A MODEST PROPOSAL or RUN FOR OUR LIVES

On August 18, 2020 women in the United States will have had the vote for one hundred years. I propose that from now until then and including the presidential election in November of 2020 that no woman in the United States should vote for a man…for any office at any level. And if women run for office at any level women should vote only for them. 

Our government has been run by men mostly for the concerns and businesses of men and women and children have been sidelined over and over. Programs that benefit women and children have a hard time getting enough money to run properly. Women still do not earn what men earn for the same work. Single mothers are not encouraged or subsidized to attend school. I could go on but the clincher is that women are denied birth control and abortions in their insurance policies and also by laws. (Viagra is covered, sort of like arming the enemy).

It is time that women stopped pretending that men are doing a good job as clearly they are not. They have squandered whatever moral credit we have had in the world. We give the world war when we could give it bread. 

In view of the policies of the current administration which will harm a great many people and benefit a very few I think it is time for all good women to come to the aid of the people. Because of policies made and executed by men are dealing with ruined ground water from fracking, ruined farmland from disastrous farming methods, pollution from myriad unchecked sources like coal plants and manufacturing and plastics, chemicals spewing into the air, epidemics of diseases that no one is willing to admit might just be caused by the pollution of our food, air and water, medical costs that have remained ruinous (but not in other countries), unlabeled GMO foods constituting the biggest unexamined nutritional experiment of all time, the extinction of species here and elsewhere and, dare I say it, Global Climate Change. Please remember that Climate Change is not change for the better.

Not too many people think about this but the most important thing we do each year is harvest our crops. One year with diminished harvest would be devastating, especially for counties with already compromised soils.Two years would be catastrophic even for the US. We cannot depend forever on Canada, Peru, Chile, and Central America to fill our shopping carts. Many of our apples are shipped from New Zealand which is on the other side of the world and we already have an apple industry. We also have no control at all over the processing conditions in other countries.  Climate change has already hit some of these countries hard and as the glaciers melt water sources as old as human history will be gone as has happened already in parts of Peru. We need a national agriculture policy that promotes US grown food. We should all keep in mind that in a world of shortages no country is going to care about conditions in any other country and will instead secure their own food supplies. 

All this has happened while men have run the world. And it has happened while good men have tried to do the right things and have been thwarted by the self interests and greed of other men. I just think it is time to give women a chance to tidy up. 

I have the hope that women will run the nation like the good home makers they are, cleaning up after themselves and others, making sure dinner is on the table…for everyone, seeing that everyone gets to the doctor on time, being fiscally conservative since after all, money does not grow on trees, and in general seeing to it that needs are met, the world’s people are treated fairly and nobody gets to put their filthy boots on the sofa. 

So, in honor of one hundred years (Only!) of Women’s Suffrage I implore you, if the dog catcher position is open in your town run for it. If a select(man) position is open, run for it. If there is a spot on the school board, run for it. If there is any city, county, state or federal position open, run for it. Perhaps our slogan should be, “Run For Our Lives”.

We need to get into office and start making sensible, sustainable, suitable policy. 

About Clio

I am an organic gardener with thirty years experience, a former minister, a former home-schooler, (they grew up), a current clarinet and flute player, knitter and spinner, and swimmer. I am interested in food security issues, food and policy issues, food preservation and encouraging people to become more aware and pro-active about their own food supply. I teach home food preservation, especially water bath and pressure canning, beginning organic gardening using bio-intensive methods, and give talks on food and food security for groups.
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