This one just writes itself.
On CNN last night, a Democrat strategist named Hilary Rosen (of whom I have never heard prior to this) opened a brand new front on the alleged “war on women” by attempting to marginalize Mitt Romney …by maligning his wife, Ann.
Rosen’s quote: she (Ann Romney) has “.…never worked a day in her life”, basically spells out exactly what Democrats think of most stay-at-home mothers, …and (with apologies to Aretha Franklin) it is NOT spelled R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
This is in no way a critique of mothers who both work outside of the house and raise their children; far, far from it. I respect and count as friends many incredible women who do a superb job of doing both. Moreover, some women would LOVE to stay at home with their kids, but have no choice but to work outside the home in order to make ends meet. However, to say that doing only ONE of these vocations equates to you “not working” amounts to libel, regardless to which one you are referring.
This will be discussed ad nauseam for the next few days, I’m sure. It was already all over the news this morning, and Rush is discussing it as I type this. However, I have a personal perspective on this in a couple of ways.
First off, I’m the proud son of a stay-at-home mom. My mother was an incredible wife and partner (just ask my Dad…), she took care of the house finances, carted three kids all over our corner of the globe, volunteered for school and church activities, and managed to keep a scarily-clean house simultaneously…..plus a thousand other sundry tasks. Since we had no extended family within even a day’s drive, there were no options of dropping the children off at grandma’s, ….ever.
If someone had dared to say anything to my mom that could be even tangentially interpreted as “you really don’t work”, they would have been on the receiving end of a hurled steam-iron-to-the-head before they could have completed the sentence. My mother was remarkable (personal bias fully admitted…), but she was performing the identical duties of millions of other women across our country, and at an extraordinarily high level.
I am blessed to have married a wonderful, smart and incredibly capable woman who ALSO is a stay-at-home mom. She quit her job when we decided to start a family. In addition to all of the duties that MY mother handled, my wife also home-schools our two boys. Knowing what her daily schedule is leaves me in awe that I don’t find her hopped-up on drugs on any given day.
I am simply not brave (or dumb) enough to ever posit that she doesn’t “work”.
The Democrats are in full walk-balk mode over this, even though Ms. Rosen hasn’t as yet retracted her statement and, in fact, is doubling down on it. Personally, I couldn’t care less if she ever apologizes or not. What this episode does is illustrate a crucial difference in our country. These women who choose to raise their families full-time are to be admired just as much as anyone else. To too many people and in too many circles, if you believe in being a full-time mother, and if you hold dear the idea of God, country, family….you aren’t looked upon as erudite or as actually living the modern American experience.
To which I say, “Bull-puckies……”.
This has become just another way to Balkanize us, and pit one group of Americans against another.
Our president was touted as a great unifier when he came into office. He has been anything but. And when his party’s minions are out spouting such mindless twaddle, he makes an already divided country even more so.