There are two types of people in this world: the talkers and the doers. It aggravates me to no end when people act like they know what they are talking about and expect other people to hang off every word. I about lose my mind when I know a person is blowing smoke and is only good for empty intentions. It may be the Millennial in me that makes me feel this way, but in my book, words must always be backed by actions.
Something about politics revs me up inside, and the injustices that arise within politics are the biggest triggers. For Margaret Chase Smith, she left a legacy and set a precedence that women had a place in politics. She was the first woman to serve in both the United States House of Representatives and Senate. That is not an easy feat for anyone, but her determination proved she belonged and could make action happen.
The road for women to be able to make lasting contributions to history was not an easy one, and Margaret Chase Smith hit the nail on the head with her quote. I may hit a nerve with the next thing I am going to say. Sometimes people are more concerned with staying in the “good ole boys club” than standing up for the matters that truly matter in life.
As I participated in a worldwide event, March for Our Lives, I thought about the people who made it possible for civil protests to take place and the rights that are worth fighting for. When half is on the opposing side, it could have been a good enough excuse to say that standing up was too hard and not worth the fight, but Saturday’s events proved that together, we are stronger. Politics is a hard business to win. People are often times in it for the wrong reasons, so for the few trailblazers in politics to make a stand and put up a good fight is empowering.
It is okay to go against the grain and walk to the beat of our own drums when it comes to creating change. There are more important things in life than fitting in. Complicity is the downfall of our society. When it comes down to doing what is right and what is comfortable, I would hope we would always choose to do the right thing even when it is hard. We get one chance to impact the course of history, and we owe it to our future children and grandchildren to do whatever we can to make it a little bit better for them to live.
Had it not been for Margaret Chase Smith and others like her, I may not have had the freedom or opportunity to use my voice and actions positively. The woman’s place is no longer just in the house waiting hand and foot on a man. Our place is in the House and Senate where we will be heard. Times have changed, and we are not going to sit back and watch a spiraling chain reaction. It is about time we become movers and shakers. While others sat, she persisted.
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