**Some Explicit Language**

Just checked with my conscience and it told me it is okay to be angry about unnecessary death.

  • Matt Haig

The people will survive

In their environment

The dirt, scarcity, and the emptiness of our south

The injustice of our greed

The practice we inherit

The dirt, scarcity and the emptiness of our south

There on the beach

I could see it in her eyes

I only had a Corona

Five cent deposit

  • Minutemen, Corona

This is not a time to be dismayed, this is punk rock time. This is what Joe Strummer trained you for.

  • Henry Rollins

Right now, right now, right now it’s time to…Kick out the jams, motherfuckers!  Damn, ah, ah, ah I’m gonna, I’m gonna kick ‘em out!

  • MC5, Kick Out the Jams

Muffle the drums

The hope of a new century comes

Was it all the amphetamine presidents

And their busy wives

Or did Manhattan crumble

The day Marlyn died

Ramshackle Day Parade

We’re going on though

This is the ramshackle day parade

Of all those lost, unborn, and unmade

And who’s heads got filled with a neon lava

And remain buried underneath this road

Ramshackle Day Parade

  • Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, Ramshackle Day Parade

The care of human life and happiness…is the first and only legitimate object of good government.

  • President Thomas Jefferson

Bonzo goes to Bitburg then goes out for a cup of tea
As I watched it on TV somehow it really bothered me
Drank in all the bars in town for an extended foreign policy
Pick up the pieces

My brain is hanging upside down
I need something to slow me down

If there’s one thing that makes me sick
It’s when someone tries to hide behind politics
I wish that time could go by fast
Somehow they manage to make it last

  • Ramones, Bonzo Goes to Bitburg

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.

  • Bertrand Russell

God damn it man I almost had it
Well I did it again yeah I do it outta habit
Well I’m numb it ain’t no fun I’m less than zero
When you add up the sum

I’m checkin’ out I’m never comin’ back again
I’m checkin’ out I’m listed M.I.A.

Oh yeah, oh yeah

  • Rancid, Listed M.I.A.

Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.

  • Friedrich Nietzsche

California Über Alles
California Über Alles
Über Alles California 
Über Alles California

  • Dead Kennedys, California Über Alles

The men the American people admire the most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest the most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.

  • H.L. Mencken

Raise a toast to Saint Joe Strummer

I think he might have been our only decent teacher

Getting older only makes it harder to remember

We are our only saviors

We’re going to build something this summer

  • The Hold Steady, Constructive Summer

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

  • Edward Gibbon

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

  • Leonard Cohen, Everybody Knows

All progress depends on the unreasonable man.

  • George Bernard Shaw

I still believe that in our darkest hours, at our lowest points, government can be a powerful force for good.  But only when it works for the people.

  • Elizabeth Warren

Everything’s not always great
Sometimes it’s just fine
No one gets ten out of ten
Lucky if it’s nine
No I ain’t the greatest
Sure there’s imperfections
And if you gave me a test
Might not pass the inspection
Everything’s not always great
Sometimes it’s just fine
I ain’t with the 100 crowd
I’m with the 99

  • Big Audio Dynamite, Other 99

All poets are political.  We are political by our noise and our silence.  When a poet writes about trees, she is being political both by what she chooses to write about and what she chooses not to write about.

  • Kwame Dawes 

People want to be told what to do so badly that they’ll listen to anyone.

  • Don Draper, Mad Men

Never mistake motion for action.

  • Ernest Hemingway

‘Cause I have lived that kind of day

When none of your sorrows will go away

It goes down and down and hit the floor

Down and down and down some more


But I know there’ll be some way

When I can swing everything back my way

Like skyscrapers rising up

Floor by floor, I’m not giving up

I’ve been beat up, I’ve been thrown out

But I’m not down, no, I’m not down

I’ve been shown up, but I’ve grown up

And I’m not down, no, I’m not down (hey)

  • The Clash, I’m Not Down

There are those who snatch the orphan child from the breast, and take as a pledge the infant of the poor.  They go about naked, without clothing, though hungry they carry sheaves; between their terraces they press out oil; they tread the wine presses, but suffer thirst. From the city the dying groan, and the throat of the wounded cries for help; yet God pays no attention to their prayer.

  • Book of Job, 24:9-12

This is a transnational crime syndicate masquerading as a government.

  • Sarah Kendzior

Dear America: You are waking up, as Germany once did, to the awareness that 1/3 of your people would kill another 1/3, while 1/3 watches.

  • Werner Herzog

Once I had my heroes
Once I had my dreams
But all of that is changed now
They’ve turned things inside out
The truth is not that comfortable, no

And mother taught us patience
The virtues of restraint
And father taught us boundaries
Beyond which we must go
To find the secrets promised us, yeah

  • Mission of Burma, (That’s When I Reach for My) Revolver

Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle mérite. Every nation gets the government it deserves.

  • Joseph De Maistre

There’s colors on the street

Red, white and blue

People shufflin’ their feet

People sleepin’ in their shoes

But there’s a warnin’ sign

On the road ahead

There’s a lot of people sayin’

We’d be better off dead

Don’t feel like Satan

But I am to them

So I try to forget it

Any way I can

Keep on rockin’ in the free world

  • Neil Young, Rockin’ in the Free World

You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.

  • Winston Churchill

Crying releases stress hormones.  Swearing increases pain tolerance.  Anger motivates us to solve problems.  Silence and smiles aren’t the only way to respond to pain.  Sometimes it is good to howl.

  • Matt Haig

Well, I live here in kill city, where the debris meets the sea

I live here in kill city, where the debris meets the sea

It’s a playground to the rich but it’s a loaded gun to me

Well, I’m sick of keeping quiet and I am the wild boy

I’m sick of keeping quiet and I am the wild boy

But if I have to die here, first I’m gonna make some noise

Give it up, turn the boy loose

  • Iggy Pop, Kill City

I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.

