Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day [Updated]

[At the bottom please enjoy Chelsea's Mothers Day video--if you haven't yet seen it.I am sharing it with my Mom tomorrow.]

I have two Mothers Day cards ready for tomorrow. One is from me and one is from Duffy, my mother's dog, because our four legged friends give holiday cards in our family.

A one pound box of Sees Candy will accompany the cards, another Mother's Day tradition started by my Dad some 50 years ago. And he always took my Mom, out to eat--usually to one of His favorite restaurants--but she would merely laugh at him.  

My parents weren't alone, of course.  The National Restaurant Association says that Mother's Day is the biggest holiday for dining out and close to three and a half million dollars will be spent in restaurants tomorrow.

I also just found out that Mother's Day was first celebrated in Grafton, West Virginia on May 10, 1908. Whatever that first celebration was supposed to represent exactly is unclear, but since then we have sentimentalized Mothers Day to an astonishing degree.

Cards and flowers and noble poems about the beauty of mothers and their hard work on behalf of the rest of us, now mark the occasion. Three billion dollars will be spent on flowers alone.

So, yes, it is true Mother's Day has become a sentimentalized Hallmark and Sees kind of day when we give lip service and candy to our Moms glossing over the more unsentimental aspects of the job. Dirty diapers and runny noses, not enough money and going without, hopes for something better and dreams deferred to the next generation.

And then along came Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Where did this woman come from? Overnight it seems she has turned into an unsentimentalized American mother and hero who inspires literally  half the country. She is also a living testament to the fortitude and gritty commitment so many mothers display-- but not so famously.

I have supported Hill from day one in her fight for the nomination of her party. I have called and sent money and proudly put a bumper sticker on the back of my car--in a notoriously Republican part of Southern California so in my head I had to say;  `road rage be damned, I will have my say.'

I have watched every debate. Can you believe it? And I rejected offers of companionship at these televised visitations because I wanted without fear to be able to scream or cry. I have also been heard to talk back to the TV, and I didn't want to be inhibited in that regard either. So I sat alone and she astonished me each and every time. As I look back over her performances now, they were damn near perfect. But I would be lying if I said I didn't approach each debate with my heart in my throat praying that she would not appear uninformed or get slammed by the guys and that the debate moderators would be fair. How I grew to hate the MSNBC  inquisitors and  their slimy assaults. Thank you Saturday Night Live.

I think at this point it would not be hard for me to say, "Yo, Hill, this is a little more accurate about your view of Health Care." Because by now I know her political positions better than she does. And I have written diary after diary after diary on a political blog where I have been insulted, screamed at, called a racist, and other vile names including  a troll--it doesn't mean that little guy who advertises for Travelocity--it means a slimeball who goes onto websites to make trouble.

I am none of those things. I am a woman who has fought for women's rights her whole live. I am a woman who once sat in a factory in Ithaca New York and wanted to tear it apart brick by  brick as she remembered her mother's life eaten up by the numbing, mind stealing, life sapping work of putting the same 5 parts together on an assembly line for Grayson Heat Control. She did this  for eight hours a day, five  days a week, year in, and year out until her dreams become memories, and then they were nowhere to be found at all. I knew those dreams well, and I saw them eaten alive by a world that counts women's dreams less than anyone else's.

So Hillary Clinton's dream electrifies me. Where does her grit come from? All the Mother's Day cards in the world cannot begin to tell women, mothers, and  little girls plus all the men, fathers and little boys who love them what it means to be a WOMAN better than Hillary Clinton's run for the Democratic Party's nomination to be President.

Words fail me when I try to tell you how much Hillary Clinton means to me. She is the down to-the-bone fortitude of every woman who has been knocked down, ignored, mistreated, abused, counted out, told to leave, kicked aside, underestimated and just plain messed with.

Hillary is the woman who is still standing after famous men told her to `go away.' She is the mother whose daughter looks at her with loving eyes. She is the wife who stood by the man she married in sickness and in health and for better or worse. She is the woman you can want your daughter to grow up to be. She is the only candidate for President who can heal a broken nation; and when our government begins to care about all of us again, restore pride to our hearts.

I mean I have never in all my life seen anything as tenacious, as determined, as strong, as committed, as inspiring and ultimately as Powerful as Hillary Rodham Clinton fighting for Her Fair Place in this nomination fight.

This woman will take you home. She will rock your world. She can be the President of the United States--and she will start working for you and me on Day One. And if you don't think that would be pretty powerful, take a good look at her now. Because Hillary Rodham Clinton in the home state of Mothers Day is going to Rock the Vote like you have never dreamed.

Chelseas's video for Mothers Day. Enjoy

Tags: Ask me how I see black people, Hillary Clinton, Mothers Day, really, West Virginia (all tags)

Comments

113 Comments

Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

this one is for all the mothers everywhere.

by linfar 2008-05-10 11:25AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

If I showed this diary to my mother, she would probably vomit. During the course of this campaign, Hillary has gone from being a respected figure to being "the bitch" in her eyes. She is very angry at how Clinton has conducted herself and her campaign, and I frequently have to calm her down on the subject and remind her of the things she admires about Hillary. I'm quite certain my mother wouldn't want someone voting for Hillary as a way to avenge the indignities my mother has suffered.

by Mobar 2008-05-10 01:11PM | 0 recs
alrighty then, kevin22262

wanna explain why you hide rated my on-topic-rules-conforming comment? If linfar wants to make voting for Hillary about everyone's mother, I get to point out that my mother, in fact, would resent the argument.

by Mobar 2008-05-10 01:43PM | 0 recs
I am quite certain
my mother would turn you over her knee. I am quite certain, that your mother once taught you manners, but you long forgot those.
by linc 2008-05-10 02:46PM | 0 recs
Re: I am quite certain

Please educate me. Where is the etiquette violation? I haven't misunderstood - this is still a website where people discuss politics, right? I love these absurd responses. Seriously, you're talking about spanking me? That's appropriate in your mind?

by Mobar 2008-05-10 02:56PM | 0 recs
Re: I am quite certain

Will you guys just grow up already?  Seriously - vomit?  

by alegre 2008-05-10 05:05PM | 0 recs
Maybe vomiting is a Mother's Day

.... tradition in some circles.  Certainly seems so to some.

I guess if Hill wins this thing, some will be downright skinny from vomiting!  

I've been sick at my stomach for all the "W" years so I can sympathize.  Haven't lost any weight though, darn it!

by Southern Mouth 2008-05-10 05:22PM | 0 recs
Re: I am quite certain

Gosh, alegre... I don't think you're being insulting enough. It's the liberal blogosphere, you know, dirty fucking hippie space, not your grandma's tea party. There may be some generational divide on the appropriateness of using "vomit" to indicate severe revulsion, but I've got some bad news for you - you're old enough that it's possible for someone to be in a younger generation than you and still be a fully grown adult. You don't know jack shit about me (because I somehow manage to avoid writing diaries here connecting every damn detail of my personal life to this primary) and this "grow up" shit is uncalled for.

by Mobar 2008-05-10 05:38PM | 0 recs
Repulsive comment.

by optimisticBoy 2008-05-10 07:26PM | 0 recs
holy cow
could you be more vitriolic?
by linc 2008-05-10 09:55PM | 0 recs
Re: holy cow

Says the guy who made a frivolous accusation of racism down thread. Forgive me if I don't give much credit to your read on things.

by Mobar 2008-05-11 08:25AM | 0 recs
Re: I am quite certain

It's his mother whose said it.  You can't say you'll turn her over on your knee, so you attack the poster.

My mother says similar things.  My aunt, herself a mother, and my sister - another mother, do not, but they have nothing but contempt for the Clintons, and Hillary Clinton in particular.  When someone talks to you like they think you're an idiot, that tends to do it.

by Mostly 2008-05-10 02:57PM | 0 recs
My mom says...
good lord, how juvenile. You know what, good for you and the other commenter's mothers- that's just great that they have such annomosity for an individual that they only know through the lens of the media and their obviously biased children. For anyone, to have such "my mom would probably vomit" feelings about the Clintons is just ridiculous and a bit crazy.
by linc 2008-05-10 03:30PM | 0 recs
Re: My mom says...

