When I started this blog in 1953, I promised myself I wouldn't post anything political. There are some great blogs who cover this stuff better than I can. I recommend First Draft and TPM. You can see their links over there.
But I can't do this any more. I've been outraged since 1968 and I'm not only tired, I'm losing friends. Christmas night an army buddy called and the Christmas cheer quickly swirled down the drain and I found myself on Christmas night yelling into the phone about labor, health care and that dead alcoholic, Joe McCarthy. My friend hung up and followed with an email that said I was now his enemy. That's right. His enemy. And I felt like shit.
I'm trying to wean myself from this divisive bullshit. For those of you who live elsewhere, count your blessings. Things are ugly here in the USA, with a surprising number of people eager to declare war on their friends and neighbors.
So, this will be the last time I post anything political. At least for 2005.
Next year, we'll talk about true stories that are too good to use, real people versus real characters, comforting agents and agents who are Rotweillers, crappy freelance copy editors and other things related to writing. I promise.
In the meantime, if you've had any fallouts with friends or family over politics, feel free to vent here. It seems to be going around.