Sarah Palin on Hilary Rosen’s Attacks on Ann Romney: We Will Be Silent No More!
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You’d think, with the heated backlash of outrage generated by Hilary Rosen’s bigoted slur against stay-at-home mothers on CNN and the subsequent backpedaling by the Obama campaign, leftists would recognize this was a losing battle for them and let the dust settle.
Back up the bus! After bouncing Hilary Rosen beneath the Greyhound, President Obama and friends might have to throw it in reverse again over the person of Dem surrogate Terry O’Neill. The NOW president suggested to Ed Schultz tonight that Ann Romney, along with Mitt, lacks “life experience” and “imagination” needed to understand most Americans.
NOW proves once again why they only represent Leftist ideology, NOT WOMEN! They’ve been silent about Islamic brutality against women for years, and now they come out swinging against Stay-At-Home moms. These people who claim to “speak for women” DON’T SPEAK FOR ME, or for most women in America!
Ms. Rosen reflects the old-school liberal contempt for women who choose to raise families rather than enter the workforce. Her condescension hearkens back at least to the Carter era, but the country has since moved on. Twenty-first-century Americans are comfortable with the idea that there are many paths available to women, many routes to success and personal fulfillment. Some women work full careers, with or without children. Others take time off from their professions to raise children. Some answer the calling of full-time motherhood and devote their energies to their families and communities, engaging in volunteer work and expressing virtues that the country could use more of. Any of these paths is a valid personal choice, but to liberals, the stay-at-home mom is somehow less of a woman. To them, the word “housewife” is synonymous with “loser.”
Those like President Obama who speak of the “luxury” of having a stay-at-home spouse are oblivious to the element of sacrifice involved. Most American families need a second income just to pay for the rising cost of living and escalating taxes. In families with one paycheck, life is even harder, but it reflects personal choices made by both spouses. As all parents know, going into the office can be a relief compared to the grueling work involved in caring for the needs of a small child. In the Romneys’ case, multiply that by five.
There is an odd echo of the 1992 presidential race, when Hillary Rodham Clinton scoffed that she “could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas” instead of pursuing her legal career. This is the left’s stereotype of stay-at-home moms that Ms. Rosen would like to perpetuate – the housewife as pampered pet. She sees women with no responsibilities, no insight into life outside their homes and no legitimate role in the political process, especially not advising their husbands. Guess what; you are stuck in the bitter 1970s. This shameful attack only makes Democrats appear more desperate as November approaches.
A 2007 Pew Surveyreveals that 70 percent of full-time working mothers with children under 18 would prefer to work either part-time or not at all. The number of women who prefer to stay at home has grown since the late 1990s. As the Pew report shows, today just 21 percent of all working mothers say that full-time work is the most ideal situation for them, compared to 32 percent who said that in 1997.
However, the Obama Administration’s big government policies make it more difficult for families to make ends meet, restricting mothers’ ability to choose their ideal work situations. Burdensome taxes along with a rising national debt not only mean that families have less economic freedom today and that future generations will be strapped with the debt created by their predecessors.
Mothers are a priceless resource to their children, families, and the nation. Policies should support mothers—and fathers—who work hard every day to nurture the next generation of Americans.