While we rightly eulogize Behnazir Bhutto's violent death it is also appropriate to ask whether America, or for that matter, any place else in the world is a haven for women's equal rights and equal opportunity. The sad reality is that women have always occupied a lower spot in the stage of life. They have always had to fight tooth and nail to get what has been men's as a birth right. It is therefore ludicrous and unfair to single out extremist groups of Moslems and Taliban for the plight of women.
A look at the short history of America and the contemporary time with respect to status of women will prove that not only this most industrial and progressive nation is no exception for the plight of women but is still behind many nations in that respect.
American history is a witness that its founders did not even include women, of any color including white, blacks and Hispanics in the political process. It is similarly unfair to blame the founders for not addressing women's issues some two hundred years ago when we have only addressed them partially some two hundred years hence during this twenty first century.
Originally the voting right in this new nation was limited to white male who
owned property. Until 1869 and the passage of 15th Amendment each black man was
equal to 3/5 of a white man and the women counted as nothing and had no voting
rights. In fact women did not have voting rights until 1920 and even Hispanic
Americans gained voting rights in 1965 during MLK's Civil Rights movement. With
the Moslems as new target of demonization and discrimination it seems like the
American history is repeating.
universal culprit for this great disparity has always been a die-hard core of
machos that were ignorant, arrogant, and greedy and in favor of status quo. In
their small world or cocoons they were threatened by any change. With no offense
to all conservatives, far more of these groups felt more at home with
conservatives than liberals and more in religious groups than secular. Who were
these groups, you might ask. In a way, these could be called the America's
Taliban! The hidden truth is that Taliban were not born recently in Afghanistan.
They have been around as long as humans have.
Rush Limbaugh, the mouthpiece of the neocons who could be considered as an American Taliban, symbolizes one major contemporary anti-feminist movement. Rush refers to the women's movement as Feminatzis! One major anti-Moslem could be the newspaper columnist Ann Coulter of the Universal Press Syndicate, who refers to Barack Obama as B. Hussein Obama to frighten the people of blacks and Moslems. There are of course others, but no time to go over them all.
One would expect that if there is one country in the world in which women have become equal to men, that country is America. In fact, the number one question of twenty first century is, why does America remain the only industrial nation in which a woman has not been allowed to become president, or even vice president when even in many developing countries that has happened many times. Therefore, the anti-women factions mentioned above, with some of the big media at their service have managed to neutralize the women's struggle for more equality or place it on the back burner.
America's extremists have not only delayed equal rights for women, but have also
taken major steps to undo the American Revolution and change the "government of
the people, by and for the people" to government of a few, by and for a few to
better achieve their agenda. Their secret weapon for doing this has been to make
a mockery of public education, pacify the people with consumerism, luxury
consumption, substance abuse and apathetic attitude to reach their goals
meantime while the extremists fought to maintain the status quo, the rest of the
world moved forward. This hypocrisy has managed to keep not only the American
public, but also the women opposed to equal opportunity for women. It was the
continuation of that anti democracy movement that led to Electoral College,
defeat of campaign finance reform that in effect excludes the people with less
money from the political process. Not only that, but also the rich people's
votes and popular votes were manipulated and ignored during the last
also the continuation of that anti-American policy that has turned the
establishment and media against Hillary Clinton. No, this is the truth and not a
paid campaign ad for Hillary. It is the resistance of the America's extremism to
women and human rights.
will never be a woman president in America unless the public and especially
women realize that America's enemies are more domestic than foreign. Thomas
Jefferson said it best, "An empire collapses more from within than from
without." One can only hope that the American public wakes up to the reality
that no future president, man, woman or in-between will be able to ruin America
and our world more than GWB. This comes from the keyboard of a person who was
misled to vote for GWB once.
silent and apathetic public through no fault of its own is conditioned to
self-destruct and to disappoint the world that used to look up to us as an
example. As long as we have double and multiple standards in dealing with other
nations with respect to human and women's rights, as long as we go to bed with
regimes with notorious human and women rights in exchange for submitting to our
bullying, we are damaging the moral authority of America. As long as we support
terrorist regimes in the name spreading democracy and freedom we will be
breeding terrorism. As long as we bomb Iraq to get rid of Ben Ladin in Pakistan
and Afghanistan, and as long as we plan to bomb Iran for thinking of nuclear
power and let Israel go scott free with more than 300 nuclear warheads, we are
least likely to be looked at as the champion of women and human rights.
simple common sense condemns our recent role as 'policeman of the world'. We
never think a teacher can enforce discipline in a classroom by letting his
fair-headed boy get away with misbehavior while the rest are told to put up or
shut up and yet that is what we are doing in our global village and global
classroom. In the Middle East this is called planting thorn bush and expecting
to harvest dates!
also add that as long as we shortchange the American public in education, health
care, social security and the best use of their taxes, other countries will not
believe that we are out to help them to gain freedom and democracy. America has
the wherewithal to reverse this tragic situation and once again be an example of
solving seemingly insolvable problems. As long much of our foreign policy is
based on arrogance and colonial mentality and underestimating the intelligence
of other countries and progressive human and women rights groups we make more
enemies and pay for it too!
should not forget that we as Iranian Americans have an obligation to protect
this adopted country from all enemies, we equally have the responsibility of
protecting our motherland Iran and the wrol from the erratic foreign policies of
America especially that of neocons.
have to realize that historically America's progress has largely been due to the
constant influx of immigrants who kept this Nation of Immigrants vibrant and
alive before becoming complacent and apathetic and taking its blessings for
granted. We are also indebted to volunteer work of millions of decent Americans
at home and abroad who are doing their best to counteract the destructive work
of America's extremists and keep America's image until there is more public
Philosophically speaking, let us not forget that we are indebted to GWB and
cohorts for making such a mess of things that will take us a few steps closer to
saving America and the world from the grip of extremism.
Please visit my revised website: http://www.TerrorismAndHowToStopIt.org
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