Geraldine Stipend was grateful for the struggles undertaken by her ancestors that enabled her to enjoy the rights and privileges that, today, people took for granted. She determined to teach her children that they should be prepared to make sacrifices, in their own way to preserve them. There were always lobbies and pressure groups willing to remove the hard won liberties of yesteryear, or try and water them down so as to render them meaningless. She looked at herself in the mirror, admiring her toned biceps, nicely counterpointed by the tank top she’d chosen that morning. She was ready.
For today she and her brood would catch the bus and gather with many like minded citizens in front of the Lincoln Memorial and march on Congress determined that their voices would be heard. The irony that her father, Senator Victory Stipend would be speaking against her wasn’t lost on her. She and her Papa hadn’t seen eye to eye for the best part of a decade and the only reason they even deigned to spend time in the same state was her mother’s desperation to have a relationship with her grandchildren. She’d seen him on that morning’s news, crisply constrained in his Brooks Brothers finest. You’d not see him without his jacket on. Heaven forbid. She even joked with her girlfriends that he probably wore a jacket when she was conceived.
There was a party atmosphere as she and her kids, undertaking their first proper protest mingled with like minded liberal families, ready to confront the intransigence of Todays establishment and its New Conservatism.
‘Will grandpa be there?’ Her youngest, Martel had yet to understand the barely concealed antipathy across the generations.
‘Him?’ Her eldest, Prendegast scoffed; he understood. ‘He’s farther right than a fish knife. He’ll be manning the barricades.’ As if to show he was prepared for any contingency, he rolled his sleeves right up the his armpits and flexed his muscles.
Dapple, her middle child looked up from her phone. ‘It says here this is all because of the French. What’s that all about, mum?’
She exchanged a look with Prendegast who shared her mild exasperation. She thought she’d explained the background to today’s conflict but clearly not. ‘No one thought there was an issue until the mayor of a small French seaside resort announced a ban on topless bathing. The French are more aware of their liberties than we are and it caused a sensation in France.’
‘So we’re here so we can all go topless?’ Dapple looked confused.
‘No sweetie, we know the conservative right would never allow that, but this debate in France triggered something. The populist movements across Europe began to demand greater modesty and this led to a number of narrow minded people over here to start a campaign aimed at undermining our hard won constitutional rights. That’s why we’re here.’
They had reached the start of the march. Fortunately it was a warm day and the organisers scanned the throng. People looked at their neighbours and smiled as some rolled up their sleeves.
Yes, Geraldine thought, there would be nothing concealed, nothing hidden. The Second Amendment made it very clear. She tucked Martel’s T shirt sleeve inside his top. They show those dinosaurs that they were serous. No one was going to take away their right to Bare Arms.
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