The assholes are coming from all sides now, including our own party. The new PA governor just announced that he will be modeling himself after Chris Christie, and by the way, will also be slashing Medicaid. (This is part of the Republican governors association and their plan to erode the new healthcare law.)
The really depressing thing is, when the Republicans take over, they do all kinds of horrible things with the cooperation of the cowering Democrats. And when the Democrats take over? They allow the Republicans to do all kinds of horrible things with their cooperation.
My suggestion to you is, carve out a safe place in your life. Whether it’s reading, creating, being with your loved ones, watching old movies, etc., find something that restores your soul and do it.
Because this stuff really eats away at you. (As I said to one kind donor the other days, it’s one of the reasons I don’t feel apologetic about asking for money. Immersing yourself in this crap day after day, all day, every day of the year, well, it takes its toll on both my mental and physical health.) It’s easy to call this a hobby, but it isn’t. It’s what I do — I’d say for a living, but it’s not, really. It’s more like grueling volunteer work with perks, like reader donations and moral support.
I feel like a sin eater. I take on the full horrors of the system, so you don’t have to.
The upside is, because I don’t have a job, I get to write what I really think, instead of what’s in line with the goals of Democratic organization. Many of you value that (although I wonder if David Axelrod does).
But it’s so taxing, so all-encompassing in my life, I actually dream about winning the lottery and taking a year off.
But I haven’t won the lottery, and so I continue to do what I do, and in exchange, any support you give is so greatly appreciated — even if all you can do is send the occasional “attagirl” email.
Thanks for everything you’ve done and continue to do to support this blog.