Why Her Rights? Barkha's Take

"Be the change you want to see" - Gandhi

I am an immigrant to the United States. I immigrated here when I was very young. It took me a while to get my bearings, but I certainly can't complain. This country has been great to me. My husband and two children are Americans, and I am now a naturalized American.

Being an immigrant gives me a unique perspective on the United States. I think of this country as being all about freedom and liberty. I expect statesmen to be as clever and capable as Benjamin Franklin. I expect politicians to be great leaders whose courage matches that of George Washington. I expect pastors to be as brave and enlightened as Martin Luther King. It is easy for me as an immigrant not to take the U.S. for granted. But it is also easy for me as an immigrant to be somewhat disappointed that it's not a land of superheros.

The year is 2013. 9/11 happened while I was living here and raising my children. Many mistakes were made in the aftermath of the terror attacks.  I have seen the mood of the republic become more pessimistic over time. It hasn't been all good or all bad, though. In my time here, I have seen immense technological advances. I've seen wealth grow tremendously. Due to the advent of social media, ordinary persons can be citizen journalists and bring about real change. At the same time, real journalists can be partisan hacks. Individuals have more power to make change—as is evident by new technologies and companies that weren't even on the radar a decade ago. At the same time, I've seen our rights diluted and many of our civil liberties taken away.

I have seen amazing advances and unfortunate declines. However, I am not one to be pessimistic about the future. I think we owe it to our children to inspire a new generation of Martin Luther Kings, Benjamin Franklins, and George Washingtons. I think we need new leaders, new inspirations, new happy warriors in our experiment in liberty. It is with this view, that my friends and I start this project of ours.

We hope to inspire a handful of people and help elect one or two right people who can make changes that protect our liberties, not violate them. We hope to create one Martin Luther King, one Benjamin Franklin, or one George Washington. If we succeed in creating more than one, we will be estactic. I hope you will join us any way that you can. Tell us of your dreams—tell us your of your fights for liberty, for life, for your own pursuit of happiness. We would like to roll up our sleeves and help.