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By now, you’ve figured out that FDL is having a membership drive. The good news is that, unlike a PBS membership drive, we won’t be interrupting some classic old movie or some wonderful opera performance every ten minutes to show you a screen with people staffing the phones. Nothing’s going to pop out at you in the middle of an unrelated post.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, about why I donate so much of my time to FDL. I’m not paid to do this and the kind of things I write about tend to be very research intensive, so a 500-word piece about some legal matter can mean 10-15 hours of research before I feel comfortable writing in an authoritative tone. It’s time taken away from my family, time taken away from my other obligations. The offspring resent the amount of time I spend on this, so why do it?

I do it because I believe that we, as a group, are effective.

If you believe as I do, please take a minute and become a member today.

Whether it was holding Congress accountable, or keeping the narrative straight during the Valerie Plame matter, or pushing to improve the conditions of confinement for Bradley Manning, we have consistently been able to keep the spin-meisters from hoodwinking the American people. Even when we fail to achieve the desired objective, such as with health care reform, at least the truth got out.

If you ever doubted that what we do matters to the people in power, you have to look no further than a recent admission by Defense Secretary Robert Gates that the decision to not release photos of Osama Bin Laden’s corpse was driven by a photoshop that twolf did of the people in the Situation Room wearing that bizarre Princess Beatrice hat.

We, all of us here, have a hand in shaping the national dialogue. The May 15th edition of the New York Times had a great article by Gretchen Morgenson about the overwhelming scale to mortgage servicer malfeasance. Remember at the start of the housing collapse when every article was full of bankster spin about greedy homeowners who bought houses they knew they couldn’t afford and how these deadbeats had wrecked the economy? Several years and many dozens of blogposts and hundreds of great comments later, we have turned that narrative around and exposed the truth.

I learn so much from being in the comments. I learn so much from you.

I also enjoy the camaraderie, the snark and the humor. So, that’s why I do it. I’m asking you to become a member of FDL, so we can keep the lights on. So this place can keep doing what it does best, push back against the lies and organize activism. What we do here matters, won’t you become a member?

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