I don't think you understand how offensive this diary is.  How would you be reacting right now to some diary proclaiming Obama as a universal father?

by Mostly 2008-05-10 03:39PM | 0 recs
I have read
about a few hundred diaries about what Obama 'represents'. Say hope and change, for instance. I have also read a few hundred diaries indicating that since I don't support Obama, I am somehow without either- its just not the case. What is odd to me, is that you feel it is incumbent upon you to let someone else know that the admiration they have for another individuals qualities as 'mother' and bearer, is detestable. All it says to me, is that your hate or dislike for HRC is so great, that you cannot even let others admire her. Its pretty darn awful.
by linc 2008-05-10 05:04PM | 0 recs
Re: I have read

What Obama represents to people is mocked repeatedly, constantly, consistently, and by you to boot.  "So much for hope and change" is a very common swipe that I've seen you use, so you'll forgive me if I don't take your "golly gee, that's pretty gosh darn awful" seriously.  

And again, I do not hate her. I have voted for her.  I have donated money to her.  She does not represent motherhood, and I find that sentiment somewhat offensive.  

by Mostly 2008-05-10 05:11PM | 0 recs
OK
you win. Linfar is not allowed to share with us her personal experience about motherhood and how she feels Hillary Clinton embodies that. You win. Its just not fair to you. Hillary Clinton is not a mother, she doesn't represent anything motherly, she did bear a child, fight her professional life on behalf of women and children, she wasn't the person who took all the flack for Democratic efforts to get UHC in this country. You are right- none of that is motherly- it just makes me want to vomit.
by linc 2008-05-10 05:19PM | 0 recs
Re: OK

Linfar is allowed to say anything she wants.  So am I.

by Mostly 2008-05-10 10:06PM | 0 recs
Re: My mom says...

"My mom says" isn't particularly juvenile when the title of the thread is "Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day." As has been noted repeatedly in different ways in these comments, linfar's diary goes overboard in tying Clinton to motherhood and Mother's Day in a way that makes non-Clinton voters uncomfortable. I'd think she went overboard even if I were a Clinton voter.

I wrote that my mom would probably vomit if I showed her this diary. Since it was apparently not clear, her gag reflex would be excited by someone using her experiences as a woman and mother as a reason to vote for Clinton because the result of my mother's experiences as a woman and mother was actually to vote for Obama. Mom's a clever gal, and she'd be offended by the treacly emotional appeal that tries to claim her experience as its fuel. And it is offensive. Imagining my mom as a crazy and ridiculous Clinton hater, rather than a longtime Clinton admirer who has been disappointed with the way Hillary has conducted herself, may be easier on your preconceived notions but it isn't the truth.

by Mobar 2008-05-10 03:51PM | 0 recs
It blatently her personal opinion
not yours. Personal opinions, out of a matter of respect, should not be treated with such contempt. She didn't write it for you, it should be obvious that she wrote it for those that put value on these qualities in a leader and see them in Hillary Clinton- people like me.

And you know what? Good for your mother- there are a lot of other mothers that feel differently- its interesting how personal opinion works like that. Now, your comment was still disgusting- I don't care if that would really be your mother's reaction- its disrespectful of other mothers, plain and simple, for you to so obnoxiously write it. Full stop.
by linc 2008-05-10 05:09PM | 0 recs
Re: It blatently her personal opinion

What's Bush's approval rating at now - 28%? I've got nothing but contempt for the personal opinion that George W. Bush is a good president. Showing up at brunch tomorrow, locating some moms who love W and sharing my opinion of their opinion would be disrespectful to those mothers. Typing it on a political web site, not so much.

by Mobar 2008-05-10 05:55PM | 0 recs
You're mother sounds like a....

I'll use the word's definition rather than the actual word -- "a woman whom one dislikes or considers to be malicious or unpleasant."  Shame on you and shame on her.  How the hell is this article on the rec list?

by froggyman 2008-05-10 04:14PM | 0 recs
Fuck you
a little boy.
by linc 2008-05-10 05:10PM | 0 recs
oops
you little boy. I am sorry, you don't know my mother. I won't insult yours because I am sure if she knew you were writing as much about other people's mothers, she would probably put you over her knee- mothers know what respect is, even if their children do not.
by linc 2008-05-10 05:12PM | 0 recs
It is because some of the Hillary supporters have

turned her campaign into some kind of referendum on Women.  And Hillary has fostered those ideas as a foundation of her campaign.  So the success and failure of Hillary Clinton, is now tied to the success and failure of all women for them.  Opposing that narrative has marked you as an evil troll. You are now either a misogynist (if male), or a traitor (if female) that has escaped the gender black hole that is Hillary Clinton.

by Tumult 2008-05-10 09:38PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

You sicken me.  Someone posts a wonderful diary about some of the reasons she supports a candidate and you have to immediately butt in with how YOUR sainted mother thinks Clinton is a bitch.  

