Sunday, May 08, 2005

Roanoke Times' Mommy dearest

For Mother's Day, the Roanoke Times carries a piece (unavailable on line) by Dolores Huerta, social activist and cofounder of United Farm Workers. An accompanying photo shows Ms. Huerta and a coworker wearing "John Kerry" for President buttons and talking to children. It's no surprise this would be the feature article on Mother's Day in the left-leaning Roanoke Times.

Ms. Huerta is probably a nice, well-meaning person, and her personal biography garners sympathy. Nevertheless, when someone writes "The situation for children and mothers in America is urgent...more children fall into poverty and homelessness each year than ever since the Great Depression," I usually stop reading. Any woman who would fill her kids' minds with that kind of hyperbole is committing child-abuse.

And chances are she's the kind of mommy and activist that wants control of everyone else's choices -- right down to the kind of coffee they drink in the morning. Huerta also scolds moms who spend too much time taking their kids to sports events. "...mothers and kids can take time off from sports to voluteer on campaigns or at homeless shelters. When sports overtake civic engagement, democracy dies." And don't forget the left-wing clencher -- "By 'activist' I simply mean that you care about your country and family enough to want to take action to insure that your government is being used for your family's health, education and safety, rather than to make the rich richer or to rob your tax dollars to pay for unnecessary wars based on lies..."

It might be more edifying and entertaining to read Michele Malkin's blog carrying other tales of Marxist moonbat moms while also listing organizations that support mothers of troops in the military. (You'll love the drawing of a pistol-packing Statue of Liberty protecting her child.)

Do something nice for your mom today if she's still with you. Don't turn Mother's Day into yet another occasion to browbeat everyone with your politics; show Mom you care about her. Charity starts at home.