Hilary Rosen's and NOW's Karma Ate Their Dogma
One of the last callers to Rush Limbaugh's show yesterday was a woman who asked a great question: If the Democrats can criticize Mrs. Romney for not working outside the home (and Ann Romney has MS and is a cancer survivor as well), then why don't the Democrats criticize women on welfare for not working outside the home? But, as the late Billy Mays used to say, wait, there's more.
Younger readers may not remember a button sold in big cities at the height of the Women's Liberation Movement in the 1970s which said "Every Mother Is A Working Mother." But NOW hasn't forgotten those buttons because here is one of them proudly displayed at the National Organization of Women's website in connection with their current political campaign for "mothers' economic rights."
Yes, NOW uses this slogan as a starting point for an argument for government subsidies, yet the original slogan has a power and viewpoint all of its own by its being a statement against the demeaning of women who do much work at home. But by using the "Every Mother" slogan repeatedly, NOW owns both the leftist programs advocated and the general statement honoring the work women do in the home. This makes it difficult for NOW, no matter how hard they try, to ever argue that those Working Mothers are solely poor women and often women of color.
I guess Hilary Rosen didn't get the memo from NOW. Or maybe it was her boss, the head of the Democratic Party, who invited her to his home office at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington a total of 35 times, who didn't get the memo from NOW. It seems that Ms. Rosen -- and her Party's boss -- have a less than stellar opinion of stay-at-home moms. Or at least those that can't get a $300,000 a year community relations job like Michelle Obama got in Chicago. The one that was so critical to the mission of the University of Chicago Hospital that when she moved to DC, no replacement was named and the position disappeared from the org chart.
To refresh the memories of Democrats about recent liberal political gatherings and their talking points, here is that slogan again in a photo from a 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day demonstration at the Washington State Capitol. It says, in English and Spanish, that "Every Mother is a Working Mother" (Toda Madre Es Madre Trabajadora).
So as the lady who called Rush Limbaugh stated, if you are a woman who doesn't work outside the home and you are on welfare, you are kosher/legit/authentic/down for the struggle. If you are a woman not on welfare -- and especially if you are wealthy today -- your past and current efforts and (at times) struggles to raise a family at home is illegit/inauthentic/not down for the struggle/traif. That is, unless you have a seemingly no-show job at the U. of Chicago Hospital and your name is Michelle Obama.
This attack by Hilary Rosen, which has caused her to "apologize" under duress, is the most vile, insulting example of the real War on Women to date in this presidential campaign. Although I don't work for the Romney campaign, I would guess that the Romneys hope that the Democratic Party doesn't throw Ms. Rosen under the bus -- because any bus that Hilary Rosen is on is a "Romney for President" bus.
Update: Can it get any worse for the elitists? Newsbusters reports that Terry O'Neill, the NOW President, apparently doesn't agree with her own organization's website defending Every Mother as a Working Mother. She, too, has also attacked the cancer survivor, five time mother, woman afflicted with MS and wife of Mitt Romney. The video can be seen at Newsbusters which also includes this quoted text:
TERRY O'NEILL: What would we be saying if Hillary Clinton [sic] 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."
If one believes that all women who stay home raising their children are hopelessly old fashioned, then it logically follows, that is socially acceptable to belittle them, even if they have MS - and especially so if they are the wife of a Republican Presidential candidate. This will play very well in Manhattan and Beverly Hills - and very few places in between.