Disapprove.org Trolls Congress with Boxes of Fortune Cookies Containing Political Hexes
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 1, 2019--A new nonpartisan advocacy group has sent boxes of fortune cookies containing political hexes such as “ May you lose re-election by one vote and then learn that it was your mother who voted against you ” and “ May you first learn what a meme is by becoming one ” and “ May every baby you kiss spit up on you ” to every incumbent Member of Congress from the 2016 election with the intent of convincing them not to seek re-election. The Disapprove.org movement goes beyond advocating for term limits and seeks to “reset” the legislative branch through the election of an entirely new Congress in the next election.
According to a recent Gallup poll, 75% of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job. This stands in stark contrast to the more than 9 out of 10 Members of Congress who were re-elected in the 2018 elections. Overwhelmingly, voters are re-electing politicians, whom they do not believe in, because they feel they don’t have any better choices.
Facing massive funding from special interest groups, and the benefit of name-recognition, from years and sometimes decades in the same job, incumbents hold an often-impenetrable lead over challengers, irrespective of how well they do the job. By removing this advantage, through rejecting all incumbents, voters will clear the field for new public servants who will be more inclined to represent the best interests of the people they serve. By facilitating more open elections, candidates who have real ideas for improving the lives of Americans will finally be heard instead of being drowned out by shouting fringe groups.
Jessica Higgins, a spokesperson for Disapprove.org, describes the group’s strategy as “hitting Control+Alt+Delete.” She said that “as anyone who has used a computer knows, when a system freezes up, the way to fix it is to reboot the entire system. Just like clicking and waiting on a frozen screen will not fix the problem, consistently re-electing members of Congress does nothing to hold them accountable or bring in new ideas.”
While the fortunes may be riddles, the message to Washington is clear: America doesn’t approve of the way Congress is managing our country, and small changes on the margins are no longer acceptable.
The fortune cookies were sent by a service called PWNPolitics (PWNPolitics.com) which allows people to anonymously send elected officials boxes of fortune cookies appearing to be a gift containing messages of good luck. Once the politician opens the treats expecting to read positive messages, their fortunes actually contain wishes for future political misfortune.
Disapprove.org is a joint website of Disapprove and Disapprove PAC. Disapprove and Disapprove PAC are separate organizations. Disapprove is a 501(c)(4) organization which primarily focuses on nonpartisan education and advocacy on issues related to democracy and transparency in elections. Disapprove PAC is a non-connected federal political committee which is focused on advocating against all current incumbent members of the US House and Senate.
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