by Andrew Bard Schmookler
On Election Night of 2004, as I lay in bed much of the night awake and miserable, I found myself teetering on the edge of deep despair. By dawn, however, I discovered that I had turned back from that abyss and committed myself instead to a new mission. Actually, it was a new phase of the anti-Bushite mission in which Iâ€™d been passionately for the two months leading up to the Election: a mission of combatting the pervasive falsehoods of this evil regime; more particularly, a mission of speaking moral truth to amoral power.
In other words, a â€œpropheticâ€ mission.
By January, I was on my local NPR station delivering a series of commentaries to convey my vision of the nature of what was happening in America, and of the nature of the path by which this country might be saved.
Key among those commentaries was one called â€œProphetic Opposition.â€ Some months later, on the very day that I launched my main vehicle for presenting my vision â€“my new website NoneSoBlind.orgâ€“ I published on Common Dreams a new version of that piece under the title, â€œWhat America Needs Nowâ€“A Prophetic Social Movement.â€
I had chosen that piece to trumpet my arrival into the â€œblogosphereâ€ because I felt that this essay, more than any other, captured simply and accessibly and dramatically what I hoped to convey to my countrymen.
Here, now, a year later, I am going to post this essay once again.
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