John Fogerty, Creedence Clearwater Revival . . .
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I went down Virginia,
Seeking shelter from the storm.
Caught up in the fable,
I watched the tower grow.

Five-year-plans and new deals,
Wrapped in golden chains.
And I wonder, still I wonder,
Who’ll stop the rain?

Corporate capitalism’s politicians will never stop it, they’re caught up in the fable, watching the Tower of Greed grow, watching it grow higher and higher, reaping the rewards for their complicity in the construction of that skyscraping obscenity.

President Prettywords was elected. Still the rain kept falling. His solution? Invite all of his TPP and TISA friends into the Ark.

Thanks for all your help, Noah.

There’s only one way to stop this deluge of corruption—protest beyond the law.

Howard Zinn . . .

Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.

Americans are finally understanding that reality. Dissent is being criminalized by our “leaders”, the police are being militarized, but the Republican Convention protests in St. Paul in 2008, the Madison, Wisconsin protests in 2011, the Occupy Wall Street protests in NYC in 2011 and 2012, the Moral Mondays protests in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2013 and 2014 have sent a defiant message to the posturing political hacks of Plutocracy, Inc. . . .

DEMOCRACY WILL BE DEFENDED.

They can posture all they want, we know what they are, we’ve looked too many times into their empty eyes. They no longer see us, they’re blind and corrupted, we’re no one to them as they pass all their “laws”, but the displaced and the downtrodden, the poets and artists, the writers of history know who we are. We are the People, we are the Future, we are Redemption, that is our name.

Democracy will be defended. It will be defended in the northern states, it will be defended in the eastern states, it will be defended in the western states, it will be defended in the South.

Lisa Rab, Mother Jones . . .

On the last Monday of April 2013, Reverend William Barber led a modest group of clergy and activists into the state legislative building in Raleigh. They sang “We Shall Overcome,” quoted the Bible, and blocked the doors to the Senate chambers. Barber leaned on his cane as capitol police led him away in handcuffs.

That might have been the end of just another symbolic protest, but then something happened: The following Monday, more than 100 protesters showed up at the capitol. Over the next few months, the weekly crowds at the “Moral Mondays” protests grew to include hundreds, and then thousands, not just in Raleigh but also in towns around the state. The largest gathering, in February, drew tens of thousands of people. More than 900 protesters have been arrested for civil disobedience over the past year. Copycat movements have started in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama in response to GOP legislation.

GOP legislation. Reactionary extremism in the form of “laws”. Fascism in its latest disguise, casting its lengthening shadow across a new Homeland, with brand new victims to persecute and age-old hatreds to incite.

Shakespeare, The Tempest . . .

Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.

They sure are, and they brought their “conservative values” with them.

Fascism wasn’t buried under the rubble of the Third Reich, it’s alive and well in the USA, it’s howling its lies from every Fox News studio, it’s burning across Red State skies like a bat out of hell with its wings on fire.

MaryBe McMillan . . .

At what cost to the residents of this state do our lawmakers and our governor do the bidding of organized greed? A devastating coal ash spill fouls our waterways, and fracking threatens our water supply. Children as young as 12 work our tobacco fields. Jobless North Carolinians struggle to make ends meet on reduced and inadequate unemployment benefits. Teachers work without pay raises, textbooks and teaching assistants. Children, the aged and the disabled are being kicked off Medicaid while hundreds of thousands are left to get sick and die, caught up in a Medicaid blockade of lawmakers’ own making. Citizens are made to overcome obstacles in exercising their right to vote. Even our right to vote is under attack. If we stand by and do nothing, we are signing off on this moral bankruptcy.

Reverend William Barber is not signing off on it.

He is calling it what it is . . .

We all need to call it what it is.

Enough is enough.

Long as I remember, the rain’s been coming down, clouds of mystery pouring, confusion on the ground.
Good men through the ages, trying to find the sun.

Howard Zinn was one of those good men trying to find the sun. He found it, he shared its Light with us all his life . . .

The most terrible things–war, genocide, and slavery–have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.

Truer words were never spoken.

Reverend William Barber . . .

We are calling together a coalition of goodwill, a nonviolent volunteer army of love, to oppose this legislature’s heartless, ideologically driven agenda. We call on all people of good will to join us, that we might build the bridges of understanding, not the walls of division. We call on all residents of North Carolina who believe in the common good to pray and partner with us as we use the tools of protest to illuminate for the nation the shameful acts taking place here. We are not alone. We shall speak and we shall act.  Now is the time. Here is the place. We are the people. And we will be heard.

They are not alone, you are not alone, we are not alone. We are a coalition of good will, we are a nonviolent volunteer army of love, we are the conscience of this nation, we are the light of moral courage in this valley of darkness, we are the promise of healing in a world of pain.

We will stop the rain.


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