“Don’t shut yourself up in a bandbox because you are a woman, but understand what is going on, and educate yourself to take your part in the world’s work, for it all affects you and yours.” ~Louisa May Alcott
I’m certain I’ll get a lot of flack for this post, but I’m going to write it anyway. I am so tired of all the protests going on in this country. We are a nation of free people, who have the right to express our feelings, our causes, our hopes and dreams in public – yes! We have the freedom to speak our minds and do so in great numbers. Amen! The causes spoken for are not in themselves wrong, but the fact that they have become a way of life is.
Either there are a lot of people out of work and have nothing better to do than demonstrate, or there are a lot of very unhappy, dissatisfied, angry and disgruntled folks in the United States. I’m certain there are paid activists in these demonstrations inciting the crowd and stirring emotions. Maybe it’s time for those of us who are sick of this behavior to rise up and march for freedom from protestors.
We tend to blame others when we don’t get what we want. We strike, we complain, we paint ugly words on signs for what purpose – to get attention. It kind of reminds me of child’s tantrums to raise the ire of their parents and, in so doing, get what they want.
Most of the protests are demands for selfish reasons. I’m wondering if the energy and zeal of the protestors wouldn’t be better served if they got physically involved in some of the things they’re demanding. For example, those who are pro-abortion should volunteer at an abortion clinic so they can actually see what happens. Perhaps those who are complaining about equal pay should educate themselves on the plight of the homeless and those who have been jobless for years.
Protests can be useful, but for the most part, I think they are becoming the fad of the day. What it all boils down to is becoming aware – educated – involved in solving the problems rather than creating more of them.
There are many of us who are proud to be women. We feel our successes are measured by the building of a nation – not by destroying it. We cling to the fact that we are honored by our spouses, our families, our communities. We aren’t afraid to work hard to bring home part of the bacon. I know that even as an older woman, doors are open for me. I can still pursue my dreams and many opportunities are still available to me.
It’s really time for this country to sit back and relax. We need to give our new president support and a chance to prove himself rather than throwing stones at him. We will never become a united nation while we are so inwardly divided. Destruction will come from within unless we put our differences aside and begin to work together.