All-Gender Democracy: Coming Soon to the USA?

December 4, 2017  -Steve Hays


Here we are at that time of year when so many of us celebrate our physical and spiritual connections. All religions I know of emphasize the common bonds we have and encourage the embrace of strangers. These days, more and more people define themselves as spiritual but not religious.

Either way, human connectedness—and the challenges, concerns and joys that come with it and with living—is something we all have in common.

Yet when looking at the world and where our attention is, it’s too often on the strife. The danger of war in Korea. Espionage and spying by foreign powers. Police rioting in the streets. Racial strife. Foreign entanglements. Environmental degradation.

Looking at all this could just as easily be our past as much as our present. There was the Korean War in the 1950s, the Cold War and espionage involving the USSR, the Chicago Democratic Convention police riots, race riots, Vietnam and The Silent Storm awakening to our environment.

Sometimes things don’t seem to change much–but they seem different now. The issues, inequities and challenges are still the same but today seem even more pronounced. It’s almost like everything is being held up for inspection—for approval or rejection. Many of the ways we have been handling life, government and business are being challenged.

Does anything really change? Well, yes!

What’s new is how women are effectively and dramatically shifting our society. They are now being heard—and not ignored! While the origins of what we hear may be very painful, what appears to be happening is that the way sexes relate to one another is evolving rapidly. This could be the biggest game changer of all.

I was planning on writing about taxes here—but realized this place, the first place people see in the magazine—needed to acknowledge the power of what this could mean for us/US.

Can we really shift the recurring challenges mentioned above without independent women participating?

It’s really insane to think we could have a truly representative democracy with mostly men running the government and without the full participation of women.

It’s not that there have not been powerful women who have fought for a larger voice, but women are standing up in ways–and in numbers–that has many men worrying whether or not they have overstepped bounds somewhere along the way.

Those who have deliberately done so either clearly know it or are sorely out of touch. Men just don’t have a rule book. If we did I’m sure we’d discover it doesn’t work well. We have different comfort zones. It’s time to learn from and to listen to each other.

Comedian Sarah Silverman said, in a recent interview in the Guardian, that today she absolutely cannot make some of the jokes she made years ago. We are all adjusting.

She also likens the abuse of power and greed we are seeing to the emptiness addicts attempt to fulfill. Good interview.

The good news is that right after Anita Hill was ignored, four more women were elected to the Senate. There were 20 in the House then and six Senators. Now there are 84 and 21. One woman decided to run against a County Supervisor in MD after the incumbent said he hoped the women at the Women’s March on Washington got home in time to cook dinner. He lost.

The times are changing and they need to. Without all people, sexes and races involved, can we truly have a representative democracy? Are we together? Or is it “every man for himself?”

Time to get together.






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