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A Front Porch Republican Moment

Please read this column by the Boston Globe‘s Jeff Jacoby [1], about how he treated a young Greenpeace canvasser who showed up at his door asking for a donation. She included a swipe at Trump in her pitch. Jacoby told her that even though he was not a Trump supporter, his family is conservative, and not going to donate to Greenpeace. He suggested that she go down the street and ask at houses on the same street, especially ones with signs out front indicating the liberalism of the residents.

The young woman said she had stopped at one of them, and “it didn’t go well.”

Then she burst into tears. Excerpt:

“I’m so sorry,” she said, half-sobbing, half-panting. “I’m so sorry. I don’t know why I’m crying. It’s just really hard, and everything is so concerning, and — ”

“Hey, shhh, that’s OK,” I said, coaxing her into the living room. “Sit down for a few minutes. Take a deep breath; clear your head.” The tears kept coming. I hurried to the kitchen for a box of tissues. When I returned to the living room, she was still weeping.

“I don’t know why I can’t stop,” she said. “This is so unprofessional. I think I must be dehydrated.”

I brought her some cold water. My wife came to sit with us. We asked the young woman her name and introduced ourselves. As she wiped her eyes and sipped her water, she told us that she had only arrived in Boston a few days earlier and was staying at an Airbnb, having been flown in by Greenpeace from her home on the West Coast. She believes in what she is doing, but to keep her job, she has to meet a quota — so-and-so many donations per month. Door-to-door canvassing is easier with a partner, but she is alone, and so many people are unpleasant.

“I can’t believe I’m having a breakdown in your living room,” she said. “But I’m really upset about what’s happening. I worry about what’s going to happen to people I care about.” It gnaws at her to see how angry so many people are these days. She wasn’t raised to hate people whose politics were different from hers, she told us. At the same time, she’s frightened for the future — her future, and her friends’, and the planet’s.

Read the whole thing to see how it all ended.  [1]

Maybe I’m biased because Jeff Jacoby is a friend, and I know him to be a kind and generous man. I would not have expected him to have treated this young liberal woman in any other way. Still, this is quite a snapshot of the present moment in American life. The Globe headlines the column, “A Nation On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown”. That seems right. This idealistic young woman, pushed hard by her convictions, her fears, and her employer, finding human connections extremely difficult to make. That night, she met a couple, the Jacobys, who didn’t share her beliefs, but showed her ordinary neighborly compassion. Who gave her rest.

Seems to me that if America is going to be saved, it won’t be by activism and the channeling of political passions, but by that kind of simple humanity. That’s what I think about when I think about the folks at Front Porch Republic. [2]

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#1 Comment By Khalid On July 16, 2017 @ 4:28 pm

Nice story. Basic human decency, old style.

“Climate change doesn’t alarm me — I think it’s way overblown.”

Man, now *I* feel like crying!

🙂

#2 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On July 16, 2017 @ 4:38 pm

Not bad at all, but I was expecting that “read the whole thing” would bring me some insight in how it “didn’t go well” at the house with the RESIST banner. I can imagine several possibilities. One of the more likely is that they are so full of themselves and how much they Care that they feel affronted by this young lady thinking she has anything important to say to them, or that they should do anything more than they are already doing.

I’m also disappointed, but not entirely surprised, to see Greenpeace using this fundraising approach. This young lady is being used in the same sense that underpaid workers at McDonald’s are being used.

Some years ago I got into the habit of donating to Oxfam America, and its still an organization I think about when I have a little extra. But after a period when I had not donated, and did not have extra money to do so, I got an email alerting me that “your membership is about to expire — donate now.” I emailed back that I have never enrolled as a member, I occasionally send a donation when I can, what’s this all about. I got a huffy reply that the organization considered donors to be “members.” I almost thought about never donating again, but actually, they do good boots on the ground work, and are one of the few outfits I trust to spend my money honestly and wisely to actually improve the lives of people in impoverished areas, in a sustainable manner. The Heifer Project is another.

These organizations ruin their reputation indulging in gimmicky, exploitive, or endlessly demanding fundraising strategies like this.

#3 Comment By pitchfork On July 16, 2017 @ 4:38 pm

For the Student Strikers
By Richard Wilbur

Go talk with those who are rumored to be unlike you,
And whom, it is said, you are so unlike.
Stand on the stoops of their houses and tell them why
You are out on strike.

It is not yet time for the rock, the bullet, the blunt
Slogan that fuddles the mind toward force.
Let the new sound in our streets be the patient sound
Of your discourse.

