My initial reaction was, “No. She couldn’t really have just said that.” But yes, indeedy, Democrat National Committee advisor Hilary Rosen actually did say out loud what so many liberals and progressives think. You know: full-time, at-home moms have no business attempting to contribute to discussions on politics, economics, or any intellectual topic. Due to an un-named and unstudied phenomenon, the brains of these women immediately turn to mush as soon as they make the decision to raise their own children (rather than contracting them out), rendering them incapable of intelligent thought about anything other than diapers, playdates, potty training, and Nick Jr. programming.
So much about this flare-up is offensive to me–and I hope, to other housewives. Where to begin:
It has nothing to do with whether being a mother is work or not. It’s ridiculous how White House spokesfool Jay Carney and Michelle Obama and CNN talking head Suzanne Malveaux all tried to appear sympathetic by affirming that raising children is a difficult “job.” That’s not the point, and they know it.
Does Hilary Rosen (and her ilk) actually believe that full-time moms have no grasp on the economic realities of families?? Who does she think buys the groceries, heads to the pharmacy for yet another round of antibiotics, decides whether to put off having the brakes on the minivan done until after Christmas or whether they can’t wait that long, budgets for Christmas shopping so that it won’t look like you are skimping this year, tracks down used sports equipment or band instruments, scours the clearance racks for past season clothes, and so on and so on. Housewives, Ms. Rosen, are keenly aware of what it means to stretch a paycheck–a single paycheck, mind you.
(CAROL) COSTELLO: Ann Romney doesn’t have to go outside and work. (SUZANNE) MALVEAUX: It’s a luxury to be able to choose. This is such a crock!! They just keep trying to sell this notion that most women have to work outside the home or their children will starve. I suppose if you call going without unlimited data plans on your household’s 4 smart phones starving, then it’s true. If you call skipping the annual trip to Disney World starving, then it’s true. Dining out once a month instead of twice a week, making the kids mow lawns or shovel snow to fund their own XBox game purchases, foregoing the TV and DVR in each child’s room and making them watch television in the family room: all equivalent to starving. But what about single moms, you ask. They really do have to work to support their family, right? Umm…except in the case of widows, single motherhood is preventable.
Ms. Rosen voiced the sentiments that so many share but dare not speak: that housewives are useless in this age of day care on every street corner, worthless for not adding to the family income, and a horrible role model for daughters in their waste of a college degree and embrace of their femininity. This housewife can only hope and pray that this firestorm will open the eyes of moms who vote. Do you hear what the Democrats think of you?