at times we tend to think our democracy is safely founded and secure only eventually we recognize the need to constantly defend its fundamental rights work steadily against their stealthy abolition watch carefully the words of politicians lest they betray what they pretend to say think twice for whom we cast our votes avoid contenders who too often bray that these were not their quotes listen to those who have good arguments do not unleash too easy sentiments and in the end cast our votes when called
in short democracy turns out to be hard work
in case we shirk this we soon pay the price
unfree societies have known dictatorship corruption vice have often needed centuries to remedy injuries done to find their four freedoms
and to recognize democracy remains a living promise a brilliant idea with many faces always a work in progress
Something happened a long time ago It immediately changed and shifted the balance of things Though we can't really tell when it happened , Yet the aftermath is here to stay.. Take a look around , look again ...
It changed everyone and everything It changed the way we shop, eat and sleep It changed the way grownups hustle and work It changed the manner in which we raise our kids It changed the way our children run and play It changed the way pimps walk and talk It hanged the ways in which pastors preach It changed everything politicians have to say It changed the way people cast their votes . It changed the way our government operates And more over,it changed people's trusts in the system !
Something very sad happened not too long ago Changing everything we really loved and valued Though we have no recollection of the exact time Yet the scars are visible on people's faces Take a kin look , Look again..
It changed our lives and how we live And even changed the ways we travel It changed the way we think and act It changed the way we laugh and smile It change the way we love and trust It even changed the way we plan our future and the way we spend our earnings . It change the way we look at our friends and family... Something sad happened a long time ago, Leaving us with many many doubts and many unanswered questions !
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In course of time there is changeability in nature. We find changeability among us either good to better or bad to worse.
Deeds not words! They cried in their protest Marching on Parliament Intent on their quest To the corrupt politicians Who recorded their struggle But denied them the vote And left them to juggle Their lives that equaled Less than their brothers Where they had no rights Not even as mothers As wives they were thwarted Their wages their spouses They worked long hard hours And still kept their houses Tea on the table Washing hung out The children looked after To their husbands - devout They stood up for their choices The injustice they faced Were imprisoned & tortured And fired in disgrace Children were taken Away from their mothers Who were labelled as mad Their opinions were smothered Yet still they continued To rally & fight Secure in the knowledge That they deserved rights That equaled the men That ruled their world So they took up arms And fists were curled When one was killed That brave young girl Who in front of a horse Her body she hurled Votes for Women Her banner announced So simple & honest The message pronounced To hundreds of people Who just stood & stared As her breath left her body The women prepared To fight their fight Be true to their cause Take down the men And change the laws So thank you to those Brave women of old Who did what they did Without being told We now have the right As women, to fight Without risk to our freedom And stand up for our rights!!
(C) Pixievic 2016
My Great Grandmother was a Suffragette - they were an amazing group of women in Britain who campaigned for women's rights. Deeds not Words was their battle cry! The movement started properly in 1901 but it wasn't until 1928 until women were given the vote properly (1918 saw a law that meant women could vote if they were over 30 & married) in 1925 the law was changed so that women had rights to their own children. In 1914 Emily Davison threw herself under the Kings horse in protest & was killed - this marked a change from peaceful protest to a more militant action. Women were imprisoned & tortured for their beliefs regularly force fed when peacefully protesting through hunger strikes. My GGM was part of this movement - it's her birthday today so I wanted to acknowledge what she & her fellow campaigners did - Here ends my brief history lesson!!