Politics is a hot button issue. I studied political science in the 90’s and early 2000’s as a young adult focusing most of my work on Middle East affairs. At the time, domestic policies seemed boring. Yes, you can laugh. Now my thinking has changed a lot since the 90’s.
I registered to vote as a Republican every time I moved from the age of 18 including most recently two years ago when my husband and I bought our house. Within months of that last change I regretted it. I am pro-gun Safety laws and grew up in a household where guns were the norm. I even recall my dad being a member of the NRA. I am also pro-military; obviously if I wore the uniform myself that was a no-brainer. That’s not to say I want the military knocking down every other country that exists nor am I a big fan of nuclear weapons. I think that some social programs run by the government have needed to be tweaked and adjusted but not necessarily gotten rid of though. Just some common sense applied would probably save a lot of headaches and money.
Now on almost every other issue you can think of, I am one heck of a liberal minded, loud-mouthed woman! So yesterday, I decided that it was time to take a stand. My 14 year old daughter and I went to the Women’s March in Hartford, CT to join the thousands of others that are concerned for the future. We were one small part of a global picture that is just the starting point to keeping our Nation great.
The speakers were amazing and the signs people held up were creative and poignant. There were news cameras, journalists, bloggers, even drones trying to capture the event. But I don’t think you could capture the emotions unless you were in the middle of it. At times, my daughter and I would look at each other and blink back tears. We shouted with our fellow protesters that “Women’s Rights are Human Rights!”
It wasn’t a disrespect of who is the new President of the United States … it was a ‘Wake Up’ call that Women are not going to let this country go backwards. Yesterday was just the start of the movement. And while it is a Women’s movement it is more like a movement for all citizens that deserve equality, justice, and the pursuit of happiness.