What were the last words on the suicide bomber’s lips as he touched the wires together? I’ll tell you: “Give me liberty or give me death.”

Thomas Jefferson might well have stirred his audiences with the pronouncement that “Every generation needs a new revolution”, and Abe Lincoln probably did declare that “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government…”

Yeah, sure. Listen, try it, go on, start a revolution and see what it gets you.

Mickey Z reckons the land of the free would likely reward you with an orange jumpsuit and a “one-way ticket for an all-inclusive vacation at Guantanamo Bay”:

‘Let’s face it, revolution just ain’t what it used to be. Mao Tse-Tung warned: “A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery.” Today, revolution is a Chevy commercial or a Beatles song. Che Guevara believed “the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.” By 1994, Newt Gingrich and his merry band of Republicans were using “revolution” to describe a minor reshuffling of ruling class allegiances. “The most heroic word in all languages is revolution,” stated Eugene Debs, but if he were around today and typed “revolution” into Google, he’d find the top response was for a software company.

‘As long as you’re not talking about the U.S. government, you can have as many revolutions as you please. You can have 33 per minute, for all Dick Cheney cares. Fitness, music, film, art, and countless ways to make money-the mutinous mood is alive and well. This time around, however, the revolution was indeed televised and is now enjoying a long, successful run in syndication.

‘Can the huddled befuddled masses to snap from their self-induced trance to recapture the subversive spirit of ’76? I’ll give the last word to Abraham Lincoln: “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.”

Remember: Abe said it, not me.’

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