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Sun Mar 20, 2016, 08:08 PM

Everybody Says Don't

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Like everyone else here I was very upset at the primary result last Tuesday. Then the song called "Everybody Says Don't" from Stephen Sondheim's "Anyone Can Whistle," started going through my head. It makes me think of what Bernie Sanders is trying to do, trying to make a fairer American even when it seems impossible and everybody is indeed saying don't. Until I came to the Bernie Sanders Group I didn't feel like I had a voice, like I had the authority to as a lyric in the song "laugh at the kings," the political establishment in society.

This is my favorite segment of the song:

Everybody says no,
Everybody says stop.
Everybody says mustn't rock the boat,
Mustn't touch a thing!
Everybody says don't,
Everybody says wait,
Everybody says can't fight city hall,
Can't upset the cart,
Can't laugh at the king!
Well, I
Laugh at the kings or they'll make you cry.
Fall if you have to,
But lady, make a noise!

The song is right we can not be afraid to laugh at the kings aka the political establishment. The only reason politicans have the legitimacy to govern is because of we the people. They have no legitimacy in themselves. We have to use our voices to get the political establishment to work for the people.

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ladyVet Mar 2016 #1

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Mon Mar 21, 2016, 10:58 AM

1. It's the Third Way theme song! Well, the sentiments at the beginning.

We should all know it by heart by now, it's been shoved down our throats for decades. Now's not the time for gay rights. Now's not the time for POC. Now's not the time for women, or the poor, or the veterans. Other side bad!

Fuck that noise.

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