Why I hate pledge drives

Dan Gordon and Richard Baehr
I hate pledge drives.  The reason is simple: I associate them with National Public Radio and public television. A collection of unctuously earnest people representing every major racial, religious, gender/transgender, age, and ethnic group swear their allegiance (over and over and over again) to the importance of keeping quality programs like Bill Moyers, Tavis Smiley, and Garrison Keillor on the air. Having one’s name read over the air as a dollar a day member probably provides some of the same inner satisfaction that occurs when one expiates the birth sin of being born white by caucusing for Barack Obama.

No such spiritual cleansing moment is associated with the current American Thinker appeal.  We think our readers understand that we want to do more with our site: to expand its content, and to communicate more often and  directly with our readers.   For now, we offer no premiums for your helping us, other than the promise to continue to provide serious material on the major topics of the day, by the  growing collection of authors who have been given voice on our site.

Tom Lifson, our publisher, tells you how to help out. We are NOT a tax exempt non-profit organization ("we reserve the right to be partisan"), so you can feel good that you are not adding to the federal budget  deficit by contributing.

Donations by cash or check can be sent to:

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You do not need to have a PayPal account to use your credit card, and PayPal guarantees that your information will remain securely confidential. We will never even see your credit card information. We thank all those readers who help us with their kind donations.
I hate pledge drives.  The reason is simple: I associate them with National Public Radio and public television. A collection of unctuously earnest people representing every major racial, religious, gender/transgender, age, and ethnic group swear their allegiance (over and over and over again) to the importance of keeping quality programs like Bill Moyers, Tavis Smiley, and Garrison Keillor on the air. Having one’s name read over the air as a dollar a day member probably provides some of the same inner satisfaction that occurs when one expiates the birth sin of being born white by caucusing for Barack Obama.

No such spiritual cleansing moment is associated with the current American Thinker appeal.  We think our readers understand that we want to do more with our site: to expand its content, and to communicate more often and  directly with our readers.   For now, we offer no premiums for your helping us, other than the promise to continue to provide serious material on the major topics of the day, by the  growing collection of authors who have been given voice on our site.

Tom Lifson, our publisher, tells you how to help out. We are NOT a tax exempt non-profit organization ("we reserve the right to be partisan"), so you can feel good that you are not adding to the federal budget  deficit by contributing.

Donations by cash or check can be sent to:

American Thinker
6331 Fairmount Ave., #365
El Cerrito, CA 94530

For those who wish to use a credit card, please follow this link to PayPal.

You do not need to have a PayPal account to use your credit card, and PayPal guarantees that your information will remain securely confidential. We will never even see your credit card information. We thank all those readers who help us with their kind donations.