It's not uncommon to hear "Why do women stay in abusive relationships?" or "Why don't they leave?"
The main reason "they stay" is they are too afraid to leave—they feel they have nowhere to go.
I must say I find it a little disconcerting to find similar feelings of learned helplessness being echoed (and/or willfully propagated) inside the political forums of news websites, on threads very much like this one:
It is a sad state of affairs for America, and indeed for democracy, when apparently, and by jatrig's own admission, above, Liberals in this country should feel that the only two options open to them is to either stay in the abusive relationship they perceive themselves to be in, or else end up "with a pimp."
There's got to be more to the word than this.
Or is there?
Maybe someone ought to write a self-help book about this.
That being said, I thought Jon Stewart's piece was spot on, as usual (no reason really for anyone to go ballistic over it—Jeez! when did the Dems lose their sense of humor?):