That same battle cry is now being heard in prisons across the country, where convicts want due credit for their own accomplishments.
"Those republicans know what they're talking about," said Steve "Wildman" Orwitz, now serving 20 years for armed robbery. "I mean, when I build a shank, all the work that goes into it is mine. I'm the one who spends hours and hours scraping that spoon against the concrete to get it nice and sharp. Who cares if Butch loans me some duct tape for the handle and Tiny keeps an eye out for the guards while I do it? All the labor is mine, and I end up with a quality American product. Believe me, you won't find shanks like that in China."
"Amen, brother," agreed convicted killer Mike "The Hammer" Wilson. "I'm the one who squatted in the corner of my cell with a lighter for three hours, melting the end of that toothbrush and pressing the soft plastic against the floor to make a nice, sharp point on the end. Sure, I stole the toothbrush from my cellmate and one of the guys in my prison gang loaned me the lighter, but it was my industrious nature that turned that toothbrush into an instrument of death."
A prisoner known only as "Crazy Bill" added, "Yeah, man, them democrats don't know what they're talking about with all this "It Takes a Cell Block" nonsense. It don't take a cell block to make a homemade spear from bed springs and a rolled-up newspaper. Just one bright, motivated convict with time on his hands and rage in his heart. And we got plenty of them in here."