A Democrat's Recipe for Sanity in Trump's America

Updated on January 26, 2018
Postcards to Voters!
Postcards to Voters!

How to Support a Political Campaign Without Sending Money

I'm a firm believer in choosing your battles and one of the battles I've rejected is reading political news. I learn enough from overheard conversations, the resistance groups I belong to on Facebook, and the titles of emails flooding my inbox that I know when it's time to call my senators or go to a protest. But if it's just one more atrocity committed by our Administration and there's nothing I can do about it, I simply ignore it.

What I DO do—for hours each day—is write and send postcards to Democratic voters in states with upcoming elections, for either state or federal positions. (See Postcards To Voters on Facebook.) I've written for 15 or 20 elections since we started last April, typically sending 30 postcards for each candidate—but because Alabama's Doug Jones was running for US Senate last month (not just a state position), I wrote 275 on his behalf. (And he won—which makes him Alabama's first Democrat since 1980!)

Personalize It

I make it fun for myself by gluing pretty paper to colored card stock and cutting it to size, but the postcards don't have to be fancy. Some people use Seattle tourist postcards, some use plain 4" x 6" index cards (possibly adding a colorful drawing to the other side, but only if that amuses them); just choose a format that makes you want to do the job.

How It Helps

A friend of mine in this campaign—Get Out the Vote, or GOTV—says that writing the postcards makes her feel sane, and that's how I feel. Instead of feeling depressed or disgusted or impotently outraged by news from the White House, I'm working on something entirely positive, with the goal of getting more Democrats into state and federal positions—and it's THRILLING when they win. The reason for Trump's few but horrifying successes (such as Neil Gorsuch, Betsy DeVos, and the ephemeral Steve Bannon) is our Republican majority in Congress, and I'm determined that next November that's going to change.

Take heart if you're sick to death of hearing that voice and seeing that face, know that this has nothing to do with him. Just email Join@TonyTheDemocrat.org or text "HELLO" to Abby the Robot: 484-275-2229 and they'll help you get started.

It's fun and it's kind of saving my life.

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    • Megan McInnis profile imageAUTHOR

      Megan McInnis 

      8 months ago from Issaquah, WA

      Thanks, Bob—and please know that I never meant to put down the act of giving money. Contributions are necessary to every campaign! I just wanted to write about an option for people who don't have money to give.

      (I should add that I spend a fair amount on stamps and art supplies every week; it's not free, but to me it feels rewarding.)

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      Megan McInnis 

      8 months ago

      Thanks, Bob—and please know that I never meant to put down the act of giving money. Contributions are necessary to every campaign! I just wanted to write about an option for people who don't have money to give.

      (I should add that I spend a fair amount on stamps and art supplies every week; it's not free, but to me it feels rewarding.)

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      Bob Gray 

      8 months ago

      I like the idea and am impressed with the time you and others are devoting to this. My first thought was, "Yes but I give lots of money to those who are fighting the battles, like Mother Jones Investigative Fund or the Southern Poverty Law Center," and then I just answered my self with "How much of your time and energy did that take?" So: Great job, Megan!

    • Megan McInnis profile imageAUTHOR

      Megan McInnis 

      8 months ago from Issaquah, WA

      I don't know what kind of freak you are (based on your photo), but I like you.

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      Christopher Chapman 

      8 months ago from Issaquah, Washington

      https://hubpages.com/@bradmasteroccal seems to think he'd be better off as an illegal alien--it's pretty easy to give up your U.S. citizenship and start living high on the hog immigrant-style. Also, I wonder if he has thought about the fact that we depend on illegal immigrants to harvest our food. "Real" Americans would want at least minimum wage. California knows what it's doing.

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      Megan McInnis 

      8 months ago from Issaquah, WA

      Yay, my first response to my first-ever post on HubPages! According to my policy of keeping my sanity, I'm not going to argue; after a year with Trump in office, those who still support him won't be swayed by anything I can say. But thanks for the comment—the more the better!

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      Brad Masters 

      8 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Megan

      The United States Congress is nothing like the California State Congress. At least the margin of Republicans to Democrats is pretty close in the US Congress. But, in California we have been under the control of a strong democrat run state.

      Outside of the weather in Southern California, the political atmosphere is pretty dismal. If you want to know how the US will do under a democrat leadership and control, look no further than California.

      Being an American in California is subservient to being an illegal alien. They get freebies, and the rest of us just pay for them through are very high state taxes. Instead of putting that tax money into our infrastructure, they give it away to illegals.

      The state is bankrupt, and we now are a Sanctuary State under the guidance of Governor Jerry Brown who never made it back from Woodstock in 1969.

      California has high taxes, high regulations, double its population from the 1980s but not much increase in resources like, water, gas, electricity. The state has fell into disrepair, and there have been little improvement to keep up with the increase in population, and the demands they make on the limited resources of the state.

      I am glad that Trump won the presidency, because it would be too much to deal with a Jerry Brown, and Hillary Clinton. We have the worst people representing California in the US congress.

      Enjoy the next 7 years, I am.

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