Why Does it Take A Sniper Attack?

The past 36 hours or so have been filled with news stories, tweets, facebook postings and uproar over the sniper shot that Hilary Rosen aimed at Ann Romney Wednesday night. Fortunately, Ann is pretty quick on her feet and not only dodged the attack but has managed to lead a counter-attack on those whose primary purpose is to bully conservative women into silence.

If we listen to those "free-thinking," women's rights advocating women, we'll shrink back into the shadows, choosing our way but trying not to be too "in-your-face" about it since being a conservative woman must mean that we're also backwards, uneducated, bigoted and generally foolish.

But we're not. We're smart. We're thoughtful. And we've made a choice. And that choice doesn't preclude us from being worthy to weigh in on the state of our economy. In fact, I'd assert that some of us, who have chosen to be stay-at-home moms, have an advantage when it comes to economic skill. I know Ann Romney didn't have financial worries, but most of us who have chosen to be stay-at-home moms didn't do so because we were so financially carefree that it sounded fun and easy. We made a choice and along with that choice came the daunting--and sometimes nearly impossible--task of raising a family on a single salary that would blow the mind of Hilary Rosen.

And large numbers of us do this without government aid--no foodstamps, no welfare, no housing subsidies. We really live on one income. Many of us could sit down with the suits in Washington (and I'm including suits with skirts) and teach them a thing or two about stretching a dollar, making it go as far as possible, and then doing without when the dollar is gone.

This is what government needs to learn and I'm sure some of us stay-at-home moms are more than willing to give President Obama, the congress and even Hilary Rosen a little workshop on real economic policy.

In the meantime, stop belittling Ann Romney. Stop bullying us, hoping that you'll silence us so that the only voices you'll hear during the next seven months will be the loud and angry left. The left who pretend to care about women but really only care about us if we agree with them.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

So true.

missy said...

Well said! Yes, we do understand the economy. If the government would stop spending when the money is gone, eliminate fluff, and save for a rainy day, we wouldn't be in this mess. And let all of us stay-at-home moms pool our menus to come up with a book full of nutritious, easy and inexpensive recipes to hand out with the food stamps. In other words, teach them how to fish!

Peter Waite said...

Great one Karey! Agree 100%.

Lisa said...

great posting. I can also speak with authority when it comes to financial matters. Our family makes it on my husbands income. We go without a lot of things because we have made it a priority that I stay at home with our children. It is hard work for the both of us. Honestly, me also working would be the easier way....it could give us more of a buffer between us and debt and nudge us closer to comfort and security. but nurturing and teaching and being there for our kids
Are all worth the sacrifice we are making.

snarchibald said...

Great posting Karey! I agree completely with all you have said here. We cannot let the loud, abrasive voices like this strategist and those who think like her, be the only ones heard. Thanks for writing this.

Diane said...

I'm actually glad Rosen said that, it's stirred up a whole hornet's nest! Ann Romney came out smelling like a rose....classy lady

Jennie said...

Conservative or not, women often are the ones who handle family finances. The woman who is employed, the stay at home mom, and the women who has to earn a pay check and take care of the day to day needs of her family all have a greater understanding of economics and of hard work than they're generally given credit for.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Karey for putting in words what I felt in my heart - I will share your post with friends - both conservative and liberal. THANK YOU!