Something interesting showed up in the mail. What could it be? Let’s find out as I open the letter…
The first thing I notice about the envelope is that it is a “SECOND NOTICE”. Really? I usually only get fake second notices from sales departments. They know how tapping into one’s sense of urgency causes us to suspend deliberate thought in order to act quickly.
Upon closer inspection, I notice the words “Special Notice”. My ego is amused by how special I am. I have been selected to represent voters in my district.
Okay, let’s see what’s inside….
I received a letter, a census form, and a return envelope. First, I will respond to the letter. Then, I will go over all 44 questions in this census. I blurred out my personal identifiers such as my address, tracking codes, and bar-codes.
The 2018 Congressional District Census was commissioned by the Republican Party.
I used to take census with the Census Bureau back in 2000. All US residents have a legal responsibility to complete the nonpartisan official census. This is not that census! I suspect that it was designed to give that impression. The next real census with the actual Census Bureau will be held in 2020. I don’t think I am legally obligated to complete this Republican bias census.
I kind of feel like I was given this by mistake, because I have never claimed to be Republican and I doubt I ever will. I don’t usually put my political thoughts in writing, but Republicans asked for it. I don’t think it’s fair if they are the only ones who have access to such information, so I am posting this publicly. If I get a census form like this from other political parties, I will consider doing this again.
This census was sent to me at President Trump’s request. It was designed to help him get reelected. I don’t want him to be reelected. Should I still fill out the form? I am not comfortable with the idea of helping his agenda, but I might be able to nudge Trump’s agenda a little to the left.
I feel like I was just accused of not reporting for duty. I still don’t even believe that “second notice” bit. Well, I’m here now and I am here to represent. CA District 4 In The House!!!
I think this is what happens when Republicans can’t buy updated information from Cambridge Analytica. They have to ask for it directly. I think I have already been targeted and this census is the propaganda. I bet we can learn a lot of “truth” concerning Trump’s agenda just by reading this propaganda.
I agree that this country is politically divided. About half of the country is either Democrat or Republican. The other half of our country is not. The half that doesn’t identify as either of the two majority political parties has been suppressed by the duopoly. I would like to see third parties have more access to getting on ballots and getting into the national debates.
I am glad that I have been asked to “participate”. By posting this, I am sharing my detailed data about California’s 4th Congressional District with all of the special interest groups instead of just the one that happened to asked.
This is due on April 30th. I should send it early, because the RNC seem to be having issues with their mail. I will leave the questions unanswered on the form, until the day I send the census back, so I can take your feedback into consideration as fill out the form.
This part of the letter asks for money. Is this a census or a fundraiser? It’s all that and manipulative propaganda.
Is this an attack on the media? Let me remind you of the First Amendment of the US Constitution, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” It could be argued that demonizing the media is an abridgment of the freedom of the press.
All of the stuff in this paragraph comes up in the census, so I will save my comments on this for the questions.
Let me get this straight. Democrats are trying to get more Democrats into office? Those monsters! Wait a second. Wasn’t the point of sending me this creatively manipulative bit of propaganda to promote more republicans getting into office? Psychological projection is the theory that humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others. When you point your finger at someone, you have three fingers pointing back at yourself.
President Barack Obama is a living legend. Everybody loves Obama. President Obama is a tough act to follow. I understand why Donald is so jealous and obsessed with President Barack Obama. There was something else in this paragraph, but all I heard was Barack Obama. Congratulations to Barack Obama for living in people’s heads like that. I love Obama!
Is this a census or a fundraiser? It’s all that and manipulative propaganda. See, I can repeat myself too.
Using the word “the” before the name of a group, is divisive language. It is used to dehumanize people. As you read through this, try to keep track of how many times Democrats are called “the Democrats” verses how many times Republicans are called “the Republicans.” Then you can tell me who is being divisive.
I will do what I can to help get the country back on track.
This letter was written by Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel. I checked the commercial business website provided, GOV.com. She appears to be a real person. I like that she is a woman. We need more women in government.
America is already great.
Is this a census or a fundraiser? It’s all that and manipulative propaganda.
That was a very informative letter. We learned how Republicans use psychological techniques such as appealing to urgency, psychological projection, dehumanizing language, and basic repetition to manipulate their audience. Now, lets see what we can learn from the 2018 Congressional District Census.
The top of this form restates the name of the census, that it was commissioned by the Republican party, that this is a”second notice”, that my input is urgently needed, and that I am special.
Anytime a fill in the blank form needs the answer bubble completely filled in, it is because the form is ran through a scanning machine. That means that this census will mostly be evaluated by robots. There are some fill in the blanks that might be seen by humans.
This census is divided into five sections. Sections I and II have eight questions each. Section III has 20 questions. Section IV has seven. Section V only has one. There are 44 total questions.