  • Dame Edith Sitwell

Ooh ooh ooh someone’s really smart
Ooh ooh ooh complete control, that’s a laugh

  • The Clash, Complete Control

They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they made.

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Jealous cowards try to control

Rise above, we’re gonna rise above

They distort what we say

Rise above, we’re gonna rise above

Try and stop what we do

Rise above, we’re gonna rise above

When they can’t do it themselves

Rise above, we’re gonna rise above

We are tired of your abuse

Try to stop us, it’s no use

  • Black Flag, Rise Above

Wherever there are two conflicting versions of a story, the wise course is to believe the one in which people appear at their worst.

  • H. Allen Smith

Oh life, is waiting for you

It’s all messed up but we’re alive

Oh life, is waiting for you

It’s all messed up but we’ll survive

  • Our Lady Peace, Life

Sometimes profanity provides relief denied even to prayer.

  • Mark Twain

Always take sides.  Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.  Silence encourages the tormentor never the tormented.

  • Elie Wiesel

God save the queen

She’s not a human being

And there’s no future

And England’s dreaming

  • Sex Pistols, God Save the Queen

Your goodness must have some edge to it, – else it is none.

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t care about being a winner
Or being smooth with women
Or going out on Fridays
Being the life of parties
Don’t care about being harder
Or being Daddy’s favorite
Or if you think I’m a mimic
Or if I am a loser

No, no more
No more

  • The Belle Brigade, Losers

I will always be on the side of those who have nothing and who are not even allowed to enjoy the nothing they have in peace.

  • Frederico Garcia Lorca 

Meet me at the bottom, don’t lag behind
Bring me my boots and shoes
You can hang back or fight your best on the front line 
Sing a little bit of these workingman’s blues

  • Bob Dylan, Workingman Blues #2

Some people are only funny when they try to be serious.

  • Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Nothing is more negative than compulsory positivity.

  • Matt Haig

I don’t know what’s right and what’s real anymore
I don’t know how I’m meant to feel anymore
When do you think it will all become clear
‘Cause I’m being taken over by the fear

  • Lily Allen, The Fear

Do not get lost in a sea of despair.  Do not become bitter or hostile.  Be hopeful, be optimistic.  Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.  We will find a way to make a way out of no way.

  • Rep. John Lewis

I see all the innocents, the human sacrifice
And if death comes so cheap
Then the same goes for life!

  • The Clash, Tommy Gun

I’m learning more about people who, until a few weeks ago, railed against “Big Government” and what they call “Socialism.”  Now they’re demanding federal intervention on every level – from healthcare, to corporate bailouts, to fixes in the “free” market that will save their 401Ks.  Do they see what happened to their “convictions” when THEY, not the dispossessed are at risk?  When their personal storm passes, will they remember the way they flipped, or will they flip back?

  • Parker Palmer, Courage & Vulnerability: Corona & the Wisdom of Elders

Bring on the revolution,
Keep the pressure on.
I want to die for something.
Bring on the revolution,
I want to die for something, want to die for something.
Bring on the revolution,
I want to die for something. (nothing)
Bring on the revolution,
Don’t wanna die for nothing. (something, something)

  • The Pretenders, Revolution

Uncertainty is the only certainty there is and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.

  • John Allen Paulos

We are men who stay alive
Who send your children away now
We are calling from a tower
Expressing what must be
Everyone’s opinion
“They are going out to bars
And they are getting into cars
I have seen them with my own eyes”
“America please help them!”

Now they are child stars, child stars, child stars, child stars…
With their sex
And their drugs
And their rock
And rock
And rock
And rock and roll, hey!

  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood

Start now.

Start where you are.

Start with fear.

Start with pain.

Start with doubt.

Start with hands shaking.

Start with voice trembling.

Start and don’t stop.

Start where you are, with what you have.

Just start.

  • Cathy Heller

In the darkness the shadows move
In the darkness the game is real
Real as a gun
Real as a gun

As he watches the lights of the city
And he moves through the night
Shoot out the lights
Shoot out the lights
Shoot out the lights
Ah, shoot out the lights

  • Richard and Linda Thompson, Shoot Out the Lights

Great emergencies awaken generous traits which have lain dormant half a life.  If there is a spark of true nobility in you, now is the occasion to let it shine.

  • Julia Sand to Chester Arthur as he prepared to become president

Don’t stop, listen to the echoes
We are taking on some water
Lightning, lightning in a bottle
They are waiting on the thunder

Don’t stop, never stop believing
You were all I ever needed
These days everything reminds me
That I am waiting on the thunder

Come on love
Give me a sign
‘Cause I’ve been waiting in the darkness for your everlasting light
Come on love
Tell me a lie
It’s been a long fucking year
That I can’t wait to leave behind

  • Mondo Cozmo, Thunder

I was waiting for

something extraordinary to


but as the years wasted on

nothing ever did unless I

caused it….

  • Charles Bukowski

I went home with a waitress the way I always do
How was I to know she was with the Russians, too?

I was gambling in Havana, I took a little risk
Send lawyers, guns, and money
Dad, get me out of this, hiyah!

  • Warren Zevon, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile I caught hell for.

  • Chief Justice Earl Warren

Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
They were all my friends, and they died

  • The Jim Carroll Band, People Who Died

How bad this will get, and how we will weather the dark days ahead, is impossible to say. But we are deep enough into this pandemic now to see a few things clearly. The first is that President Trump has profoundly failed in his primary role: to keep America safe.

  • Jeff Goodell

Anyone loyal to the cause here tonight?

  • Me

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