Updated: Sep 22
In today's era of heroes, many believe that we have lost a great hero of Women's Rights! Our popular culture looks towards heroes in our books, films, and stage productions. Yet, even our heroes, depicted in these genres, are flawed much like ourselves, and yet we persist in holding up heroes to save us from ourselves. We even want our politicians to be heroes. In that sense we have lost a hero, but if you listened to Ruth Bader Ginsburg's message and life it was one of hard work, perseverance, and stubborn resolve. RBG had an inevitable focus on what she felt important to the fulfillment of the founding documents of our great Republic. She never wavered, never strayed from that resolve to move our nation towards its inevitable fulfillment All Are Created Equal with inalienable rights. The founding documents state the obvious solution to our hero-worship when they said government of, by, and for the people. The movies like the Star Wars saga show a great struggle between dark and light and everyone looks to the hero to lead them towards bringing the galaxy into balance. The entire time of the epic story the answer was there. The power to achieve a righteous balance was within each of us. We simply need the courage and understanding to know it is we who must act.
We lead our lives and let our routines dominate our reality and it becomes all that we can see. We have a family routine a work routine, a leisure routine, and our days become filled forcing out everything else as so-called distractions. This leaves no time to research issues and no time to understand the reasoning behind issues or points of view. We want quick solutions because we are busy! There was a day when one breadwinner in a family was sufficient to provide shelter, food, healthcare, and time for volunteer work in the community while the partner nurtured the family in the home. Time existed to read the newspaper and digest what was happening in the world, but for many not today. Both partners in the family work, and one may work two or three jobs to accomplish the same results as prior generations, and we feel shame if we cannot achieve what our parents were able to achieve. We have allowed corporations and the financial elite undue influence over the government we elect. When they are not responsive, we decry the inaction and we look to leaders to show us a solution.
This is unacceptable. We have forgotten that it is a government of, by, and for the people that is the cornerstone of our democracy. We are the solution, and we must retake our government and impart our will upon its functioning. We should use the example of someone like RBG to focus on our goals and work to elect to upstanding individuals who will represent the common folk in our towns, counties and states across this land. We should use that stubborn nature of RBG's to persist in our efforts until we achieve that very same goal, government of, by, and for the people. Those representing corporate interests and interests of the financial elite are hypocritically trying to pack the Supreme Court with individuals who do not believe in the separation of church and state. They would force all Americans to subjugate our lives to the religious beliefs of a minority of this great country. A women's right to privacy and her right to be equal in America would be lost. A women's right to decide what happens with her own body would be lost. The Equal Rights Amendment would be lost. Not to mention Civil Rights and equal access to the ballot. We must find the hero in each of us and focus on that clear and ever-present goal of, government of, by, and for the people. Honor the memory of RBG by moving our country towards its inevitable fulfillment by moving heaven and earth during this election cycle. Removing the hypocrites and putting Democrats in control of the White House, Senate, House of Representatives, and all the way down the ballot.