Hey, an Onion story came true. All these kids who became activists this year and spent hours volunteering to get Barack Obama elected? Now they have no purpose in life, and they are confused and adrift. 13 million email addresses and hundreds of thousands of trained volunteers, and nothing for them to do. These kids were trained in activism by political campaign, and post-election, the campaign has no use for them. Sad, really. Community organizers are disappointed.
Ganz has publicly questioned the campaign for not conducting a more open deliberation over how to sustain the network, which grew and thrived in part on open dialogue and online social networking.
"Is this really what 'building on the movement to elect Barack Obama' is going to look like?" Ganz asked. "I can't believe this was put out by the same people who trained organizers in how to do house meetings in the campaign over the past two years."
Hah, but this is the problem with a huge fake-grassroots campaign based on the extraordinary qualities of an individual and not a cause or ideology! Unless Obama does decide to actually become a dictator or cult leader, it will be more or less impossible to harness the energy of all these millions of kids for any purpose, because none of them agree on what needs to be done beyond electing Obama, which they did. So... why don't they all volunteer for the Humane Society then?
As we said, The Onion covered it: