Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Flying Nut: Sally Field On War and Peace

According to Sally Field, "If mothers ruled the world, there would be no goddamned wars..." Field's intemperate peacenik rant at the Emmys is here:

Michelle Malkin responds, arguing that mothers like Field put their kids in danger when they "shun fights and coddle bullies instead of disciplining them."

Here's more:
Motherhood and peacemaking are not synonymous. Motherhood requires ferocity, the will and resolve to protect one’s own children at all costs, and a lifelong commitment to sacrifice for a family’s betterment and survival. Conflict avoidance is incompatible with good mothering.

On the playground of life, Sally Field is the mom who looks the other way when the brat on the elementary-school slide pushes your son to the ground or throws dirt in your daughter’s face.

She’s the mom who holds her tongue at the mall when thugs spew profanities and make crude gestures in front of her brood. She’s the mom who tells her child never to point out when a teacher gets her facts wrong.

She’s the mom who buys her teenager beer, condoms, and a hotel room on prom night, because she’d rather give in than assert her parental authority and do battle.

She’s the mom whose minivan sports insipid bumper stickers preaching non-intervention at all costs: “Peace is patriotic.” “War is not the answer.” “It Will Be a Great Day When Our Schools Get All the Money They Need and the Air Force Has to Hold a Bake Sale to Buy a Bomber.”

Hollywood can afford to indulge Sally Field’s inarticulate naivete. America cannot. And the very moms that Sally Field claims to speak for know it.
Read the whole thing. (Malkin notes that not all mothers think with their wombs instead of the brains. I'm sure Margaret Thatcher would agree.)

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