Our Vote Male strategy
By Rod Van Mechelen
"Only 40,000 more women voters in the right places could have prevented the right-wing takeover of Congress in 1994. Only an increased turnout can take it back in 1996." -- Gloria Steinem, Ms magazine, March/April 1996
A decentralized effort
1996 Bellevue, Wash. - Despite pop feminist prattling to the contrary, most men have little political or economic power, and even Shere Hite admits most men have little social power. With little power individually, the Vote Male campaign must be decentralized rather than hierarchical, regional rather than national.
Our goal is to support politicians who recognize that the largest minority is male (women make up approximately 52 percent of the population), and support legislation that:
To further these goals, we will conform to three simple guidelines:
- Gives top priority to keeping both parents maximally involved in the upbringing of their children.
- Does not treat fathers like financial automatons whose sole or primary function is to pay their ex-wives to raise their children without their father.
- Recognizes that men are people, too.
- Rejects the pop feminist promulgated lie that all women are oppressed by all men, that all women are victims and all men are villains.
- Rejects all anti-male bigotry.
- Respects men.
- Makes same-rights/same-responsibilities the rule rather than the exception.
Our goal is not to put down women, but to prevent revolution by promoting political balance. The feminist extremists are working hard to gain the upper hand in politics this year. They are the most effective recruiters for new members in the men's/fathers' rights movement, and if they win in '96, it is certain millions of men (and the women who love them) will join the campaign in 2000.
- Membership in the Vote Male campaign will be secret. We will make public or make available the names, email addresses, etc., of only those men and women who choose to be media and/or local contacts.
- We will periodically publish a report which will be available via email the day it is compiled, or on a monthly basis at this site. If you want to receive the reports immediately, provide me with your email address. This will enable you to coordinate your activities and efforts with other groups.
- We will maintain an open forum to publish your feedback, ideas, crticism, strategies and tactics.
You don't want to wait that long. Neither you nor I want to see what a real backlash will look like. For your own sake, for your family, for your loved ones, and for your country, join us now.
1996 Olympia, Wash. - I believe the best way to achieve our goals is to vote Libertarian, starting with Gary Johnson. The Libertarian Party fundamentally rejects identity politics, and treats all issues as a matter of individual rights and responsibilities. So where you can, I would encourage you to vote Libertarian.
Rod Van Mechelen
Rod Van Mechelen is the author of What Everyone Should Know about Feminist Issues: The Male-Positive Perspective (the page now includes several articles by other authors), and the publisher of The Backlash! @ Backlash.com. He is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and served for 9-1/2 years on the Cowlitz Indian Tribal Council.