As many know, there is an open senate seat in Virginia due to the retirement of Sen. Jim Webb. The GOP has four candidates running in the primary. There will be a series of debates before the primary. One such debate is in Northern Virginia. For those who may not be aware, Northern Virginia is progressive central. The reason that many here are unhappy with Obama is because he has not been left enough. As you can imagine the republican party has a hard time gaining ground in this atmosphere.
This race is said not to be all that competitive, George Allen is expected to win the primary handily. But, the "experts" have been wrong before. I like George Allen, but there are few other interesting candidates as well. So I was really looking forward to hearing the debate before making up my mind who I was going to support in the primary.
As some may know, I no longer can drive for health reasons. So I have to take the bus to get anywhere during the day. For those who have never had the pleasure of taking mass transit, the buses don't exactly run the most direct route. You can go all over kingdom come to get to your final destination. The bus I needed to take to the Fairfax County Republican Committee office is one such bus. It is maybe 10 miles, but it takes more than hour to get there. I then have to walk about a quarter mile to get to the office.
Today is the day that the tickets are supposed to be available. Here is a portion of the email that I received, you can read the entire email here:
The third debate will be held on Friday May 25th at 6:30pm at the Fairview Park Marriott located at 3111 Fairview Park Drive – Falls Church, Virginia. Free tickets to the Northern Virginia debate will be available beginning on April 20th at the Fairfax and Loudoun GOP Victory Centers.I take two hours out of my day to get to the office to pick up my "free" tickets. When I get there I am told that I have to volunteer for two hours. Hmm, here is the definition of free from dictionary.com:
Idioms 44.for free, Informal . without charge: The tailor mended my jacket for free.Now, is it just me, or is asking someone to perform two hours of "volunteer" work a form of payment? So lets go back to dictionary.com and find out what volunteer means:
vol·un·teeryeah, I think it is a form of payment. Which means that the tickets are not free. So I said to the women at the office today that I thought the are free. She said they are. Really? How so? She then tells me that the email from the Chairman said that volunteer work would be required to get the "free" tickets. Uh, no it doesn't.
noun1.a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for aservice or undertaking 2. a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.
So I wasted well over two hours of my time and have no tickets to the debate. When I got back home I sent the following email to the Chairman:
I am writing to tell you how deceptive the FCRC is. The below email says that the tickets for the debate are free. I no longer drive for health reasons, so it took me two hours round trip to get to the office today to pick up my "free" tickets. Come to find out according to them free means that I have to do two hours of volunteer work. I even inquired on why the email said that the tickets are free, she said they are free. How exactly is something free if you are required to work for two hours? I was told that your email said that they were looking for volunteer help in exchange for the "free" tickets. Unless I am missing something the below email says nothing about volunteering.
There is no way for me to get to the office in Loudon County to get my so-called "free" tickets. So I guess I won't be going to the debate. But I can guarantee you what I will be doing moving forward for the RPV is a big fat zero. Never again will I do work for them. I will not phone bank nor will I give money. It is not like I was some huge donor by any stretch of the imagination, but every dollar helps when you fighting an uphill battle in a county such as this one.
I have given money and volunteered in the past. No more. The RPV will never get another dime or one bit of help from me again. This is why you can't make traction in Fairfax County. No one wants to deal with people who are purposely deceptive.
Thanks for nothing FCRC. Lets go back to dictionary.com one final time:
de·cep·tive[dih-sep-tiv] Show IPA
adjective1.apt or tending to deceive: The enemy's peaceful overtures maybe deceptive.2.perceptually misleading: It looks like a curved line, but it'sdeceptive.
Yeah, I would say that about covers it.
This isn't so much that I am not willing to do volunteer work. I have done plenty. I can list plenty of examples that of work that I have done. Matter of fact I was at the FCRC's office not all that long ago doing data entry work for the delegate conventions that are coming up. This is about principle. If you are going to send out an email saying that the tickets are free, they should actually be free.