Monday, January 12, 2004

The political power of Mommy

Over the past several years there has been a lot of discussion about the political power of “soccer moms.” For many women this attention made them feel as if their political power lay in their ability to cast their vote. However, they would be wrong.

The real political power of mothers lies in their ability to teach future generations how to think critically about political topics and how to influence the political system. No responsible woman would dream of not talking to her child about how to make wise choices in the areas of religion, relationships, or even nutrition, but most women overlook the importance of helping their children understand how public policy and elected officials affect their everyday lives.

As W.R. Wallace said, “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world." Remind yourselves of that important responsibility. And remind your friends that when they decide to turn over their child to a daycare worker or a nanny they are also turning over the future of our country.