Emperors in the New Kingdoms - Sound Off, If You've Got a Pair
off ---- like you got a pair!" Everyone in military service ---- officer, enlistee or specialized services goes thru
basic training and accordingly has a drill sergeant with a memorable tag line. Mine was SFC Rice; that and "FREEZE"
were his signature phrases when you perceivably either replied or acted "too timid" or wavered in formation. Although
contemporary military service with multi-cultural and mixed gender members gives the phrase different images and references.
The message is the same in both military and civilian application ---- stand up, take a stance whether dissenting or concurring.
long bygone times, you didn't need opinionated diversity; the ruling royalty class mandated everything. Tribute was exacted
from the kingdom as well. As kingdoms expanded, varying sub-kingdoms were created. Those bearing the greatest tributes received
titles with quasi-governing positions and in turn received their share of "gifts and treasures" ---- it took a lot
of coin to run a kingdom; those royal feasts and fancy trappings were expensive.
Then patriots and a different type
of tea party ‘sounded off and stood up like they had a pair'. The Revolution began; democracy emerged. Representatives
were elected to serve the common good.
Things have changed again. Representatives have become royalty. Tribute is solicited
---- the common man in district kingdoms serves these nouveau monarchs who were originally chosen to represent them. Those
bearing the largest tributes receive the largest share of representation. The Golden Rule is reprised and revised ---- those
with the gold make the rules.
The wealthy may be able to outspend the 99%, but they cannot OUT VOTE them.
UP, LIKE YOU GOT A PAIR".