An Open Letter to the Democratic Party

Look, I know, you need money. The election was rough, you didn’t expect Hillary to lose. None of us did. But we need to discuss your penchant for sending out funding emails. I now get at least two or three a day, all of them alarmist. Hey, you don’t need to tell me it’s tough now. The Republicans control both the House and the Senate. Trump will become president soon. The ACA, Medicare, and Social Security are all in danger. But asking me for more money isn’t helpful.

For one thing, the current infighting in the party has a certain whiff of… dare I say it… panic? The public pronouncements and blame game going around the party fail to inspire me with any confidence. I fear that sending you money will just continue to enable you to fight each other and not unite to fight the other side.

Really, it’s not that I’m unwilling to spend money. I am. I’m one of the lucky ones with a little disposable income. But I also like to feel my hard-earned dollars are going to do some good. Instead, I’m making monthly donations to groups which have a track record of success — groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood, Climate Central, and the Union of Concerned Scientists. Those groups are out there, front and center, fighting the good fight while y’all seem to worry about the impression you make more than the results you get.

So for now, Democratic Party, I’m cutting you off. I’ll give you a little credit for having your heart in the right place, and simply delete the emails rather than sending them to the spam folder. But really, get organized and start acting like a real opposition. Because who knows, someday you may have to get organized and start acting like the resistance.


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