I was going to make this blog about what Eisenhower called the ‘military-industrial complex’ and the control / damage it has done to the body politic.
‘In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.’
He said this on leaving office in January 1961. Still resonates today doesn’t it?
However I received some news from the wife of a long time friend of mine that he had to go into hospital to ‘have some shit scooped out of his head.’ (She’s a nurse so she’s allowed.) The operation was a success and the love of her life came home within 48 hours. Within minutes of arriving home, his head, out of which he’d had ‘some shit scooped’, was under the bonnet of their daughter’s car aiming to change the thermostat. ‘Dumb shit’ was one comment from the love of his life, (she’s a nurse so she’s allowed), before she marched him back inside. A woman with attitude. A strong woman.
Then there’s another woman whom I admire. A ‘softer’ version of the one above but equally strong in her beliefs. This is a woman who went on a one day course to learn about what’s involved in feeding homeless people so that she could become active in a local initiative; spending time in contributing to the social cohesion of the area in which she lives; making many lives that bit better. A deeply caring woman. A strong woman.
Then there’s the woman with whom I live. The love of my life. The one who was strong enough to make me realise there was a better me; who contributed to the development of others in her professional life; and who now contributes to the enjoyment of others via her art. An articulate, wickedly funny woman. A strong woman.
Then there are the strong women who stand up to those in power whom they feel are usurping the democracy that elected them to office. These are the four Congress women, also known as The Squad, who are facing up to the bullying of what I now call the Teflon Don. They’re not blinking. Strong women all.
None of the women I have mentioned and admire blink. They stand up for what they believe in. We are blessed by having such women in our lives, and life.
So, let me repeat, let’s give it up for the strong women in this world. We are better people because of them. Our world(s) are better because of them.
J J Mitchell
‘No one left behind’