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.


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Angela Benedetti lives in Seattle with her husband and a few thousand books. She loves romance for the happy endings, for the affirmation that everyone who's willing to fight for love deserves to get it and be happy with someone. She's best known for her Sentinel series of novels, the most recent of which is Captive Magic.