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The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
--Cornelius Tacitus (c. 116 A.D.)

Monday, January 14, 2002
A few days ago I got a mailing form a group called Emily's List. I have no idea how they got my name or who told them I might be sympathetic to their views. Their mission is to elect more female democratic pro-choice senators. How specific is that?

Regarding how they got my name: every political action group I belong to swears upon the second amendment, the first amendment, or Roe vs. Wade not to sell your info. I cannot imagine how these other groups keep getting my name. I am getting really sick of opening the umpteen millionth mailing informing me in bold print and all caps that if I don't send them money and write my congressfolk, the world will end next week. The world is always on the brink of doom for these people. Either Bush is evil and out to enslave all women into bearing unwanted children (next week.) Or Diane Feinstein is going to show up with some storm troopers and personally confiscate my guns (also next week.) Or Ashcroft is going to have the FBI psychics monitor you for unchristian thoughts. Next week is sure going to suck.

Back to Emily's List, I might support them if they left the democratic bit out of their criteria. Sure I'm pro-choice and sure we need more women in politics. But neither being a woman nor being democratic nor being pro-choice guarantee a good senator. I think being so specific may blind them into supporting nitwits with the right pedigree.
So many idiots, so little patience.

posted by Rachel 1/14/2002
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