A Democrat's Recipe for Sanity in Trump's America
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!)
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.