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The 2016 election brought us President Donald Trump, who rode a wave of anti-establishment sentiment and white nationalism into the White House. While it is the duty of all decent people to condemn and combat all racist, xenophobic, sexist, and otherwise fascist inclinations of the Trump presidency, we must also concede that many who cast their votes for him are NOT hateful people. To these frustrated but generally compassionate individuals, we offer you a pact: we will defend you from personal accusations of racism, xenophobia, etc. if you admit that these evils are unintended consequences of your vote and then work alongside us to ensure that hatred is never again an acceptable form of government. We can give the benefit of the doubt, but we expect atonement.

lyrics

I'd better see you
I'd better see you on the front line
I'd better see you
I'd better see you stand up and fight
Fight for the people
Who are more disadvantaged than you
Fight for the people
Who feel the weight of what you did choose

And so you made your choice
You think you're being punished
Cuz you raised your voice - oh, no!
You made yourself a bed
In which the rest of must lie
And you will say it's justified
But I'll never know why
You weighed your options
And you made your deal
You picked your priorities
Regardless how we feel
And I would like to believe you
When you say it wasn't hate
But since you bought the total package
Well, you must compensate

I'd better see you
I'd better see you on the front line
I'd better see you
I'd better see you stand up and fight
Fight for the people
Who are more disadvantaged than you
Fight for the people
Who feel the weight of what you did choose

So if you don't hate black people
And you don't hate brown
You can prove it by chanting
The police state down
He's saying "crime and punishment"
But punishment for who?
The drug war never targets anyone
Who looks like you
Immigration's not a problem
That's a lie that you believe
You can stop destroying families
When you stop making them leave
And you can stop the cataloging
You can stop the Muslim ban
You can stand up for the liberty
Of every human

I'd better see you
I'd better see you on the front line
I'd better see you
I'd better see you stand up and fight
Fight for the people
Who are more disadvantaged than you
Fight for the people
Who feel the weight of what you did choose

I know that queer lives
Were never on your mind
You maybe didn't hate them
But you didn't empathize
So you've got this friend, that friend
That's how you rationalize
Now your friends need your support
To defend their rights
When the supreme leader
Picks a supreme court judge
Save the rights of queers and women
We can never budge
So you had your way
And you got your say
Now you have to show up
For the rest along the way

I'd better see you
I'd better see you on the front line
I'd better see you
I'd better see you stand up and fight
Fight for the people
Who are more disadvantaged than you
Fight for the people
Who feel the weight of what you did choose

credits

from The Time Is Now / Better See You [Digital Single], released November 17, 2016
The Ruddocks are:
Mike Land: Drums
Tom Skill: Rhythm Guitar
Matt Wixson: Bass Guitar

Lyrics by Matt Wixson

Vocals and additional guitar by Matt Wixson

Additional percussion by Brooke Nealis and Evan Elston

Engineered by Tom Skill at Cow Haus Recording in Eastpointe, MI.

Mixed by Matt Wixson and Tom Skill at Cow Haus Recording.

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The Ruddocks Detroit, Michigan

The Ruddocks are a new collaborative reggae/dub group featuring members of CbJ and Matt Wixson's Flying Circus.

Thus far the Ruddocks have kept songwriting and performance among them, adding to songs as is required, but the goal is to widen the net of contributors to include many guest musicians and vocalists. Apply within.
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