Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Why Mom's need to vote!

I read this great article today while I was waiting to get a cyst removed from my head. Not the most fun procedure, but not horrible either. The worst part will be living with the stitches coming out of the top of my head for the next 2 week. Anyways, at one point during the "extraction" as they called it, as I was lying on the table, I thought to myself "wow, it feels really good to stop and relax for a moment". Seriously, if that was my most relaxing moment in a while, I really need to slow down.

Oh well, at least I got to read a magazine uninterrupted for 45 minutes. The link to the article is below for anyone who is interested in reading it:


I copied the part that I found most powerful:

In the 1960s, Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. Later, John Lennon had a dream. We all have dreams, and here is mine: that one day, all mothers will use their political power and voice not in the way that the media and our husbands, pastors, fathers, and political leaders direct us to, but rather as we're led by our personal wisdom, our deepest intuition, our maternal instinct.

I dream of a day when the image of a woman with a child in tow is the first one that comes to mind when people hear the word "activist." I envision a country in which voters' primary concerns revolve not around oil and money, but around the issues facing families and children, issues like healthcare, education, paid family leave, and flexible workplaces. I imagine what it will be like when the most active political groups in the world are not those obsessed with winning a war, but those determined to win the peace. I picture a day when the driving force behind politics in my country is not power or money, but maternal love.

If my experience raising three children has taught me one thing, it's this: There is no more powerful political act than mothering. There is no greater reason than my children for me to become politically involved, and there is no more important work to put my efforts to than those things that will make this world a better, safer place for my kids. And your kids too.



Cathy Outten said...

Love the pumpkin pics! I will be visiting often you are now linked to my blog.

Becky said...

Up and running, finally. I'm glad to see you jumped right in! Looking forward to reading.