By Fletcher D.
Women and men are equal. Duh. I’m not a monster. I just don’t believe the Women’s March was a necessary action. I feel it was a politically motivated protest based on false ideas. At its core, the women’s march focussed on Feminism and civil rights. These two issues seem to be at the forefront of discussion with the election of President Trump. The reality is that President Trump is pro-Woman and pro-LGBTQIA. During his campaign, he had a woman (Kellyanne Conway) as his campaign manager. She has now become his counselor. He is married to a woman (who is also an immigrant) and has two daughters. One of which, Ivanka, helped him during his campaign. In his short time as president, Trump has put women in prominent positions in the government. He put Elaine Chao in the position as Transportation secretary, Betsy DeVos as Education secretary, and appointed Nikki Haley as the U.S. ambassador to the U.N.
Trump is also pro-LGBTQIA. Trump has been seen holding a rainbow flag with “LGBTs for Trump” written on it (1). He has also been quoted saying that it is irrelevant whether or not he supports gay marriage, because it has already been decided on by the Supreme Court.
Reading right from the first line of the unity principles “We believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights.” This is the line that boggles my mind. The perception that there is a group of people in the government that hate women and think that women are not equal to men? That has been oppressing them from having the same opportunities as men in the US? This notion is really out of left field. Why is this being protested in the US? Do these women really think the system is oppressing them and keeping them from succeeding? I do not see evidence of this in our government because it isn’t there. If you do want to protest a government that oppresses women, try Saudi Arabia.
The “LGBTQIA Rights” section begins like this “We firmly declare LGBTQIA Rights are Human Rights.” Duh. If you really feel the need to prove the point, find multiple examples from all across the country of LGBTQIA people being denied rights given to other people by the federal government. This is even harder to prove now that we have elected the first new president to be elected with pro-LGBTQIA views. Even president Obama was not pro-LGBTQIA when he was first elected (2).
Let’s break down their “Civil Rights” section, piece by piece. It begins with this line “We believe civil rights are our birthright.” Yes, no one will argue that. “Including voting rights.” Ok, please give me one example (after the Civil Rights act and the ADA) of a US citizen peacefully voting who was then thrown out and told they could not vote. You will not be able to because it has never happened in the US. “Freedom to worship without fear of intimidation or harassment.” This is a good idea, but it cannot happen because this is a slippery slope into censorship. This broad term is a call for people to be censored when they advocate for a certain view that “intimidates” someone on religious grounds; therefore it is constitutionally unacceptable. “Freedom of speech,” I would venture to say they are against true freedom of speech based on their last point. “And protections for all citizens regardless of race, gender, age or disability.” Sorry, it’s called the ADA and the Civil Rights act. “We believe it is time for an all-inclusive Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.” I’m going to assume the author has never read the U.S. Constitution, so they have probably never heard about the First Amendment, Americans with Disabilities Act, Civil Rights Act, or the Second Amendment-all of which support and protect the Civil Rights of everyone in the US.
A common trend I have noticed here is that there seems to be a feeling of oppression. Like the people mentioned here are being hunted and oppressed in their everyday lives by the federal government. It is just not the case. If you turn on the news, do you see cases lots of LGBTQIA people being harassed, hurt, and even killed in the streets by the Federal government, just for being who they are? Your rights are not under assault, the Constitution affords a man no more rights than a woman, or anyone else (3). But please, go march-it is right given to you by the First amendment. If you want to take up a movement for a change in culture, then please do it. Peacefully assemble with as many people you can find, just do not blame the government for things they are not doing. You are protected by the Civil Rights Act, the legalization of same-sex marriage, the Bill of Rights, and the people you have elected that share your views.