A very special episode of The Frequency of Hope is in store this week! Our Memorial Day observance will include an interview with retired Marine Mike Broihier, Democratic primary candidate for U.S. Senate in Kentucky. The winner of that primary will challenge the incumbent, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
What are We Fighting for? Particularly on Memorial Day, let’s look at what we allow or promote in the name of our great country.
Mike is a self-described “outsider” running to represent an historically conservative constituency. We’ll discuss his experiences in the campaign, his evolution as a candidate and find out more about this former schoolteacher, journalist and farmer that has been bucking the system to stay in the race and what it’s like to face entrenched power, even in his own party.
The Constitutional Equal Rights Amendment gained it’s 38th State yesterday. The writer, as a guy stands in awe of the women who Won it. They slogged through decades of abuse since it was proposed and slowed and almost crushed by powerful people including many women.
Here is an quote from Delegate Foy who put the bill forward and sums it up better than I ever could.
” The Virginia General Assembly just became the 38th and final state required to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
This victory is months, years, and even generations in the making.
Why? Because our very own Commonwealth failed time and time
again to recognize that all citizens are entitled to equality under the
Virginia fought a woman’s right to vote for 32 years after the 19th Amendment was ratified.
Virginia fought desegregation and led the charge against school integration.
And Virginia fought interracial marriage and sex
discrimination at Virginia Military Institute all the way to the Supreme
Court — where the highest judicial body in our nation ruled against Virginia and for equality both times.
Today, Virginia was once again on the battleground
for equality. But this time, we came out on the right side of history
when we passed the ERA.
Since 2017, Virginia women have stepped up in record
numbers to volunteer their time, work on campaigns, and even run for
office. We nearly flipped the House of Delegates that year, but fell
just short. In 2019, we finished the job.
And today we delivered on our promises we made on the
campaign trail — the Virginia General Assembly, the oldest legislative
body in the country, is now affirmatively on the record on women’s
So, thank you. Thank you for everything you’ve done
to help Virginia make history and lead the nation forward on the ERA.
This victory is yours.
Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy”
End of quote.
That’s a hard act to follow. Guys, try to be useful. Women are the one and only ones who can crank out humans. That society expects them to carry, birth, potty train and supervise their young all for less pay when they can even find a job that is not patronizing has been and continues to be an insult to them and a shame on us Guys.
Women live in the real world where long term thinking creates life and a workable world and even though they know short term thinkers hold sway, they keep it up. They love the rest of us more than we could ever understand or repay.
If women had the missing 20 to 50% of the wages they are being denied for the same work that men do, and put that money to work to create and expand society as they are prone to do, we would have a Better World. I’m Ready For THAT!