Sunday, November 3, 2013

Political Phone Spam

Dear American Political Candidates:

Okay, I know you're all exempt from the requirement to refrain from cold-calling the people on the National Do Not Call List. Of course you are -- Congress is made up of politicians, and they made sure that they and their campaign workers would be exempt. You don't want to be hassled at home during dinner by people calling trying to sell you things or make you take a poll. You get how annoying that is. But when it comes to annoying others for your own purposes, well, I guess that looked like a completely different thing.

So when people working for your campaign call our number, which has been on the Do Not Call List since its inception, I understand that I have no legal recourse. No one's going to fine you, or even slap you on the wrist.

But you know, when your campaign workers call people whose numbers are on the Do Not Call List, they're communicating more in your name than just your campaign message. They're also communicating that you don't give a damn what I want, how I feel, or what my preferences are when it comes to communications from people I don't know and have never done business with. You're calling me because you want me to hear your message and you give no damns about whether I want to hear it or not.

That being the case, why should I assume that you'll give any damns about what I think or what I want once you're in office? If you're trying to persuade me that you're the best person to represent my wishes and views in our government, I have to say you're doing a piss poor job of it.

Neither I nor my husband will be voting for any of the people whose campaign workers (or their robo-call minions) have called us with political messages. You've made it clear you don't care what I think, and that you believe you should be above any repercussions for your acts of voter annoyance, and by doing that you've convinced at least the two of us that you'd suck as our elected leaders or representatives. I'll bet we're not the only ones, either.

Have fun on election night.



Sheena said...

I agree with this so much! I had one call me SEVEN TIMES while I was at work (I'm in retail and can't carry my phone during work hours). She tried again at 9pm, and in the middle of her introduction, she started yelling at her kids who were arguing so loudly in the background that I could barely hear her. At least she was respectful enough to listen when I told her not to call me again.

Charles Gramlich said...

Yeah, what you said!

Angie said...

Sheena -- one person? Seven times? And she didn't even have minions doing it? [boggle] She must be unemployed (thus nothing useful whatsoever to do all day) and that's why she's running for office. :/

Charles -- I just wish the politicians would get the message. [mutter]


Suzan Harden said...

Look at it this way, it'll be over by the end of today (until next year).

Angie said...

Suzan -- right, until next year. :/ Every time election season rolls around, we start over. I guess it's nice of the idiots to let us know who not to vote for, but I'd be willing to give up that particular flag for some peace and quiet.


Spy Scribbler said...

I hear you! I get ticked when anyone calls me, period, when email never interrupts anyone. Of course, a sexually active woman owned my new phone number, so I get booty calls and texts for her at all times of the night. And she must've been a piece of work, because when I tell them I'm not her, they think it IS her and they get all mad I'm pretending, LOL. Or they ask what I'm doing and if I want to go out. LOL.

Angie said...

Natasha -- I'll admit I'm not fond of phone calls in general either; e-mail is the way to go for me too.

Major bummer on your phone number. :/ My husband had one that was apparently owned by someone who never paid his bills, because he got calls all the time from debt collectors, many of whom didn't believe him when he tried to explain that he wasn't the guy they were looking for. Similar annoyance, I think.