Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Resistance Kicks Off, Big League!

Saturdays are pretty much a lost cause for me, my typical schedule is to return from work around 5AM, sleep for two-and-a-half hours, then go to Manhattan to coach children's judo classes from 9:20AM to 11:45AM, returning home by about 1:30PM and napping for an hour and a half before getting ready to work at 5PM. This morning, though, I was sick as a dog- it might be a bad cold, but I'm feeling kinda beat up, so it could be the flu. I sent a blanket text message to the other coaches, telling everybody that I wasn't in a sharing mood. I blasted my sinuses a couple of times with my neti pot, set my alarm for 11AM, and spent the better part of the day sandwiched between the covers, listening to the radio. I may have been a non-starter today, but I listened to the coverage of the multiple marches for women's rights while I lay still, continuously blowing my nose.

WOW, is all I have to say, this global movement, the day after Vulgarmort's lackluster inauguration, has the potential to be a true game-changer if its momentum is maintained. Women are tragically unrepresented in congress- about twenty-percent of Congresscritters are women, while women represent about fifty-one percent of the population. As much as I had mocked the 'Tea Party' movement on the right, those fuckers got out and voted, and they supported candidates from the local level to the federal level. I sure hope that the marches, which were impressive, will lead to workshops, which will lead to networking in order to increase the percentage of women in the government. Liberals and progressives tend to have a bad track record when it comes to voting in midterm elections... this is a mistake that must not be repeated. The women of the United States demonstrated their potential power, now they have to grab it- the Orange Ogre shouldn't be the only one grabbing what he wants. Pussy Power is one thing, but Poll Power has to be the long-term goal.

3 comments:

mikey said...

Yeah, I was thinking of the early days of Occupy and then how it all got dumb and faded out. But then I realized that Trump will keep a steady drumbeat of offensive, threatening and downright dangerous actions coming on something at least close to a daily basis, and that should help keep up the energy level...

Nasreen Iqbal said...

I hope you're back up and at them soon.

So much of the work needs to be about education, I think. I have done work with the Green Party, and it's frsutrating, because simply putting up better or more progressive candidates on the ballot isn't enough.

People need to understand corporate power, women's rights, poverty, health care issues, the environment, American history, etc.before having a better candidate on the ballot matters.

I'm amazed by how many people say they became aware of the real situation either through the writings of Noam Chomsky or through the teach-ins that occurred in the Seattle WTO protests in 1999.

Education has to come before electoral successes, it seems to me. I'll do what I can.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Yeah, I was thinking of the early days of Occupy and then how it all got dumb and faded out. But then I realized that Trump will keep a steady drumbeat of offensive, threatening and downright dangerous actions coming on something at least close to a daily basis, and that should help keep up the energy level...

I think this movement will have more staying power because it is much larger, much broader, and it will be more difficult for the media to spin a movement made of mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters as a radical fringe. The women who gathered knew that this fight is a matter of self-preservation, and I'm sure they'll fight tooth and nail to curb this administration.

People need to understand corporate power, women's rights, poverty, health care issues, the environment, American history, etc.before having a better candidate on the ballot matters.

Agitate, Educate, Organize! People also need to realize that policies which harm the most marginalized of us hurt the majority of us.