Doors will be shut in your faces, I do not doubt.
Yet here or there, it may be, there will start,
Much as the lights blink on in a block at evening,
Changes of heart.

They are your houses; the people are not unlike you;
Talk with them, then, and let it be done
Even for the grey wife of your nightmare sheriff
And the guardsman’s son.

#4 Comment By Ahunt On July 16, 2017 @ 5:22 pm

Thank you so much for this.

#5 Comment By Susan On July 16, 2017 @ 5:31 pm

This young lady sounds nice but I have often encountered environmentalists accosting pedestrians on busy urban streets who are beyond obnoxious.

#6 Comment By Potato On July 16, 2017 @ 5:43 pm

OK first Greenpeace. I was in favor of them when what they did was go out in ships and interfere with illegal whalers. But that was long long ago. In places near my neighborhood (super liberal parts of Berkeley) the young Greenpeace kids are out with clipboards every weekend, accosting everyone. They can get very aggressive. This is not the place to go into detail, but most of the money they gather does not go to saving whales, and the workers on the streets are being exploited big time. I wouldn’t dream of giving them money.

Another favorite is to demand money “to stop child abuse” because who, please, is in favor of child abuse? Where exactly the money goes, not even the earnest workers with clipboards know.

Every message is soaked in hatred of The Other (whoever that might be this time).

If you give any of these outfits money and in the course of it they learn your name and address (or, email address) they will never leave you alone after that. Even if they promise that they will. They will be trying to milk you forever. Perhaps this works for them. It doesn’t work with me.

As for “A Nation On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown” that is looking more and more likely. People, most definitely including fund raisers, have found that anger and aggression and bullying pay reasonably well. Increasingly I note that we Americans cannot have rational discussions of our disagreements. Every attempt degenerates immediately into screaming and name-calling. I would say that the Left and the Right are equally guilty here.

On another recent thread I learn that “most” (oh well at least “many”) men are addicted to internet porn (or must fight daily to avoid that fate). I’m thinking Playboy of course, but further discussion reveals that really we’re talking vivid depictions of violent sexual sadism which reveals at every turn a virulent hatred of women.

When I inquire as to why out of all the possibilities this is the form addictive porn has taken, our host tells me that

[NFR: I have read that as the brain becomes accustomed to a form of pornography, it becomes ever more difficult to get the same dopamine high from watching it. So the user has to go to a kinkier form to get the same high. This process keeps repeating itself. — RD]

This is undoubtedly accurate. But here again we have anger off the leash, free to roam at will, and profoundly diseased behavior.

If all that isn’t a what used to be called a nervous breakdown in progress, I don’t know what it could be called.

#7 Comment By Chela429 On July 16, 2017 @ 5:48 pm

She was very lucky to have crossed paths with your friend.

#8 Comment By Gromaticus On July 16, 2017 @ 5:58 pm

This calls to mind a rare post about politics after the Brexit vote on (no offense to our gracious host) the best damn blog on the interweb.

“What concerns me is how the politicization of culture and of individual consciousness encourages people to adopt stereotypical, patronizing, and dehumanizing views of those who are on the other side of a political issue. This has been glaringly apparent in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, and it has been an ongoing feature of the presidential campaign.

“Who among us is in a position to adopt such views? Do those who hold these views realize that they are in fact dehumanizing themselves in the process? They have become exactly what the politicians, political ‘activists,’ and media oversimplifiers and crisis-mongers want them to be: political animals.”

“Being politicized leads to evaluating and judging the world and other human beings in terms of classes, categories, and clichés. Never underestimate the allure of a priori conclusions. For the politicized, everything appears to be simple and subject to explanation. Us and them. The enlightened versus the benighted.

“All of this has nothing whatsoever to do with the individual human being or with the individual human soul.”

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#9 Comment By Darwin’s S-list On July 16, 2017 @ 5:59 pm

I read it. Nice. But I was hoping he was going to take her out to a swanky sandwich shop.

#10 Comment By Michael On July 16, 2017 @ 6:17 pm

Great article, Rod. We need more of these stories of barriers being broken down.

Thank you for sharing.

#11 Comment By Jonah R. On July 16, 2017 @ 6:25 pm

Good for Jacoby. I feel for this poor girl. When I lived in a big liberal city, I had to run the gauntlet through the Clipboard Brigade almost daily: Greenpeace, PIRG, the Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood. These kids have responded to job postings that appeal to their idealism, but these organizations only exploit them, and they’re too innocent–ignorant–to know that good people don’t dump you in unfamiliar places with little to no training and expect you to beg for money if you want to stay employed. The supposed good intentions of these groups is the main thing that shields them from the public criticism they’ve long deserved.

