I don't have a text message plan on my cell phone. I don't mind the occasional text from an actual friend, but unexpected, unsolicited texts are not only obnoxious and unwanted, but cost me money.
Today I got one from FRCAction.org, as did Maryelizabeth. This text message suggested that to get "big government off our backs," we should vote against Gabrielle Giffords.
I was mightily peeved by this, as I would have been even if the message had come from a cause I support. In this case, it didn't. Ms. Giffords is the single best congressional representative I've ever had (and I include the esteemed Susan Davis in that list). She's responsive to her constituents. She votes the right way on most issues--in favor of the American people, vs. the Republican ideal of in favor of American corporations and against the people. She's been a leader on issues affecting soldiers and veterans. She's been a leader on border security. She's been an unfailing champion of solar energy. She listens to her constituents, and she and her staff are right there when we need help.
So I'm voting for Gabrielle Giffords, and I would even if her opponent, Jesse Kelly, didn't have a head as empty as the vacant look on his face. Jesse Kelly wants to eliminate corporate taxes (and Medicare and Social Security)--guess who makes up the difference? Working people. Jesse Kelly wants the government to monitor every pregnancy in America to make sure it ends the way he, Jesse Kelly, approves of. Small government? Except where your private parts are concerned. Jesse Kelly wants to repeal health care reform--in other words, to put all the power back in the hands of the giant health insurance industry instead of the people. Jesse Kelly is a stooge for big business and big banking, and I'd be ashamed to cast a vote for him.
Now, since FRC decided to spam my phone, I tried to fight back. I went to their website, where their "get big government off our backs" campaign is touted. There's a "comments" box under the blog entry about it. I entered a comment, added my e-mail address and my URL. And this is the error message I got:
"Your comment has been blocked because the blog owner has set their spam filter to not allow comments from users behind proxies.
If you are a regular commenter or you feel that your comment should not have been blocked, please contact the blog owner and ask them to modify this setting."
Of course, I wasn't behind a proxy--I was on my home computer, using my regular ISP, and I had given all the information asked for. But my message was critical of the cowards at FRC, so they wouldn't allow it.
FRC is, of course, the Family Research Council, a far-right, extremist front group for corporate interests. The FRC's Tony Perkins is a long-time foe of gay rights, an associate of racists like Klansman David Duke, and a known liar and hypocrite of almost legendary proportions. For the scoop on him and FRC, just visit MediaMatters.org and type FRC in the search field.
Now, apparently, we find that Perkins and FRC are also cowards, afraid of opposing points of view, even if they've invited them by spamming innocent citizens.
One place FRC can't control comments is YouTube, which is where the link they sent me in their spam message took me. If you have a couple of spare moments, you might want to drop by and leave a message of your own. Should you feel compelled to voice your displeasure, feel free to use FRC's toll-free number: 1-877/372-2808. I intend to.