Ann Romney is a firm supporter of her husband, this is true. Her quiet and
steady manner might be just what the white house needs to be the backbone for
her charismatic and strongly opinionated husband.
I can't wait to see them in the White House. Watch out world, the USA is
While some are fortunate to have the money to stay home with their children,
others choose to sacrifice greatly to stay home with their growing children
midst financial hardship. Each one leaves a worldly society behind to walk the
rugged road of devoted motherhood. Both require faith. Each places the value of
nurturing children as a daily focus. Each can learn God is no respecter of
persons and will bless according to needs and faith filled desires. The poor who
leave their young for others to raise and go to work with misplaced faith in an
employer or government are no better off than the rich women who stay home and
hire nannies or other caregivers to raise the children. Much of America's
ills can point back to mothers going into the work place and letting educated,
corporate women such as Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem and others influence
schools, Congress and society. Why should we fear a First Lady who has
sacrificed in her own way to raise children. Children are America's future.
Where lies the influence?
re:ShaunYou are right. No question. I do think however that Ann
Romney has faced a boat load of health challenges (cancer, MS) that would make
it all but impossible for her to work outside the home. She is fortunate to have
a husband who has made millions so she can stay at home. There is nothing wrong
with Mitt making millions or Ann staying at home but unfortunately team Obama
wants to try to make something out of nothing.... it's the Chicago way.
Re: Furry1993 Clearfield, UT" ... and living in privilege all her
life, gives her no basis on which to speak for women who are otherwise
situated."It isn't money but character, or the lack of it,
that defines a person. It is Ann Romney's character and not her money that
make her special. Instead of being jealous of her good fortune I am happy for
Freedomingood~As a SAHM myself, I hold an elected position in my local
precinct, I do volunteer work, and I don't have 250 million dollars in the
bank, I will tell you it is possible to do it all. I also have a supportive
husband, like Ann, so my kids aren't necessarily left alone when I'm
gone. I tend to my own garden, I clean my own house, and I cook our meals. Even
if she didn't have the money, she could do it and still be a SAHM. That's what makes women so amazing. And I connect with her way more
than Michelle Obama.Why the need to criticize every little thing,
just because you don't agree with them politically? They are rich people
who have been very generous with their time and money. What's the problem?
Isn't that what the lefties want-the rich taking care of the poor?
"That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is
just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull
down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for
himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when
This is pretty missleading anyway. The story says Ann Romney held public office
and did a lot of volunteer work. So which is it? Did she stay at home or not?
She seemed to stay pretty busy outside the home volunteering ect
from the story. We know they had "help" from France, garndeners from
Mexico ect. Can you claim to be an authentic "stay at home mom" under
those circumstances? I'm sure they are nice people when not
running for office but they are completly missing the effort to connect with the
average person that doesn't have all those choices 250 million dollars
If this is what Ann really wanted to do, more power to her. I support her right
to make this decision and live it. She should recognize, though,
that unlike a lot of married mothers (and other poor women), she had the
financial resources to enable her to make the choice AND that she does not have
the experiences necessary to speak for those married mothers (and other poor
women) who have to work outside the home to put a roof over their families'
heads and food on their tables. Having been brought up in a life of privilete,
and living in privilege all her life, gives her no basis on which to speak for
women who are otherwise situated. She's qualified to speak for rich women,
but that's all.
@Alpine BlueIf Jesus of Nazareth lived among us today and ran for US
President He would run a totally honest campaign. The liberals and most
Christians would brand Him as a right extremist, and He would lose the election
badly.Jesus of Nazareth did more than just trash evil doers. He ran
them out of the temple with a whip. President Obama's financial policies
deserve to be trashed.
@ Well Read"I would expect a Member of the LDS Church, (which I
am) would be more honest in his conduct. During the primaries he trashed his
opponents! He has trashed the President. Many of the statements he made about
his opponents were downright lies and a stretch of the truth."As
an ardent observer of the primary contests and each of debates, I wonder whether
or not you watched any of them at all. Time and time again in face of nasty
personal comments from both his opponents and the media, we witnessed Mitt
trying to stay above the fray and concentrate on the issues. Many of the
personal attacks that you accuse Mitt of being involved in were actually from
the PAC campaign ads representing him. Unfortunately none of the candidates
has any control whatsever over these special interest PACs. Neither Mitt nor
Obama have any say about what is aired in their behalf and one reason PACs need
to be outlawed. On the other hand the Obama campaign has twisted, distorted,
and out-and-out lied about Romney and personal life in a frantic effort to
deflect attention from their own pathetic record of leadership. Very sad!
