12/23/2004

Timbuk3: Timbuk3: The battle for America has begun

Timbuk3: The battle for America has begun

Hello friends, family, comrades, rebels, insurgents, refugees, exiles, ex-patriots, people in hiding, and all the ships at sea...

I debated whether or not I should say this. I wondered if it would do any good. I have profound fears for the future, and deep anger and sadness for my country.

Our country. Our country that's been stolen away from us. Captured by those who traffic in fear, and hatred, and bigotry, and poison.

I feel like we're lost in a forest right now. We're down the rabbit hole and there is no end in sight.

I know you all feel the same sentiments. The rage against the unanswerable abyss, the terror of what lies ahead, the confusion of what this nation has become.

I will not attempt to glide over the monumental disaster that was this election. There is no silver lining. There is no redemption. The illusion of hope in this last year has been mercilessly stripped away.

The monster we face is now unleashed, and free to wreak havoc and spill the blood of innocents.

We are in a dark place. Perhaps the darkest place. Unable to even conceive of the idea of light.

But we have been in such midnight moments before.

We have been in the pits of Viet Nam and the hanging trees of Jim Crowe. We have despaired on the cotton fields of Mississippi and the breadlines of the depression. We've been beaten down by crooked cops, pushed around by factory bosses, terrorized by the Klan and the Fascists and the Nazis. And neonazis, and the fat cats, and robber barons, and the fraud politicians and wicked masters.

But we have never surrendered. We have never weakened or wavered.

Did we surrender at Kent State? Jackson State?

No.

Did we surrender at Selma, Alabama?

No...

It ain't over yet, folks. Not by a long shot.

So cry a few tears. Bang against the walls. Scream into the wind.

Then collect yourself and get back to work.

It's time to punch the clock.

The battle for America has begun.



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