I bet you wonder why a lot of Clinton supports absolutely hate Obama?  Go look in a mirror.

by mlr701 2008-05-11 05:24AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

linfar brought my mom into it, not me. Please note my original response was to her tip jar "this one is for all the mothers." I didn't present my mom as sainted and I love how all the HIllary fans missed the part where I actually defend Hillary when my mom talks like this by reminding her of things she likes about Hillary.

I don't wonder why a lot of Clinton supporters absolutely hate Obama, because I don't believe that "a lot" of them actually do. This site isn't representative of the Clinton supporters I know. As has been stated repeatedly, hating a candidate because of something some anonymous person on the internet said is just stupid.

I can't say I care too much that I sicken you, but I certainly hope it didn't cause you to vomit because I understand now that this would be grossly inappropriate.

by Mobar 2008-05-11 08:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

I don't post that much, I thought this was a touching diary. Thanks. FOr those that reply with venom go call your mom and wish her a happy mother's say, go on now and do it!!!!

Hillary Clinton stands up for all Americans, you can choose to dismiss her or accept that many people think she has contributed greatly to society.

by fair elections 2008-05-11 08:47AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

Hillary is Everyone's Mother.  So often, we all take our mothers for granted until they are no longer with us.  Let's not let that happen, America.  Let's honor the woman that can nurture our country back to good fiscal, emotional, and "revered-in-the-world-again" health. Finally, let her be the one to bring sons and daughters in harm's way back to their mothers.  

by curiosityhasme 2008-05-10 11:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

Exactly. Maybe you should have written this diary :)

by linfar 2008-05-10 11:33AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

Sorry, but my mother is my mother, not a poltician who I have nothing in common and who lives an extravagent lifestyle that I can only dream of.

My supports Obama.

by Mostly 2008-05-10 02:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

I appreciate your admiration of Hlllary.

But she's NOT Everyone's Mother.  She's certainly not my mother.

by politicsmatters 2008-05-10 11:36AM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

I didn't say she was. But a lot of mothers and daughters see her as an inspiring example of something terrific.

by linfar 2008-05-10 11:39AM | 0 recs
I don't

nor does my mother or my grandmother. She is inspiring to a lot of white mothers and daughters but not to many blacks. Sorry to burst your bubble.

by sweet potato pie 2008-05-10 12:49PM | 0 recs
Are you

in the heads of most black women?

by kevin22262 2008-05-10 01:41PM | 0 recs
Re: Are you

Is linfar?  She claimed to be.  Why the selective outrage?

by Mostly 2008-05-10 03:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Are you

I'm a white woman and I'm not proud that a strong, brilliant woman like Hillary has stooped to pandering and to guilt by association.

by politicsmatters 2008-05-10 04:30PM | 0 recs
Oh, so it's a racial thing

by your accounting?

So then, by extension, many white mothers and daughters would not find Michelle Obama inspiring?  

The racial polarization you are promoting is very divisive.

by Radiowalla 2008-05-10 02:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Oh, so it's a racial thing

Well, I don't think so, but Hillary does.  Did you not catch her claiming that hard-working, white Americans support her, but will not support Obama?

Let's hope Hillary is wrong about this too.

by Mostly 2008-05-10 03:02PM | 0 recs
what an
absolutely racist thing to say, shame on you.
by linc 2008-05-10 02:49PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

I didn't say you did. Look at how the comments were nested.

by politicsmatters 2008-05-10 12:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

Hillary is everyone's mother?

Yuck.

Is Obama everyone's father?

Do you have a license to pander?

by Bargeron 2008-05-10 12:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

After being accused of being in a cult for the past few months, reading the phrase "Hillary is everyone's mother" is certainly ironic.

by freedom78 2008-05-10 12:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

Cult members have mother too, ya know. :)

by Scotch 2008-05-10 01:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

? My mother is 95 years old and is not an admirer of the Clintons, but she is a lifelong Democrat. Why are you hijacking motherhood for Hillary?

by applecrispbetty 2008-05-10 01:49PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

Because many of the Hillary supporters on this site have made Hillary and women equivalent in their mind.  

