It's not everything. This won't be where it ends, but it's where it starts. I didn't expect I'd get to say this, that I'd mean it.
Dear Democratic Party,
This is why I say I'm a Democrat, not an Independent, not undecided. This is why when I'm asked, I don't say I'm not sure, that I'm thinking about it, this is why I never skid around the word like it's dirty when it's anything and everything but. This is what we are, what we're supposed to be, and what we do. I worked over two thousand cases when I was a caseworker and I denied people Medicaid until I hated myself when I went to bed and got up to figure out how I could reconcile the flagrant immorality of what I did when I followed the law with living with myself.
That's what got me through my day. That and fucking google and 211 and the thousand stopgaps created to help a system so broken that it felt impossible it could ever be fixed.
That, and thinking, one day, it would be better. I just had to wait, and I had to hope, and I had to believe that we could do better, because God knows, we couldn't get much worse.
I'm a Democrat and you didn't disappoint me. You did, however, change our world. Well fucking done. Now keep doing it.