I wrote a fundraising letter the other day. Here’s how it started:
Have you noticed the virtual flood tide of crap floating around these days? Me too. Turn on the TV and Lou Dobbs is noodling on the air about whether or not Barack Obama was really born in the United States. Open the newspaper and George Will is telling his readers that global warming is just a sham. Listen to Fred Thompson’s radio show and Betsy McCaughey is warning listeners that the House healthcare bill would “absolutely require” end-of-life counseling sessions every five years for senior citizens.
Everyone who reads this blog knows the rest of this story, so I won’t repeat it here. But the past couple of weeks have really brought some things into focus, and one of them is how difficult it is for any of us to make a difference all by ourselves. I mean, what can you do when you’re competing against Lou Dobbs and FreedomWorks and the entire cast of Fox News?
Answer: contribute a few bucks to Mother Jones! It helps sustain this blog. It helps sustain the magazine. It helps sustain the website. It helps sustain our Washington bureau. Basically, it helps sustain an operation big enough to fight back against the conservative noise machine.
So help us out if you can. You can contribute via credit card here, and if you give more than $35 we’ll throw in a subscription to the magazine. If you prefer PayPal, hit the tip jar at the bottom of the post. You’ll help make the world a better place.