Originally published June 4, 2014.
Revised and republished January 11, 2016 after a web host transfer.
Below are two reasons I do not donate money when I receive Democratic fundraising emails, even though I am a registered Democrat.
Florida’s Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz sent me a fundraising email saying:
“President Obama sent you an email.
Vice President Biden sent you an email.
Nancy Pelosi sent you an email.
Now I’m sending you an email.
We’re emailing you because this is really important.”
Wasserman Schultz provided no email address for me to respond to her. When I went to her website to send an email, I received this message:
Zip Code Authentication Failed
I called Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz’s Florida office and asked if she or her staff would read a letter from Wisconsin. The staff member who answered the phone told me there was no guarantee because they had to look at mail from Florida first. If Wasserman Schultz is not going to give me a way to respond to her, then she has no business emailing me about anything. I told the staff member I would publish my response to Wasserman Schultz in a blog post with the hope that someone else would read it and say something to her.
Wasserman Schultz insulted me by deciding I was too “intellectually unsophisticated to know what is “really important” without her explaining it to me.
Wasserman Schultz created inequality for me by expecting me to remain silent and passive.
I do not trust politicians who ask for money so they can satisfy their power addiction, as indicated in the emails the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) sends out. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has left the room along with all of those other Democrats.
I see little difference between Republican politicians seeking power for the sake of power and Democratic politicians seeking power for the sake of power. My needs fall outside the focus of power-seeking politicians from both sides.
It is “really important” that politicians pay attention to my needs. Debbie Wasserman Schultz ignored my needs, treated me as if I were her intellectual inferior, and created inequality for me. Wasserman Schultz expected me to accept this insulting treatment without question and send money.
I refuse to donate money to politicians who will use my money to buy ads that say things I do not want said. I need Democrats and Republicans to speak respectfully about and to each other, to identify commonalities, and to identify ways to work around differences. I need Democrats to respect my needs, to respect my intelligence, and to create equality for me before they ask me for money.
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz did none of what I need. She is yet another female politician who treats female constituents as unequal.
Time has proved that other Democratic voters feel that Wasserman Schultz has left the room.
“Demand Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s immediate resignation as DNC chair”
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