Some of my friends fell for this nonsense when I was in high school and college. I’m now 50. How has the truth about these scams not gotten out by now?

What most people don’t realize is that the money they raise rarely goes to the cause, but instead perpetuates the existence of the organization. These groups voice their support for a measure, and if it passes they take partial credit, but they rarely lobby, it’s not common for them to turn money into action.

The kids who live off their parents survive this nonsense better than the poorer kids who would have been better off waiting tables at Denny’s for the summer. Although they’d hate to hear this, they’d also be treated better even by the local Walmart which ideologically pains them so.

#12 Comment By Kirt Higdon On July 16, 2017 @ 6:32 pm

Door-to-door fund raising by political or advocacy groups must be a plague specifically of wealthy left-leaning neighborhoods. I’ve never encountered it in any neighborhood and actually never heard of it before. Even leafleting and signature gathering is relatively rare and usually confined to election cycles. I have participated in small demonstrations where people spontaneously stopped their cars and offered to contribute funds. They were absolutely startled when we turned them down. I’ve seen this happen at both anti-war and pro-life demonstrations.

#13 Comment By No Comment On July 16, 2017 @ 6:47 pm

The planned parent hood nuts and the ACLU are always hitting me up near my office. On one occasional this young, very pretty, doe-eyed white girl asked me for a donation to the ACLU specifically to fight the Trump administration in court. I tried to interrupt and move on, but, before I could start walking away, he said “please sir hear me out!” She then launched into a spiel about discrimination against gay people and Trump’s wall, refugee ban and proposed immigration policies. I listened politely. When she finally finished speaking, I said something to the effect of “I appreciate a lot of the ACLU’s work on the fourth amendment, but I can’t donate today because I’m a Trump/Pence — and I’m in favor of everything you just mentioned.”

Well, She gave me a look like I just shot her dog and walked away. I really don’t know what she expected when she approached a white male in a suit downtown on a workday. Did she really think white men in suits with a job a prime candidates for anti-Trump donations? Liberals who want street donations for their causes ought to stick gay neighborhoods.

#14 Comment By Liam On July 16, 2017 @ 7:03 pm

Door to door canvassers treat on contrary territory in these parts; people avoid canvassers even for causes they agree with. It’s part of the local Golden Rule sensibility: we would not dream of bothering strangers at their homes for our own pet causes, so we don’t feel obliged to enable others to do so. I can’t imagine it’s better in Brookline Village.

#15 Comment By Deplorable Me On July 16, 2017 @ 7:32 pm

I always tell them that, my curly hair and round green eyes notwithstanding, I identify as Japanese so whale meat is part of my cultural heritage.

#16 Comment By Charles Cosimano On July 16, 2017 @ 8:20 pm

“Always show hospitality and compassion to the stranger at your door and don’t let them know you have the handgun six inches from you.” Sayings of Uncle Chuckie, p. 630.

I will confess to never having much use for the Front Porchers, considering them bloodless ideologues, but this is a very nice story.

#17 Comment By John Burzynski On July 16, 2017 @ 8:52 pm

Jacoby’s response, and responses like it, might be what saves our country. Calm, rational human to human discussion. That will be what saves us.

#18 Comment By M_Young On July 16, 2017 @ 9:28 pm

“By pulling the US out of the Paris climate accord, and what he[Trump]’s trying to do on immigration…”

How does allowing mass immigration from ‘the global south’ help our environment? Immigration > population growth>’development’>habitat destruction. Far more so than anything we’ve seen from ‘global warming’.

Further, as the global south is warmer, poorer, and better situated to adopt new energy technology (starting from a blank slate), it is likely mass migration adds to that amorphous problem too.

#19 Comment By Steve N On July 16, 2017 @ 9:55 pm

Recently, I was convinced to donate to a very respected charity (they help poor people in other countries), but they insisted that I donate with a credit card, saying they couldn’t take cash. The young guy promised that I would have to authorize any ongoing charges, that it would be a one-time thing. Next month, they billed me again and so I called them to cancel and let them know that I would never give to them again because they lied to me. Perhaps they feel that they need to do these hard-sell tactics, but it poisons the well for the future (at least for me), and it makes me more suspicious of other charities. I became disillusioned with the Sierra Club in the 1980’s when they advertised against a proposition in California that would have used retired judges to redistrict voting areas. I guess the democrats were in charge, so having neutral people define boundaries would “hurt the environment.”