My mother voted for Hillary (MA).  If the primary was held today, she would not (if Edwards was still in she might choose him over Obama) even if Obama wasn't the presumptive nominee.  Most women can see past identity politics.  

by PantsB 2008-05-10 02:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

Just curious, do you look down on people who can't (or won't) see past identity politics?

by sricki 2008-05-10 09:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

I knew there was a reason this diary got me extremely angry.

I already have a mother.  I love her dearly.  We have identical poltics, about issues, what we think of the primary, and everything.

Not only are you attempting to speak for her, but you're attempting to replace her with Hillary Clinton.

by Mostly 2008-05-10 03:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

"Hillary is everyone's mother."

Are you freakin' kidding me?  That's one of the most offensive things I've ever heard.  My white mother has had the good sense to dislike Hillary since day one.    That's the kind of judgment a mother needs.  And to think, I used to defend Hillary to my mother.

by froggyman 2008-05-10 04:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

Lin, you're terrific, too!

by LA 2008-05-10 12:46PM | 0 recs
Thanks for this diary

I love hearing the personal stories of people who have lived long enough and experienced enough to appreciate what Hillary Clinton's candidacy means.  

by dbrown04 2008-05-10 01:18PM | 0 recs
Thanks for the diary

and I would like to thank the obama kids for showing us all of that warm and fuzzy "hope, change and unity" ... some of you O kids are really stupid.

by kevin22262 2008-05-10 01:39PM | 0 recs
linfar's shtick

is a more sophisticated version of "vote for Clinton or we'll club this baby seal!" She tells these emotional stories and the moral is always "vote for Clinton." It's very effective with the crowd that won't let logic stand in the way of sentiment and has the handy benefit of a built in way to attack any critics - why are you stinking up this positive emotional diary with criticism? We're feeling warm and fuzzy here!! Pointing out that the fuzziness has extended from your heart to your head is obviously not appreciated.

by Mobar 2008-05-10 01:58PM | 0 recs
Re: linfar's shtick

You strike me as a sad, unhappy soul in a lot of pain reading all of this.  Perhaps you should step out of the room and get yourself together, or at least show a side of yourself that is not obnoxious.

by Scotch 2008-05-10 02:01PM | 0 recs
Re: linfar's shtick

My good sir, I have not begun to act obnoxious. But I really appreciate you taking the time to offer such a well-reasoned response.

by Mobar 2008-05-10 02:06PM | 0 recs
Re: linfar's shtick

That goes for you too, kets.

by Scotch 2008-05-10 06:22PM | 0 recs
Of course logic is king when

Obamaphiles wax eloquent about "hope" and "change" and shake their fingers at non-believers, accusing them of spoiling the grand dream.

The Obama campaign has been built on lots of warm and fuzzy and very little bread and butter.

So much for a schtick.

by Radiowalla 2008-05-10 02:09PM | 0 recs
That Obama's campaign

is criticized so much here for its over-reliance on emotional appeals only makes linfar's deployment of the technique (and the wave of Clinton supporters who love it) more amusing.

by Mobar 2008-05-10 02:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Of course logic is king when

My mother could never mix that many metaphors, not even with her Kitchen-Aid standing mixer.

by DeskHack 2008-05-10 02:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Of course logic is king when

Do you really not understand how this diary would be offensive to anyone who is politically opposed to Hillary Clinton, and downright creepy to everyone in between?

Hillary Clinton as universal mother?

If people want to peddle a whole new Hallmark[tm] religion, don't be surprised if a lot of us don't take it sitting down.  I do NOT have to like this.  Nowhere is it written that I have to think this is okay.  I do not.

by Mostly 2008-05-10 03:10PM | 0 recs
Oh, I get it that you loathe her....

you make that abundantly clear in so many ways.

What I don't get is why you find it necessary to jump into a diary that is positive, personal and quite obviously heartfelt.  It seems gratuitous and offensive to me, especially when the diarist wasn't saying anything negative about Obama or telling anyone else what they should think or do.

by Radiowalla 2008-05-10 03:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Oh, I get it that you loathe her....