I will most likely write in, “Independent”. I am considering, “American”, “Thought Leader” or something else. If you come up with a better one, I might use it. I want your suggestions for all of the blank answers throughout this census.
This looks like a good example of third party suppression. Not even one third party was mentioned here. Here is a List of political parties in the United States. Of the third parties, I am most familiar with the Libertarian Party and the Green Party. The question might as well have been, “On a scale from Democrat to Ultra-conservative Republican, how serious do you want the RNC take your answers?”
That would be hilarious, but no.
I do want my voice to be counted.
I don’t know who I’m voting for yet. I will keep an open mind. I tend to vote based on the person and the policies rather than by party preferences. I am a leader, not a follower.
I want my opinions to count. I am a Gen-Xer. We are smaller in number than Baby-boomers and Millennial. We have been ignored, overlooked, neglected, and under appreciated all of our lives. I have no reason to believe that this is going to change now. I might get better recognition by leaving this answer blank, but I don’t want anyone to have a chance to change my answer.
1.7 Very Close
On a scale of not very much to very much, how serious do I want my answers to be taken? I think every voter in my district thinks exactly like me. That’s how much.
1.8 News Websites, Friends, Facebook, Radio, Candidate Websites, Social Networks, Other
Republicans assume I disagree because I follow too much liberal media. Guess who’s on my liberal media list. I follow The White House on Facebook. I follow my representatives and various other political figures who I like on Facebook; President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Jerry Brown, Senator Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Gavin Newsom, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, Congressman Tom McClintock, Senator Ted Gaines, Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama. Some news outlets that I follow on Facebook are Vox , The Free and Equal Elections Foundation, Democracy Now!, Independent Voter, and OsiyoTV. I also follow my politically diverse friends and family. I made Yahoo my homepage because it seems to post a wide variety of news stories from a wide range of new sources. I listen regularly listen to a radio show called Coast to Coast AM. I’m not on Twitter, but I do hear about a lot of Trump’s Foolish tweets. None of my friends take FOX News seriously. They joke about it being Trump’s only news source, but I suspect that he also listens to conservative talk radio. I wouldn’t consider my media choices particularly liberal. Judging by question 1.1, I understand why Republicans would see it that way.
In section one, we established that I am not Republican nor am I likely to vote Republican. I’m not part of a major age demographic. I might be under the influence of liberal media, depending on your perspective. I’m going to have to put my faith in the scan-tron robots to be counted fairly.
Section two will ask about my District’s views on general issue.
2.1 Wrong Direction
The Republican half of congress is supportive of any crazy idea that their Republican leader throws at them. The Democratic half does not support the agenda. “Unsure” is the closest possible answer to half yes and half no.
California leans to the left. My state representatives care about all of the people in our state and country.
There is a saying that you can judge a society by how well they treat their most vulnerable members. Our federal leadership is redistributing our country’s wealth away from the social support programs that have direct effects on our most vulnerable citizens.
2.5 No Opinion
“Grab ’em by the pussy” Those words came directly from Trump’s mouth. If that’s what he is remembered for, that’s his own fault.
Replace the words “politically correct” with “showing respect” and read that statement again. It seems like people who get a kick out of calling people derogatory names are the only people who think being politically correct has gotten out of hand. They are also only people who get a kick out of Trump coming up with all of those derogatory names. The rest of us consider that kind of bullying behavior juvenile. I don’t think Trump is going to grow out of it.
2.7 Rebuild Nation’s Infrastructure, Put an end to gun violence in our schools, Address National Opioid Crisis, Address the care of our Veterans, other
I’m not sure what I will write in “other” yet. I think these are the safest issues for Republicans to address.
2.8 Education, Race Relations, Environment, Cutting Federal Deficit, other
I am not sure if I should mark what’s important to me or what I feel safer about letting Republicans handle.
There are 20 questions in Section 3, so let’s get to it.
3.1 Not Too Confident
Are we talking about the economy for the rich people or the economy for the rest of us? I still haven’t recovered from the last recession.
3.2 Inflation/Rising Prices Overall
Our rent prices are going up faster than our raises. My husband and I use to want to own a house by the time we retire. If housing costs continue to raise at these levels, we might have to settle for retiring in an RV.
3.3 No Opinion
There are too many variables in this question to give a good answer.
I am concerned that too many taxes were cut. We have to pay down our national debt. I am worried about how Trump might try to make up the difference given his disdain for minorities, women, foreigners, and the needy.
As the richest most powerful nation in the world, it is rediculous that we don’t have universal healthcare.
We already have tax-advantaged Healthcare Savings Accounts. Only rich people can afford them because healthcare is expensive. Are Republicans trying to put healthcare out of reach for the bottom 99%? You do realize that if we all die, the rich people won’t be richer than anyone anymore, right? Trump will have to flip his own hamburgers.
