(re-run from 2019)
I am posting this while watching the first night of the Democratic debates. I am sure I will get some hate comments from this post, but I felt the need to write it. I also hope I am wrong. Please tell me why I am wrong.
The other day I watched late-night host John Oliver do a spoof on the thirteen states that have not ratified the equal Right Amendment form the 1970’s. It only takes one more state to ratify to make the ERA a constitutional amendment. Remember Phyllis Schlafly? She is big reason why it didn’t pass back in the 70’s.
Phyllis Schlafly said that the ERA would destroy the traditional family. All I have to say is that that ship has sailed. The traditional family is and can be a husband and wife, husband and husband, wife and wife, single mom, single dad, single mom plus grandparents, etc.
So why have these thirteen states not passed the ERA? Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Arizona, and Utah?
If those states don’t believe in equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged based on gender, then how in the heck can we expect them to throw their electoral votes to a woman for president?
First things first, people! Of course all my California friends think a woman president is do-able. I would love that! But there’s a whole swath of the country that is not as enlightened as the rest of America.
I’d say the best bet for the 38th state to ratify would be Arizona. But Arizona is stubborn. It doesn’t follow daylight savings time. Utah doesn’t seem likely to me, being Mormon-centric, a patriarchal religion.
I know I will get lots of comments that this is 2019 and people don’t think like that anymore. Excuse me? The Bible belt does think that way because it is so written in the Bible. Eve ate the apple, not Adam. Eve was made from Adam’s rib, not the other way around. The Bible is patriarchal to the nth degree.
I love Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris and might love the other female candidates once I get to know them better. But to risk another four more years with our current administration? I’d say the safer bet is to get one of these fine women on the ticket with one of the fine men running, so that even those in these thirteen states could agree to a Democrat in the White House.
As long as we’re at it, not all Democrats are socialists, and I fear that some would defect to the other side if that is who the party nominates. Yes, we need reform. Yes, we need to save the middle class. Yes, health care is insanely expensive. Yes, lots of our safety-net programs are getting cut. As I told my lunch-mate today, anyone over 65 is going to vote no on Medicare for all. There are a lot of Boomers out there. Who had to/have to wait till 65 to get it.
Baby steps. Let’s not change everything all at once. If a Democrat runs on that kind of platform and gets nominated for Democratic candidate, I fear he/she will lose in the general election. America can’t afford to lose. Look what happened in 2016 when one third of all eligible voters stayed home. A chorus friend told me he didn’t like either candidate and so skipped voting. He did along with 23 million other people.
Apathy works in the incumbent’s favor.
Thanks for reading this far. I don’t expect you to agree with me, but I do hope you will think about the correlation I’ve made. Let’s get the Equal Rights Amendment passed. If you live in one of the aforementioned thirteen states, what can you do to get this done?
If you don’t want to get this done, why not?