#20 Comment By jamie On July 17, 2017 @ 2:17 am

I dispute that this happened.

Or rather, I acknowledge that an editorial writer wrote this, which is to say, that the man-on-the-street interaction is surely manufactured. It’s a trope.

Sortof like how David Brooks had lunch with a clearly fictional person thaf had never eaten at a Jersey Mikes or Jimmy Johns in their lives.

#21 Comment By Thomas Hobbes On July 17, 2017 @ 2:33 am

It’s nice to occasionally read an article about people who disagree about politics being nice to each other. Thanks!

Jonah R. says:
The kids who live off their parents survive this nonsense better than the poorer kids who would have been better off waiting tables at Denny’s for the summer.

I did this for week as teenager, then I quit to wait tables at Denny’s (ok, it was actually a local diner). Pay and job satisfaction were way better waiting tables. Got to talk to nice people at both jobs, but giving people what they want was a lot nicer than pedaling outrage and asking for money.

No Comment says:
I really don’t know what she expected when she approached a white male in a suit downtown on a workday. Did she really think white men in suits with a job a prime candidates for anti-Trump donations?

Don’t know where you live, but white men in suits with good white collar jobs working downtown are a pretty safe bet for anti-Trump sentiment in most of large cities I’ve lived in (very blue cities all, to be fair). I’m sure minorities would be an even safer bet though.

#22 Comment By Elisabeth On July 17, 2017 @ 3:30 am

Now and then articles pop up here in Sweden about the big salaries or the lavish perks of those who head these big organisations ( Red Cross, Amnesty etc ).It seems like they turn into any other corporate businesses whenever big money is involved. They are also often too involved in politics in my opinion.So I do not trust these big organisations and never donor to any of them anymore. I am a suspicious person. However, there are some local animal shelter ladies/men I know really spend whatever they have on neglected animals and I am more than willing to support them. I also support local organisations like Lions, I have seen them drive trucks full of clothes and goods, heading east , to help poor children , orphans, living in dreadful conditions in Lithuania or Russia. I like it local. I like to know that there is trustworthy people involved.

#23 Comment By DM On July 17, 2017 @ 7:41 am

I used to be a member of a religious group that had some cultish tendencies. This sort of door to door apostolate serves a function of cult programming, and feelings of guilt and anxiety are not uncommon reactions to someone in that situation. Shame on Greenpeace and any other organization doing this.

#24 Comment By BlairBurton On July 17, 2017 @ 7:57 am

And sometimes the canvassers are the problem. My elderly mother, no push-over by any means, let two young men who were Mormon missionaries in to her house, only to be harangued by one to the point that she was afraid of what he would do. His partner tried to cool him down, and eventually they left.

A friend’s mother had a similar experience but with Jehovah’s Witness proselytizers. They refused to leave, but thankfully my friend’s father arrived home and threw them out.

#25 Comment By William Dalton On July 17, 2017 @ 8:43 am

A pretty young thing breaking down in tears? Your friend Jacoby was subjected to one of the oldest fundraising gimmicks in the book. I wonder how much he wound up giving her.

#26 Comment By grumpy realist On July 17, 2017 @ 9:31 am

Between the beggars and the kids with the clipboards, I’ve had to practice my mean face a LOT here in Chicago.

I’ve gotten to the point where I will only donate to local organizations or organizations I know operate on a shoe-string and donated labor.

Tip if you get harassed: tell them that you don’t donate to any organization that approaches you on the street.

Because of their nagging (and begging) behavior, I’ve crossed most of the typical liberal causes (and I’m a liberal) off my list. They all seem to have mutated into self-perpetuating organizations with fat salaries for a few, sitting on the back of (gullible) unpaid labor, and a PR branch to send out Fear and Despair Unless You Donate $39.95 per month, Right Now!

Wankers!

#27 Comment By Hector_St_Clare On July 17, 2017 @ 10:14 am

Jamie,

Why are you being so cynical today? What part of this story do you disbelieve exactly?

We have a story here where a canvasser is being treated poorly by Greenpeace, where Mr. Jacoby had a polite conversation with a canvasser with whom he disagreed, where she freaked out and where he invited her in for a glass of cold water.

None of those sound unbelievable to me. (The polite conversation is actually the hardest thing to believe). I’ve invited a drug addict I ran into on the street into my house for a hot meal before, so a glass cold water sounds totally unexceptional.

