Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Sally Field's Emmy Performance

If mothers ruled the, ruled the world, there would be no god-damned wars in the first place, Field bleated.
That's what Sally said during her acceptance speech at the recent Emmy awards. Michelle Malkin does not agree with Sally one iota. Sally Field Doesn't Speak for Me is Michelle's answer to Sally's comment about Motherhood.
Motherhood and peace-making are not synonymous. Motherhood requires ferocity, the will and resolve to protect one's own children at all costs, and a life-long commitment to sacrifice for a family's betterment and survival. Conflict avoidance is incompatible with good mothering.
The Animal world is full of mothers who fit Michelle's model much better than Sally's.
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.
On the other hand in a way Sally and Michelle are both right. Sally didn't realize when she said If mothers ruled the world, there would be no god-damned wars in the first place she was right. Right because most mothers would not hesitate to react viciously to any attack on her young. There would be no warning, no diplomacy, no empty threats, and no retreat from confrontation. The offender would be pulverized immediately and completely. In this sense Sally is correct.

Lessons from life. Don't pull on Superman's cape, and don't make a Mother mad.

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