I don't loathe her.  I voted for her.  I've given money to her.

Anyway, these diaries are not labeled "positive Clinton diary!" before I get a chance to read them.  And my reaction to it was one of revulsion.

Can you imagine the howls if someone wrote a diary saying that Obama was some kind of universal father?  You're just not being honest here.

by Mostly 2008-05-10 04:45PM | 0 recs
If someone wrote a similar diary about

Obama, I would do what I always do:

(1) Don't read it.
(2) If I stumbled into it by mistake, I would leave without dropping nasty comments that insult the posters.

by Radiowalla 2008-05-10 06:10PM | 0 recs
Re: If someone wrote a similar diary about

I haven't insulted anyone.  

by Mostly 2008-05-10 10:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Thanks for the diary

I think Hillary is a spectacularly good mother to her daughter.  My own mother thinks she is terrific and voted for her.  I hate to think that this campaign has resulted in needing to have 2 discrete MD threads when it would be a lot more fun to share political and otherwise Mom stories.  

Too many people just seem to want a chance to get a dig in when this is a perfect opportunity to stop demonizing one side or the other.  When I read about writing about doggie cards, or Linfar's mother's struggles it just feels weird that if you talk about it, even about appreciating Hillary's grit and abilities, but are not a Clinton voter, you really are seen as somehow a bad person who just doesn't understand.  

I like the hope change and unity message, and yes, the sniping from some of Obama's supporters really grossly inconsistent with that, but so is the feeling of some of Clinton's supporters that they own certain "women's things," Mother's Day and being an inspiring role model to young women being one of them.

by mady 2008-05-10 02:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

Now this is more like it.  I positive diary about Hillary that doesn't trash Obama.  Recommended!!!

by chewie5656 2008-05-10 01:43PM | 0 recs
If only
we could get a positive diary about Obama that doesn't trash Clinton...
by linc 2008-05-10 05:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

Wonderful diary! It almost made me cry, but I don't cry easily, and already spent mine today on Chelsea's video made for her mother's day tomorrow.  I feel like I have known Hillary all my life instead of only 18 years of it, and can trust her to the very end.  Who can act as genuine as she has for these many years and not have it be for real. Trust is the important thing to have in a president, and I have it in her.

Happy Mother's day Hillary!

by Scotch 2008-05-10 01:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

OH, thanks for reminding me that I hadn't gone and watched that video yet!  And now that I have, and my eyes are tear-glazed--I just wanted to agree with your comment about trusting her, and the importance of that in a President!  I have it in her also--despite her imperfections (which we all have), I have more trust in her than I recall having in any candidate for my entire adult life!  

Happy Mother's Day, Hillary, and all Mothers out there!  

by ChargedFan 2008-05-10 02:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

Beautiful diary...thanks for writing it!  

You know, it is honestly quite easy to forget what a monumental success she has already been in getting this far--what that represents historically--because quite honestly it's easy to forget she's a woman when comparing their policies, grasp of various situations, experience, etc. and realizing that she's quite simply the best candidate!  And then when I step back and remember that she is in fact a woman, it is truly awe-inspiring.  It's just a sad testament to the state of our country when I hear people "hating on her" for things she is not even in the least bit responsible for.  I'm not saying she's perfect (nobody is), and that there aren't some legitimate complaints about her--but so many refuse to even take an honest look at her abilities for misguided reasons.   Anyway, thanks again, for such a beautiful diary!  

by ChargedFan 2008-05-10 01:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

I agree with you. Nobody talks about how ground breaking her run is. She is literally the first woman to ever win a state primary in her own right. It's incredible.

by linfar 2008-05-10 04:05PM | 0 recs
Hillary is a SuperMom!

Thanks, linfar!

theipinionsjournal

by Nobama 2008-05-10 01:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary is a SuperMom!

