Keep on Rich Rollin #20

“Rememeber, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

It has been quite a while since I have written. I think maybe a month and a half although I can’t be too sure. During the time I have celebrated yet another birthday in prison and seen a winter end and a spring begin. It is so hard to attempt to explain to someone what goes through ones mind on a day to day basis while in prison. It is an experience I wish on no one. It is human warehousing and just so very disheartening. Not only for the men and woman who are incarcerated, butalso for the public in general who truly believe that the “system” is just and fair and that it helps anyone. 

To elaborate on the overwhelming hypocrisy that consumes the Justice and Prison system. I was told last week that within the next month, I will be sent to a prison over 600 miles away in Arizona, or over 3,000 miles away in either Oklahoma or Mississippi more than half way across the country due to the over-crowding of the prisons in California. The worst part of it all, the craziest part is that the United States Supreme Court ruled that California needed to release around 20,000 inmates because they found that the overcrowding constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. And California refuses to follow the court order and is now sending inmates out of state while pretty much telling the courts to screw themselves. The court ruled that regardless of sending the inmates out of state, the California Department Of Correctionsstill needs to release inmates, and the state flat out refused.

Does this make any sense? 

These are people that are supposed to hold law of land. The people that should be bound to the court more than anyone I should think? How then can they blatantly disregard the ruling of the United States Supreme Court?

So now after being at this prison for a little over a year, I am being uprooted and sent who knows where to serve a sentence that a judge imposed, while the people carrying out that judgment totally disregard their own. 

Another day in the life.

Another Day. 

In other news, I am still here, I am still laughing and smiling.

I am still dreaming. 

I am still alive.

I have been getting a lot of letters from a lot of wonderful people and I am very grateful for that, and for all of you out there who have been writing to me, thank you so very much. It helps pass the time more than I can express. The time, although at times passes slowly, nonetheless is passing. And everyday is one day I’ll never have to do again, and for this I am even more grateful. I am constantly writing and planning my future and planning my return and I know it is going to be epic. I mean, I’m in prison and I still won’t be stopped, I’m gonna get out swinging. This is just a sabbatical. I’m gonna chill out and do this time, hang out with the homies and get out laughing. Cuz the longer I’m here the more I realize that this whole thing is just a bad joke. They aren’t going to break me. They are not gonna knock me out. They can knock me down as much as they want, and I’ll just keep getting back up. And people can hate as much as they want. Cuz haters make us famous. We gotta find our own source of strength, we gotta discover our own spirituality and we gotta hold on to our own faith. 

Me and my homeboys on this yard, we hold each other up in here, because some days we are all we have. And even though… we all got… we all need.

I’ve learned so much here that I never could have learned out there. In the free world. And although that is a bad trade off, I choose to look at it the other way. I am learning to change the game, because I have to. 

Take a minute and think about one of the worst times in your life. Now imagine that you would be judged on that one instance for the rest of your life. That is what all of us face. We will be judged on our worst. So I say this, if you can’t love me at my worst, then you don’t deserve me at my best.

In my life in the music world and in punk rock I heard so much about how if an artist went to a major label then he was a sell-out. And he was no good. Or if you wanted to do a different style or dress in a different way then you were lame. Well I think that is the most stupid fuckin’ shit I have ever heard. And if you think like that then you’re an idiot. When I get out I’m gonna record a new Time Again record ASAP. But I can’t wait to record some rap shit too. And I’m gonna love every second of it. I look forward to it every single day. Getting back into the studio and creating, with no rules, no boundaries, no expectations. Just having fun. Cuz ain’t that the point of life? To be smiling a lot more than frowning? You tell me. 


-         Daniel Dart = D.A.R.T.

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