Saturday, March 6, 2021

If You Don't Have A Seat At The Table You're Probably On The Menu

 


Long Blog Title, but I heard that Quote Today and it really resonated with me: IF YOU DON'T HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE, YOU'RE PROBABLY ON THE MENU.  Lately I've been thinking about the tactics being used to try to take away and not give some Americans a Seat at the Table... and yes, clearly they're on the Menu.  I never intend to tell anyone who to Vote for, but I do feel very strongly that everyone eligible to Vote should have the Right to in our Country without it being suppressed or taken away, and that it should be Preserved for Democracy to be Served.  It's a Sinister plot and a REAL attempt to rig future Elections to attempt to take away any American's Voice and their Vote so that it doesn't Count.




When everyone doesn't have a place at the Table, then their Voice is not Heard and they can be offered up any kind of way that those at the Table want.  Exclusion rather than Inclusion is the easiest way to attempt to Silence anyone.   If you are made to feel you don't matter and your Voice is stifled or silenced, you won't have any input in what transpires.  It shouldn't necessarily be the loudest and most funded Voice that gets Heard either, each Voice has a distinct perspective, opinion, history and desire behind it.  What you have to say will be different than what I have to say... and that's important.




The fact those who Believe the Big Lie, that this last Election was Stolen, are so rabidly intent on attempting to Steal anyone's Right to Vote in future Elections, instead of to ensure everyone's Voice is Heard and Counted... is interesting, isn't it?   When you think you can't Win fairly, then making up the Rules and changing them in your own Favor is an Old Ploy for Real Cheaters and Thieves.   When you know that the Majority of people don't support what you do and who you do, desperation becomes a very dangerous thing too.  Desperate people are inclined to do desperate things and only think of themselves and what they want to achieve, at any Cost to anyone else.




One thing that has always irked me is when someone under utilizes their own Voice and just Parrots what they Hear mindlessly.  As if they cannot form their own opinions, exercise their own judgment, develop their own perspective and have a fresh outlook upon matters, especially important ones.  I'd rather you have your own opinions and perspective, even if they differ from my own, than to just hear you Parrot someone else's mindlessly.  There's a lot of that going on tho'.  I can't even take a person Seriously who just Parrots shit they heard and doesn't have an original Thought in their own Head and hasn't fact checked a damned bit of it before spewing it secondhand as factual!




Some even see a catchy Meme and run with it as if it's astute and reliable information.  It's not a good Look, it often just makes them look and sound like an Idiot.  Checking Facts lately seems to be too much of an inconvenience to many who just Believe damned near anything they see or hear, often from the most unreliable and questionable of Sources imaginable.   The amount of low information out there is staggering and masses are buying into it at alarming rates.  I'm not sure if it means we've dumbed down a swath of our population, made too many more gullible than they should be, or if people are embracing more of what they want to hear than what they need to hear?




I find a lot of strategies lately, especially Political ones, to be Curious indeed, since much of it appears so self-sabotaging and destructive.  Especially for the Republican Party, which seems to have imploded and doesn't know what or who it represents anymore?  It's tragic and I have to wonder what the end Goal could possibly be to make such bad decisions on a consistent basis and on purpose for the Leaders of any Major Party?  From a strategic standpoint its poorly executed and seems so reckless that I cannot follow the logic, or lack thereof, for what Purpose it will ever serve them?   What segment of Society is so Sacred to them they'd risk everything to pander to it at any Cost and go down in flames and be on the Wrong Side of History?




I see entire States in the midst of the most dire Crisis of this Nation, being led by Leaders they Elected, that have caused so much of the level of Crisis that I don't understand what the Appeal for that Leadership could possibly have been?   What was Promised and Bought Into so thoroughly, that those Risks and that Outcome would be somehow worth it to those Populations?  Especially given the level of Loss and of intense Suffering it has Created and been put on Display for all the World to now see?  Someone would have to explain it to me, it makes no Sense.  Certainly many in those States didn't Vote for the ones in Power, but the Majority should certainly now Vote them out for Sanity and the Good of the People to prevail.




This is why I feel it is vitally important to Protect the Majority Voice and Vote, so as not to allow Fringe and Extremist Groups, who don't represent the Majority of the Voice of America, to come into Power and cock things up to such ridiculous levels with their Sinister Agendas and dangerous Ideology.  Don't empower them and legitimize them.  When Saner Heads prevail and the Good of All is the Goal, it's a less chaotic Table to be Seated at and everyone is better represented and not offered up on the Menu as the Sacrificial Lambs to appease those most ravenous for their own way that they insist it's the only way.  We cannot allow Legislation to be pushed thru in the Majority of States that will allow the Real Steal to happen and corrupt our Democratic Process.  The Right to Vote was too Hard Won!  And I'm not giving up mine without a Fight and you shouldn't either!



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If you have a Platform, use it, don't be Silenced, demand your Seat at the Table, or... you're probably going to end up on the Menu... Dawn... The Bohemian


13 comments:

  1. I agree with every word you've written here. And I'll add that it makes me so angry that with all the problems facing us right now that the Republicans at the state level are focused not on helping with those problems but on suppressing the vote in future elections.

    You asked what their end goal is. The more I see of the Cult of Trump that is driving the Republican party right now I believe their goal is strictly racist...to Make America White Again where the people of color "know their places" so to speak. Obama's election scared them and Trump came along to light a fire under them.

