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Sisters Heidi and Noreen, seeing an opening, say they're going to bolt as well. Suddenly, Lady Seed is hemorrhaging ladies.
Dinky decides to skip ahead to the last speech of the day, the "Benediction" — or, as some Appleseeders call it, the Seventh Step.
"I've had so many people that complain, you know, about how bad things are in this country, and how things are going sour, and this isn't the country that they were living in when they were children," Dinky says. "I want to look 'em in the eye and tell 'em, You did this. No one else did, because we, the people, didn't do our jobs."
Cookie Lady adds, "Appleseeders, I don't care how you vote ... I just want you to be informed. Be involved."
But while Appleseed officials say they want to keep its events apolitical — Dailey says he doesn't even vote — they have recently started to attract politicians. The mayor of Sandusky, Ohio, attended a recent shoot. And Republican Jim Tomes, a member of the 2nd Amendment Patriots of Indiana, which successfully pushed legislation creating lifetime handgun licenses for gun owners in Indiana, is a big Appleseed supporter. He's running for Indiana state senate.
"Hopefully, one day," Dinky says, before everyone goes home, "we'll have an Appleseed president."