This was AFTER I read of Chet Edwards vote on what I consider a pat on the head from Democrats to those of us that actually want to end the war, and BEFORE I read an article from Salon that indicates I'm not the only one divorcing myself from Move-On's stance. Here's what Center for Media and Democracy says, entitled "MoveOn Exits Peace Movement, Moves In with Pelosi"
Farhad Manjoo of Salon.com examines MoveOn's new role as power-broker for the Democratic Party. "MoveOn, which began with an e-mail petition opposing President Clinton's impeachment in 1998, has grown into one of the biggest and best-known netroots groups on the left. ... Now, however, with the Democrats running the House and Senate, MoveOn's stance on the Pelosi bill has led critics to suggest complicity with the new congressional power structure. ... MoveOn has long been part of Win Without War, a large collection of progressive antiwar groups; now it is virtually alone among the coalition's membership in its support for the Pelosi plan."
First up, I generally delete emails and don't answer them, especially when I don't ask, at least that I remember, to be on some list. (After the last election, I started getting a ton of emails from Democrat-related people or organizations that I didn't sign up for and I wondered who was giving out my email name?) So I didn't see or read the original ones from Moveon that came in that had a poll about what I thought. But I seriously doubt, on the followup email, that, as Eli Pariser said:
The results are in from our poll on whether to support Speaker Pelosi's proposal on Iraq: 84.6% of MoveOn members voted to support the bill. 9.2% said they weren't sure and 6.2% voted to oppose it.
What, of HOW MANY PEOPLE that even answered?
But here's the auto-email that header that drove me to REMOVE Moveon completely (before I was just deleting it). The header was
Rep. Edwards does the right thing on Iraq
I looked at that and thought, WHO ARE YOU? And why are you writing me this? Don't you KNOW what Edwards stance was? What's even seriously disturbing is that the Moveon group calls itself progressive. IN WHAT WORLD? Or maybe progressive doesn't even mean what I think it does. Nita Chaudhary went on to say.
We're one step closer in the fight to end the war. Today the Iraq Accountability Act passed Congress. For the first time, Congress passed a real deadline to end the war—by fall of 2008. Your representative, Congressman Chet Edwards voted right and helped make that happen.
This was a very hard vote for members of Congress. But Rep. Edwards supported Speaker Pelosi in her strategy to wind down this war. Can you write him a quick note to say 'thanks' for bringing us one step closer and to keep up the fight until all our troops are home?
Pfftt. No WAY. Moveon doesn't represent me and I'm glad I won't see even ONE more email from them. Ever again.