Back Then, My Mom Told NOW Something About 'America's Women' That Still Holds True Today
April 12, 2012 - 5:25 PM
Watching the continuing fallout over Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's denigration of stay-at-home moms, via her attack on Ann Romney claiming Romney had "never worked a day in her life," because she chose to stay home and raise the Romney's five children, I can't help be transported back in time to the 1970s, to a day I'll never forget, because of something my hardworking, stay-at-home mom, did.
I was fortunate to be home from school, sick, or I would have missed it.
My mother - a conservative Christian woman who raised me and my two sisters and worked as hard as any American woman ever has - answered a knock at the door.
From the sound of it, there were two young women on the porch, going door-to-door trying to drum up support for the feminists' favorite cause back then, the "Equal Rights Amendment."
"We're with NOW, the National Organization for Women, and we represent America's women!" one said, cheerfully.
My mother opposed the feminist agenda - especially its anti-life agenda. My mother's political views on such things were always much more aligned with those of Concerned Women for America, the conservative organization founded by Beverly LaHaye.
"I am an American, and I am a woman," my mom immediately responded, quite sharply, "and you sure don't represent me!"
And with that, she shut the door with more than a little bit of gusto.
Okay, she pretty much slammed it in their faces.
I would give anything to be able to go back in time and see the looks on the faces of the young NOW representatives. I hope they learned that day that just because the National Organization for Women claims to represent "America's women," in fact, America's women do not all agree with NOW's agenda.
Various reports indicate that Concerned Women for America has as many members - and possibly more members - than does NOW. And yet, when the media goes looking for people to comment on "women's issues," they most often feature someone from NOW, or other liberal feminist groups.
But, American women are not monolithic in their views on "women's issues," or political or cultural issues generally. The liberal media portrays abortion rights as a "women's issue," but millions of American women are pro-life.
Liberals think government funding for daycare is a "women's issue," but not all mothers want to hand their kids over to be raised by state-run daycare workers. Indeed, many women would prefer lower taxes so they could afford to stay home and raise their own kids.
Liberals and the liberal media don't want to accept the truth, but there are millions of American women who are political and culturally conservative, who support the conservative agenda of lower taxes and less government, and who are pro-life.
When these women hear liberals like Hilary Rosen slam stay-at-home moms, or hear Barack Obama try to pigeonhole women as only caring about having government fund their birth control, I suspect many of them have the same kind of reaction as my mother did nearly 40 years ago.
"I am an American and I am a woman - and you sure don't represent me!"
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