Change is dynamic, always in flux. You must be ever present to make sure that the change is developing for the common good. Change is not something that you achieve and then forget about it. The fact is that the only constant is change! Women’s suffrage, the civil rights movement, made gains. You must remember that every gain is a point in time on the evolutionary scale of progress. You cannot relax, because those that resist never go away, they just go silent for a time.
All change is essentially a paradigm shift. Paradigms are your way of seeing the world. To make socio-economic changes you have to enlist the same thinking of your domain. Not everyone reaches the same thinking at the same time. This means that there are those who go along, only mildly agreeing to the change. However, there are those who cannot accept the change, but understand that they can no longer resist the majority. It is those who cannot accept that will never go away. This belief will continue thru generations. Every threat to a belief system will become a moral imperative to resist and work against it.
Women’s suffrage was more than a voting issue. It is a value judgment by half the population on the other half. Voting rights, equal pay, reproductive rights, are only a few. When you look at the challenges of the past, they are essentially civil rights. The Declaration of Independence proclaims that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,…” In the context of the 18th century men was generic and referred to any human being.
Here is the bottom line; the reason for government is to do what the individual cannot do. Governmental power derive from the consent of the governed. This means voting! The current political climate demonstrates the frustration of the population. Lashing out at the politicians is only meaningful if you have participated in the voting process. If you are not an informed voter, who goes to the polls every election, you consented to those in office. You own the responsibility for their ineffectiveness. Do not compound your mistake by voting for the one yelling, understand how you can get to the change you want from where you stand today.