Almost one year ago, women from around the nation gathered together to march, wear cat hats, and protest the election of Donald Trump as president…in cat hats.
Like, knitted caps with cat ears on them.
This is a historic tradition among female reformers.
Don’t you remember Alice Paul wearing a cheetah mask?
Betty Friedan with bear paws?
Elizabeth Cady Stanton with a pig nose?
Because the Women’s March was so successful (there were a lot of women in cat ears), they now have toolkits for young activists “to create high school and college chapters that guide students in making a positive impact in their communities.”
Today, our Women’s March Youth arm is excited to launch a toolkit for young activists to create high school and college chapters that guide students in making a positive impact in their communities.https://t.co/UfLfw15Nsg pic.twitter.com/Y80Ibfg3Dx
— Women's March (@womensmarch) November 9, 2017
According to Fox News, the toolkit website reads, “We believe that the single most powerful act we can do is prepare young people with the skills and commitments to take actions around causes that matter to them with courage, compassion and collaboration”:
The package focuses on voting, organizing, and running for office yourself.
“Particularly for young women, running for office is an act of resistance, and a direct action to fight against injustice in your community,” the introduction reads.
The project will also set girls up with Rise to Run to mentor them as they prepare to run for office. The other organizations behind the initiative are Teen Vogue, Peace First, Rise To Run, The Justice League NYC, The Gathering For Justice, and Rock The Vote.
THIS drives me absolutely insane.
These liberals frame “running for office” as an “act of resistance.”
Why must there always be an enemy?
Why must everything be a reaction?
Why must there always be resistance?
Why can’t these Liberals with cat ears decide to stand for something instead of reacting to something?
Is it because they aren’t original?
Do we have any cat nip to settle down these crazy cat women?
Keep your cat ears open, ladies. I’ll give you a little lesson on politics.
Politics, according to Benjamin Franklin, is the art of the possible.
You must work with individuals–those you do and don’t like. You must be able to moderate, to find a middle ground, and avoid–at all costs–the “us” versus “them” dynamic.
Which is very different from making clever slogans on poster board and knitting hats with friends over wine.
If you want young women to be prepared to run for office, they need to understand how to have constructive dialogue, reach out to the other side, the differing opinion–even when they don’t want to.
As a politician, you cannot knit a hat, make a poster board, and march every time someone does or says something you do not agree with.
You actually need to stand for something and not yell at someone.
You need to start that conversation with that person you dislike for the sake of the greater good, for our country.
You should encourage men and women to run–those, in particular, who want to be public servants, not demagogues in search of their own fame, fortune and success.
You know, like those profiting from cat hats, “I’m a feminist” journals, and elected solely on their anatomy (I’m looking at you, Kamala).
Do you all agree?