Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
Mostly I stay away from religious or political subjects but its my blog and I have a voice and I have an opinion which is going to come out now and then when I feel strongly about something. Now, with that said, today I’m joining with the millions of women, not just in the USA but all over the world, and adding my voice to those who oppose Trump’s demeaning of women, minorities, and immigrants. He may turn out to be a good president but we won’t know that until after his presidency is over and the history books record it. I’m against his lewd language, racial, and sexist attitude. I’m adding my voice to the women who marched on Saturday by saying I believe his attitude and words casts a dark shadow all across the USA.
On Saturday I was unable to attend the women’s march here locally but I was with them in spirit. I was marching with them in front of the tv and computer screen. There were marches of women’s solidarity in places like Japan, England, Australia, Mexico, Germany, and Canada. Six hundred and seventy marches have been counted across the USA and in such places as Tel Aviv, Mexico City, Berlin, and Yellowknife in Canada’s Northwest Territory where the temperature was 6 below zero. (ie Washington Post) There may have been more marches that were not counted and surely many more people supporting in the same way I did. Women and men were marching for all people.
What made these marches different was that there was no violence. There was no rioting, no broken windows, no fires set, no fights, no pepper sprays or smoke bombs or fire hoses. There were no arrests. Just many voices all over the world chanting as one. The march may have been about stating an opinion against Trump’s language and attitude but it was so much more than that. The marches were statements that female voices have merit too. We have opinions and we have strengths. It was a statement that women are a mighty force to be reckoned with. Throughout history it has always been the women who held families together. The men flex their muscles and fight wars but women are the backbones of holding things together until the men calm down and peace is restored again. Women are the ones bringing people into the world and yet we are treated the worst.
Trump’s election was a wake up call for all people who oppose such attitudes. To quote actress America Ferrera “Our new president is waging a war on the values that define our country with a credo of hate, fear, and suspicion of one another.” “Our dignity, our character, our rights have been under attack.” “But the president is not America. We are America.” I agree with her statement.
The march focused on many of the same issues of other marches in our history. Equal worker rights, environmental justice, immigrant rights, reproductive rights, ending violence against women and more. How can a president help stop violence against women when he says and believes its ok for a man to grab a women by her p**sy then laugh it off as male shower room banter? I can’t help but wonder, if Putin were to grab Trump’s wife or daughter in that way would the president simply laugh about it? Would he seriously let his female family members be disrespected in such a way? BTW the word p**sy is not a curse word. Its a cat. The word is only dirty when someone with a dirty mind uses it in that way. I didn’t use the full spelling because I don’t want to get search hits on my blog from dirty minded people.
The president has lots of rage toward the media coverage. If the president didn’t want to be under constant visibility and scrutiny by the public then why on earth did he run for the most visible and scrutinized position in the entire world? So why is he now trying to suppress the media coverage? What has he got to hide? Will the president’s next move be to keep out any news person who dares to ask tough questions? Will he ban the press from the press room and only let in those who agree to be censored ask the questions that he lays out for them to ask? The job of a reporter is not to soothe someone’s ego. The job of a reporter is to gather news and information in order to keep the people informed of important events. Although the method of reporting is constantly evolving the job description remains the same. It calls for hard work, writing skill, ethics, fact checking, and a desire to report the truth. Reporting should be neutral, fair, and accurate. That would even include fact checking the president or any other person.
True, there is a lot of fake news these days but tabloid (fake) news has been around for a long time. We see tabloid magazines in almost every checkout isle in every store. A legitimate news agency only wants to report the truth. If a reporter asks a question but then makes a mistake when reporting it the president should be man enough to discuss it with the reporter instead of ranting, raving, and acting like a spoiled child in front of the cameras. When a legitimate news agency gets it wrong they print a retraction and an apology. Fake news and tabloid news does not admit wrong statements. The president should be adult enough to admit when he is wrong too. The women of the world are not all news reporters but we are watching.
In my opinion, the president needs to think and do some fact checking of his own before he talks or tweets or whatever the heck he does. To quote ex Vice President Joe Biden, “Grow up Trump.” It is not ok to rage and rant against someone and then expect that person to calmly give in to your demands. People will forgive but they do not forget. Words do hurt. Words do demean and demoralize people. Words do start wars.
Even now Trump is not changing his attitude or apologizing to women. He still has a ‘blame the victim’ attitude. He is blaming the women of the marches. Tweeting “Why didn’t these people vote?” Uh, I think we did vote but the popular vote didn’t count. Trump won with the electoral vote not the popular vote. I could be wrong but wouldn’t the number of marchers across the USA be about equal to the number of votes Clinton got that were not counted in the electoral count? Wasn’t there about a million votes not counted and about a million marchers nation wide? If the people in political power actually want to improve our voting system they should abolish the electoral college in favor of one vote, one count. Let the people be the ones to actually vote a person in office. The USA is watching. The world is watching. The women of the world are watching. We are women, hear us roar!
Ok, I’ll get off my soap box now. I have a loaf of bread and beet pie to bake. Feel free to comment if you wish but please be respectful when you do. We may not agree but we all have our opinions.