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Y'know, I for one am now glad that Ann Romney has come out of the closet in her full throated and well stated support for the "Choices" that women make.  Particularly when those choices involve dedicating themselves to care of their family.

I'm glad she's standing strong for women, and their ability to pursue the wonderful  Option of being a Stay-At-Home Mother.  We should honor this work.  The mutiple jobs of being a au pair/Nanny/Chauffeur/Homemaker/Cook/Housekeeper/Plumber/Nurse/Educator has enormous value in our society.  It couldn't function without this.

I'm not even going to mention the fact that Ann Romney herself essentially paid other people to do these jobs for her - or that all her children are grown with children of their own, so what's keeping her at home, her Dressage Horse or supervising the construction of the Romney Car Elevator? -  never mind all that, let's just all agree that these are important jobs and they should be treated exactly as important as they are.

Now that we all agree, I await with baited breathe the upcoming announcement from the Romney campaign, or his better half, their strong and vehement support for granting full employment rights and protections for Stay At Home Mothers.

I'm certain that Mitt Romney will support tax breaks for Mothers that will allow them to better navigate rough economic waters. That they'll support government subsidies to allow women the Freedom to stay at home and take care of their children, and feed them without having to have a "job" if they want to. I'm certain that the Romney campaign will be - any second now - endorsing the idea of granting Social Security Benefits to Mother's for their years of service in the home. I'm sure that Romney will endorse guaranteed health care for all mothers and their children, regardless of their ability to pay or whether they also work outside the home.

Yeah, any second now...

I'm sure that Ann Romney and her Husband will have a quick and swift answer to the question of whether they support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act?

@DavidCornDC Sam Stein asks Romney folks if Romney who loves women supports Lily Ledbetter Act. A terse reply: "We'll get back to you on that."
... Uh, or not...

Surely Mitt Romney Supports the Violence Against Women Act?

During an “Ask Mitt Anything” forum at the Derry-Salem Elks Club here, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney demurred when an audience member asked him whether he would hold up reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act on the grounds that it kept men from visiting their children.

I’m not familiar with the Act,” Romney replied

And certainly Ann and Mitt would support Paid Sick Leave for Parents dealing with an ill child?
Ann Romney has tweeted, “All moms are entitled to choose their path.” But unfortunately for low-wage working moms and nearly half of private sector workers, the” choice” is either “go to work and send my sick kid to school” or “stay at home with my sick child and risk losing my job or needed income.” That’s a choice no parent should have to make. Does Mitt Romney agree?

Women are now half of all workers on U.S. payrolls and breadwinners or co-breadwinners in nearly two-thirds of all families. Their incomes are sorely needed to provide basic economic security for their families.

Yet the U.S. also faces high rates of work-family conflict with few laws to support working families. One of the biggest culprits is workers’ lack of paid sick days to care for themselves, an elderly parent, or a sick kid – an issue that has been largely absent in the election debates.

Now that we're all on same page as to the importance of mother's I'm sure we'll be hearing some highly visionary proposals from the Romney's on this issue.

Certainly they won't claim that such measures would put too high a burden on "job creators"? Pfft. Never.  Who would say such a thing?  Think about the Children!

Clearly if someone were to viciously attack a mother, like say, Hilary Rosen, the Romney's would obviously stand up and condemn such an unfair attack.

From people like Keith Ablow.

These “anti-gender” women have it in for anyone who embraces her femininity, maternal instincts and capacity to nurture as their highest priority — postponing or passing up other laudable opportunities to work at, say, a law firm or as a marketing executive.  They despise the notion that some women may indeed be drawn — instinctively and happily — toward creating special and loving environments in which to raise their children, while spending all their available time sustaining and enriching those environments and those children.

They despise the parts of themselves that may be drawn to such roles, as well.  That’s why women like Hilary Rosen make such outlandish statements, to begin with.

And the so-called Catholic League
@CatholicLeague: Lesbian Dem Hilary Rosen tells Ann Romney she never worked a day in her life. Unlike Rosen, who had to adopt kids, Ann raised 5 of her own.
Since anytime someone on one side of the partisan divide says something over-the-top, everyone on their side has to blatantly disavow it or else be tarred by it - I'm sure that condemnation will be coming from the Romney Camp at lightening speed.

It's not like Mitt Romney didn't show us all with how quickly and decisively he put Rush Limbaugh in his place after he spent three solid days verbally attacking a woman who was testifying about how a friend had lost her access to a doctor prescribed medicine she needed to prevent the growth of an tennis ball sized ovarian cyst.

That's not the language I would have used...
Go, Mitt, GO!  You tell 'em.  Nobody puts a woman down on Romney's watch.

