Sunday, April 02, 2006

Discouragement, Part II

There is no "Discouragement, Part I" because I opted to stick it my draft pile, not for public consumption.

I may e-mail it to Megan Risbon, however.

It's a post about the biggest waste of time I have spent at a meeting in my life.

And I'm an expert in pointless meetings. I'm a member of the LDS Church, where we have meetings to plan having a meeting to discuss what we learned in the last meeting about cutting down the number of meetings we have.

Let me give you a rundown of what happened. It was supposed to be an election of Leg Chairs and a "Precinct Officer Training." We did elect Leg Chairs, which was effective (I'm Vice Chair). However, at the "Training" we learned what we are going to learn at the grassroots training we will have in the future. (more on that later)

I have better things to do with my life than to sit around at 9AM on a Saturday listening to what I will learn about in a month. Unless I can get a guarantee that things will be better, I may not show up for the next "Training."



Shaun said...

I'm not sure you make a very good party man. Being critical in the face of having your time wasted is uncalled for. You should love and accept all that the party does for you even if you don't like how it does it.

Just remember, sometimes you have to go into an election year with the party you've got, not the party you want.

Now that I've deeply offended a good pile of people... Lets do something about this (this means you party members who want to do something, not just bob and I)!

Last year when you ran for county party secretary you ran on setting up a useful party website (among other things). People thought it was a good idea. Where is it?

I know I want to find people who will be good statesmen, not just good politicians! I think cliff is going in the right direction. Now we need to get more people who will follow through on things that will turn the organization of our local democratic party into a distributed group of independantly acting individuals. The ways of top down organization where people are dependant on being told what to do and how to do it must be abandoned in order to move forward.

Top down command and planning goes against what made our country great. The independant spirit of freedom, unbound by institutions and policy is what built everyting great and lasting.

What I'm really getting at is that we need to cultivate the spirit of independance in our fellow party members. Build ways for all of us to contribute and find out how to do things for ourselves *cough* wiki *cough*.

Forgive the rant, I just hate it when organizations aren't living up to their potential and I can't do anything to directly affect it.


Anonymous said...

Bob, how can you have helped to make it better?