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I count myself lucky; I grew up before there was such a thing as FOX News or Rush Limbaugh or Matt Drudge.

I grew up before William Simon and Lewis Powell had convinced America’s richest conservatives to wage war on society, and especially those institutions tasked with determining truths, such as colleges, research institutions, and news media. I remember when the Republican position on any given issue wasn’t automatically treated as the default or “normal” position by the press.

Because I remember these times, I appreciate Firedoglake more than ever now.

FDL is where the Valerie Plame case was covered more deeply than anywhere else. FDL sent writers to the Libby trial, and even did daily video wrapups explaining what went on in the courtroom.

FDL is where the truth about the fatally-compromised health-care-reform bill was uttered first, loudest, and most often. Nearly a year before it happened, FDL writers warned repeatedly that the twin lodestones of a too-small stimulus and the industry-captured HCR bill would sink the Democrats in 2010, and were thus targeted for attack by persons whose duty it apparently was to undermine anyone who dared to point out the problems with the bill and its passage.

FDL is where a panoply of causes — from Just Say Now to Student Loan Reform to Bradley Manning — have been pursued to good effect, largely because a number of persons realized that in this day and age, if you want something good to happen, you can’t trust for the people in charge to make it happen unless you get directly and intimately involved. If it is to be, then it is up to you and me.

In short, FDL is where I can find and see something resembling the journalism and the action I remember from my formative years, and it thrills and humbles me to have a small part in it. I hope you agree with me, and find it in your heart to support FDL. There is nothing else like it today.