WASHINGTON – It’s nothing short of miraculous, says WND Editor Joseph Farah.
In 10 days, a campaign to send “pink slips” to Congress has resulted in an unprecedented and historic effort that has generated 2.25 million individually addressed notices to all members of the House and Senate – proving, once again, that Americans are mobilized to take action to stop Washington’s plans for bigger, more expensive and more intrusive government.
The “pink slips” specifically warn that senders will oppose in the next election any member of Congress who votes for more spending, intrusive legislation that restricts personal freedom and more big government programs.
WND announced the “Send Congress a Pink Slip” campaign just 10 days ago with a stated goal of 5 million notices, individually addressed, personalized with sender’s name and address and delivered to all members of Congress by Fed Ex.
“This looks like a historic effort – comparable to the massive march in Washington, the tea party rallies and the town hall actions,” said Farah. “I’m quite sure nothing like this has ever before been undertaken.”
If laid end to end, the paper trail from this campaign would reach from New England to Washington, D.C.
Last week, suppliers of paper to the campaign reported the campaign had completely tapped the nation’s supply of 8.5 x 11 inch pink paper. As the last full pallet of pink paper was delivered to the printer, new supplies had to be ordered and manufactured.
“It’s our version of a stimulus program,” said Farah.
The idea was conceived by Janet Porter of Faith2Action and a WND weekly columnist.
“We set a goal of 5 million pink slips to members of Congress,” she said. “It looks like we were too conservative in our projections. We will likely surpass that goal. I’m sure this has never been done before – and we’re just getting started. This is unprecedented. It’s a new record for getting the attention of Congress in such a short span of time.”
Porter said the highest priority of members of Congress is re-election. The campaign is designed to put them on notice their hopes of staying in Washington are fading fast.
“There is a revolution brewing across this country,” she said. “People are angry about losing their country and they are ready for action. This campaign is just the latest evidence.”
The “Send Congress a Pink Slip” campaign ensures that a brief but poignant message will be delivered by Fed Ex to all 535 members of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate – all for a remarkably low price based on economies of scale.
The cost of each message translates to six cents per message – individually addressed for both the recipient and the sender and shipped by Fed Ex.
“We encourage citizens to take individual actions,” said Farah. “But when we act as a group, it’s more cost-effective and the results more dramatic. Just try Fed Exing members of Congress yourself and see what it costs. We have learned from past experience that Fed Ex actually ensures delivery to members. What they do with them at that point is their choice.”
The program is based on several other successful programs of the past, including one last summer that delivered 705,000 letters to senators protesting a “hate crimes” bill dubbed by critics as “the Pedophile Protection Act.”
“I believe this is already the most successful grass-roots effort in history,” said Porter. “After all the town halls and tea parties and the massive demonstration in Washington, Congress still hasn’t gotten the message. Now it’s time to show them just how serious we are with a message aimed at what they most care about – getting re-elected.”
The “pink slip” officials are getting is a warning that they work for the taxpayers. It lists four key issues that are deemed unacceptable to participants.
- government health care
- cap and trade
- “hate crimes”
- any more spending
“If you vote for any of these, your real pink slip will be issued in the next election,” it warns.
The program permits participants to Fed Ex 535 individually addressed messages to members of Congress, each one with the name and address of the sender for a total price of $29.95.
“This is a program that only works with massive numbers of participants that bring paper and printing and shipping costs way down,” explains Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, which has conducted similar programs in the past – this one being the largest and most ambitious.
Farah and Porter say the campaign will continue indefinitely.
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