Democrats are unintentionally engineering the erosion of the nation’s access to basic healthcare and essential services such as reproductive choice, seriously jeopardizing the bodily autonomy their wives, friends and colleagues have advocated for, for so long. They are also, perhaps, not by design but by timidity, impacting the mental health of their current and future progeny. All across America, women struggle to access proper medical care, and children fear for their lives. It is an unacceptable state of affairs only Democrats and like-minded Republicans can remedy. The solution is a simple one and is outlined below.
As a long-time supporter of Democrats, I’ve been forced into an awful realization during the past few years. None of what transpires under their governance is for the interests of the people they govern. While I am not suggesting the opposite is true of the Republicans, there is one critical difference. When called on to act, however reprehensible the calls may appear to us, steadfast Republican supporters respond.
The Nashville school shooting simply attests to this fact. How? Simply by the fact that the voice of power for unchecked gun ownership is driven primarily by Republicans. They are passionate and they are committed. The issue of abortion is another excellent example of how a dedicated and carefully construed Republican plan to eliminate women’s access to this life-saving option was like a steamroller flattening the people it most affects. How the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and then President Trump worked diligently to stack a Supreme Court with like-minded jurors?
While I type this, Republicans are in the last quarter of a fiendishly well-orchestrated campaign that, in its final steps, will, through a judge in Texas, overrule the FDA approval of a drug that doctors have relied on for decades to induce abortion safely. Where are the Democrats, you ask? Uncomfortably quiet. As they were when Roe v. Wade was overturned.
You see, Democrats absolutely do care, the truth is they may even voice outrage, but at the end of the day, they lack the “true grit” to do what is necessary to ensure the safety of their wives and their children. They don’t dare to stand up for themselves, and for this simple reason, Republicans will continue to ride roughshod over you like sheep. Unlike Charlton Heston’s mantra from the May 20, 2000, National Rifle Association national meeting, they don’t exhibit sufficient fire in the belly to cry out the sensible alternative to: “You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.”
Before you accuse me of being harsh, let’s examine the issue of gun control and ownership of high-powered, semi-automatic weapons like the AR15, the homicidal maniac’s weapon of choice. After every school shooting, the public sings the same refrain. “This has to stop,” and “let this be the last, ” knowing it will never be. After all, didn’t we think Sandy Hook would be the last? How many lasts have happened since that horrific shooting – a war against children?
A reality check for those who still believe in your elected politicians to look after your best interests. How did the pandemic go, how’s that women’s right to choose plan looking, and is there a bipartisan bill to outlaw AR15s moving through both Houses of Congress? Thought not. Biden and co. will issue platitudes of ire on social media and make passionate statements; a week will pass. Then, like with all the previous atrocities committed in schools, it will be forgotten by all but the bereaved parents, traumatized classmates and teachers – forever emotionally scared.
Your Child Could be Next!!!
If you are privileged enough, do not think you can homeschool your child to adulthood in complete safety either. Shooting in malls, movie theaters, dance clubs and churches mean that nowhere on U.S. soil is your child beyond the reach of these armed maniacs, often themselves only recently children.
You know the risks to your children, and yet you still choose to do nothing. Where is the communal outrage of people assembling and marching in the streets? Since the Vietnam War, America has forsaken its power and the mechanisms of civil disobedience. Even the French shame you and the Republicans; they laugh, load their guns, and head off to the range. They photograph themselves and their families holding AR15s and standing in front of the family Christmas Tree on election campaign greeting cards.
Stopping This Madness is Possible!
It would be best if you acted as a united front to protect your children across the US, and strikes are the most effective means of achieving this. They require no confrontation, and send a message those in power cannot ignore. Act now, or suffer the consequences at the next election, and if you have children of your own, I pity them if you continue to sit idle. If for these two issues alone – choice and gun safety – rally and elect representatives who unite to keep people safe.
Boycott schools, keep your children home, shut down all educational institutions, mobilize the support of academia, administration and teachers who are also in the line of fire and make your voices heard, for the sake of your children and your country’s future. The world is watching and your children are living in fear. School is now a battlefield. Children are sent in buses to the front. Consider the mental anguish you are exposing your children to by your inaction. Consider the mental health of future generations.
While you’re about it, do right by your wives and partners, do right by the women you know and rely on for so much, do right by your daughters, and show them the support they deserve. Stand up for them in the same voice and help restore their access to choice. Help them restore their access to essential healthcare. Support for mothers, sisters, daughters and all children is a shared responsibility. Do not shirk away from this responsibility, I implore you.