When you live in a small town like Stephenville, Texas you miss a lot of the big events the rest of the world gets to experience. Events like marches and protests don’t really happen in our little town, but Sunday afternoon, Stephenville got one. The Democratic Party of Erath County put together a Women’s March. The Women’s March reached a notable fame last year when it took place after Trump’s inauguration. Celebrities, politicians, and like-minded people showed up in Washington D.C. and marched for the oppressed women of America. Last year’s Women’s March was as controversial as it was disturbing. The “vagina hats” were born, along with crude signs and costumes based off of genitalia.
So when I heard Stephenville was holding their own Women’s March, I knew I had to witness it. These Women’s Marches are notorious for catering toward left-leaning individuals and disgracing and shunning those who disagree. While this is what happens in reality, those running it like to believe that they will accept anyone and everyone that decides they want to march. Heck, if they would let me march because I was marching for the unborn female that is aborted every day, I would have. Unfortunately, this would have been frowned upon.
I arrived at the women’s march about fifteen minutes early. As I pulled around the courthouse to get a parking spot, I spotted the first vagina hat. I chuckled to myself as I drove away from this first group, flashing my “Reagan-Bush ‘84” bumper sticker. I watched from across the street, truly in awe of what was in front of me. I had never even heard of the Democrats of Erath County, much less seen this many of them. I’ll give them this, there was a pretty good turnout.
I sat across the street as more people filed in, not looking like the typical Stephenville resident at all. They began the event by playing the National Anthem. This one shocked me too. But everyone that I could see was standing and removing vagina hats for this song. Then Suzi Robertson, the chairman of the Democratic Party of Erath County, took over the podium. Here’s where the contradictions began. She started by saying that she was a pastor and that she saw so clearly that the democratic party was “all attached to the gospel.” There’s not a lot of the democratic party, if any, that I see that is even closely related to the gospels I read. She began to rev up the crowd, saying that they were “big giants that have been scratched and speared by tiny minded people.” I assume that in this metaphor, the Democrats were the giants and the Republicans were the tiny minded people. I could talk about who has the tiny minds, but I think the vagina hats speak for themselves. She then started to spew off things that they should not sit idly by for. Such as not sitting by and “let our kids be ripped away from their families and sent back to places that they don’t even remember or have ever known.” Madam Chairman, what about ripping those children out of the womb?
Once the Chairman was done speaking, Kim Olson, a candidate for ag commissioner, took the podium. She wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I thought “ag commissioner.” She wore her own set of pink cat ears and a pink sweater. I know that sounds shallow of me to think she ought to be wearing dirty boots and jeans, but as a young, almost-voter, it looked as if she was trying to play to the crowd she spoke to for votes, rather than genuinely caring about the march. She simply looked like she was trying too hard to be the “cool” candidate. (Anyone remember Hillary’s Snapchat?)
“We march because of [the “Me Too” movement.] We march because it reminds us all that the economic, social, and political power levers of this nation are still controlled by men who are not worthy of that responsibility.” If we’re here talking about a certain amount of worth to get into a public office or any high office, everyone is gonna be out of a job. Are you worthy? No. Am I worthy? No. The question should be about qualifications, not worth.
“Those of you who wear pink hats, wear pink shoes, wrap your children in pink blankets, are part of a historical movement in this great state…We women must carry our own legacies of the sisters that also marched a century ago. And they marched…under the threats of violence, of going to jail, of being banished from their communities for having the absolute audacity to want to have the right to vote!” Okay. America’s not perfect. I know there are some bad apples. But women are not oppressed in the way these people would like to think we are. March for women in middle eastern countries who are tortured day in and day out with less rights than the livestock. Don’t march for a “right” to free birth control and tell me you’re oppressed.
“I march for the women and the men who cannot march for themselves today.” So you march for all those babies that have been murdered the last forty years thanks to abortion? Awesome, girl, me too!
“A year from now we will witness… much-needed change in Austin.” That big change came a year ago in the polls. Hence the Republican President.
“When you vote…all Texans will be represented… Because Texas is best when it is red, white, and blue.” Okay, I’ll be honest, I liked that last line. But I didn’t feel represented in the least when I looked around at that crowd. I knew I was an outsider when I walked up and sat on the curb to listen. These people in their vagina hats and their crude signs didn’t represent me or how I wanted people to see my town or my country. It was the exact opposite.
Jenny Lou Leeder then took the podium, a candidate for U.S. Congress. She opened by giving thanks to the people that had put on the event and then said, “The America that we know and love is in trouble, but as Jimmy Carter once said, ‘Democracy works and eventually will correct itself.’ Now is time for that correction.” That correction came a year ago when the American people got sick of being walked all over by the Democrats in the White House and Congress. That correction went to the polls. I don’t feel like America is any worse off than it was under Obama. I’d go as far to say that it has begun to flourish in some aspects in this new presidency. A lot of people like to ignore facts though.
“I believe in the universal, single payer, comprehensive health care system for all. There is no reason that we cannot cover every single body. Our nation is great and very prosperous.” How in the world can the left yell and scream for the government to stay out of their bodies when it comes to abortion, and then yell, scream and demand the government pay for everything wrong with their bodies when it’s literally anything else? Overall, Jenny Lou Leeder was a walking contradiction that seemed to sum up the democratic party pretty well.
Next up, a fill in speaker stepped in. Adrian Ocegueda is running for governor in Texas. As he stepped up to the podium, the speakers rang out “Times They Are A-Changin” by Bob Dylan. These people began to weep. The crowd stood up and began swaying and singing and literally crying. I sat back on my little curb and laughed at the scene that was taking place before me. Unfortunately, I only caught the first part of Mr. Ocegueda’s speech because I’m a high school student that has other things to do besides spend three hours at a pity party.
“Our capitalistic system is redistributing wealth in a way that we didn’t necessarily expect. And this has gotten way out of hand.” Redistributing wealth? The Democrats literally had a socialist running for president. America is built on a capitalist, small business owner society. Socialism isn’t American.
“Whether your battle cry is ‘build a new wall’ or ‘resist,’ we are not engaging in conversation.” I actually really liked this. No one is talking across party lines. Democrats see a “Make America Great Again” hat and they either spit in the Republicans face or disgrace them all together. Republicans see a vagina hat and immediately seek to trigger the wearer. There has to be a middle ground where each side can sit down, have a conversation, and talk about why they believe what they believe.
From what I saw at this women’s march, I was shocked in both good and bad ways. I was expecting contradictions and people that I couldn’t quite comprehend and I got all that. But I didn’t expect to see so many Republican values and ideas that weren’t too far off from what these people were talking about. It all comes down to a conversation. I so wish I would have had more time to talk to some of those people and start a few of those conversations. I don’t hate people that think differently from me, I don’t always understand them and I often enjoy making fun of the absurdity, but I don’t hate them. Nothing is gonna get better if both sides don’t talk.
Overall, I enjoyed going to this women’s march to see firsthand the strange creature that is a Democrat. And hey, congrats to Stephenville for catching up with the times a little bit. And congrats to the Democratic Party of Erath County for bringing it here. Now if we can get a little March for Life down here, we’d really be moving along.
Savanna Graves first found a passion for politics and government on the 2016 campaign trail for her father. Since then she has been increasingly involved with Turning Point USA, Future Female Leaders, and PragerU, organizations that spread the message of small government and capitalism. As a high school senior at Huckabay ISD, she plans on attending Liberty University in the fall of 2018 to study political science and journalism. Views expressed in this column are hers and do not reflect those of The Flash as a whole.