it a priority to get money out of politics, but first we have to get her elected.
Right now pundits are consumed in their punditry, and when we listen to them we get caught trying to play that game. Who is electable? Who is “safe”? Who will beat Trump? This distracts everyone from our true civic duty, which is choosing who will be the best President, not the best politician.
No amount of money can outweigh our votes. The challenge we have, is to reach enough voters and convince them that we must Dream Big and Fight Hard, to get the democracy we want. A primary is the exact right time to vote for the candidate you want, not the one who you think will win now or later.
So what will you do tonight? What will you do this weekend? What will you do between now and Tuesday? What will you do between now and the convention, in July? If you aren’t sure where to start, that’s why I’m writing this. I meet people all the time, who want to help, but don’t know where to start.
Fortunately Elizabeth Warren has a plan for everything, and her campaign is full of amazing people. This is a link that has all the information you need to get going.
Choose the activity that you can help with, and read everything in the corresponding tool kit. There is so much useful information in there, and they don’t put anything in there that is not needed. It’s all great stuff. Any questions, feel free to ask and I will do my best to help answer them, or find you someone who can help.
There is also a handy donate button at the top.