Observations of the world around you can stimulate your thinking in this case the conclusions are purely from anecdotal experience. It has come to my attention that women are on the move and men are not with them.
In this purely unscientific observation the source of these phenomena is the vacation mecca of Cape Cod. Now understand that this increases the sample input from a wide area since the summer population is predominately a constant changing flow of individuals from other areas of domicile.
That being said, I have notice at all times of the day but primarily in the morning that America’s women are out and about jogging, power walking and otherwise getting exercise at a rate that is unprecedented. This would not necessarily gain my attention if it were not for the lack of men doing the same thing.
What is going on? When did this start? It makes you begin to think about some things and even how it relates to current events.
It seems the source of all this athleticism may have started on June 23rd 1972 with the enactment of Title IX the Equal Opportunity in Education Act. Title IX codified equal opportunity for participation in, and benefits of, any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. The impact was immediate but the implementation took some time to develop and fully institute.
Women had new opportunities particularly in the field of sports. We have seen an amazing rise in activity and interest in women’s sports and today young girls have different vision and different dreams than their grandmothers from 1960.
Today women have seized the opportunity and seen benefits of athletic activity; they are making exercise part of their lives like never before. In fact observation would tell us they are more into personal physical training than men! Maybe the men are too busy ogling when they should be joining but that is another subject.
So how does this relate to current events? Well, if you tuned in to the Republican National Convention last week you would have heard a lot of talk about smaller government. A government that protects liberty and opportunity, not a government that regulates and dictates what and how you must act.
In the case of women’s sports the government got it right. They didn’t pass a personal mandate overloaded with taxes to institute government controlled changes they merely guaranteed the door of opportunity would be open for all.
In concert with our Constitution, Title IX allowed individuals to pursue their form of happiness through sports and they were guaranteed the freedom to do just that. The problem was historical perception and the role of women in our society.
The solution was to merely open the doors of opportunity to provide a conduit for American ingenuity and pride, to address the issue. Government didn’t have to mandate and regulate which teams to have or how a local university or high school should operate. No, that was left to the local level and the solutions were not universal, the solutions were based on what was best for each situation.
Since the last presidential election we have seen government become far more intrusive, with personal mandates and regulations. We have seen a growth of government that has not opened the doors of opportunity for personal growth, jobs, and opportunities. We have seen a government that has stifled and smothered opportunity and taken a larger role within our personal lives and the commerce of our nation. Our economy has not been stimulated and remains in economic doldrums.
Americans are a resilient people; we have a history of economic strength derived from our freedom to pursue opportunity as guaranteed in our Constitution. The solution for our economic problems is before us and our history of Title IX has shown us the way.
In healthcare, in the auto industry and the hardware store on Main Street the answer is opportunity and the free market system. Just ask the women of America how it works when government opens the doors of opportunity and gets out of the way so Americans can pursue their dreams and happiness.