@Shaun writes:"It would be easy for any women to stay home whose
husband makes millions. What is so special?"A lot of women whose
husbands make millions place more value on selfish interests and world travel
and have less interest in staying home and changing their baby's diaper and
reading them a bedtime story.The thing that makes Ann Romney special
is who she is and not what she has.
Mrs. Romney shows up in a $900 t-shirt, Mrs. Obama in a $6000 blouse. You do the
math unemployed America.
Shaun,"What is so special?"Many women would
still want to work if they had rich husbands. Stay at home moms are looked down
at.Mitt has nothing to be ashamed of,--Not anymore then Lady GaGa,
LaBron James, Ted Kennedy, or, Tom Hanks. In America, we can all find wealth.
More stay at home moms equals more jobs for dads, and improved family life for
children. This stability will add strength to America. What could be better for
a child, than to go home and have milk and chocolate cookies from mom, than go
outside and play?
If I had the cash they do, I'd proudly own the title of stay at home dad.
wealth envy...sad so many posters are buying into obama's class warfare.
those that suffer from this illness ought to go and do what Mitt and others of
us have done and go make many and create jobs.
@Springvillepoet writes:"You also cheapen women by saying that there
are only two paths for a woman"I read Rifleman's comment
very carefully and he never suggested that there are only two paths for a woman.
He only listed two of many paths. Obviously there are many paths available to
both men and women.People can be compared to ships in that where we
steer our lives plays a major role in where we end up. Those with goals have a
lot better chance of success than those who only live for the moment.
"Can you fix the economy?", "Yeah".Ok Mitt. Where
are your interviews between 2001-2007 warning everyone about the housing bubble
and mortgage scams? If you had called that one you would have won 08'."Yeah" - not even a firm Yes. This is rediculous. He can fix the
economy, but only if he gets to be president. He won't give us specifics
unless we elect him first. I'm still waiting for my Regan
trickle down so sing another song.
It would be easy for any women to stay home whose husband makes millions. What
is so special?
Repectfully speaking, the studies show that children do best with a loving,
biological, mother and father. With that said, let me point out:1.
There ARE many men (and some women) who have abandoned their children.
Therefore, there are many single parents out there, who, through no choice of
her/his own, have to provide and nurture with no help from a partner. My hat is
off to them. I have not had to do this, but recognize it would be a hurculean
task.2. But there are also those out there who choose to have the
mother at work to provide the family with more of the luxuries. I believe that
will be to the detriment of the children. There are also those women who have to
work due to diability, death, or otherwise incapacitation of a spouse. My
hat's off to them as well. I'm just saying that the ideal
for children is the traditional nuclear family, though many people just
don't have that choice.
@Rifleman"If a woman decides to get an education and make
herself attactive to a successful husband who can support her and her children
that is a consequence. If a woman decides to have children without
benefit of marriage there are consequences attached."You make it
sound like some kind of choice every woman is allowed to make. As if all women,
are approached with the choice to 'go make something of yourself' or
'become trapped into a difficult life with no hope of escape.'You also cheapen women by saying that there are only two paths for a
woman---to be the attractive wife of a successful man, or be a poverty stricken
single mother. You put forth the false assumption a woman's happiness
depends on the largess of men and the ability (or lack thereof) to make herself
appealing to men. Where we end up in life is not just a matter of
the hard work we do. Where we start has a lot to do with where we are able to
Young married couple, dirt poor , husband working full time going to school
full time. I chose to stay home with my children. Sacrificed every worldly
thing to do so. But the benefits to my children outweighed everything else.
Regardless of financial status it is a choice we all make.
@Mountanman: "If a woman decides to have children without benefit of
marriage there are consequences attached."Same holds true if a
man has children without benefit of marriage. However, the big difference is
that typically the mother is left with the children, and the man is nowhere to
be found, neither financially nor responsibly.So, you are correct in
that there are consequences; however, most of those consequeces fall on the
woman/mother, while the man/father goes his merry way.
obama groupies:interesting that you are soooo critical of Romneys. Check
your hero and his actions, associates and policies. Check again for what he has
done to this country. The guy is a zero compared to Mitt.
