2008 Who Says Letter-Writing Is a Dead Art?
posted by October 21 at 14:32 PMon
I just got this e-mail from the Obama campaign:
You can play an important role in making sure voters know that Barack Obama and Joe Biden will bring the change we need — especially on issues important to the LGBT community like expanding hate crime statutes, fighting workplace discrimination, repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and achieving full equality in the eyes of the law.
Now is the time to raise your voice.
Use our Letter to the Editor tool to write a letter to your local paper.
We’ve made it easy. We provide you with a list of local papers and some important background on the issues to help you get started.
We’ll even send the letters to the papers for you.
So I followed the link and checked out the Letter to the Editor tool. It is, in fact, super-easy to use. You can just pick which gay newspaper you want to send by clicking in the little box next to the name:
Wait! What’s that at the end of the list?
Why, it’s us!
Though the site advises to “Simply share your story—the most powerful voice will be your own,” it’s got talking points for people who don’t know what to say:
So I wrote a letter:
And in the fifteen minutes it’s taken me to write the letter and then write this post, we’ve gotten 5 letters—mostly from lesbians, curiously enough—from the Obama/Biden Letter-Writing Tool. I can pretty much assure you that we won’t publish these letters. Please, Obama-supporting gays: These letters are a huge waste of time. Donate your time in other ways.