Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Saturday's Town Hall

Congress is doing poorly for the American people.

The Federal government is in a quagmire of partisan division over Russia.

The job of Donald Trump as President should be to lead the country out of the mess, but he is failing and the Russia quagmire is getting worse by the day.

Donald Trump's failure as leader of the country ought to motivate Congress to step into the breach for the sake of the country.

There is no sign that Congress will do this, and the people need demand that their Senators and Representatives face up to their failure as well.

There have been many town halls around the country already, particularly focused on health care.

Voter support for Obamacare greatly exceeded the support for The American Health Care Act, and the latter was ignominiously pulled from a vote in the House of Representatives.

Now, noise is being made about a second try at repeal and replacement. Voters will likely find this  even more objectionable, in light of talk about eliminating pre-existing conditions.

The Congressional Easter recess starts this weekend. There is a Town Hall scheduled for 3:00 pm Saturday at the Carver Theater in Birmingham. Senators Strange and Shelby have been invited, but they may not show up.

Alabamians need to express their ire about how their Congress is failing the country, and they need to use social media to pressure Senators Strange and Shelby to show up at Saturday's Town Hall. To that end, follow the instructions set out underneath the below notice.

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Step One
Send tweets to Senators Shelby and Strange by clicking on the below links. The tweet you send will say "You really need to show up at the Town Hall on Saturday in Birmingham." and will have a link to this blog entry (Town Hall).  Also your tweet will contain, and show up under, the Twitter hashtag #alpolitics.

Tweet here to Senator Shelby
Tweet here to Senator Strange

Step Two
Send individual tweets to other Alabamians, which tweets have a link to this page. This will be to try to get other Alabamians to come to this page and send their own tweets to Senators Shelby and Strange, and, after that, to join in sending tweets to more Alabamians. The goal is to get a large amount of "pyramiding" of tweets going.

A suggested tweet message to send to other Alabamians individually is:
Senators Shelby and Strange really need to show up at the Town Hall on Saturday in Birmingham.
To find Alabamians to send individual tweets to, use follower lists of other Twitter accounts in your geographic location that have a lot of followers. For example, if you live in the Jefferson County/Shelby County geographic area, the below would be examples of good Twitter follower lists to use:

A. General
This tweeting involves a non-standard use of Twitter, namely, the sending of large numbers of individually directed tweets to followers of other Twitter accounts (not your own followers).
A ground has been staked out with Twitter for this method of tweeting. See letter to Twitter @Support.
B. How to send your tweets efficiently
In doing your tweeting, you are repetitively sending the same tweet message. This can be done very efficiently, at least on a laptop computer. Get the tweet message suggested above (or some other tweet message you want to use) on your mouse clipboard, go to the follower list  you are using for your tweeting, start with the first person on the list you want to tweet to, and do this:
1. Right click on person's Twitter name.
2. Choose "open in new tab"
3. Go to the new tab.
4. Click on the "Tweet to" button.
5. Paste the tweet message in the box.
6. Hit the "Tweet" button.
7. Close the tab, which takes you back to the list
8. Go on to next person, and repeat above steps.
You should be able to send 35 to 70 tweets in a half hour. Send as many tweets as you are willing to. Don't worry about any duplication that you think may arise.

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