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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2014)

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In 1970, the late jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron wrote. "The revolution will not be televised," which became an anthem for the black power movement.  His thoughts remain relevant.  I've broadened the context and updated the prose.

I remembered Scott-Heron's poem while pondering why the average American seems so apathetic as our future is stolen by the rich and powerful.  Perhaps something like, "The revolution will not be televised," can become the anthem for a movement where Americans of all colors and creeds will stand up for their rights.


You will not be able to stay home, brothers and sisters.

You will not be able to tune in, turn on, and cop out.

You will not be able to lose yourself on Twitter and Facebook,

Skip out for a hit during commercials,

Because the revolution will not be televised.


The revolution will not be brought to you by Coca Cola, Dow, General Electric, McDonalds, Omega, Panasonic, Procter & Gamble, Samsung, and Visa as a four-part special without commercial interruptions.

You will not see pictures of Charles and David Koch blowing the bugle as their conservative political lackeys loot America.

They started the revolution and made sure it will not be televised.


The revolution will not be on Masterpiece Theater and will not star Brad Pitts and Angelina Jolie or Beyonce and Jay Z.

You will not see pictures of energy companies digging up tar sands and leveling mountain ranges while they pollute America's air and water.

You will not hear greedy corporate executives plan disinformation campaigns so their salaries can grow larger.

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