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1,000 signatures and this former legislator in DC will go to bat for the life extension cause

Posted: Thu, November 07, 2013 | By: Politics



by Tom Mooney

Petition to e-sign and spread: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/presobama-fund-life-extensio.fb26?source=s.fb&r-by=7336809

Success in American politics revolves around numbers. Those in elected office always want to be made aware of new issues that many of their constituents support and quite frankly they often vote for or against a certain measure based on how many people support it.

The life extension issue is a new entry into the political world. As a result most politicians know very little about it and, at first, will be very non-committal about their support or opposition to it but if you can show them proof that more and more people are interested in it then they normally become far less disinterested and it is easier to meet with them in order to discuss the merits of the issue. 

That is where petitions begin to have an impact.Most politicians want to keep their job and if they are confronted with a large number of signatures of people who took time out of their day to publicly add their name to a petition then all of a sudden we have made an impact. Many studies show that people who sign petitions are more likely to vote than those who don’t. Large numbers of signatures on petitions are an effective political tool that can bring results.

For eight years, I was a member of the Maryland Legislature and had the opportunity to receive petitions from all over the state requesting various and sundry legislative actions. All of those people received letters from me and in some cases I co-sponsored legislation on their behalf but the key element was the message they were sending. It showed that they cared about a particular issue and therein lies the political strength of petitions. The person who signs is telling their elected officials that they want something,in this case, Federal funding of life extension research and they want it NOW!

Politicians do not ignore petitions. Most of them intend to run again and they fear organized efforts against them. That is why we need to obtain as many signatures as possible. I will personally distribute them and, believe me, by the end of the visit to their office they will know that life extension research must be funded in the next budget. I will make it clear that “WE WANT LIFE EXTENSION RESEARCH AND WE WANT IT NOW!”

If we remain silent nothing will happen and that is unacceptable!!!

Petition to e-sign and spread: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/presobama-fund-life-extensio.fb26?source=s.fb&r-by=7336809



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