So let the powers that be come at me. I’m not backing down. I’ll continue to fight against the “special interests” that have taken a choke-hold on our democracy. If you want good government, you’ve got to have an involved citizenry. You’ve got to have people willing to tell—and hear—the truth, much as this might shatter our illusions and trouble our sleep. Do you ever think that maybe our country needs a Truth Commission, to understand the crimes that were committed “in our name” over these recent decades? My hope is that some of you will stand with me in calling for accountability. The only way we can truly move forward is to come to grips with a recent past that’s brought us to the brink of losing it all. Maybe we ought to put ourselves in the position of the little Vietnamese farmer who did nothing but raise his rice. They handed him an AK-47 and in came the powerful United States, and we dropped more armaments on Vietnam that we did in World War II. We threw everything we had at this little rice farmer —and we couldn’t beat him, could we? When push came to shove, he outlasted us. Why? Because he had the resolve for freedom. That Vietnamese farmer wanted to self-govern, not be part of colonialism. Maybe we, in the United States, should start viewing our government as colonialists. Now the rest of us, in our own country, are becoming the colony. And somehow, some way, we’ve got to reclaim our nation.