Update 11:30 EST. Two things.
1st: So I wrote this during a bout of insomnia and went to bed, and when I woke up three hours later jeezopete I'm on the Rec list. I've never made the Rec list before, and I am honored. Thank you so much, DKos, for reading and listening and all your support of us here in Michigan. We won't let you down!
2nd: When I mention a Bob Seger concert, I mean a short duration of time, not bad quality. Because Seger is awesome.
I haven't posted a diary in about four years; I do better here when I read and educate myself.
But I'm making an exception now because I see a lot of comments in the Michigan threads going down that echo my personal feelings right now. People want to leave. People are leaving, or have already left, or are getting ready to leave. After all, this state has been a tough place to live for a long time, and now it's just gone right down the toilet in less time than the duration of a Bob Seger concert. Sometimes, it seems, a lost cause is lost for good.
Sweeping restrictions on abortions and contraception?
A shiny brand-new Emergency Dictator law to replace the one we repealed through months and months of sweat and stress and hard work?
An erosion of public education in the state that gave the country community-based education?
Anti-Sharia legislation in a state that is home to one of America's largest Muslim-American communities?
Right-to-Work-for-Less in the state that birthed the UAW?!?
And half of these despicable laws have been twisted into a shape that cannot be repealed by referendum -- a lame duck legislature terrified of an educated electorate -- and anyway, we're captive to a gerrymandered legislature that only sends a 33% Democratic congressional delegation to Washington, even as we sport two blue senators and a very healthy showing for Barack Obama.
It's time to get out of here! It's time to leave this place! It's moribund! It's dead! There's a shiny city across the lake, where progressives are happy and heard. Let's go there! All of our friends have! So long, Michigan! Goodbye Coneys and Pasties, Sleeping Bear and Whitefish Bay! As they've been saying for thirty years now, "last one out turn off the lights!"