Jim Hightower — American Activist born on January 11, 1943,

James Allen "Jim" Hightower is an American syndicated columnist, progressivepolitical activist, and author who served from 1983 to 1991 as the elected commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture... (wikipedia)

What created democracy was Thomas Paine and Shays' Rebellion, the suffragists and the abolitionists and on down through the populists and the labor movement, including the Wobblies. Tough, in your face people... Mother Jones, Woody Guthrie... Martin Luther King and Caesar Chavez. And now it's down to us.
The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.
The corporations don't have to lobby the government anymore. They are the government.
It's hard for the donkeys to win the race if they're going to carry the elephants on their backs.
The middle of the road is for yellow lines and dead armadillos.