We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I wonder how many other mothers, including working mothers, are offended by the Democrats’ denigration of Ann Romney — mother of five, cancer survivor, and MS sufferer — on the ground that she’s “never worked.” The Dems can walk this one back as much as they like, but it’s out there, and closely associated with a White House that apparently underpays its women.
Get the idea that the vote of the "traditional Mom" is of no interest to the Dems? There are many would-be traditional Moms out there too, who have jobs because they feel they need to, not because they want to.
This just reminds me that every single woman I've ever heard putting down "stay at home moms" was: a) jealous, b) a lesbian*, c) a political ideologue who feels it's her "duty" to work and too-bad-for-the-kids.
As long as the Mom loves her kids (I know, you think "who doesn't", but judging by actions...) then she should be offended by this.
Go tell my wife we "had the luxury" to let her be the best mom she could for my three children when I made $30k/yr. She worked harder than I making this happen. Thrift shopping, coupon clipping, house cleaning, baby burping, baddass mom. (I came home to a warm, lit house that smelled of food every day- a joy for any husband who sacrifices his family life for work)
*I like lesbians, and not all are hateful anti-hetero trolls. I'm just pointing out this is a political point of view, and that some lesbians think their identity is political (rather than personal) at dinner parties.
Yep. Hilary Rosen just showed all America what a leftist, career oriented, lesbian thinks about heterosexual, stay-at-home married moms who decide that raising their own children is an important and rewarding role in life. There's no taking back such words.
It's ironic that democrats want the government to fill the role of the single earner father for the masses, yet they look down upon stay at home Mom's because that's their version of "correct" feminism.
BF, way Before Feminism, women used to marry for financial security. These days many fewer women get married and they look to the government to take the place of a husband to provide that security. According to some recent polls, that's where Obama is garnering votes, among the class of dependent women who are willing to trade their liberty for government benefits. I don't think that's the way Gloria Steinem & Co. expected things to work out.
According to the BLS, the percentage of married women with children in the workforce is falling. Concern has been expressed in some quarters as to why this is occurring and should something be done to stop it. It seems therefore that attacking women who choose not to work outside the home and to raise their own children is a big mistake.
I often quote Madeleine Albright who, speaking to I think Georgetown law school grads who were women, told them that they could have it all, they just couldn't have it all at once. Sound advice. I had a first career following college and grad school, took off 12 years to raise children, then had a very satisfying second career until I retired several years ago.
We were never rich, we did not take lavish vacations or drive fancy cars, but we had a very satisfying life. Life is easier if someone is at home managing the kids and the household, even if there is less money to spend. Frees up the one who is working to spend time with the family and to pursue other interests. I feel sorry for the two worker families who have no time for home life and whose kids are enrolled in nonstop "activities" to keep them busy.
In addition, if one adult is not working, should the need arise, that adult is a "worker in reserve." If you don't commit two incomes to your everyday expenses, you have many more options in an emergency.
Finally, I think young women are realizing the bill of goods they've been sold by feminists. The saddest situation I witnessed in the workplace were those women who devoted a long period of time to educating themselves and establishing themselves in a career - such as lawyering, then, approaching 40, have no husband and desperately want children. They pursue inappropriate relationships in the hope of finding a companion and potential father for their children - often in vain.