At it’s heart, the American democracy is for the people, not for those in power. It is supposed to ensure that every individual American citizen has a voice and the freedom to live as they wish.
But even with the guarantees of personal freedoms, and the right to voice our opinions without fear of reprisals, there is a catch. We have to fight for our democracy and we have to remind the politicians who is truly in charge of the country.
Last year, Naomi Klein released her latest book/manifesto, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need. In the book, she describes how certain behind the scenes forces led the Donald Trump winning the 2016 Presidential election and what we, as the average citizen, must do to make sure that these forces do not win.
I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it not only because it made me uncomfortable, but also because it is a reminder of what we as Americans citizens must do to make sure that our freedoms and our voices are not squashed by those with money and power.
I absolutely recommend it.
With the mid-term elections coming up in November, it is crucial that Americans vote. Especially women voters.
Vice President Mike Pence had stated and continues to state that he believes that abortion would end in our lifetime. This statement is exactly why every voter, especially every female voter who is over 18, should find a way to get to their local polling station in November.
Undoing Roe V. Wade would force American women back to a time where a woman had thee choices:
- Back alley abortions which are unsafe and could lead to death.
- Carry the pregnancy to full term and be the best mother they could be under the circumstances.
- Carry the pregnancy to full term and give the child up for adoption, hoping that they will be adopted by loving and supportive parents.
The fact is that abortion and the right to a legal and safe abortion is more than the physical act itself. It is a woman saying that she is living on her terms and will not kowtow to the idea that she is there simply to be a man’s sexual playing/cook/housekeeper/baby maker/daycare worker.
We are not going backwards, we are going forwards. The strides that American women have made are to be celebrated. While we celebrate our achievements, we must also remember that there is still much to be fought for. Voting is the easiest way to fight and to make sure that those in power hear our voices.
Ladies, we must all go to the ballot box in November. If you are over 18 and not registered to vote, please register. If you are over 18 and already a registered voter, please, I implore you, please vote. If not for yourself, for the girls too young to vote and for the girls not yet born. Their future and our future depends on it.