As much as the Obama campaign is trying to distance itself from Rosen’s slur against stay-at-home moms, most Democrats nevertheless agree with her. Most just don’t want to admit it publicly because it would expose their own personal prejudices against women who make choices different from theirs, and possibly alienate female voters.
Some have been willing to publicly go on record with their bigotry against women who choose to live more traditional female roles, such as NOW president Terry O’Neill, who claims that stay-at-home moms lack “life experience” and “imagination.” TIME Magazine’s Judith Warner defended Rosen’s remarks as “accurate” and “inoffensive.” Julie Roginsky, a Democrat activist, insists that Rosen “had every right” to attack Ann Romney for her lifestyle choices. Anti-religious bigot Bill Mahar snears that “She has never gotten her ass out of the house to work at 7am.” And on Twitter, hateful leftists are smearing the mother of 5 with every vulgar, undeserved epithet they can think of.
The truth is, this is how the Left truly views women who forgo a paycheck in order to stay home and raise the next generation. It’s just that up until now, so few have been willing to admit it openly, though they have certainly hinted at it. Barack Obama only last week declared that staying at home was a “luxury” that Michelle couldn’t afford, even with his six-figure salary. Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently demanded more funding for ‘Pre-K’ education, while refusing to support tax breaks for stay-at-home parents who educate their own kids. Last fall, Nanci Pelosi proclaimed her goal to “do for childcare what we did for healthcare”…in other words, a government takeover. Move over, moms! The Nanny State is here to raise your kids and fit them for “the collective,” so they won’t be lazy and useless like you!
Every Mother’s Day, Salary.com releases a survey about the “market value” of motherhood. According to this year’s results, stay-at-home moms’ salaries topped $112,940.45 in 2012. Salary.com’s 8,000-mom survey reveals that “stay-at-home moms work a total of 94.7 hours a week, with a 40-hour base and 54.7 hours of overtime on their mom duties.”
That’s a lot of work, right? Apparently not everyone sees it that way. [...]
Democrats are aggressively pushing the narrative that Republicans are at war with women, but Rosen has revealed why a lot of women, particularly stay-at-home moms, feel marginalized by Democrats, who routinely seem to suggest that women who stay at home to look after their children are demeaning themselves. Tellingly, Rosen has refused to back down from her comments, even as Obama strategists have distanced themselves from her. Have we traveled so far in American politics that we’ve abandoned Abraham Lincoln’s belief that “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother”?
The denigration of motherhood is part of the real war on women, which extends all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. President Obama, for all his insulting rhetoric about how a woman can only feel safe within the embrace of the Democratic Party, still pays women on his staff less than men. Earlier in the year, reports surfaced that women felt marginalized or worse in Obama’s White House.
More importantly, President Obama’s economic policies are inflicting pain on women and their families.
Rosen’s remarks, taken together, tell us that like many of today’s leftists, she sees America not as a melting pot, but as a Balkanized land of categorized groups, warring against one another. She sees people as blacks, women or gays, not as individuals.
From Rosen’s leftist perspective, Republicans don’t care about these groups but consider them inferior; “he just doesn’t really see us as equal.”
As usual with leftists, she’s projecting. Who’s not seeing women as equals, Ms. Rosen? Deny it as you now must, but you are the one dissing stay-at-home moms, diminishing their role and its worth and dignity, and implying they are somehow inferior.
That’s not the way conservative women see it; they respect women whether they stay at home or work. As Ann Romney told Martha MacCallum on Fox News Channel: “My career choice was to be a mother. … We need to respect choices that women make.” She said that Mitt had always told her that her job was more important because it would make a permanent difference.
But we must understand that Rosen’s comments also transcend her opinion of stay-at-home moms. She’s articulating the narrow, intolerant leftist view that if you are a member of a particular group, you must adopt the attitudes of the left, or you won’t measure up. If you are black, a woman or gay and don’t subscribe to liberalism and embrace its hostile identity politics, you are not an authentic black person, woman or gay person. If you are a pro-life woman, you can’t fully identify with real women.
Cross posted at ThoughtsFromAConservativeMom.com
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