by Amy Bourdon
The funny thing about problems is that too many people focus on the problem, rather than the solution. Anyone that has been paying attention to Connecticut’s economy, infrastructure, education system, legal system, law enforcement and affordability knows that collectively, WE have an abundance of problems. The mess is so big in Connecticut, that the average person doesn’t even know where to begin.
I am often approached with the fundamental question, “What can I do right now to make a difference?” My answer is almost always, “Get involved.”
It sounds trite and downright obvious, but what I see right now are herds of citizens waking up and they resemble deer in headlights. They can see what is right in front of them, and they are afraid of what they are looking at it–but it is paralyzing. There is neither fight nor flight taking place.
We have allowed the progressive liberals so much room and space to grow their own core value systems, that we no longer recognize how, when or where to nip it in the bud. This is the profound result of cancel culture. If you have the power to convince a person, or better yet, masses of people, to fear you, then you have the power to control what they say and how they say it. Do not be fooled by their intent. Nobody can control how other people think. Opponents may ardently disagree with you, but you cannot control that. The left isn’t after controlling what you THINK. They are after controlling what you SAY, how you express it, the audience that hears it and your FREEDOM to do so. In politics, we refer to this as formulating a narrative. The left does it masterfully. The Democrats laud themselves as the party of equity, tolerance and social justice. Is that what we have seen in the past decade? Have they accomplished living up to their narrative peacefully and solely by the will of the people? Hardly. They used sensationalism, division, lies, mob mentality and downright violent riots in many cases to ensure their narrative spreads like wildfire. They successfully achieve it, time and again. How? Because many Republicans and conservatives remain tucked away in the silent majority.
It is evident whose narrative is winning the battle when the average person cannot remark on Facebook or click Like out of fear of losing their job or ruining a relationship with a loved one. Perhaps they remain silent, just to be able to avoid suffering financially. Cancel culture has successfully silenced the voices of citizens everywhere, across all parties. Driven by fear, people have learned to accept social agendas that make no sense. We went from being a species that has two genders to one that claims gender is a social construct that has no biological or anatomical basis.
For thousands of years, society and “science” have been able to identify males and females at birth; suddenly we have no reference manual on how to determine a baby’s gender.
To make matters worse, for example, here in Connecticut, we no longer can officially convey who the biological mother of a child is and who the biological father is. Birth certificates now use the terminology “birth parent.” Biological motherhood has been stripped away from women, yet we are told this is in the name of equity. How is it equitable to choose life, carry and nurture your child for nine months, sometimes at the risk of your own health and life, only to be told that you do not have the RIGHT to the official title of biological mother? How did we let it get this far? We remained silent, that is how.
A few short years ago, we watched on as the Glastonbury High School girl’s track team members filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights claiming that female athletes were denied equal athletic benefits and opportunities to girls through the transgender participation policy. This was one of the headlines that grabbed me and thrust me onto the political scene. I could no longer stay silent. It hit too close to home. As a three sport college athlete and a mother whose daughter has been involved in athletics since she was 8 years old, I couldn’t sit by and watch anymore. I was called transphobic when I began sharing Selina Soule’s story about how girls in Connecticut were being denied top finishes, postseason play and possibly college scholarships because they were losing to biological males competing as females. I watched on as people ripped into me on social media saying that I hated trans kids and that some commit suicide because of people like me. “PEOPLE LIKE ME.”
Comments such this racked up Likes and dozens of aggressive Comments on social media. Suddenly the narrative wasn’t that transgender girls are girls too, it was that Republicans and conservatives were attempting to “roll back rights of transgender people,’ as Dan Barrett, legal director for American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut put it. At least he had one part right, we ARE trying to roll back those rights. Those rights were extended to biological males on a basis that never should have been allowed. What did I do? I HELD MY GROUND. My stance never waivered.
Fortunately, when biological male Lia Thomas made headlines in the NCAA Women’s Swimming world this year, a whole new herd of deer—and sheep – woke up. This time, however, I did not see deer in headlights, paralyzed in fear. I saw lions roaring. I saw mama bears growling. I saw fathers pounding their chests. Enough is enough. It is no longer about the problem, it is about the solution. The problem is that the progressive left’s narrative has not been stopped, it has simply been slowed. The solution to the problem of gender confusion and the indoctrination of sexual fluidity is to not accept it on the basis of any other merit besides FACTS. It is time to re-establish popular thought. How do we do that? BY NOT REMAINING SILENT. By getting involved. By speaking freely, by exercising your FREEDOM to oppose the ideology of one half of one percent, you have the ability to show that you no longer operate in fear, you operate in FACT.
Primary day is coming up on August 9th. We have an opportunity to scrutinize candidates and detail their voting history. We can attend events and ask them questions publicly and press them for an answer. We can make them get off the proverbial fence and force them to take a side. We know what the solution is for many of the problems in Connecticut—it is to take a stand for what is good and righteous. It is to speak the truth, even when it is unpopular or it offends people. It is to hold our ground on many of the egregious bills being put forth by liberal politicians and their fearful Democrat colleagues. It is to step out in faith, not fear, and vote strategically to elect officials that will actively seek to repeal or reverse the damage that has been done. That is the REAL solution. We are no longer retreating. We are no longer negotiating. It is time that we start holding the line. It is time to win by attrition.
In order to effectively push back against the Democrat, liberal, blue machine here in Connecticut, we need to elect officials that will not waiver on fundamental rights.
We need politicians that will not rip the rights away from one group in order to extend them to another in the name of “equity.” We need common sense. We need men and women that are principled. We need lions, not sheep.
We have two weeks to show up to the polls in huge numbers and express our views on abortion, law enforcement and crime, record high inflation, ill-fated social agendas, the economy and mandates. It is imperative that registered Republicans do NOT remain part of the silent majority this election cycle. That does not mean you have to share your thoughts publicly, as I have– and will continue to do. It does, however, require you to share them.
Write to your RTC Chairs, elected officials and committee chairs, attend a rally, host a primary day meetup to encourage friends to go vote and then organize, pick up elderly to take them to the polls, become a poll worker, write and Op Ed, door knock, fundraise….there are solutions to every problem. Just pick one. If one half of one percent can win the hearts and minds of a majority, then so can we. VOTE ON AUGUST 9TH IN THE PRIMARY ELECTION. REMEMBER, IF IT LOOKS LIKE A DEMOCRAT AND IT VOTES LIKE A DEMOCRAT THEN YOU ARE VOTING AGAINST THE SOLUTION AND YOU ARE PERPETUATING THE PROBLEM. ELECTIONS MATTER.