“Chin Up,” Four Years Later.

Many of my readers know that I planned to quit GET YOUR WAR ON if John Kerry won the 2004 election. In fact, I tried to exploit that fact to sway any undecided voters who hated my comic:

This ran in Rolling Stone in October 2004.

Of course, the nation wasn’t ready to say goodbye to GYWO, and I received a mandate for four more years.

Election night 2004 was devastating for me (probably was for you, too). I got really depressed. I tried to buck myself up by writing a little piece of inspirational prose, which I credited to “Deepak Chopra.”

I’ve been thinking about that little piece recently, and I’m not the only one.

From reader BC:


These days, as we witness what J.M.M. has famously called “the conservative movement’s dying regression into its ideological infancy,” I’ve been thinking back to your “message from Deepak Chopra” from way back in November 2004. That message, or vague memories of it at least, sustained us through many of the dark days that followed. And now it’s on the verge of coming true: We were smarter than those guys. We did learn faster than those guys. And it was on, oh boy was it on.

Do you think you could repost that classic call to arms?

It will be my pleasure.

We’re smarter than those motherfuckers.
We can learn more quickly than those motherfuckers.
We can be more ruthless than those motherfuckers.
We can be some six-million-dollar motherfuckers ourselves.

Chin up.
We’re more American than those motherfuckers.
We’re more responsible than those motherfuckers.
We’re more compassionate than those motherfuckers.
Hell, our atheists are more Christian than their Bible-thumpin’ motherfuckers.

There’s an election in two years.
There’s nothing we can’t do.

Chin up.
Because it’s on, motherfuckers.
It is on.

My friends . . . it’s time to bring it on home.

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