nothing to see here Written by Dave Kingsbury if no voice insists something is broken limbo endures image: SheWalksSoftly inspiration: invisible from Random Word Generator Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailMorePrintLinkedInRedditTumblrPinterestPocketLike this:Like Loading... Related 9 thoughts on “nothing to see here” Very strange picture, Dave. Speaking out requires energy, commitment and even courage. Remaining silent and invisible is all too easy. Good acrostic. I like it. –Curt Reply Cheers, Curt! I chose the picture to represent what used to be known as ‘the silent majority’ – silent, presumably, because they didn’t really care about anything outside their own small circle. Reply Hi Dave, I thought that they were silent not because they didn’t care but because they reckoned that their voice didn’t count (see my previous Proportional Representation comment 😉). (I also agree with Curt’s reasons) I like the acrostic and it’s typographical form ~ great stuff. Mike. Reply True, Mike, hard to distinguish apathy from impotence – a vicious circle, if there ever was one! And three cheers for PR … though not sure Alex Salmond has quite got the idea … but that’s a whole other kettle of fish! Reply Got to go back to Dick Nixon for that one in the US. His silent majority was mainly white, not in the majority, and was similar in many ways to Trumps constituency, which is still in the minority but hardly silent. 🙂 Reply That long view offers an interesting comparison, Curt. I suppose, whether silent or noisy, such demographics are made up of people who feel they aren’t being listened to. Luckily, in democracies, we have the ballot box … Reply Or feel they have been left behind. Or are seeking a way to enhance their self-image. Etc.. The reasons are complicated. That’s for sure, Dave. The Trumpites and Trumpettes, which is who I was thinking of, seem to be driven by fundamentalism, racism, and gun ownership. Each of these serves to empower them. The ballot box has served as a means of gaining power for them, i.e. Trump, but only to the degree they have been successful at voter suppression. And this is what the Republicans are desperately trying to achieve now in states where they still control the legislatures. –Curt Terrifying, Curt, that any modern party wouldn’t want to legitimise its election to high office with the widest possible franchise and consultation! At a time when the world needs more democracy, not less, the world’s longest-standing democracies (eg the UK and US) should be setting a good example. But so-called ‘populist’ leaders have shown unhealthy fascinations for autocrats and dictators in recent times … The Republican Party is caught between a rock and a hard place, Dave. A couple of decades ago the Party found itself in the position of becoming a minority party. They had a choice, either broaden their base or or focus in on a few groups that would passionately do everything they could to win elections. They focused in on fundamentalists, racists and gun enthusiasts. The other part of their strategy was to do what they could to discourage voters who were likely to vote Democratic from voting. Minorities and young people, for example. That, plus our electoral system that gives greater power to rural states provided them with substantial success. By exploiting this, Trump was able to win the presidency. Trump inspired an all out effort by those who had been disenfranchised to win. Which they did. To counter this, the Republicans have doubled down on voter suppression, making them an even greater threat to democracy. –Curt Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (Address never made public) Name Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.