I write not because I’m an expert, I write because I’m trying to find you.
Kissing Off the Melancholy of the Left
Holly Wood, PhD 🌹

That feeling of isolation combined with the gas lighting and propaganda of the Iraq War kept me angry and depressed for the entirety of the Bush-Cheney reign of errors. The one thing that gave me hope was when I worked for the 2004 campaign and spoke to people in Ohio, Texas and Colorado and found they felt the same way as me.

You’re not alone. Perhaps 25% of the population feels like you do. And that’s why politics is a long term, decades long struggle that leaves us frustrated all the time.

Even though Bernie lost 4 out of 5 states, he went from having maybe 10% national Democratic support to close to 50% support. While it appears he won’t win the nomination, tremendous strides were made by Progressives.

Hillary has been pushed to the left. The discourse in the Democratic party has been pushed to the left, and the fall, the discourse for the entire population will be pushed to the left.

It may not feel like much, but that’s a huge change in the political momentum of this country since the Reagan ketchup flavored Kool-Aid days. Remember, the seeds of the Reagan revolution were planted in the smoking ruins of the Goldwater campaign sixteen years before. And the shit sandwich that was W was the yield of 36 years of GOP trench warfare, propaganda, and dirty tricks.

You will be exhausted and hurting because you care. Find a way to let the burdens of the world off your shoulder. It’s the only way you’ll be able to continue fighting the good fight for the next decade.

Regardless of what Sanders does between now and the Convention, the goal has to be to win the White House and retake the Senate. You may dislike Clinton fiercely, but she is going to nominate anywhere from one to three Supreme Court Justices. And that one fact will divert the political direction of this country to the left for the next twenty years.

We need to elect people like Alan Grayson and a slew of progressive women to the Senate. There’s still a lot of work to be done this year.