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"I stand with the protesters in Wisconsin."

And started a firestorm...

This will be a very short diary, as others more in the know are covering Wisconsin brilliantly.

As an aside to the larger issue: I have been wringing my hands for years over whether it is right and wise to speak my mind politically, or to only do so anonymously.  My first account at Dkos was under a different name.

in truth, I really can't believe that I went to a Facebook fan page and let fly on Wisconsin, even in such a minimalist way.  That tells me something about how strongly I feel that THIS fight in Wisconsin is a pivotal battle in the future of America.  Personally, I believe that an America where the middle class can't afford their health care, their college education, their retirement, even their homes, is an America doomed.

A couple of posters have already said they won't read my books anymore...oh well.

To the bigger issue: unions are the only things that are going to save the middle class.  The Democrats - even those who believe in the middle class - won't be able to do it, or won't dare try, but the Republicans will continue to go after them for the benefit of the already obscenely rich.

I'm a blue collar kid from a blue collar neighborhood.  Shared sacrifice?  How about making the wealthy pay a bit more?

UPDATE: Thanks for the support and all, and to those of you saying you're going to now read my books...

Well, if you want to read them because you think some Sword and Sorcery might be fun, I won't stop you obviously!  But I'm really not worried about any serious backlash.  if you were going to read the books as a sign of solidarity, make me happier and send pizzas to the protesters (who are far more courageous than I am, and who have a lot more on the line!), or make a donation to your local library or food bank or pet shelter or anything you think worthwhile.

Originally posted to RASalvatore on Sun Feb 27, 2011 at 10:03 AM PST.

Also republished by The Yes We Can Pragmatists and Readers and Book Lovers.

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