Are the Democrats Waging A War Against Women?

April 12, 2012

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What a week for political news! First, Senator Santorum drops from the Presidential Race, citing the illness of his little Bella (she has Trisomy 18) and has been very sick lately. This is the most honorable reason, that I can think of, for someone to drop out of a political race.

As a comparison, most candidates drop out due to lack of funds, a scandal or inability to compete. I think that Santorum bowing out now, for this reason, should be respected. Anyone who supported Senator Santorum should be proud. He brought many issues to light that may not have seen discussion if it had not been for Santorum. However, Santorum supporters must recognize it is time to move on. I’ve seen/read quite a few bitter Santorum supporters who are not reviewing the remainder of the field to support the GOP. Folks, I know it’s only been a few days, but we’ve got to move on. When T-Paw dropped out after the Iowa Straw Poll, it took me MONTHS to decide on another candidate. But I did. There’s no point in holding a flame for a candidate who is no longer in the race. If we want to defeat Obama this year, we’ve got to suck it up and move on. It’s how politics works.

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Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen

And speaking how politics works, I would like to encourage the left to keep talking. Last night, Hilary Rosen (a Democratic strategist) stated that Ann Romney “hasn’t worked a day in her life.” Really? Really. Ann Romney, a stay at home mother of 5 boys, who has MS and fought Cancer, “hasn’t worked a day in her life.” As a work at home mom of 3 boys (and one boy on the way), I think the only appropriate punishment for Rosen is to have to clean every ball pit in the world. Then maybe she’d understand just how hard mothers work.

It seems the Democrats are attempting some damage control. Michelle Obama (herself) tweeted “Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected.” The best thing the Left could do is put as much space between themselves and Rosen right now. But if they distanced themselves from every member of the Liberal Left that said something stupid, we’d stop hearing from Biden, Maher etc. I suppose that wouldn’t be a bad thing.

It seems the real war on women has been exposed. I thought the whole women’s lib movement was for women to be able to make their own choices. Yes, I have a 4 year degree, but I CHOOSE to work from home (gasp). And yes, I do work.

Thank you, Hilary Rosen. Thank you for bringing the GOP together. I encourage all of the working women (those who have children and those who have not been blessed with children yet) to back the GOP. Let’s show the left just how hard we do work.

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. HappyDemMom
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 19:44:41

    I’m a mother, and I think there is some truth in Ms. Rosen’s statement. I work outside the home, as does my husband, because neither one of us makes enough in our chosen careers (for which we both have master’s degrees) to pay all the bills and provide adequate health insurance. In fact, I work mostly FOR health insurance – oh, and to pay the daycare that I’m sure you believe “raises my children for me.” Something tells me Stay-At-Home-Romney knows NOTHING about these kinds of dilemmas. Perhaps Hilary Rosen chose her words poorly, but the truth of that matter is that putting Stay-At-Home-Romney on stage as some sort of champion for women isn’t going to win my vote. In fact, I’d worry that under her husband’s reign, I’d find being a working mom even harder than it already is.


  2. Crunchy Conservative
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 20:43:34

    My, my, my….so quick to judge. You do realize Ms. Rosen got herself in some hot water for the same reason, right?

    I would never say that daycare “raises anyone’s children”, although you’re “so sure I’d believe that”. Our first two children did attend daycare while my husband and I both worked outside of the home. While my husband was deployed to Iraq, I was the only parent who could pick our son up from daycare if he was sick, had a fever (and once stuck a pea in his ear), all while I was working 40 hours a week at an Insurance Company in Des Moines and trying to hold things together on the home front.

    When our third son came along, after calculating expenses vs income, I’d be bringing home $200/month. Three in daycare isn’t cheap. And with the rising gas prices (and this was 2010 gas prices), it didn’t make sense for me to work. So I find writing jobs and work from home. My husband works for the Blood Center of Iowa (not an executive, mind you) and works crazy hours. I clip coupons, drive an old van and make things stretch.

    Mrs. Romney raised five boys all while suffering from MS. She’s also a cancer survivor. None of that can be easy.

    Don’t be so quick to judge.


