Otep Shamaya’s Fourth Of July Message

OTEP frontman Shamaya posted the following message to fans on the band’s blog at Myspace on Wednesday (July 4):


Today, we celebrate the birth of a nation. A nation wrapped in a canvas of hope, that radiates the dream that all people are important – regardless of race, gender, economic status, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, the apathetic, the empathetic, whether we disagree or see eye to eye – everyone matters. A nation of democratic ideals – a democracy invented by the ancient, pagan Greeks – where every voice counts, where citizens truly have the power – if they use it.

A nation that has yet to live up to its promised capacity. Yet, still a nation that has the ability to become the most beautiful civilization that has ever existed. What makes this nation so powerful and yet so fragile is that everything it has been, everything that it is, and everything that it could be relies solely on “WE, The PEOPLE”. So, today remember how amazing it is to live in this nation; the rights we have, the freedoms we enjoy. Remember the victims of 9/11 and all the innocent victims of the Bush regime’s reckless war on terror. Remember every child, every woman, every family – that go to sleep every night praying and dreaming for just a breath of the amazing air we, as Americans, are lucky enough to breathe. And remember the soldiers, and how amazing they are. Remember their families and how hard it is on them and how courageous they all are. yes, remember.

Remember how precious all this is … and remember that it is worth fighting for.

Happy 4th everyone … have fun, be safe, make it memorable.

Otep Shamaya

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