Matt Damon recently said Governor Palin is simply a hockey mom who plans on using what she learned through that role to be president of the United States. Candace's blog waxed eloquent on what a dumb, uneducated thing that was to say, and you can go check out her thoughts. What I want to address is this . . .
Since when is it a bad thing to be a hockey mom? And since when does being a hockey mom mean that you can't be the president of the United States?
Now, I don't happen to be a hockey mom, or any other sport of mom, for that matter. For a few brief months I was a karate mom, but when my children started using each other for practice instead of controlling their newfound skills, we called an end to that one. What I am is a mom. A full-fledged, T-shirt-wearing, toilet-scrubbing, laundry-washing, diaper-changing mom. I grocery shop. I pay the bills. I wipe snotty noses. In fact, I even scrapbook.
I'm also articulate, well-read, intelligent, and well-respected. And so are the other moms I know.
Being a mother doesn't mean that you can't be smart, savvy, and in the know. Being a mother means that you share what you know with your children, that you stand as an example to them of what it means to be well-rounded and educated. It means that you, by example, show your children how to balance your work, your religion, your household duties, and your hobbies. It means that you show them the meaning of integrity, industry, hard work, dedication, devotion, selflessness.
I fully support the Proclamation on the Family and I believe that women were divinely appointed to nurture their children. I also believe that this in no way diminishes the intelligence of a woman or the potential she has for education and progress.
I don't have political aspirations. I'm happy doing what I do. But I will stand up and raise my voice against individuals who, like Matt Damon, believe that just because a woman is a mother, she can't accomplish some serious good in this world. Some of the most powerful, influential people we've ever had on this planet were mothers. We would not be where we are as an entire civilization if it were not for strong, upstanding mothers.
And why does the media tend to take celebrities' opinions on politics so seriously, anyway? Okay, they've made a bunch of movies. That doesn't make them any more intelligent than you or me. It just makes them famous, not more authoritative.