So, just as Ann Romney has openly shown her support of a Woman's Right to Choose her life's direction, her dutiful husband Mitt who always listens to her council on these matters will be soon supporting her and Moms everywhere with a full list of policy statements and positions which will unequivocally protect and guarantee the Freedom to Exercise those rights, particularly when they involve choosing to work vs choosing to stay home and raised children, choosing their medical and reproductive care, or choosing exactly who they might want as their life-partner regardless of gender or orientation.

All of these are Freedoms, all of these are Choices.  If you have no Choice, you have No FREEDOM.

I'm sure we'll be hearing all of these things from the Romney Campaign, since we're now all on the same page, - yep - any second now.

Any second.

Just wait for it...

Wait...

wait...

...

Vyan

Originally posted to Vyan on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 09:49 AM PDT.

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  •  At least she gets to MAKE that choice. (11+ / 0-)

    Millions of women and families cannot make that choice.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 09:54:02 AM PDT

  •  Sometimes I Am Slow On The Uptake (7+ / 0-)

    and since I am not married I never really thought about this until recently. But how can any man not be for equal pay, cause well if they are getting paid 27% less that is money out of the husband pocket. It doesn't just affect women.  

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 09:55:12 AM PDT

  •  few women have the choices (14+ / 0-)

    that Ann Romney has enjoyed, obviously.

    i'm not sure if she isn't aware of the way it is for most of us, or not.  i know no women who have the options Ann Romney has.  actually, i don't know any mothers who don't work.  even in two parent families, both incomes are needed.

  •  I honestly only know two stay at home moms (8+ / 0-)

    My sister and my sister-in-law.  One because her husband is in a wheelchair, and they live from investments based on his settlement.  The other has a husband that pulls a six figure income and just about kills himself doing it.

    They had a choice, but none of my other friends really had a choice.  It was work or starve.  I know more than one working Mom that wishes she could stay at home or take a leave of absence, but the family could not afford the pay cut.

    "I watch Fox News for my comedy, and Comedy Central for my news." - Facebook Group

    by Sychotic1 on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:07:02 AM PDT

  •  But let's be honest - in the republican world (10+ / 0-)

    only rich women are allowed to stay home. Anyone who deviates is pilloried. Welfare moms? Git yo lazy asses to work, no more driving your Cadillacs to the welfare office to take MY money!

    On the flip side, "rich" women are denigrated for choosing anything other than staying home. There was a case in the Boston area a decade ago where an au pair shook a baby and he died. But all the attention was on the mom who dared to make the choice to work. She was a doctor and she cut her schedule back to three days a week, but that wasn't enough. Zero criticism of Dad in all that -- and honestly, the mom made more money so by all accounts, dad should have been the one to stay home fulltime, but no one EVER said that.

    From conversations I've had recently, the attitude has improved, but not gone away. Moms are still responsible for anything that goes wrong with junior...

    The republican rules are poor women MUST work and middle class or more MUST stay home. (Unless you're Sarah Palin, who is allowed to do whatever she wants because she's doing God's work criticizing democrats.)

    The search for truth and knowledge is one of the finest attributes of a man, though often it is most loudly voiced by those who strive for it the least -- Albert Einstein

    by theKgirls on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:07:49 AM PDT

  •  Waiting, waiting, waiting, indeed. The... (11+ / 0-)

    ...Equal Rights Amendment, for example, written by suffragist Alice Paul, was first introduced into Congress 89 years ago. It didn't clear Congress until 1972. And then, thanks to people with the same attitudes as Mitt Romney, it did not collect the supermajority of states needed to ratify it as an amendment to the Constitution.

    Alice Paul (1885-1977) Photo 1901

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:08:26 AM PDT

  •  And of course Single fathers don't exist... (5+ / 0-)

    At least that's what I gather from the debate on this issue.   And if they DO, well they're obviously just deadbeat dads who need to be working to support their children instead of actually raising them.

    That's what Nannies are for, right?

    /snark

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:20:44 AM PDT

    •  Perhaps people need to know (6+ / 0-)

      the surge in the number of single fathers is huge. I happen to know a dozen here in my own little town.

      I find there is a great bias among many against men being able to raise their children. I see this all the time when working with social services to get foster children placed back within a family. A perfectly wonderful father will be dismissed without any thought by cps. Many have fought tooth and nail to get their kids and then raise them simply because the social workers think men are totally incapable.  It amounts to an ingrained prejudice and a hard line belief in old fashioned gender roles that most think nothing of. If we were to take away the gender of the parent and instead dismiss them because of their race or religion people would rightly be upset.

      I find it all rather silly. I am a woman who was raised by a single father. I turned out well and so did my dad :) he was only 21 when my mom was killed in a car accident.