There are a lot of "losers" that comment on anything positive about Mitt
Romney. He's a decent guy and his wife is a very good woman who can speak
for me anytime. By the way.... Jon Huntsman is no "innocent angel" ,
and I would take Romney, instead of him, anytime as a president and good member
of the church. Huntsman was a horrible governor who only seemed to do things
that would help him further his political career.
Re: Bebyebe UUU, UT"Rifleman, for you, again it's the
woman's fault."I said nothing about "fault". I
merely said we can't escape the consequences of our actions. In other
words people need to take personal responsibility for their actions.You ask "When is your gender going to rise to expectations?" Many of
my gender do rise to the expectations of decent women. If, however, you are
looking for a diamond you probably won't find it at the county landfill.
So? Ann has plenty of time for trips to the Caymans, Bermuda, etc...?
I have a hard time respecting Romney. I appreciated what he did for the Salt
Lake Olympics, but have not liked the way he conducted himself during the
primaries. I would expect a Member of the LDS Church, (which I am) would be
more honest in his conduct. During the primaries he trashed his opponents! He
has trashed the President. Many of the statements he made about his opponents
were downright lies and a stretch of the truth. I keep thinking
about the question " Are you honest in all your dealings with your fellow
man?" which he has asked many times of others and answered many times when
he was asked the question. Maybe I am expecting too much, but I can not vote
for him. I wish I could, but can not.I believe he will lose, not
because his ideas and goals are not good ones, but because he is not living up
to LDS standards in his political conduct.On the other hand I really
appreciated the way Jon Huntsman handled himself when he ran for president. I
think he can answer the above question much more honestly than can Romney. Will
this statement pass muster??
It's great that Ann can stay at home - she is rich. Most mom's that
work don't do so because they want to or choose to but because they have no
choice. Certainly it is much better for the kids if the mom is home. I do have
great respect for those mom's who pull double duty - working outside the
home as a bread winner and working at home as a mom. These women are truly
How hard could it be staying home with your kids when you are worth hundreds of
millions of dollars. Give me a break.
Hmm. Just what would be the point in working once the family net worth crosses
into seven, eight or nine figures? Nothing against Mrs. R., but someone is
needed at home just to supervise all the hired help and see that nothing
valuable walks out the door. The value of their stuff would dwarf anything she
could earn in the marketplace, so, yes, the proper place for HER is home. Not
everyone is so fortunate.
She should be very much a good spokesman for women who choose to stay at home.
Nothing wrong with that what so ever.On the other hand, she should
not even try to be a voice for working mothers, single mothers or the poor as
she has no connection to them, has no peer experience, and no point of
reference. That is what people all got wound up about before. Not that Ann is
a bad person, not at all. But she was no more qualified to speak for those
other groups than I am .Just like white lived-in-Utah-their-whole-lives
Mormons should pretend to know what it is like to have a multi racial family in
the church either... in a place where your kids are one of three members kids
attending a school of 2,000 kids, having to get up a 5 am to attend seminary.
Neither is wrong... they just haven't worn each others shoes
yet. Ann has nothing to hide nor explain.
Vote Romney/Ryan 2012...if you like jobs instead of handouts, shrinking
government instead of Greece, and a professional instead of on-the-job-trainee.
Thank you for publishing this wonderful article. Mitt and Ann Romney, a good
recipe for America right now when this country is hurting so much for strong,
moral leadership. Nothing to hide in their closet although some will and have
tried. I think the same story will be true for Paul Ryan and his wife. Romney-Ryan 2012 Let's get our country back on sound economic ground
again with people who actually love this country more than greed and power and
know how to help all of us work and succeed.
Rifleman, for you, again it's the woman's fault. When is
your gender going to rise to expectations? Or are do they never have to?
Re: REALLY_Evanston, IL" ....but when it comes to poor women who want
to stay home with their children, "they need the dignity of
work"."Our personal decisions and actions come with
inescapable consequences attached. If a woman decides to get an education and
make herself attactive to a successful husband who can support her and her
children that is a consequence.If a woman decides to have children
without benefit of marriage there are consequences attached.This
world isn't fair, and unfortunately some of us may escape the consequences
of our actions .... in the short run.
When it comes to his wife Ann, Mitt thinks being a stay at home mom is "the
hardest job in the world", but when it comes to poor women who want to stay
home with their children, "they need the dignity of work". That's
some double standard.
Ann Romney is a fine, upstanding American and a decent person.Just
like many of our politicians on both sides. Just like Obama and Bush.No one should attempt to demonize her based on her politics.The
same goes for Mitt. A decent person.
The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world!