Let Them Eat Cake

This has been nagging at me for days. Have people forgotten that this is not a kingdom? That we are a republic and in a republic- it is the elected officials who are beholden to the people to do what the people wish. I feel like a lot of people have stopped having their own thoughts and their own desires. And people seem to have also stopped being critical of elected officials- it does not matter what party you associate with, whether you even have a party or not- every single elected official answers to US. We do not answer to THEM.


And they are all individuals making decisions up there. If any group has decided to forgo their individual decision making- they participate in groupthink.
That is a problem in BOTH parties. It is a problem in our society.
We should all be able to have an express our opinions freely. Not a single one of us is exactly the same. And why would we want to be?
So this little rant is coming about because I am trying to reach people who feel like they should defend elected officials just because of their party. I won’t defend anyone if they do wrong and do it purposefully. Because I know these are people- like the rest of us. They are not idols or examples- they are people.

I know a lot of folks have been going without electricity in the dead of winter in Minnesota. That is not okay. And in the middle of this- we have one tone deaf individual post something on social media that reminded me way too much of the behavior of King Louis the 16th of France and his wife Marie Antoinette.
In the middle of people trying to stay warm without electricity in below zero temperatures- people sleeping in their cars to survive the deathly cold- our top elected official posts this:

“Let them eat cake” whether it was said by Marie Antoinette or not is the phrase that many of us associate with the start of the French Revolution. When the peasants and common people became so fed up with not having money to eat, not having clothes to wear, struggling in every way while the royal family lived in opulent decadence on the money they procured from taxing the people.

Our economy is struggling. People are struggling to pay for increased food prices. We have a a current surplus of money but is that money going to the people where it belongs? No. It’s being held by a government that is one short step from becoming totally fascist. We have long ago lost true representation in Minnesota. The will of the people is not only ignored, but also censored. Such an arrogant leader with such foolish actions can only lead to one thing- civil unrest. The people cannot take much more of this.

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Published by kristinatehrani

Born a first generation American, half Irish Catholic and half Persian Jew, I like to write about a childhood mired in the chaos of never knowing where I stood. The only constants in my life have been reading, writing and a passion for social justice. I am a nurse, a single mother, a domestic abuse survivor, radical feminist and outspoken advocate for logic, public health, gray areas, and purposeful dialogue. I know entirely too much about sociopaths, autism, and medieval British history. I write under a pen name to protect the privacy of my family.

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