If Dr. King hadn’t been assassinated for speaking truth to power, if he was here today, if he was at the Lincoln Memorial again, looking out upon that corporate capital of greed and corruption, what would he say, what would he ask us to do?

He’d ask us to overcome our fear, he’d call for civil disobedience, he’d explain why it’s necessary, just as he did in 1968 . . .

If you have never found something so dear and precious to you that you will die for it, then you are not fit to live. You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be, and one day some great opportunity stands before you and calls upon you to stand for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause, but you refuse to take a stand because you are afraid.

You refuse to do it because you want to live longer. You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized, or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that someone will stab you or shoot you or bomb your house. So you refuse to take a stand.

Well you may go on and live until you’re 90, but you are just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. And when you take your last breath, it will only be the belated announcement of the earlier death of your spirit.

You died when you refused to stand up for right.

You died when you refused to stand up for truth.

You died when you refused to stand up for justice.

Can you understand that, “leaders” of the Netroots? Can you understand that, Markos Moulitsas? Can you understand that, Obamacrats? Tap on the lid of that coffin you call a blog if you do. Can you understand that, MoveOn.org? Can you understand that, Josh Marshall? John Amato? Digby? Jane Hamsher? Edited by Request How about you, Madame Proprietor of the Huff and Puff Post? Can you understand that? Can any of you understand that???

None of you have called for civil disobedience. In the streets of Washington D.C. or anywhere else. You refuse to because you’re afraid. So go ahead, keep on blogging until you’re 90, it won’t matter, you’re just as dead right now as you will be then.

You died when you refused to stand up for right.

You died when you refused to stand up for truth.

You died when you refused to stand up for justice.

I have some news for those nonstop typers. Typing isn’t standing up for right, truth, justice, or anything else. It’s just typing.

That doesn’t seem to matter to the stone cold dead “leaders” of the Netroots, they just go on typing. They type about right, they type about truth, they type about justice, almost as much as they type about each other. They never stop typing, they never stop “analyzing” the latest corporate fascist outrage, they never stop parading around as leaders, but all they’ve ever led is a chat fest while democracy burns. They have no solutions and not enough moral courage, it’s a rare commodity, it’s in short supply way up there at the top of the progressive blogosphere. But they have an endless supply of talk, an endless supply of pointless petitions to sign, an endless list of craven politicians to call.

Mark Twain has some advice for them . . .

If you keep doing things like you’ve always done them, what you’ll get is what you’ve already got.

We’ve already got corporate fascism. And if you keep doing things like you’ve always done them, we’ll always have corporate fascism.

Which part of that don’t you understand, mighty leaders of the Netroots? What in the blue fuck are you doing about it? I’ll tell you what in the blue fuck you’re doing about it. NOTHING. What has to happen to get you off your asses and into the streets? How much more do you need to see? This isn’t democracy, this isn’t free market capitalism, this is no longer America. Barack Obama isn’t a President, he’s a pawn. John Roberts isn’t Chief Justice, he’s the Lord of the Flies.

This isn’t America, it’s Lord of the Flies, it’s Slaughterhouse Five, it’s In the Penal Colony it’s Darkness at Noon. We don’t have to study Kafka and Koestler, Goldman and Vonnegut, Huxley and Orwell to understand what’s happening, all we have to do is read the headlines . . .

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Progressive "leaders" in Washington have been just as worthless as the "top" progressive bloggers have been. Conyers and Waxman are a disgrace. Feingold talks, then he blow dries his hair, then he talks some more. Kucinich talks tougher than any of the others, but even he won’t say what needs to be said.

It’s time for all of them to stop talking and start listening. It’s time for every progressive to stop talking and start listening to Mahatma Gandhi . . .

Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state has become lawless or corrupt. Any citizen who tolerates such a state shares in its corruption and lawlessness.

It’s time to start listening to John Locke . . .

Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience.

It’s time to start listening to Howard Zinn . . .

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

It’s time to start listening to Emerson . . .

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

We can’t keep following the path we’re on, it’s the path of moral cowardice. It leads nowhere. Massive civil disobedience in Washington D.C. is the path we must take. No more petitions. No more phone calls. It’s time to write our Letter From Birmingham Jail, it’s time to write it in Washington D.C. The streets will be the pages of that letter, our voices will be the words.

The truth must be told in that city of Bull Connors in thousand dollar suits, in that city of K Street guard dogs and filibuster fire hoses. By 100,000 of us, by 200,000 of us, by as many as it takes. It must be told at the gates of the White House, so that puppet president will hear it. It must be told on Capitol Hill, so every addict in that crack house of corruption will hear it. It must be told on the front steps of the fucking Supreme Court, so the Lord of the Flies will hear it.

The Path of Moral Courage

The Path of Civil Disobedience

That’s the Path We Must Take