Friday, April 13, 2012

SERIOUSLY?!?

Is anybody else SICK of hearing about the stay-at-home-mom-non- issue brought on by one comment from a political analyst that was completely taken out of context and has somehow morphed into a made up war on moms?

I am. That's all anyone on Facebook wants to talk about, so I am having to remove friends from my updates left and right because I can not stand such contrived made-up fights.

Come on. It's not like Rosen said Ann Romney was a lazy bum who is a massive drain on society.

She said Romney never worked a day in her life. And when it comes to a paying job, that is absolutely, 100% true (as far as my research can tell). Does she work as a stay at home mom? Of course. I'm a stay at home mom and I work way harder than most people I know. But do you want to know what was even harder work than being a mom?

Cleaning toilets for 4 years to pay for college.

Or teaching 150 high school students and constantly being ridiculed by parents who didn't think I was doing "right" by their kids 100% of the time.

Or watching a dear friend who is now single raising 3 kids- 2 of them with autism- on her own- working a full time job AND being a mom.

Rosen was in NO WAY saying that being a mom in "unworthy." That's where this fake made-up ridiculous fight comes from that is SOOOO annoying.

What she was saying is that the privileged life that Ann Romney lives means that she can not relate to the average, common woman.

And that is TRUE! Nobody can dispute that.

Ann Romney comes from wealth. She was born into it. So was her husband. They do not understand what it is like for a mother (or father) to have to choose between taking their sick child to the doctor or feeding their other children for the rest of the week. They CAN NOT relate because they have simply never been there.

That does not make them bad people. I am sure they are very nice in real life. It just means that they do not understand the plight of the working class.

The Romney's have a disconnect problem. With Mr. Romney making comments like,

"Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs"

or

"I like being able to fire people"

or

"I'll bet you $10,000"

it is very hard to relate to him.

There's entire websites completely dedicated to the comments Romney has made that show he just doesn't get it.

Again, that's not being mean. It is simply stating a fact.

I have never in my life used illegal drugs. I would be a horrible drug counselor. The best drug counselors are those who have been there and have overcome. I'm not advocating doing drugs so you can be a drug counselor, I'm just saying that if you have never been there then you can never understand- and perhaps you should choose a profession of something you do understand.

If the Romney's want to connect to the working and middle class, they should focus on their personal issues that middle class people DO deal with. They should not discuss their nannies, their housekeepers, their private schools or personal chefs (geeze, if I was a SAHM and had all of that, then my job would be easy).

Ann Romney has MS. That is a horrible, debilitating disease but she has fought hard and found ways to help her pain. She should talk about that and use that as a platform. I'm sure she does use it to some extent, but THAT is what makes her approachable- not her Cadillacs.

Let's STOP talking about this ridiculous non-issue and start talking about things that actually matter.

4 comments:

Mandy said...

Thank you!!!! I agree with everything you said! This has been driving me crazy! It has been blown way out of proportion! She wasn't saying SAHMs don't work hard. She meant Ann can't relate to the common middle class woman who has to worry about money, just like her husband. It doesn't make them bad people. It isn't their fault they have always had money. It is just a fact.

And what does this have to do with Obama? He, his wife, his campaign manager, or Biden didn't say it. Just some political analyst and her opinion. I think it is being blown out of proportion because poll numbers have been swinging towards Obama when it comes to women, most likely because of the women issues that have come up (i.e. birth control, abortion ultrasounds, etc.). I think they are trying to make this a big deal to try and get some of the woman votes back in their favor.

Lula O said...

Did you see this quote from Romney just unearthed on Huffington Post? He said is it January.

"Mitt Romney, however, judging by his January remark, views stay-at-home moms who are supported by federal assistance much differently than those backed by hundreds of millions in private equity income. Poor women, he said, shouldn't be given a choice, but instead should be required to work outside the home to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits. "[E]ven if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work," Romney said of moms on TANF."
The article is here - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/15/mitt-romney-mothers-welfare-moms_n_1426113.html

So if you're rich you get to be a stay at home mom. If you're poor, stuff bananas. hmm...makes a lot of sense..

Christina said...

I hadn't heard that quote- that is interesting!

I think the Romney's are going to have a very difficult time beating Obama with comments like these.

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