Recently I wrote a letter to the editor in a local paper rejecting government involvement in women’s reproductive choices. Afterwards, women eased up to me, speaking softly, saying they liked my letter. I’m pleased, but why are they speaking so surreptitiously ? Is there something wrong with expressing such views ? This is the U.S.A. We women have freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and we have the right to vote. So what is the problem ?
I believe part of it is our dislike of conflict. It’s so uncomfortable. There are often consequences. People get their feelings hurt, relationships die, people lose their jobs, people sue each other. You know how it goes.
But how long are we going to go-along-to-get-along ? While we avoid arguments, our government wages war all over the globe, keeps nuclear subs circling the earth threatening death and destruction, builds nuclear power plants accumulating waste, allows us to be bullied by banks and large corporations, and now attacks our reproductive rights. When are we going to face the fact that our conciliatory habits are not helping ?
We may get the prize for being nice, but will that satisfy our children and grand children when their air is polluted, their food is adulterated, they can’t find jobs which pay a living wage, and our equal rights as women are a thing of the past ?
We women must stand up. We must dare to disagree. We must speak firmly, as we do to disobedient children. Stop destroying the planet ! Stop fighting wars everywhere ! Stop nuclear plants and bombs ! Stop trying to control us !
And I say to my dear sisters………VOTE ! Pay attention to the candidates running for office. Pay attention to the issues. Don’t let the candidates campaign without telling you where they stand. It’s fine if they go to church, have 2.5 children, and went to a famous college. But that’s not enough ! Get on the internet and research. The information is there. You can’t depend on your church, your favorite TV show, or your closest friends. You are responsible for what is happening to your country. If you wait for the nice people to take charge, it’ll never happen. VOTE !