It's used by the suffragettes when they finally give up on changing the system from within and advocating with their impassioned pleas, and changed tactics to take disruptive actions to achieve their aim of Votes for Women. And the concept of "deeds not words" is true, basically a maxim of any theory of social change. If we've learned anything from this election on a universal basis, I hope it's the fruitlessness of posting on Facebook or social media only. It's how we all got our news, but it's a big echo chamber of people who agree with you. Change in the real world cannot be slacktivist, it must be done through grassroots mobilization, through calls, through peaceful protest, through volunteering, through donation.
But I'd like to put this "deeds not words" thing down, flip it and reverse it. I've found myself using this term to evaluate President-elect Donald J. Trump and I think it's a befitting measuring stick we should all use. For the liberals and progressives and Democrats among us, I think it will help us maintain some sanity and steady on the helm. (And not only because we cannot trust his word, since he's been "Pants on Fire", "False" or "Mostly False" 60% of the time out of 334 claims on Politifact....seriously, I can't really fathom living my life where only 15% of what I said was "Mostly True" or "True"....I'm pretty sure I would be unemployable if that were the case)
But more importantly because "deeds not words" put any other way is pretty much how we roll here in the United States of America...
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