It is no coincidence that womenâ€™s healthcare and environmental regulations are two issues under siege right now. No surprise. After all, women and the earth are two of a kind. Fecund, powerful, life-giving. And pretty scary for some people.
It seems to me that there are a lot of folks who think that all women and all the earth's riches need to be brought totally under control and into the service of profit and private ownership.
There is a real battle going on in our House of Representatives. It's called 'cutting the deficit' but in reality, it's about pushing an ideological and cultural makeover. Those new faces in the House are determined to rein in women's access to health care by blocking funds for Planned Parenthood. They are just as determined to overturn the constraints of regulatory agencies on corporations' use of the world's resources without regard to the attendant polluted mess.
I thought weâ€™d gotten past the idea that both women and the earth must be controlled for the benefit of the constructs of men. Wrong. This Congress is against women and for business. Both center on control and conquest of the feminine part of life.
Take a moment to remember that the ground we walk on is often called 'Mother Earth'. Typically, Mother provides and is a power greater that we, her children. These days a lot of men and most certainly international corporations don't believe in Mother. The earth is a resource that until very recently always replenished and offered boundless plenty.
And, yes, women tended the hearth and made homes in which fellow human beings found nurture and a safe place to grow. Today, if you look across the globe, women are most often doing what they do under great financial, emotional and physical duress.
We live in very angry times in this great land of ours. Power is shifting and newly elected officials are not thinking about the common good or common cause and certainly not common decency. Those of us who might be thinking of the common good are too busy working for stagnant salaries or minimum wages in order to provide for our children and hopefully to pay the mortgage.