Cross posted from Slobber And Spittle

I spent part of yesterday going through all the self-congratulatory e-mail that various "progressive" organizations sent me last week when the health care "reform" bill was passed. Some of the celebrants included:

  • Democracy Now
  • Democracy For America
  • Democrats.org
  • Progressive Congress Action Fund
  • Washington (state) Democrats
  • MoveOn.org

There were also a number of congressmen whose mailing lists I was on only because they promised to not vote for a health care bill that didn’t have a public option.

I unsubscribed myself from all of them. If you’re incensed about how these organizations helped make us all hostages to insurance companies by supporting the bill, I’d recommend you do the same. These organizations’ only real power to raise money is in their e-mail lists. They use them for direct appeals, and as the basis for requesting grants and other support from big donors. If you remove yourself, you remove a little bit of that power. Failure needs to be punished more among America’s political class. This is one small way of making that happen.

As for the politicians, I responded to them somewhat along these lines:

When Rep. lied to us that she would never vote for a bill that had no public option, she declared that she didn’t want my support. That’s the only reason I was on this list in the first place.

If I receive further e-mail from this list, I will add it to the spam filter.

In other words, don’t expect me to thank you for screwing us.

If nothing else, you’ll be less likely to miss important e-mail for all the political spam.