This is in response to women who did not attend the Women's March (which is their right) and begrudge those who did:
For almost sixty years I have either been or worked to assist people (which includes women) who are living on the razor’s edge of poverty. I see it all the time. There is a subculture in the United States of people who are one illness, one rent payment, one plant closing and/or one disaster away from ending up on the street. The majority of them are women. Nearly all of them are Americans. They work hard for minimum wage or less, they can’t keep enough money to open a bank account, they barter work and goods for staples. Many are chronically ill because they don’t have insurance and can’t afford to get emergency care from physicians, much less health maintenance.
Many of these people are elderly. They’ve worked very hard all their lives and paid into social security. If they have homes, they might be paid off, they might not.
But on $800.00 per month (payment to single male non-veteran on Social Security income in Mississippi in 2013) it’s impossible to pay for all the expenses: Home insurance, real estate taxes, car payment, insurance and registration, mortgage/rent, gasoline, doctor visits, medications, utility bills, clothing, food. When your bills outweigh your income, you have to make choices. Car or taxi? Insurance or taxes? Doctor or heat? Medicine or food?
I’ve seen poor and elderly people who let their utility bills go unpaid so they can have their life-saving medications. That means a walk to the nearby service station to get cleaned up and use the bathroom daily. Or spending the day at the public library because there’s no heat or air conditioning. Or eating one meal per day instead of three.
And God forbid a tornado takes their home. With the home paid for, you don’t have to pay rent. When that home is gone, that expense is added to the ones you already can’t pay.
If you think everyone in America has the same advantages as you, you are mistaken. You should be thankful your biggest problems are who’s going to drive the SUV to soccer practice and bring treats for the kids. But do not deny people the dignity of standing up for themselves because of what they lack. That is their right. And thank God for that.