Back when I first started newspaper columns, when I was growing up in Boston, Mr. Jacoby was the guy I loved to mock for his columns. I’m older and smarter now than I was then and I’d say that while I still disagree with just about everything that Jacoby writes, I also recognize how silly it is to reduce people to their opinions (and specifically the opinions where they disagree with you). Two people can be good people with a deep reservoir of human decency even if they disagree with each other’s ideas.

#28 Comment By mrscracker On July 17, 2017 @ 10:14 am

That was a very nice & decent thing to do.

#29 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On July 17, 2017 @ 10:27 am

My mother, the Republican in the family, was a Planned Parenthood VOLUNTEER, back in the days when it was truly a volunteer organization. (A young lady who used to babysit me and my sister came in one day, caught a glimpse of mom, and told another volunteer she didn’t want mom to see her there. It was about contraception, not abortion).

Mom was highly critical of the way non-profit organizations shifted to what was called “the business model” — a variation on the idotic notion that government should be run like a business. These are three different things: voluntarism, government, business. Different functions, different purposes, different methods. By adopting the business model, voluntary organizations cease to be voluntary organizations.

I have thought about this whenever Erin Manning has run her credible exposes on huge new Planned Parenthood facilities for the purpose of massive assembly lines for abortion. I’m constitutionally pro-choice, but if PP has a “business model” then it makes FINANCIAL sense to up the number of abortions as high as possible in order to maximize revenue — rather than, to advocate that women have a CHOICE.

There was also a local senior citizens home with a good endowment, able to offer apartments and services at an affordable cost to prospective residents, which eventually, during the War on Poverty days, decided to seek government funding, and some years later went broke and closed its doors.

The sad thing is, a modest level of door to door work is the foundation of close, face to face, personal contact that develops enduring commitment, bonds, mutual support. Of course this young lady probably would never have talked to the people whose doors she knocked on ever again.

#30 Comment By Sawbuck57 On July 17, 2017 @ 10:38 am

I do not doubt the veracity of the story – I had a like experience many years ago – but with a less stressed canvasser and more angry at my unwillingness to support their cause.

The shout out to the folks at FPR was well-deserved. A widely divergent set of opinions there, but such a well of genuine kindness and humanity that I rarely find anywhere on the Net besides there and TAC. Sanity and reason seem to be in shorter supply of late.

#31 Comment By artsandcrafts On July 17, 2017 @ 10:44 am

I don’t even know where to start–I am always astonished at the number of commenters who say they’ve never encountered anyone like this. Anyone on foot in a major metro has run into very aggressive people, either soliciting for themselves, a nonprofit, or a homeless-people’s newspaper. I would say that any city with subway entrances is an especially good candidate. Even after the evening rush-hour traffic has subsided, some of them will still be out on the major avenues.

I am from Washington DC (remember, I’m the native who was priced out some years ago). During the many years when the District wasn’t desirable to many, these things rarely or never happened. But starting in the 1990s, lots and lots of people started demanding money. My neighborhood wasn’t affluent enough, I guess, for people going door-to-door for Greenpeace; but I did get, for some years, vans with what looked like Maryland plates dropping off very young black children, sometimes selling candy and sometimes asking for donations for charities I had never heard of. I actually told one little girl that adults were taking advantage of her. Eventually I stopped answering the door, but I didn’t have a clear view of who was at the door without answering it. The worst case in the 90s was an adult man who wouldn’t leave the front steps and cursed me out when I told him to leave. He actually came back a second time to do the same thing.

In the 2000s I lived in condo buildings where people didn’t have direct access to my own front door; it was a huge relief. But as the District became still more desirable to still more young people, the sidewalk solicitors near subway stops became much worse. My hands-down worse case with these was a college-age male who shouted at me from a table, collecting for Lyndon LaRouche. When I shook my head no, he got up and started chasing me down the block to the subway, still shouting. I would say the second-worst cases were some of the older men selling “Street Sense” illegally on the subway platforms.

I have lived in Chicago for some years now. I am in a very big building that does not let solicitors inside. Chicago has been better in my experience than Washington DC, even though Chicago does not have as strict a law about street begging as the District does. My worst case here was in 2013, with a “charity” called Children’s International. They used mostly college-age young men, stopping people on Michigan Avenue with the most aggressive behavior I have ever seen. At the end of that year, the Chicago Tribune featured a front-page story about some kind of corruption in the organization. The young men vanished overnight.

Still, I would not open the door for any of this, do not give on the street, do not take any literature offered, etc.

