I absolutely hate the idea of “grassroots” political movements.
According to Wikipedia, a grassroots movement is ” [a movement] driven by the politics of a community. The term implies that the creation of the movement and the group supporting it are natural and spontaneous, highlighting the differences between this and a movement that is orchestrated by traditional power structures. Grassroots movements are often at the local level, as many volunteers in the community give their time to support the local party, which can lead to helping the national party. For instance, a grassroots movement can lead to significant voter registration for a political party, which in turn helps the state and national parties.”
People get together and register to vote, get involved in the political scene and pay attention to the world around them… which they should be doing anyway. It is your chance to let your voice be heard. Why would you ignore that and do nothing? People talk all the time about the country going to Hell, Congress is terrible and the president isn’t doing enough to fix the problem (regardless of who the president is at the time)… but they don’t go out and vote. OR, and this is even worse, in my opinion, they won’t do the research and determine for themselves what to think. They want mom and dad to give them the answers. They want to get their thoughts from Rush Limbaugh, Ed Schultz, Sean Hannity, Lawrence O’Donnell or whoever they go to for their opinions. I listen to a lot of talk shows, don’t get me wrong. I am particularly fond of Neal Boortz (damn you for retiring, you bastard), but I don’t take him as gospel, and I am pretty sure he’d be pissed if I did.
So, if these people are “suddenly” getting involved politics, they’re missing the point of the process. But politicians who get involved in this are even worse.
Whenever a politician says that he or she is part of a grassroots movement, you turn the TV or radio off and go play some classical music in an effort to save your brain cells. What that politician has just admitted to is paying attention to the voters. It’s a rare thing, and if you think about too much, you’ll start questioning why they weren’t doing it in the first place. As you go on, you’ll begin to get angry. And when you get angry, you begin to hate. And when you hate…
Seriously, though. Politicians should be listening to their constituents all the time. That’s who hired them. If you walked into your place of employment and refused to listen to the guy who employed you for four years… Hell, who am I kidding. You wouldn’t last four years.
“Grassroots” is a silly term, my friends. It’s people suddenly participating in something they should be involved in anyway and politicians actually listening to their constituents, which they should be doing anyhow. If you want to tell me that I am wrong and you are a member of a grassroots movement, go for it. I like feedback. If you think I am wrong, I welcome your arguments. I’ll even post them in the next post.