      It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is not what he has -Henry Ward Beecher

      by PSWaterspirit on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:53:17 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  There's a Long and Noble Tradition of (3+ / 0-)
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    belittling women, regardless of what they do - be a mother, do housework, work outside the home (Regardless of whether they're house cleaners, teachers, nurses, doctors, plumbers, soldiers, CEOS, or supervillians, etc), etc.

    Your diary seeks to undermine it, and I'm having none of it!

    •  The problem here (6+ / 0-)

      someone who is out of touch with what most of us women face. She can not speak to many issues the average mother encounters simply because she has no experience.

      I found many of her statements belittling. It is because in her world no more is expected of her than to raise her children, hard work on it's own. In our world we not only have to do the same job she is doing but also maintain a 40 hour work week usually at some less than great paying job to keep our familes in food and shelter.

      Sorry but I dismiss her as talking about things she really doesn't have a clue about.  This is the reason her husband should not become president because their reality does not allow for the reality the rest of us face.

      It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is not what he has -Henry Ward Beecher

      by PSWaterspirit on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 11:07:20 AM PDT

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      •  Ann Romney is not running for President. (1+ / 0-)
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        HappyinNM

        Her husband is. He is out of touch with women.

        If my husband sent out a tweet like Romney did this am, he wouldn't be a happy man:

        Surprised he hasn't tweeted her driver's license picture.

        Gads.

      •  I think this is what Hilary Rosen (2+ / 0-)
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        was trying to say, if her comment is heard in context.  Unfortunately, it came out in a way that sounded disparaging to women who stay at home.

         

        She can not speak to many issues the average mother encounters simply because she has no experience.
        •  I agree with you (0+ / 0-)

          I do not believe she intended to dismiss Mrs. Romney as a flake but just lacking in middle class experience.

          Truly we have been there and done that before. George and Barbara Bush had the same issues. When I was a single parent raising two children I had to listen to her go on about how we single mothers shouldn't get any help because it was all our own fault. We made our choices we should have to deal with them. Helping us out would only encourage us to have more children.

          I was a single parent because I became a widow at age twenty three when my husband was killed in a commercial fishing accident.  If I could have voted against her hsband a thousand times in the next election I would have.

          Mitt Romney may be the one running for president but unless they are different from the presidents of the last 50 years Ann will help shape policy on social issues. What she thinks counts and needs to be considered in deciding if her husband is fit to lead our nation.

          If she can not at least comprehend what the rest of us go through we will probably face even greater hardship as we try to raise families. Frankly we have enough problems already out here beyond the gate of the castle.

          It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is not what he has -Henry Ward Beecher

          by PSWaterspirit on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 05:15:31 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  Another right-wing strawman (0+ / 0-)

    It's all right to be against equal pay for women. But let's definitely pounce upon an obvious mis-speak and try to use it as lipstick on the pig of "conservative" misogyny that it is.

    AndWashington Democrats keep reacting and rising to the bait.

    "If I could have one wish, I would have people accept the importance of our common humanity." --Pres. Bill Clinton, The Today Show, 09/21/06

    by desordre remplir on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 12:44:33 PM PDT

  •  Your essay sickens me. (1+ / 0-)
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    Vyan

    It was that well written, so well said.

    Who claimed that Ann Romney doesn't work?

    Just this week she wrote a bumper sticker for the Democratic Party that will be worth over a trillion dollars to Estrogen-Americans for many generations to come.

    Karl Rove and ALEC and the Kochs will bow to its innocent power from this day forward. Her husband will never live it down. It will set the Republican agenda back to the 1920s.

    A brilliant thought, so deftly stated, as though no thought was used in its creation:

    "We need to respect choices that women make."  
          -Ann Romney

    Voting Republican is a luxury that very few Americans can afford.

    by Says Who on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 02:22:59 PM PDT

  •  I am all for attacking Mitt Romney for his (1+ / 0-)
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    views and policies including his flip-flopping over them. I am all for pointing out that his money grew on its own and was inherited, so him being rich and saying he never did work in his life, is to me acceptable, because it's true that he never had to work for survival of his family.

    I am for letting Ann Romney out of that.

    Any feminist woman, who hasn't left her husband for political reasons and put her children through such separations, shouldn't think they are better than her.

    Because, frankly, if you haven't lived through something like it, you don't know what it means, neither for her, nor for her children, and not what it means over the long run, and especially not, if you haven't her religious affiliation.

    So, why don't you leave out the personalized attacks on Ann Romney about social and feminist issues. He is running and she happened to be his wife. It's the American electoral process which makes it necessary for the candidates to show-case their wives and kids, an awful feature of the electoral game in the US. That is not the candidate's wives fault. Be glad your own husband doesn't run for office. It's the last thing I would wish upon any woman in this country.

  •  Short answer: NO 'cause they don't care because (1+ / 0-)
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    joe wobblie

    They are part of the evil RW GOPer "money is more important than people" party.  

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 07:43:20 PM PDT

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