#32 Comment By Elijah On July 17, 2017 @ 11:04 am

@ Siarlys and Potato – great comments, both of you, and I agree heartily.

It isn’t just liberal causes, either. I’ve donated to a couple of reputable Christian organizations, and stopped giving when they must’ve spent treble what I donated on efforts to get me to give more.

@ Potato – I remember when porn was “sold” to us as a perfectly normal titillation, a healthy outlet for our animal sexual desires. You’re absolutely right; even apart from the violent sort, there no question that the constant degradation of women leads one to think less and less and less of women – are we really unclear as to where that ends?

#33 Comment By Dave in Georgia On July 17, 2017 @ 11:50 am

I e-mailed Jeff this: “You made a Greenpeace activist cry and breakdown? Your the wind beneath my wings. All I can do is get a niece to block me on Facebook”

#34 Comment By Chriscom On July 17, 2017 @ 12:13 pm

When I lived in a big liberal city, I had to run the gauntlet through the Clipboard Brigade almost daily: Greenpeace, PIRG, the Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood.

The path between my office and the nearest Starbucks, popular with my crowd for coffee breaks, is paved with these people practically every single freakin’ day, especially in the summer. It’s hard to be nice when you’re waving somebody off for the 50th time, though I try. I do save the more emphatic no’s for Planned Parenthood and what has become of the ACLU.

#35 Comment By Dan Berger On July 17, 2017 @ 12:21 pm

[4]:
Door to door canvassers treat on contrary territory in these parts; people avoid canvassers even for causes they agree with.

Amen and amen. We never give to door-to-door solicitors, and I don’t bother to pick up my phone any more unless it’s a number that I have in my address book; if they want to leave a phone message, I’ll listen.

#36 Comment By M_Young On July 17, 2017 @ 12:44 pm

For once I agree with Jamie; this episode sounds made up, or ’embellished’ beyond recognition.

#37 Comment By ZigZag On July 17, 2017 @ 2:08 pm

I have not had political fundraisers come to my door but anyone living in a large enough city is familiar with the street fundraisers who swarm the busiest neighborhoods during nice weather. Londeners call them Chuggers, a contraction of “charity mugger”. The biggest offenders are usually the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Save the Children, and Sierra Club, at least in my area.

I have gone from polite engagement with them to saying “no thank you” to outright ignoring them, which feels terrible. Whenever I encounter them, I have a real feeling of both being repulsed by street fundraising while at the same time feeling terrible for these kids who are being exploited by these companies. And you see their ads everywhere: “Want to make a difference?”

These jobs are like magazine crews for college-educated suburban kids. Except half the time the magazine crews are casing your house, so presumably they get paid better from the resulting loot. As someone pointed out, these kids would be better off going to work for Walmart, except they’ve convinced themselves that this is somehow a higher status gig.

#38 Comment By Potato On July 17, 2017 @ 3:15 pm

It is an important principle of economics that what you subsidize you get more of.

If knocking unannounced on your door and begging, if waylaying you with a clipboard on your way to coffee, if making cold calls to your cell phone, if dropping off black children to beg for unknown “charities” pays, you can depend on it that next year there will be even more of the same.

The only way to stop them is to refuse to respond. NEVER give money to anyone unless you so approve of the fund-raising strategy that you would be glad to see it doubled.

#39 Comment By mrscracker On July 17, 2017 @ 4:11 pm

Just FYI: from the Gospel for today at Mass:
Matthew 10:42 (King James style just because I prefer it)
” And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.”

#40 Comment By Josh K On July 18, 2017 @ 9:13 am

Non-profits are often extremely callous to their employees, especially their lower level employees. Because, of course, “the cause” is more important than acting ethically. I’ve always felt bad for canvassers in particular. I know they’re doing it voluntarily but it’s a horrible job and these groups are ruthlessly exploiting (and smashing) the idealism of these young activists.

#41 Comment By sjay On July 18, 2017 @ 11:20 am

My doorbell broke years ago and I didn’t fix it just because of this type of thing. The biggest problem was JWs but I admit the leftist causes have their own little niche here. I make it a policy that I don’t contribute to even the causes I like when they come to my door or approach me at a traffic light or call me on the phone.

A few years back, a young woman came to my door with a petition in support of same sex marriage. Though left-leaning, I’m a practicing Catholic so I politely told her that I couldn’t support her cause without elaboration. She just stood in my doorway without responding until I politely thanked her for visiting and closed the door in her face.

#42 Comment By Andy On July 19, 2017 @ 1:48 am

Thank you!
This is what makes America great, kindness and decency.