Hi all.My one volunteer effort in this election cycle is to person the table at the Wed Market from 12-1 each week.
I have modest goals but a big vision. How do we turn a red state blue? Or more accurately, how do we grow local progressives? This has been on my mind since 2004.
Here is a brief summary I posted on FB on the UCDC’s Facebook page.
During my hour and a quarter at Wed Market:
Roughly 10-12 visitors. No one said unregistered. All said they know about photo ID.
One Mifflinburg supporter asked me “Do you believe in the NEw World Order?” “The Bildenburg Group?” “Have you seen Jesse Ventura’s video about the six FEMA camps?”
When I didn’t jump on her conspiracy theory bandwagon she said “You’ll probably laugh at me.” I told her I would not. I pointed out that FEMA probably makes camps to help people for disasters.
I tried to say that the powerful are rigging the system, but they don’t need to meet in secret club and smoke cigars to do it.
Then a couple tried to do a drive-by insult fest. “Are you better off now than four years ago?” “We have to get rid of BHO!”
I crossed the ten feet and tried to engage them in discussion. “What is BHO?”(I thought it was a government agency).
The pair, mostly the man continued on about how their small business is being crushed, how we should be ashamed for supporting Obama, how we should be doubly ashamed since we were next to the prayer tent (not sure what that meant and I apologized to the nice prayer folks after), how ACA will cost $2,200 per person, how the economy is in the tank. They left with a final “Baby killers!” insult.
I tried to engage the man saying “Let’s talk about policy, about issues.”
Barbara said “You will never convince people like that.” I know. But my point is how did it look to the watchers? TO the people around there? I have no idea if it will work, but if we can use the Wed Market to find ways to talk progressive values in local speak, we will do more to make America a freer place than we may know.