Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sat, 05/12/2007 - 15:20.

Mothers’ Day in the USA began when Julia Ward Howe instigated a post-civil war movement for peace.  It wasn’t about thanking mothers for bearing and rearing children and keeping house.  Mothers’ day originated as a political movement with the very sane and rationale objective of  keeping every mother’s child – mainly sons - alive by keeping them from the battlefield .


The original purpose of Mothers’ Day has been fouled up -   Mothers’ Day has become a day of flowers, breakfast in bed, and praise for fecundity.  Not that there is anything wrong with appreciating mothers and motherhood, but we have lost sight in this country of the insanity and horror of warfare, sending – with fervor and false premises -  our children into battle against other children as a  means of resolving disputes – while leaving less deadly solutions untested.


While we kill and are killed, mothers and fathers and every citizen is only fed sanitized and glorified news of our fighting.   With the best communications equipment which the world has ever had – including cameras, recording equipment, satellites, fiber, 500 TV channels, internet, etc etc,  -  in our isolated minds we  see, hear, taste, and feel nothing of what our 500 Billion annual defense budget dishes out.


We need to get back to that original USA Mothers’ Peace Day - every day -  and stop the painful pumping of  bleeding hearts…

Mother's Day Proclamation - 1870

by Julia Ward Howe

Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
"We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe our dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace...
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God -
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

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Vanity Fair

This month's Vanity Fair has a great essay on America's distorted self-image (Mrs. Trollope's America June 2007 pp116-117).  Thank you Jeff for reminding us how far removed we are from reality.  Rosemary Palmer and Paul Schroeder lost their son Augie in Iraq.   Please support their efforts to stop war.

Amazing proclamation - include Mother Earth

This gives purpose to Mothers' Day. Perhaps this can be Mothers' Year, in a drive for world peace leading to a more enlightened next Mothers' Day of Peace. I'd love to see Mother Earth included in this.

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The role of Motherhood

In a society that has slowly begun to  recognize the intrinsic value of equity and inclusion of women, amending its constitution and addressing domestic violence, it is easier to forget the treachery and mysogyny embedded  in  arcane  cultures and  belief systems.  When  war  crimes were  investigated  globally  in the  aftermath  of  WWII,  century old traditions  of female infanticide came to light. For all the Sisyphean blood and pain of the marching soldier, history proves that brave men and women must step into the breach, and stand against institutional hatred. Fighting for oil is an abomination, fighting for the right of women to vote and educate themselves is above reproach, it is the very manifestation of survival and hope.
Watch a feral mother cat or dog defend and protect its children, then think about kids allowed to listen to Springer, gangsta rap, all of the MSM's sewer of commerce.

"A patriot must always be prepared to defend his country against his government"
                                                                                                            Edward Abbey

"An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy." - Spanish proverb


Happy mother's day from me too

As always, realneo brings me into the day more enlightened, today on today, mother's day. To me it is a celebration of life, which comes from mothers and fathers and nature and is all good - just a good day to celebrate family. But a good day to think about war and peace and rights and injustice as well. Thanks all for sharing great thoughts.

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