by C. E. Tibbles
Chapter XXXVII from Book of Letters: How to Make Best of Life vs. Woman Suffrage

The safety, foundation and base of any government rests in the homes of the people. The stability and permanence of any government depends upon the happiness and contentment of the people in their home relations. When any radical change in the laws of the government is contemplated, the first thing to be considered is whether or not that change will disturb or make the home life of the people unhappy, and whether it will have a tendency to destroy the home integrity of the people and their love and attachment for each other and for their homes. Any change in the government, no matter what it may be, that will cause the people of the government to be discontented in their home relations, should not be made.

The author cannot conceive how it is possible for any human being to believe that if women are given the franchise, it will not disturb home relations and the home life of the people. Women cannot take men's places in politics, and at the same time make happy homes for their husbands and other members of their families. That would be an impossibility.

When women become legal voters, they will be, after that time, just as much to blame for neglecting their duties, if they do not vote and attend caucuses and conventions, as the men are.

There is one class of good women, who do not believe in giving to women a legal franchise, and to my mind, if there is one thing nearer to God than another, it is that class of women. Angels are not nearer to God than they. They are the mothers of the angels. They taught them from babyhood up by their own firesides and gave them their own life's sustenance, their own power, strength, vitality and intelligence, and prepared them, day by day, as they grew up in years, to be angels acceptable to God in the world designed and prepared for those who do good in this world.

That class of women does not believe in having additional duties and hardships forced upon them. They do not believe in sending their children out to be raised by servants and strangers, which must necessarily be done by mothers, should they be compelled to accept and attend to political duties.

Good mothers think they can accomplish more and greater good in this world by preparing their children for life and caring for them when they most need their care, than by spending their time attending to excitable political affairs. They are willing to trust their husbands and their sons with all political duties. The mothers are confident that the men will take care of those affairs honestly, with ability and good judgment, and they are always willing to send their sons to battle in defense of their country. But they are not willing to accept additional responsibilities and cares which would be placed upon them by giving them the franchise.

At least some of the good which has been accomplished by great, good and honest men should be remembered. Those men would not have succeeded in accomplishing their great works had their mothers not trained them, or had they sent them out into cold storage, as I call it, because when babies do not have the personal attention of their own mothers, they are cared for by those whose only thoughts are occupied with doing the work mechanically for a mechanic's pay, and the children grow up without the sympathy, love and affection expressed by a mother's heart throbs pressed against their infant cheeks, and when grown up, they will be more like the nurses than their mothers, and will carry with them to the grave the doctrines and whims taught to them when infants by their nurses.

Good mothers want to spend their lives in the natural way, and in the natural place given to and set out for them in which they make themselves happy by making home life and the world pleasant and agreeable for their husbands and their families, and I do not believe that any honest, wise statesman will take chances on trying to oppose the natural course of creation by attempting to force upon women the elective franchise.

We can build a dam between two mountains, and change the natural course of the water back over its source into a canal, and empty it into the ocean, but the shrubs, the flowers and the vegetation below wither and die, never more to bloom or blossom again. The irrigated agricultural country is turned into a desert waste. The fruit, the vines, foliage and shade trees from which bowers the birds sent out their cheering songs to the happy and contented inhabitants, are no more, and the clouds of drifting, shifting, burning sand roll over the desert plains in mocking laughing irony at those who would change the course of nature as given to us by our Creator.

Yes, we can dam the river, and we can disobey natural law by giving women the suffrage, dam the world, destroy our homes, and make a hell in which little children will cry for the care and soothing touch of the mother and the protection of the father. |