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Rosie Returns

America has been ignoring one of her most precious resources for far too long. During our glory years when we went to war against fascism the country didnít shut down. In fact, with most able bodied men overseas fighting to protect American democracy and our way of life, it was the women who stayed at home and produced the awesome fighting machines that would eventually win World War II.

By 1943 if you were male and American and could walk, you were supposed to be in uniform. Anything less was a dereliction of duty. And yet, somehow America won the war. We were better supplied, we had superior armament and could replenish much faster than our enemies. Simple truth, our air force kicked ass. Our Navy, kicked ass. Highly trained men used the tools at their disposal to wreak havoc on the enemy. But where did these tools of war come from? If every available man was already in uniform, who was manning the factories? Women. But this should really come as no surprise because it has been that way since the pioneer days.

Pioneering women had been the back bone of American society since they cleaned the tables at Plymouth Rock. Pioneer women worked alongside their husbands, but with half the fan fare. These women did everything their men did and gave birth to the next generation along the way. They were just never given the recognition they were due.

The atrocities of the Taliban and the treatment of women in the Muslim world are unacceptable to the American way of thought. Now it may be true that we donít understand the role that women play in the Muslim world, but we do understand the role that women play in the world overall. Strong women lead to strong nations. What is apple pie without mom? So although we donít understand their role it is imperative that we respect and listen to the voices of the women coming from the Middle East.

And at home itís far too easy to for any man to forget where he came from, woman. We spend too much time worrying about taking care of the fairer sex when theyíve already proven they can take care of themselves and not enough time recognizing what they do with and for us. They work beside us and all too often we are willing to take the credit for the entire effort. We should learn from the American Indians where it was the women who would declare war and the men would fight it. Itís a lot more difficult to declare war when itís your husband that must fight it. Republicans are fond of declaring war but seldom send their sons to fight it.

One exception, John McCain, but who with the rest of the Republican guard likes to remind us of the good-o-days and promises to hearken us back to them. We should be in favor of that. Because what they are forgetting is that the greatest generation moved forward on apparatus built by Rosie and her friends. If we ever want to reclaim the majesty of that generation we must first accept the fact that it was estrogen powered. So how can we justify not giving woman a choice.

With Hilaryís loss the mediaís ďera of the womanĒ came to an end, but I donít think so. American women are every bit important today as they were in pioneer times. A strong man stands alone without a strong woman behind him. Wait check that, a strong person behind him/her. America has always been a frontier of sorts. We are at our best when we recognize those that move us forward.

Barrack Obama is this countryís chance to move forward again. We lost this opportunity when Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King and others that shared their dream were taken from us. We are no longer the strongest economy in the world, the European Union is. We are no longer, arguably, the most powerful in the world. But we are no longer just the ďAmerican DreamĒ, we represent hope for humanity.

America has always stood for something better. So while we donít always get along with the newest arrivals it may just be because we donít understand the contributions they will make. What we should understand and recognize are the contributions of our pioneering women. If we do anything less we should be honor bound to make war upon ourselves.

Kyle Pesonen - Staff Writer | Lynn Pesonen - Contributing Writer | Give your feedback on this article. | Click icon to Digg this article

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