|One in the Hand is Better than Two and a Bush|
(5/31/01) I'm usually pretty reluctant to get involved with hot-button topics like the Bush administration's stand on the environment. Fortunately, there are so many things wrong with this petition that I can break this chain without even considering the subject matter.
I've seen a lot of armchair activism since George W. moved into the White House. There's a strong sentiment that "he's not my president. Well, face it folks, he is the president. If you want to influence his policies, you can't continue the same apathy that led to the super-close election that got him into office in the first place. Change requires action, and there is probably no action less-active than sitting at your computer forwarding e-mail.
The most import thing this one is missing is integrity. Never sign a petition that asks you to send it directly to the party whose actions you're trying to influence. This isn't activism, it's wide-scale annoyance. After the white house receives about 100 copies of the same letter, they'll start ignoring it. After about 1000 copies, they'll start blocking it or shut down the e-mail account. It's completely unreasonable to assume the Bush administration is going to devote the time and manpower required to sort through thousands of duplicate signatures. Break this Chain!
Category: Armchair Activism