Last night I heard a fact that astounded me: most American voters are women. I hadn’t given it any thought but vaguely figured that since most elected officials are men then men must be the majority of voters. They are not. If women vote not as Democrats or Republicans but as women, we can take over all the political power positions.
Where I live, both the mayor and the county executive are women—Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney. The three biggest employers are Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Onondaga County government. The chancellor at Syracuse University is Nancy Cantor. Three of the four most powerful positions are held by women. (The newspaper has been published by a father and son for fifty years. “Publisher” is neither a political nor an economic power position but “controller of communications” is. We need to do something about that.)
Do women do it differently than men? A couple things come to mind.
Several decades ago a male researcher did a project in which he gave a bunch of blocks to kindergarten kids and told them to build bridges. The boys built bigger, better bridges than did the girls. From this he concluded that boys had a better understanding of the work ethic, were more industrious, and some other stuff. So a lot of years go by and a female researcher repeats the study but she watches to see what the girls are doing. What she sees is that the girls are (a) sharing blocks, and (b) helping each other. Instead of competing they are working together; instead of building bridges they are building working relationships.
Here’s another thing: my friendly local psychologist was the active parent of three sons and a daughter. One day he was telling me about coaching a Little League girls’ team. One of the girls got hit by a ball and the other girls all ran and gathered around her to offer comfort and support. I, having no kids, also had no knowledge of how boys would behave. The psychologist said, “Oh, if a boy gets beaned by a ball then all the other boys remain in their positions and shout insults and mockery.”
If boys and girls do it differently then I think we can safely extrapolate that men and women do it differently. Mayor Stephanie and Chancellor Nancy recently worked out a financial sharing plan between the university and the city. The city Common Council was not involved and no laws were passed. Just two women figuring out how to share the resources to accomplish both their goals. Everybody else saw it as politics; I saw it as women engaging in politics. Meanwhile the Onondaga County District Attorney and the City of Syracuse Chief of Police were spitting vituperative rage at each other regarding jurisdiction in an alleged criminal case. The D.A. and the Chief are both guys.
Last night I watched an episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart that did a take on the recent House of Representatives committee hearing about birth control. The committee consisted of eight men and all the witnesses were men, none of whom had uteruses or a vested interest in birth control. On The Daily Show, one man interviewed another man about women’s issues while five women wanted to speak. The women included the head of the National Organization of Women (NOW), the head of Emily’s List, which gets women elected to government offices, and three other such knowledgeable and influential women. It made vivid the idiocy of men talking about women’s needs instead of women talking about women needs.
So this morning I woke up dreaming that I was in a room full of people, the majority of whom were women. They decided to kick the men out and make it a women’s caucus, then the women began to busily—and chaotically—figure out how they were going to organize themselves and what they were going to do. A male surgeon, who had been hiding behind his scrub suit and cap, stood up to tell us what to do. I ordered him out of the room and he went.
It was an exciting time. What if we voted as women, not as Democrats or Republicans? What if the third party became the Women’s Party? What if we systematically stopped opposing authority and simply assumed authority? WE ARE THE MAJORITY! There is nothing stopping us but ourselves. Clearly, the men have done a lousy job of governance. They do not play well together; we do. Let’s draft Hillary Clinton for President and elect her. Let’s have a matriarchal government in America.
Men are all about fighting. They have sucked this country dry by draining financial resources into the Defense Department and creating wars on foreign soil. Have you seen The Iron Lady in which Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher faces down the U.S. official who tells her not to fight for the Falkland Islands? What she basically tells him is that the Falklands are one of her kids and she jolly well will use military might on their behalf. Men make up wars that are none of our business; women will fight when it’s for their own.
Women, it is time we stopped viewing governance as a game for big, strong men and started viewing it as the church Ways and Means Committee. We know how to get things done for the benefit of our people. Let’s do it. Assume the authority and run for office. Women support women.
And if we need to construct a concrete bridge, we can always hire a guy.