Hilary Rosen set off a firestorm of criticism for her comments regarding Ann Romney’s lack of work experience. It is unfair to criticize any person, man or woman, for electing to stay home to raise 5 boys; and exceptionally unfair to label them as lazy or, in this case, not having worked a day in their lives. It’s hard work raising any number of children. Whether Ann Romney was fortunate enough to have hired help through many of those child-rearing years or not, thereby making the job less stressful, is circumstantial; it’s still work. What’s been largely ignored is the fact that Ann Romney chose to stay home as if choosing to stay home for the sake of raising children is a choice most of America’s women are privy to. Furthermore, as a stay at home mother and anointed scholar of women’s issues, Mrs. Romney lacks the experience of today’s modern woman; juggling motherhood and career endeavors. Lastly, it is next to impossible to be knowledgeable and appreciative of the issues that plague women when you are isolated within a community of privilege that does not extend beyond, roughly, one percent of American women. So for Mitt Romney to tout Ann as an authority on women’s issues is an act of desperation, but more importantly, evidence of the sheer negligence and perverse disregard he has for the issues that matter to each and every segment of common society; of which neither Mitt, nor Ann are a part of.
The President, his staff, Wolf Blitzer and the DNC   virtually genuflected towards the Republicans on this alleged scandal. Yes, it was wrong of Ms. Rosen to have criticized Ann Romney specifically for not having worked. Yes, her comments were poor in both context and in execution. But Hilary Rosen was not wrong for having attacked Mrs. Romney because Ann chose to follow her husband’s poorly planned and executed strategy for addressing women’s issues. She put herself in the position to warrant criticism the minute she agreed to speak out on behalf of women . As for the President, it’s become ever more apparent why he and CNN threw Hilary Rosen under the bus. President Obama did not want the opposition peeking under the covers to witness and reveal his relationship with Ms. Rosen’s consulting firm .
Ann Romney said it herself; she chose to stay at home. When the modern woman chooses to stay at home, either her financial contribution to the family is virtually irrelevant or she and her spouse have decided to eschew the economic issues affecting the home in pursuit of a more traditional Norman Rockwell-esque “Four Freedoms” existence. Very few women can relate to Ann Romney or fathom having the freedom to choose to become a stay at home mom knowing their decision will not adversely affect their families economically. For most American women, their choice to stay at home will undoubtedly push their families closer towards the lines of poverty and introduce hardships Mrs. Romney could never relate to or imagine; such as relying on government or your local church to supplement meals or shopping at goodwill to clothe your children.
The stay at home mother is generally a traditional family values ideologue and, thus, is incapable of comprehending or appreciating that a woman is equally as entitled to become an absentee parent as much as her male counterpart. As well, these ideologues naively fault single mothers for their predicaments, as if men were forced to leave them pregnant and alone to fend for themselves. Many American women, career oriented or not, want to have children. Many American men want to have children as well. But much like a man chooses to spend every minute of his life pursuing wealth, eschewing the responsibilities of fatherhood in the process such as attending conferences or meetings instead of little league practice or school plays, women want and are entitled to the same.
Career women, generally, spend time with like-minded people, finding it difficult to relate to the Ann Romney’s of the world. Conversely, stay at home mothers tend to associate and relate to other stay at home mothers; be it through PTA or other events occurring during normal business hours, events that career women are forced to miss. So when Mrs. Romney mingles with her community as a stay at home mother, she is surrounded by a community of opulence, where her environment consists of horse ranches, multi-million dollar homes and people who own or operate thriving businesses. This is Ann Romney’s environment, free of economic worries that negatively impact the lifestyles of her and her children, never having to worry about medical bills or properly educating her children; nowhere near what most American women have to face day in and day out. Not having experienced these real-life scenarios, Mrs. Romney has not had the opportunity to make the decisions, and realize the consequences of said decisions, that most American women continue to face in this modern world.
Mitt Romney is not a strong candidate for President of the United States. He recognizes this and this is why he has asked his wife, Ann, to step in. Governor Romney has, credulously, thrust Ann Romney into the limelight to hide his inconsistencies and unqualified credentials to serve as President. So when Mrs. Romney began speaking out on women’s issues, she opened herself up to criticism. Hilary Rosen was out of line in labeling Ann as a person lacking working credentials. But Ms. Rosen was certainly not out of line in labeling Mrs. Romney as unqualified to speak on women’s issues.
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