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    1. Oh Yes, that assessment in your last paragraph couldn't be more True, most ReTrumplicans I've known seem terrified of a diverse America where they may not be the dominant force. It was a standing joke that any Angry Old White Man would be a 45 Supporter, but the Coup attempt showed it wasn't just the Racist Old Timers that were Supporters... but if you looked at the Mob, or any of the Political Super Spreader Events being Hosted during the Election, it was a sea of mostly non-college educated maskless Whites, which is the bulk of that Base. College Educated Whites rarely were on his Crazy Train and whether Liberals or not they were accused of being Far Left just because we didn't share the Extremist Views of the Far Right and openly defended people who don't look just like us. I happen to think the strength of America is in our diversity and ability to welcome Human Beings from other Countries and be a part of us. Every 'Closed' Society I've ever seen across the Globe lacks that ability and ends up with narrow views and insulated Societies that I wouldn't want to be a part of.

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  2. not sure of the actual numbers but I read that the democrat senators represent something like 41 million more people than the republican senators. for sur the republicans only represent (as opposed to supporters) say the top 20% of the population and I might be being generous here. and they basically admitted before the Supreme Court that unless they are allowed to suppress the vote they won't be able to win. and that's because they do not represent the common people who far outnumber the rich. not one single republican voted for the American Rescue Act. and now they are whining about it being a partisan bill. are you fucking kidding me? they chose not to participate and then complain about not participating.

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    1. Yes Ellen, you are right, unless they rig Elections they feel they cannot Win. Wealth alone won't get them there anymore if every single American has the Right to Vote and exercises it like never before, as we saw in this last Election. The Will of the People is not the Goal of the average Republican Leader now. What slays me about the Cult Base is they are not the Wealthy, but the Wealthy realize that certain Triggers and Old Tropes will activate them... especially along Racial divides. They manipulated that Angry non-college educated White Racist Base to do their dirty work for them and strike Fear in an attempt to rig this last Election... then try to accuse the other side of doing exactly what they were doing when Democrats Won in spite of all of the Voter Suppression tactics and claim that THEIR Election was 'Stolen' with the Big Lie. Of coarse their brainwashed Base, many of whom don't even Care if that's True or not, but want desperately to have a President who Hates all the same people that they do, used that as justification to attempt a Coup and be the 'Patriots' they imagine themselves to be in defense of an archaic America that no longer is the Majority and has Evolved into a better America where diversity is better represented now. They are Fearful and desperate, it shows they can't handle what a Modern American looks like and supports.

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  3. The efforts by some to suppress voting is infuriating. Our Oklahoma Attorney General was one of those who filed lawsuits in other states over their voting laws and practices. Oklahoma has one of the lowest voter turnouts in the country and yet they want to cut it down some more.

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    1. It is not only infuriating, but it's undemocratic, I honestly don't know why any Leaders in a Democracy wouldn't want every registered Voter to turn out. Are they so afraid they have alienated their constituents that they cannot win a free and fair Election, seems so. Every American should have a Voice in how the Country is run and everyone's Vote should Count. I've Voted for Winners and Losers, I've often Voted Independent numerous times knowing they never win, but at least I felt my Vote was counted and valued in some way. Anyone trying to deny me that Right pisses me off, regardless of what Party they belong to.

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  4. Racism pretty much sums it up. The people who vote Republican are not voting against what they perceive as their own best interests. Whites must be on top even if it is on top of a world reduced to rubble. They vote for people who hate the same people they do. It is a sad fact.

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    1. Alas, I Believe that too, they would rather Vote for a Demagogue or Dictator if that individual professes to Hate the same people they do... it's quite pathetic and very telling of the condition of their Hearts and their Heads.

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  5. I really like the hats in photo.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Those Hats are Antique Top Hats that my Friend Angie Accessorized. She gave me one Years ago and I bought one, I should have bought more of them, they're so pretty and Fun.

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  6. The attempt to suppress the votes of everyone who disagrees with them makes me sick. It's not happening in silence, though. We're on to them, and no one is remaining quiet about it.

    I'm cynical enough to note that both major parties do a lot of shit to people they don't like, but I'm completely disgusted by the antics of the Republicans and their refusal to do anything to actually help the people they're supposed to be there to serve.

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    1. I just think Political Parties are not in the best interest of Serving the Country or the People. Leaders should just run for Office without having a Partisan Platform Label to have to Identify with, state what their Goals and Agendas are, then let the People decide who is the best Individual for each Position based on experience, depth of character, integrity, history of how they've benefit any Position they've held, and quit with this Partisan bullshit where one side is always 'against' the other so much they fight against even doing the Right thing if it's the other Party's Idea/Bill. There is so little Bipartisanship in Working Together for the Good of the Country and it's Citizens that I'm fed up by it and sickened by the Childishness and harm it's doing. I mean, Honestly, it got to petty the other day the Republicans made Staff read that 600 Page Bill out loud for fucks sake just to delay passing it... just WTF, that's the stuff of Kindergarten playground bullying and these are grown ass Adults who are supposed to be Public Servants... it's downright shameful and disgraceful!

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  7. Being a history buff...during the Andrew Jackson elections...one of the first for the 'common man' not holding property could vote, but only had to produce a $20 gold piece to prove they were not 'indigent'. Of course the precinct captains would hand out a gold piece at the door to a voter and another would collect it on the way out, maybe with a bit $$ to the voter. Then they were carted off to another county/precinct to revote. Sadly that was in the 1820's ...and today our voting system is fair and honest compared to those days. Gerrymandering and voter suppression has always been a part of the system, which needs to stop...NOW! Perhaps it is time for the federal government needs to be in charge of federal elections and states rights need to be adjusted, once and for all. Great post Dawn!

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