I’m going to be honest with you. My first thought when the U.S. Capitol was being stormed Wednesday was, “Thank God there are strong women in the house.” I immediately held emotions of gratitude for Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, newly-elected Representative Cori Bush, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, and Senator Ayanna Pressley. My next thought was of Dolley Madison saving the Washington portrait when the British stormed the White House on August 23, 1814. Later, as the events of the day unfolded, I would discover that it was two young women (interns) who had the foresight to save the electoral ballots in the heat of the moment. When push comes to shove, you do want women in the house.
Those who have experienced adversity and prejudice know all too well the necessary fortitude not just to survive, but to thrive. All of these aforementioned women know what it is to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. They also know that it’s near impossible for far too many. When it comes to holding us accountable and bringing out the best in us, it’s often women who are most capable.
Thus, it came as no shock that Representatives Cori Bush and Ilhan Omar were the first to formally take action regarding the treasonous intent of elected officials surrounding the incident. Congresswoman Omar filed the appropriate petition to impeach 45 for a second time. Representative Cori Bush brought to the floor removing republican representatives who had displayed seditious behavior during and leading up to the events. I would expect no less. These women haven’t taken the oath of their office in vain. They came to change America for the better. And that includes equality for all, a more civil society, and a greater ethical governing force.
For the first time in a long time I have some hope. Corporations and their lobbyists have had a stronghold on our country for far too long. America hasn’t been great in some time. It isn’t because we are not capable. Instead, it’s because corruption is rampant in Congress. Those individuals responsible for legislation and aid are growing rich while the rest of the country is doing everything they can to stay alive. The American dream died decades ago. We’ve learned the hard way that the one who dies with the most toys does not win. When you have to work multiple jobs or 80 hours a week at one salaried position just to be able to pay for necessities, you are not living your best life.
Conservatives scream that we have lost our family values and in some ways we have. But it may not be in the ways they think. In an effort to maintain a life many idealize, some of us negate and even abuse the families standing right in front of us. Too many Americans believe that a family that does not look exactly like theirs is not worthy of the title. Thus, they have disdain for integrated, BIPOC or LGBTQIA families. Anyone who fails to acknowledge, much less honor, someone else’s family is not as pro-values as they claim.
Being an American means believing in a better future. But we’ve reached a point where we have to implement that vision. Our country can no longer hold on for dear life to an outdated ideal, as they have been doing for decades. It is why we have seen a decline in marriage and childbearing. A powerful nation takes care of its people. It has been a long time since that has happened in America. The New Deal of the FDR Administration was almost 100 years ago. The fellas have had their chance. It’s time for the women to take a swing at it. When it comes to strong women who are unafraid, the majority of our new representatives will prove worthy. Let’s give them the support they require in the name of democracy. I have a hunch America will be the better for it.