“Finally, even more important than ability to work, even more important than ability to fight at need, is it to remember that chief of blessings for any nations is that it shall leave its seed to inherit the land. It was the crown of blessings in Biblical times and it is the crown of blessings now.”–Teddy Roosevelt, 100 years ago
Mother’s Day cannot be politicized…because it was already born in politics:
The holiday grew from women’s peace groups following the Civil War, particularly the gatherings of mothers who had lost children on opposing sides of the war. Julia Ward Howe, perhaps most famous for having penned “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”, wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation” in 1870 as a call to celebrate the burgeoning holiday:
…“We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”
Ironically, we associate the ‘Battle Hymn’ with things military, but the author became sort of a proto-Cindy Sheehan.
Yet it is women and children who are “hardest hit” when a nation cannot defend itself, just as they would be if police forces laid down their arms.
Although Mother’s Day was founded in anti-war liberalism, today’s liberals have moved on to fight the War on Families, as evidenced by the UN’s Convention on the Elimination on All Forms of Discrimination Against Women:
* January 31, 2000, the CEDAW Committee criticized Belarus for “the continuing prevalence of sex-role stereotypes, as also exemplified by the reintroduction of such symbols as a Mothers’ Day and a Mothers’ Award, which [the Committee] sees as encouraging women’s traditional roles.”
Even the Anglican Church, which once preached “Be fruitful and multiply”, now preaches “Be fruitless and subtract.” Mr. Bolt calls them “The bishops with the minds of gnats”, but they’re really bishops with gnats on their minds, instead of children. Unlike Moms.