Political Robocalls Annoying But Did Help Me Decide - To Skip Illinois Primary

Political Robocalls Annoying But Did Help Me Decide - To Skip Illinois Primary

I don't know about you, but robocalls annoy me and that is why registered with the Do Not Call Registry. Unfortunately, the brains behind the Act excluded political robocalls. And now that Illinois is in play for the GOP, well, let's just say the number of calls per day have left me even more annoyed than normal.

I guess that is what I get though for participating in the process, especially the primaries over the years. Politicians, of course, have all that historical information at their fingertips and whenever they think it useful use it like the rabid hyenas the are. Now, if they are really that stupid to think that a person who is politically engaged will be tempted to change their minds based on some urgent half truths, well then they are dumber than I thought they were.

So here is an FYI for Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum - you don't interest me and there is nothing your robocalls can do to change that position. As a matter of fact, it has been my hope that someone who appeals to my sensibilities would emerge, but alas - no one has. But unlike other people who would support one person in a primary and then rally behind the eventual nominee, well I ain't one of them.

I don't like any of the choices we have and that includes our delusional president who thinks the economy is on the rebound when foreclosures have again spiked, gas prices are through the damn roof and people lucky enough to find jobs have seen their take home pay slashed by some 60%. If that is progress Mr. President - then you can have it.

Naturally there are plenty of dumb-asses out there who buy into the garbage the incumbent is giving us because we happen to live in a state where we have been abused by greedy politicians for so long that they think that sort of governance is the norm. Oh well - stupidity, I guess is stupidity.

The truth of the matter, though, is quite simple: no one running right now will change the status quo one iota. The rich will get richer, the poor will remain poor and the vanishing Middle Class (who pay all the bills) are taking their last breathes.

So you see it really doesn't matter who gets elected - we are screwed anyway you slice the cake.

As such, the campaigns ought to take those political robocalls and shove them where the sun don't shine. But hey, at least they helped me reach one big decision -

I'm skipping the Illinois primary because of them.

 

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  • Charging $9.99 a month for Caller ID with Name is one of the best scams the phone company ever had. I don't pick up what I don't recognize, unless it continually repeats, and then it probably is a bank, to whom I say "if I am one of your best customers, why did you charge me this fee?" Confrontation sometimes gets them to quit, but occasionally it takes "I told the person the last time that I don't want your %*&5$ calls.

    However, as I previously mentioned, I am motivated enough to vote for opponents of a couple of candidates. Not as motivated as if there were a state election, but motivated enough.

  • In reply to jack:

    Scam for sure considering I get Caller ID included on my mobile. My mistake, of course, is keeping a bare bones land line for the occasional who knows what. But no frills like Caller ID - so I let calls dump into my answering machine.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    Two alterations to my prior post, based on yesterday's events.

    Some Romney call went to the answering machine instead of hanging up.

    It also confimed that the 872 area code is now live in Chicago.

  • In reply to jack:

    Romney and Santorum Camps DESPERATE - Answering machines haven't deterred them one iota - as such volume goes way down these days and when I review messages the second I see it is a robo - DELETED. I was wondering about that 872 - that one has been coming up on the cell phone, but not going into voicemail. Hmmm. Hey did you get a load on Publius' comment about the printing press vs. telephone comment? For a smart guy he sure misses the point on robocalls.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    No, by contrast, he gave up the first thread once I called him a partisan ideologue for saying that not voting in the Republican primary was somehow a vote for the Democrat. As Crazy Eddie the NY appliance guy used to say...

    The Supreme Court has said that political speech is the essence of the First Amendment, so, he's right, that's why they got exempted from Do Not Call.

    I suppose you could make a 4th Amendment privacy argument, but Republicans have basically shown that they don't believe in the Fourth, just like Democrats don't believe in the Second, and no one cites the 10th Amendment.

    On the other hand, the stinking banks, anonymous alternative electric suppliers, the incessant clothing resellers, etc. aren't the core of the First Amendment. At least the stinking political calls will be over in about 36 hours.

    BTW, the Fox call in question this morning is "Do all the robocalls discourage you from voting?" So turn on Channel 32.1 now.

  • In reply to jack:

    Crazy Eddie what a card! As for Fox coming to the realization that these robocalls are, in fact, more discouraging than not - well they are a little late for me on that score. Intelligent people take robocalls and political ads for what they are - sound bite propaganda based on half-truths and distortions. Unfortunately, the unintelligent are often taken in by them and can be quite effective.

    Publius doesn't bother me so much, he has his opinions and one generally knows where he stands on the issues, but that is exactly the type of Republican I wouldn't want to be and have railed against. Of course that goes for Democrats at the extreme too - I have no use for those stuck in an ideological quagmire.

  • A non vote for the GOP candidate is a YES vote for the worst, most corrupt, most anti-American president in American history. No matter who the GOP puts up against Obama in the general, he'll get my vote. However, I cannot vote Romney in this primary. He is the worst candidate since Bob Dole!

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    How do you figure that, when apparently the Democratic candidate isn't on the Republican primary ballot. Ideologue, pure and simple.

  • In reply to jack:

    Yup

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    I don't see it as such, besides November is a whole lot different than March. My problem, as most Independent's problem is this woeful field the GOP has assembled. This is about as bad as it gets Publius.

  • By the way, the reason they excluded political calls in the do not call registry is because it would violate the free speech clause in the Constitution. After all, the free speech that the founders wanted protected was political free speech. The founders didn't much care about any speech but political speech. That they wanted protected at all costs.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    Of course, although I doubt they envisioned the modern telephone.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    So what? Does a telephone negate free political speech? Did the printing press?

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    You are such a rabid ideologue - listen to yourself. You miss the point completely. The telephone is something we choose to pay for and as such we should have some control over it - just like if we want to buy that newspaper coming off your printing press. It is about choice and using a modern device to flood the populace with "free speech" goes beyond the pale and the intent of what the founding fathers envisioned. And you of all people should be smart enough to know that. BTW - my opinion on the matter goes for both sides of the soundbite propaganda.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    You are filled with nothing but hyperbole. Like "flood the populace"? Please, what nonsense. Few people get robocalls and they happen infrequently during the year AND they are targeted to small, specific areas, anyway. They hardly "flood" anyone.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    Wrong, it may be targeted, but it they do flood those targets. Speaking of hyperbole, ever read back some of your posts? Give it up Publius, you are what you are (not that that is all bad) and you have your views and are squarely to the right. In some ways you are part of the vitriol and lack of discourse. This nonsense of calling Romney worse than Dole and saying you won't vote him and then accentuate it by saying you will if he is the nominee - well, let's just say that puts it all into proper perspective with you. Although I vote Republican 90% of the time - if there is a candidate I don't like - he or she ain't ever getting my vote! Somehow though you must not believe in the "rule of the best candidate." But hey, that is why the GOP is in serious trouble and if they don't change course they will be irrelevant sooner than later.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    p.s. political free speech can, and often does, border on harrassment.

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