[Vision2020] NRA push poll and membership drive

keely emerinemix kjajmix1 at msn.com
Wed Jul 7 13:35:30 PDT 2010

I haven't gotten this one, but a couple of weeks ago I got a particularly simple-minded, fear-mongering poll call remarkable in its vapidity and its transparency.  The clear message -- Visionaires, put down your coffee, because this is truly horrifying -- is that LIBERALS ARE SEX FIENDS.

Who knew?

The poll's sponsors, probably the Idaho Values Alliance and its pals, clearly wanted to explain to me, under the guise of earnestly seeking my deepest convictions, that liberals have a burning desire to saturate our public schools with lurid sex education, that Planned Parenthood is brazenly planning to expand into each of our cities to do the work to which they're committed (that is, "slaughtering babies"), and liberal politicians are using socialized medicine not only to dissolve societal standards of decency, but impel medical providers to devote themselves to the most prurient, debased mockery of true health care and force "decent" pharmacists with "traditional moral values" to participate in the "slaughter of babies" themselves.  Now, I don't normally discuss sex on the phone with men I've never met; I'm funny that way.  But I was more than happy to give my "strongly disagree"s and could feel the confusion felt by the solicitor when I identified myself as a conservative, evangelical Christian.

These kinds of polls are noxious, whether they're liberal or conservative in nature.  I'll say this, though -- I've never gotten a "liberal" push-poll call and I don't know anyone who has.  The two or three I've gotten are clearly biased toward conservative causes and candidates, and to the extent that they represent themselves as disinterested seekers of information and opinion, the people who design and employ them are liars.


From: shawnc at outtrack.com
To: vision2020 at moscow.com
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2010 23:30:09 -0700
Subject: [Vision2020] NRA push poll and membership drive

Anyone else get the call recently from the NRA doing a “poll” (i.e. push poll) letting everyone know to be very afraid that the UN/Obama/Hillary is about to take away all of your gun rights?  I have no major problem with the NRA, but the least they can do is use legitimate ways to spread their message instead of disguising it as a poll.   I got the call today, and after listening to their recorded propaganda and the person came on the line to ask the question, “Do you think that countries such as North Korea…” and other evil countries should be able to control what you, etc., etc. I responded “yes”.  The person said, “Wait… what???”  Then he figured it out “oh, you’re being sarcastic”.  I told him that if they’re not doing a legitimate poll, then why should I give a legitimate answer?  Since this was just a hired marketing company, he then had to ask me if I would like to send them money for a membership.  I am on the do not call list, but of course their non-profit status exempts them from this.  He asked if I wanted to be placed on their do not call list, but I said no, I’d be glad to take up their time whenever their polling people again. J Shawn  		 	   		  
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