First, I’m more about building bridges than building walls; about bringing us closer together instead of dividing us farther apart. We need to fix our broken legal immigration system so more people can migrate here legally. We need migrants.
Second, us humans share this planet with a wide variety of other species. The border’s wildlife has enough to deal with without their habitat being obstructed by a wall.
Third, I think Trump’s ridiculous wall idea is an ego driven monument to himself. He’s probably trying to compensate for something.
I am representing my district in California. We send the Federal government way more money than we get back. We would probably be better off financially by declaring our independence form the US. The US needs us. Withholding funding from California would be a mistake. California is itching for a revolution. Don’t push it.
Trump’s xenophobia is showing. We are taking about turning away refugees. These are families of people just like you and me who have been trapped in the danger zone. They are pleading for safe harbor.
Allow me pass along some words of wisdom from Brad Paisley.
“What if she’s an angel sent here from heaven
And she’s making certain that you’re doing your best
To take the time to help one another
Brother are you going to pass that test
You can go on with your day to day
Trying to forget what you saw in her face
Knowing deep down it could have been her saving grace
What if she’s an angel”
3.10 No Opinion
I’m not sure how our immigration system works. I thought the work visas were based on skills.
Even if you don’t believe in climate change, you have to agree that life is better in a safe and clean environment. Putting tariffs on solar energy isn’t helping. Letting oil companies contaminate our land and water by reducing regulations isn’t helping either. California’s 4th Congressional District cares about our environment. We need to keep the planet habitable to humans for as long as possible. When it comes to climate change, we believe the science.
White supremacists have been coming out of hiding, emboldened by Trump, who they see as their guy. They felt vindicated in their racism the moment that Trump was elected. Trump made America racist again. Trump also made America more misogynistic again. I don’t consider those positive attributes.
I think education should be fully funded by the federal government instead of being so dependent on local property taxes. Rich districts keep getting fantastic schools with all the bells and whistles, while poor districts get underfunded. If we start funding education at a federal level, more children will receive a proper education. Teachers would get paid well, no matter their zip code. While we are at it, let’s give All of our students free breakfast and lunch at school, no matter their family income level. This will help alleviate some of our nation’s hunger epidemic among our children. The children suffer when their parent can’t access food. If Republicans insist on creating roadblock to food for needy families, the least they can do is get food directly to the children. It is really hard to learn if you are hungry. Feeding and educating our children are the most important things we can do to help our nation’s children grow into healthy productive members of society.
I’m not obsessed with undoing everything that Obama did. Trump’s irrational hating on Obama is part of the reason people think Trump is so racist and obsessed with Obama. Trump cares more about undoing Obama’s policies because they are associated with Obama rather than basing these decisions on the content of the policies themselves.
Amendment II states that, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
I think it is important to make sure mentally unstable people don’t get their hands on guns. There are some guns that civilians should not have access to. Militias could make an argument for needing more advanced weapons. I am going to suggest that “well regulated militias” take more responsibility for their obligation to the Second Amendment.
The VA is notorious for it’s insufficient care for our Vets. Veterans should get to choose their own healthcare providers.
Yes, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.
3.18 No Opinion
Let’s demilitarize law enforcement a bit. We can equip our officers with cameras and non-lethal weapons. We can give law enforcement more bias awareness training. Let’s also get more minorities to join the force. When law enforcement is re-humanized and knows how to be respectful to all civilians equally, law enforcement will earn more trust and respect. This will make everyone in our communities safer including law enforcement.
Wow, I didn’t know that Republicans were willing to admit there was Russian interference in the 2016 election. We should definitely secure our elections immediately!
Our military already takes over half of our budget while our citizens have been neglected. If we are not fighting for our citizens, what are we fighting for? Something’s got to give.
4.2 Other: Technology
Cryptocurrency, blockchain networking, quantum computing, Artificial Intelligence, robots, cyber-warfare, internet of things, and autonomous machines come to mind
4.3 No Opinion
I’m more worried about Trump using nukes. He tends to escalate aggressive behavior. If I were President, I’d discusses this with our top military intelligence as well as our allies.
4.4 No Opinion
This question sounds Islamophobic. Again, If I were President, I’d discusses this with our top military intelligence as well as our allies.
I have no idea what Republicans have in mind. The United States are enormous. Would California’s 4th Congressional District get a missile defense shield? Is there an eminent threat that requires a missile defense shield? How much will it cost? This is the first time I have heard of this plan. I am not convinced that it’s necessary.
I don’t see the point. If China and Russia took a more muscular attitude towards us, how would we react?
Yes! We need a strong cyber-security force. We are entering the age of quantum computing and blockchain networking. Updating and maintaining our cyber-security infrastructure should be an ongoing process.
I am going to show the RNC the same courtesy they have been showing to Puerto Rico. I will send my thoughts and prayers. Wait. Puerto Rico wasn’t mentioned even once in this entire Census. I will just send my prayers.