I have had people express condemnation and condescension and consternation at the dark themes of my writings about damaged people, myself included. And how I, and my characters, do not respond in ways in which those who look down from ivory towers deem appropriate.
Back in 1974 the Watergate Scandal dominated the local and national newscasts. It was inescapable. A genuine Constitutional crisis the likes our nation had, to date, not seen was unfolding before our very eyes. A cancer on the presidency was growing.