International Women’s Day on March 8th began in Europe over a century ago and quickly grew to a global celebration of women’s contributions and achievements. It has also been an opportunity to promote gender parity. But, like so many other worthy traditions in America of recent, it has devolved into an excuse for radical demonstrations and vulgar exhibitions. Turning this year’s celebration into “A Day without a Woman” strikes probably set back women’s causes a couple of decades.
America, by God’s grace, is without a doubt the greatest nation in the world in affluence and liberty. The affluence is largely the result of our divine gift of liberty. Yet, we seem to be inundated with angry, self-centered, vindictive, and hostile people who consider themselves repressed. Look back at occupy Wall Street, black lives matter, anti-Trump riots, immigration rebellion, and now women’s strikes. Almost every day, we wake up to a new protest du jour. It’s like many among us just can’t get enough of ….something or other, and they are treated unfairly by …something or other.
Like most other demonstrations, “A Day without a Woman” caused more backlash and objections that any good it did because of the pain and inconvenience resulting from it. Schools had to close, businesses had to shut down, and the economy suffered. That was the desired outcomes of the protesters, but what price did they pay? I believe it produced less respect for women, particularly feminists, rather than raising awareness of women’s issues. I know there is some bias against women in certain realms within our country, especially in the workplace. We need to address that further in our government and industry. I also know that American women have more freedom, protection, and opportunity than can be found in virtually any other nation. We need to celebrate that while certainly working toward making our nation safer and more equitable for women. However, organized efforts through social media, journalism, and Congressional lobbying would pay much higher dividends than mean-spirited protests that aggravate and hurt those the activists are trying to convince.
I believe the felt need of most activists to organize volatile demonstrations and riots stems from the bigger issue of the present paradigm shift from our liberal pursuits to conservatism. In my previous posts, I have referred to this movement as a treatment for our social cancer. Many liberals are in a state of panic. They don’t know how to react to the shocking reality that America is treating its cancer and returning to traditional values that have served us best. So, they pour out in protests that cause them more harm than good. I suppose the appropriate conservative response to this is to, like a cancer patient, tolerate the cancer’s push-back while pressing on with the treatment.
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