April 11, 2012: Rosen and Romney
This is a political rant, and I am spitting mad, so consider yourself warned…..
Hilary Rosen, liberal CNN commentator, said today that Ann Romney never worked a day in her life. Here’s the partial transcript:
“With respect to economic issues, I think actually that Mitt Romney’s right, that ultimately, women care more about the economic well-being of their families and the like. But he doesn’t connect on that issue either. What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country saying, “Well, my wife tells me what women really care about are economic issues.” And, “When I listen to my wife, that’s what I’m hearing.” Guess what? His wife has never actually worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing—in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school, and how do—why we worry about their future.”
First, I am so, so, SO sick and tired of hearing this nonsense, which has been perpetuated for far longer than I’ve been on this earth. I am sick and tired of the postmodern feminist mindset–which is indistinguishable from the worst that misogyny has to offer–that which defines “work” as only that which brings in a paycheck or furthers the “correct” cause. I am sick and tired of men and women who stand up and shout: “I am liberal, and therefore speak for all women!!! Only my views are the correct ones!!! Those women who don’t agree with me are Stepford Wives/suffering from Stockholm Syndrome/”men with breasts” who deserve every ounce of abuse they get!!!”
For those who don’t know, Mitt and Ann Romney have five sons, and it seems, wealthy or not, they were personally quite involved in raising them. For those who don’t know, she has multiple sclerosis AND has survived cancer. For those who don’t know, she is an accomplished equestrian who has competed in the Grand Prix. For those who don’t know, she has done extensive charity work and served as an unpaid liaison during her husband’s term as governor. I challenge anyone, anywhere, to say that none of what she has accomplished counts as “work.” If Hilary Rosen had bothered to spend a MINUTE on Wikipedia learning about the woman she chose to malign, then perhaps she would not have so arrogantly dismissed her and every other woman who has ever forgone a career (even temporarily) to stay at home with her children.
Second, it doesn’t matter if your income is $1000 a month or $100,000 a month, you have to manage your money wisely, which means that EVERY ONE is concerned about the economy. Nothing disappears faster than money in the hands of a profligate, just ask anyone who wins the lottery and then fritters it all away, just ask the self-indulgent celebrity who finds him/herself under crushing debt despite having earned millions. It seems that Mitt and Ann Romney have built upon what their parents have bequeathed them, instead of squandering it away like a Paris Hilton, for example. Why is that a reason to despise them? Why the hatred among the left for those who have good work ethic and are good at what they do and are therefore rewarded for it? It is a poisonous philosophy among certain elements of the left that all rich people must have earned their wealth in nefarious ways and must therefore relinquish it (unless that rich person is on their side, of course).
Third, it doesn’t matter if your net worth is $1000 or $1 million, it doesn’t matter if you stay at home or if you do not, EVERY GOOD PARENT cares about their children’s future. And guess what? If Rosen’s preferred candidate Obama wins, that future is going to look even more bleak as he foists Obamacare on us, continues to foment race and class warfare, and continues to spend and regulate this country into complete and total economic ruin while he and his wife take their extravagant vacations, give bribes and sinecures to their cronies, and lecture US about how we’re just not working hard enough to bring about his version of utopia.
Sure, I wish I had more money–who doesn’t?–but instead of wasting my precious time being envious of those who have more than I do, I’d rather focus on making sure my girls are of good character, supporting my husband, and, yes, preparing myself to re-enter the workforce. It’s not glamorous, but it sure beats going on television and behaving like a sanctimonious brat just because someone else has a different life than I do.
Update, posted April 14, 2012:
This is a short follow-up to my rant the other day. Remember when I said that I challenged “anyone, anywhere, to say that none of what [Ann Romney] has accomplished counts as “work”? Well, NOW president Terry O’Neill went on MSNBC and pretty much said it:
“What would we be saying if [Hilary Rosen] had said this: that Ann Romney has never, has not worked for pay outside the home a day in her life? That’s my understanding that’s an accurate statement, and that raises the exact issue that Hilary Rosen was trying to get to, which is do Mr. & Mrs. Romney have the kind of life experience and if not, the imagination, to really understand what most American families are going through right now? I think that that was what Hilary was getting out, and so she left out the words “for pay outside the home.””
So, according to O’Neill, if you do not receive a paycheck for doing something, it is not to be considered a suitable “life experience,” and therefore, in her and Rosen’s estimation, you are not qualified to express your opinion about the economy or anything else that O’Neill and her ilk decide is outside your sphere (unless your opinion matches theirs, of course). This from the leader of an organization whose goal, according to its own website, is “to bring about equality for all women.” Right.
February 22, 2012:My Predictions for the GOP Debate in Mesa (which turned out to be fairly accurate)
The last GOP debate before Arizona’s primary is tonight. Here are my predictions:
1. The moderators will focus relentlessly on social issues, especially contraception and abortion, using the false dichotomy frequently employed by liberals that “if you’re against abortion and/or contraception, you must hate women and want them to die in the streets” or something. We will not hear questions about: Fast and Furious, Solyndra, LightSquared, the Keystone XL, the out-of-control EPA, the Middle East or anything else that will make the Obama administration look bad.
2. Santorum and Romney will go along with the media-prescribed narrative, because heaven forbid they look like bad guys. Gingrich will call out the moderators at least once, causing his supporters to cheer. He will then allow the moderators to control the discussion for the rest of the evening.
3. Santorum will throw out lots of red meat to the social conservatives, because pretty much everything else in his platform is weak. Ron Paul will talk about the Fed, protectionism, and isolationism, thereby reminding Republicans why no one outside his supporters takes him seriously.
4. All of the candidates will mention Obama’s abysmal performance at least once, but there will never be a follow-up question to those statements due to Prediction #1.
5. All of the candidates will compare themselves to Reagan and/or quote him at least once, and may or may not have yet another argument about who embodies Reagan the most. This will make all of the candidates look ridiculous, so of course the moderators will encourage it.
6. I will have to restrain myself from throwing anything at the television and/or shouting profanity at the moderators. I will console myself with a strong drink (or two) as I consider the pros and cons of asking my husband if Intel could relocate us to Ireland for a few years.*
* That was sarcasm, though Ireland is awesome, and I totally want to visit there someday.