This isn’t going to be very long, nor even really a proper diary, but I need to get this off my chest. I’m not inclined to put this up elsewhere, because I’m not in the mood for being flamed into oblivion.
The news of the health insurance reform bill being probably a done deal has me feeling very deeply torn. To come out of the process with nothing wasn’t politically feasible. To come out of this particular exercise with this piece of offal is enough to make me want to give up on the entire political system altogether.
Then, this afternoon, I got the following email. Now, I get a lot of political junk email — from activist groups, from congresscritters, from organizations allied with the progressive movement. Most of it I just delete, because most of it consisits of pleas for money I can’t spare. I quote it in its entirety below the jump. Some of what they say is true, some is pure bombast, and the overlap between the two is causing me real issues. I pass it along not because I believe everything they say, or to hold it up for ridicule, but in the interest of a progressive community deconstruction of this text.