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November 20, 2012 / needhamgrassroots

“President, Ask us to DO something”

We’ve posted articles and blog posts on the limits of grassroots organizing as run by a re-election campaign. But it’s also abundantly clear that campaigns have tremendous potential to lead their grassroots supporters to something powerful and productive.  Consider this analysis and suggestion from Michael Moore:

ASK US TO DO SOMETHING. One thing is clear: none of the above is going to happen if you don’t immediately mobilize the 63,500,000 who voted for you (and the other 40 million who are for you but didn’t vote).

You can’t go this alone. You need an army of everyday Americans who will fight alongside you to make this a more just and peaceful nation.

In your 2008 campaign, you were a pioneer in using social media to win the election. Over 15 million of us gave you our cell numbers or email addresses so you could send us texts and emails telling us what needed to be done to win the election.

Then, as soon as you won, it was as if you hit the delete button. We never heard from you again. (Until this past year when you kept texting us to send you $25. Inspiring.) Whoever your Internet and social media people were should have been given their own office in the West Wing — and we should have heard from you. Constantly. Need a bill passed? Text us and we will mobilize! The Republicans are filibustering? We can stop them! They won’t approve your choice for Secretary of State? We’ll see about that!

You say you were a community organizer. Please — start acting like one.

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