Examining the Sacred Cows

It was a little over a year ago that I published my first article here at Washington Monthly. I had been a regular reader, but had never looked under the hood to see what this publication was all about. Once I became part of it, I decided it was time to find out.

A great way to start that process is to read the mission statement. As soon as I did that, I knew that this was exactly where I belonged. So much of that statement resonated very deeply with me. But let’s take a look at just one part of it.

We’re not a subsidiary of some giant media company or a mouthpiece for ideologues. We’re an independent voice, listened to by insiders and willing to take on sacred cows—liberal and conservative.

Given my background, taking on “sacred cows” is something that both comes naturally to me and has – on occasion – gotten me into trouble. While it is animating to take on the sacred cows of the opposition, being willing to challenge your own can upset the apple cart. On the other hand, doing so can be exhilarating…ultimately it is the only way to learn and grow.

Not being the subsidiary of a giant media company or a mouthpiece for ideologues means that we depend on people like you to do this work. I hope you’ll take a minute to think about that and make the commitment to support Washington Monthly financially. For as little as $5 or $10 a month, you can join us in examining those sacred cows.

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Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60.