I originally signed up for the MoveOn.org mailing list during the 2004 Presidential campaign. At the time, I liked their actions in the areas of civil and human rights.
I was curious as to what the group would do once the election passed. Well it seems that MoveOn decided their best option was to fully ensconce themselves in anti-Bush-dom. They are apparently against every single thing that the Bush Administration does, says, thinks, or may think in the future.
Bush says privatize social security — MoveOn says don’t.
Bush nominates Roberts — MoveOn is completely opposed to him.
Bush pretty much promises a blank check to the Gulf Coast for recovery — MoveOn sends an email requesting $250,000 in donations to fund a rapid response TV advertisement.
Oh, and we also need to fire Karl Rove, Tom Delay, and Donald Rumsfeld, win back Congress, reform the election process, protect the environment, protect the Arctic Reserve, implement fair trade, and stop GOP suppression of the black vote, among other things.
Obviously, some of the above list items are important items, except everyday I get an email in response to something that Bush did. I’m sorry, but MoveOn cannot be against *every single thing* that comes from the Bush Administration. And even if they are, they still need to pick and choose the issues that are most important. By focusing on specific issues, their impact will be much greater, and prevent the feeling of “the boy who cried wolf.” I can’t be the only one who believes that their credibility is greatly diminished by the constant “wolf crying.” Focus MoveOn and get back to the true roots of your organization.