  3. HappyDemMom
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 09:03:07

    Yay for you, eh? I’ll never believe a “STAY AT HOME MOM” is a “WORKING MOM.” If they were, there wouldn’t be two different terms to describe them. I work. You watch children’s television and make sandwiches. I pay bills and provide for my family. You….watch children’s television and make sandwiches. Oh, and clip coupons. Rah rah.


  4. HappyDemMom
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 09:06:54

    Oh, and BTW, my car is over 10 years old and I shop at thrift stores and rummage sales. Your last reply would seem to imply that YOU are sacrificing by driving your ratty old van and being thrifty – rest assured that those of us who work do the same. I don’t have a job so I can drive an Escalade and get weekly manicures.


  5. kosmo
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 09:40:58

    Due to my son’s illness, I’ve been home with the kids 3 days this week (wife and I alternate days and my schedule was a bit more flexible this week). There was definitely a lot more to it than just making sandwiches and watching children’s TV.

    I’d say that it’s just as much work as my normal job (IT for a Fortune 500 company). The tasks are just different. I’d guess that a lot of stay at home spouses also deal with a lot of non-kid household tasks (paying bills, groceries, cooking, cleaning, etc). In Crunchy’s case, she also works a part-time job from home. The key point is how the total family workload – household tasks + “away from home job” tasks are split.

    It was actually relaxing to wake up at 5:45 today to get to work and settle into my cubicle. I just had a meeting at which not a single person cried or threw anything 🙂


  6. Crunchy Conservative
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 09:57:52

    Thanks, Kosmo! I work full time from home, splitting my duties between being a Communications Director for a National Political Action Committee, writing for Yahoo!News and our local Huffington Post (Patch), as PR for a local non-profit group and as a Political Advisor for an Iowa Senate Candidate. It’s a lot of late nights/early mornings/weekends but I make it work…so I too can pay bills and work for my family.

    What I don’t understand is the bitter tone of the commenter. Doesn’t seem all that “happy” to me.


  7. kosmo
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 10:09:21

    “Thanks, Kosmo! I work full time from home”

    I stand corrected.

    Well, sit corrected, since I’m at my desk 🙂


  8. Martin Kelly
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 11:51:15

    I am concerned that Happy and her husband both work and are still so tight economically. Rather than attacking Mrs. Romney or Crunchy on their life choices and opportunities, perhaps she should aim at the institutions that sold her and her husbands Masters Degrees that apparently do not have value. I do not have enough information, but it seems that their chosen careers are either less valuable then they believed or forces them to a location with exceptionally high costs. In my home situation, my wife has stayed home to raise the kids when she could, worked when she needed to and has always felt that both paths are REAL work. True Mrs. Romney has not “worked” like Happy, but that does not disqualify her from being a woman and a mother.


  9. HappyDemMom
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 12:22:02

    Hey, thanks for questioning my/my husband’s career choices, Martin! Without going into great detail, I will tell you that my career is historically female-dominated and “undervalued,” but necessary. And with relatively good job security, health insurance, and employers who typically contribute to a retirement plan — it was my choice before I was married (or even had met my husband). It was fine for me a single woman. I will not speak for my husband, other than to say that our salaries are comparable. However, his job does not provide an affordable family health insurance option.

    Our COL is (IMO) reasonable. Our mortgage is less than $1000/month, for a home about 1000 sq. ft. My car is paid for, his is not. I have no student loans, however, he does (and is about to get socked with more interest on his Staffords and the repeal of the Income-Based Repayment program – oh look, all suggested by Republican Paul Ryan!). So. The student loan issues and the health insurance issue pretty much ensure that we both need to work.


  10. Pia
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 07:26:05

    I salute Senator Santorum for her decision. Withdrawing a Presidential candidacy for her child is a noble thing to do. Hats off!


  11. Bob
    Jan 31, 2014 @ 23:03:37

    This is typical of the republicans- project their beliefs and actions unto others to avoid being called out. Don’t forget it was Paul Ryan and the rest of the republicans in congress who tried to pass a bill to legalize rape. These folks are as far from being a Christian as you can get. They promote hate, intolerance, bigotry, torture, war and rape. Everything the devil preaches they promote. Looks like they are the true followers of the anti-Christ.


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