Thursday, November 17, 2005

Ooh, Another Shatteringly Effective MoveOn In-Home Activity!

Hey kids! Stuck inside on a rainy, politically-apocalyptic afternoon? Don't despair! MoveOn.Org, Militant Arts 'n' Crafts Wing, is here to fire up your doldrums with a flurry of faux-folksy 'grassroots' engagement-style activity, complete with the cozy illusion of political effectiveness. And the best part is, you finally have an excuse to figure out how to use that fancy digital camera you couldn't resist buying last season. Behold, the MoveOn 'Face America' Photo Petition:
We're aiming to collect thousands of photos of ordinary Americans with homemade signs, asking Congress to oppose the Republican plan to cut services for poor while handing tax breaks to the rich. To make sure you're heard, we'll deliver every photo to every member of Congress before the final vote and run some as online ads in the newspapers Congress reads.

Joining the "Face America" photo petition is easy. Just write a simple message on whatever is handy, grab a digital camera, point and shoot.

Aim for short, easy to read messages like:

Stop the reverse Robin Hood budget!
Hands off Medicaid, food stamps and student loans!
No empty plates this Thanksgiving!
Don't rob the poor to give to the rich!
Be creative!

If you've benefited from any of these programs, make your message personal, like Don't cut my student loans! or Hands off my health care!

Feel free to get the whole family in the picture—the more of us there are, the more powerful our message will be.
Good times indeed. And if you've benefited from these programs, what are the odds of your being in a position to 'grab a digital camera' and get in on the fun?

But never mind that. What matter such quibbles in the face of the political juggernaut soon to bear down on Capitol Hill in the form of 39 pictures of middle-class white people with magic markers?

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