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fed up with direct democracy & California's proposition system 
6th-Mar-2008 03:00 pm
Lexi in the woods
Since I don't have a t-shirt that says "GO AWAY and take your clipboard with you", I've started saying "I'm not signing petitions these days, but good luck anyway."

So far, no negative reactions. If I do get any — well, either I'll just walk away or it'll be interesting to see just how in-your-face hostile this low-key, non-confrontational, introvert can get when the topic is "leave me the hell ALONE!"

Yes, I think California's proposition system is broken — unwieldy, inefficient, and subject to being gamed. No, I don't know what would work better.
6th-Mar-2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
I used to like the petition process a lot more until I volunteered for a local campaign (to protect Fremont's hill from future development) and ended up working to collect signatures from a guy who they'd hired out of somewhere in LA. He'd moved here temporarily and registered here, so he could work on a campaign here, but when people would say, "Oh, how long have you lived in Fremont?" he'd reply, "I'm a registered voter here," then go on and change the subject. He'd say things like, "I really want to protect our hills," and I'd want to interrupt, "They're not your fucking hills, jerk." He got paid per signature (I didn't, I was volunteering) and would be pushy and rude and lie to get the signatures.

Now, though most signature-gatherers aren't pushy and rude, I still find myself avoiding them.
6th-Mar-2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
I hate going to the farmer's market on election years. Direct confrontation affects me the same way that a used car salesman rushing out onto the sidewalk and trying to drag me into their lot would: it just pushes me to the other side.

But I can't get to the local independent produce store (which actually buys from the same farmers, and sometimes has lower prices) without going through the market, or way out of my way. *sigh*
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