Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Jim Hightower gives us "idiots" a little pep talk today:
Be an involved citizen? Forget about it, Jake. Don't waste your time. Get a job, keep your head down, play the lottery, don't be different, take a pill, watch "reality TV," buy things, play it safe, live vicariously, don't make waves, pre-pay your funeral. Oh, and on those big questions -- such as economic fairness, going to war, "rebalancing" that liberty/security equation, and the shrinking of democracy itself -- don't hurt your little gray cells by focusing on them, for there's not a lot you can do about them, we know more than you do, and don't worry... we'll take care of you. Go about your business -- be a good idiot.

The Opposite Of Courage Is Not Cowardice, It's Conformity.

Come on, America, that's not us! Don't let BushCo, the Wobblycrats and the Kleptocrats steal our country and trivialize We The People as being nothing more substantial than passive consumers who can even be made to cower in duct-taped "safe rooms" whenever the governing authorities shout "Code Orange!" out their windows (how pathetic is that?).

America wasn't built by conformists, but by mutineers -- we're a big, brawling, boisterous, bucking people, and now is our time!

Our democracy is being dismantled right in front of our eyes -- not by crazed foreign terrorists, but by our own ruling elites. This is a crucial moment when America desperately needs you and me to stand as full citizens, asserting the bold and proud radicalism of America's democratic ideals.