October 14, 2020
Dear Mr. President,
“Remember the ladies”. Our second First Lady, Abigail Adams, wrote that in a letter to husband, John Adams, our second president. Did you know that? I was thinking about that line, “remember the ladies”, as I turned off the never -ending hearings for Amy Coney Barrett, the next person to be voted onto the Supreme Court. This is the third and probably last day of this boring marathon. She will be another ultra conservative on the Court and will rule on important cases that we all know she will hear. The men (it’s still mainly Republican men), who are asking her questions are really just going through the motions of praising her. So, let’s get this over with and get her seated. Then we will see what happens with the ACA case due to be heard next month and the cases on Roe v Wade that will come before the court in the next year or so.
But, “remember the ladies”! If Roe v Wade is overturned and the individual states can make it impossible or nearly impossible for women to make their own choices with their bodies, watch out! In all of human history women have had the honor and privilege of bearing children but they have also been forced to have babies they could not or would not be able to raise. In all of human history people have had sex, thank goodness, or we wouldn’t be here. But, it’s not always a choice for the woman and it has led to disasters for women and their health. This is a case of “good people on both sides”. Those who view it as a sin aren’t being forced to undergo a procedure, but I don’t understand why they are allowed to interfere with each woman’s decision on whether or not to give birth. It’s not up to me to make that decision for someone else nor do I understand the legal arguments that have been made and will continue to be made. All I know is that the women of this country will continue to make decisions about their bodies, and I hope they will be able to make those decisions safely whether or not someone else tells them they can’t.
“Remember the ladies” also applies to other issues. Abigail Adams also wrote; “Do not put unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could”. I thought about that line when I heard your speech telling suburban women “I saved your damned suburbs”. Then you went on to complain they should love you. In the previous rally you told people you want to hug and kiss them, whether or not they wanted to be hugged and kissed. I think you were trying to tell jokes again. Remember when I suggested watching a Master Class video on humor? Apparently, you didn’t watch it because your “jokes” are not funny. If you are going around the country doing gigs with this kind of humor, I feel sorry for you. You won’t get many more bookings and you might start to get booed. You are also starting to sound like a “tyrant” who thinks he has unlimited powers. You will need that Superman t-shirt. It’s sold in many stores and you can get it on Amazon. I think they carry X-Large sizes. Just remember, even Superman was vulnerable to Kryptonite so don’t count on the t-shirt being your protection.
Whether it’s women of child -bearing age submitting to the rule of others or suburban women being told how to vote or who to fear, the women, the ladies, the girls of this country, have learned they have powers. They will control their own minds and bodies. They will vote their own interests and beliefs. They will not be silenced, put into a corner or denied their equal rights under the law.