Love the cartoon Nobama. Just love it. I had a cape likethat when I was little. Well, sorta. It was an old bedsheet cut down to size :)

by linfar 2008-05-10 04:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

Gosh reading down through the comments so far, I have to thank all the Obama people who came to show such kindness and good hearts.  It's heart warming, just like always.

by Scotch 2008-05-10 01:59PM | 0 recs
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Just so you know, we don't all agree. I don't get why they have such a problem with the diary. I find it to be quite appropriate and heartfelt. I think we all place our own ideals and values into our politicians. And that's not a bad thing. I find the cynicism especially strange coming from my fellow Obama supporters.

by brimur 2008-05-10 06:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

It's possible you don't get it because linfar has cleaned up the diary and removed the parts that went overboard with the message of a vote for Hillary is a validation of every underappreciated and/or undervalued mother in history (and the implicit consequence of not voting for Hillary). It was a strange read because in parts it was quite appropriate and heartfelt and then it would slip into weird territory overidentifying Hillary's fight with every woman's fight. This comment by DeskHack covered it pretty succinctly:

Not voting for Hillary is like kicking your mother in the face.

The responses do look odd given the current composition of the diary. What's written there now is not what I responded to earlier.

by Mobar 2008-05-10 06:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Hillary Rewrites Mothers Day

That's fair, I may not have seen the same iteration to which you are reacting. But it is clear that it's her opinion to me. I'm just uncomfortably reminded of people mocking us for placing our hopes and ideals in Obama and I don't like to see us do the same.

by brimur 2008-05-10 06:53PM | 0 recs
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Great post, keep up the good work. Since W.VA started mother day it's nice to see Hillary Clinton in West Virginia representing what best about mothers.

Hard work and dedication.

by carbynew 2008-05-10 02:18PM | 0 recs
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I am an Obama supporter, but I think that Hillary has been a very good mother. She deserves great credit for that, as does her mom, Mrs. Rodham. Happy Mothers' Day to moms every where.

by blue jersey mom 2008-05-10 02:23PM | 0 recs
Thanks for the gracious comment,

blue jersey mom.

Happy Mother's Day to you as well.  

by Radiowalla 2008-05-10 03:56PM | 0 recs
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Not voting for Hillary is like kicking your mother in the face.

by DeskHack 2008-05-10 02:31PM | 0 recs
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I used to really like Hillary, but ironically, the first time she turned me off was a case where I felt she she was minimizing the role of mothers and parents.

In 2005, Clinton pressured the FTC to investigate the makers of Grand Theft Auto, a game which contained some sexual content. Clinton's stated objective was to prevent the game from being sold to minors, even though the game already came with a Mature rating that prohibited its sale to anyone under 17.

Rather than arguing that parents need to do a better job of monitoring the games their kids play and take more responsibility for understanding and abiding by the rating system already in place, Clinton gave parents a pass. She painted mothers as powerless enforcers, and instead of reminding parents not to abdicate their responsibilities, she put all the blame on the game makers.

My mother took this responsibility very seriously, and she did a great policing what I watched or bought. I hated it at the time, of course, but I'm proud of my Mom for trying to raise me right. She would never have suggested that the media or entertainment companies should assume the parent's role, and I wish Clinton felt the same way.

by jdusek 2008-05-10 03:58PM | 0 recs
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I read this diary and had this immediate queasy feeling, like someone had poisoned a saccharine pill and forced me to swallow it.

Just thought I'd point that out.  You may return to worshipping your universal earth-mother.

by Mostly 2008-05-10 04:03PM | 0 recs
It's a shame

because the Chelsea video is sweet. But I don't think linfar can stop herself from pushing these things too far when she gets so much applause every time she does it.

by Mobar 2008-05-10 04:27PM | 0 recs
One of the worst entries ever on the rec. list

This entry definitely belongs in the top 5 of the worst entries on the rec list.  That's an amazing feat considering the number of absurd posts on this site.

by froggyman 2008-05-10 04:16PM | 0 recs
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"I mean I have never in all my life seen anything as tenacious, as determined, as strong, as committed, as inspiring and ultimately as Powerful as Hillary Rodham Clinton fighting for Her Fair Place in this nomination fight."

She had her fair place. In fact, she started far, far ahead. But in a fair competition, sometimes you lose.  She's not going to be the nominee.  

by politicsmatters 2008-05-10 04:33PM | 0 recs
Your probably right

but then Obama will likely lose in the general election. Fair competition and all...

by Coldblue 2008-05-10 04:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Your probably right

You have your own opinion on GE chances, I have mine.  whatever our view of those chances, I hope we will be working together to win the WH.

by politicsmatters 2008-05-10 04:56PM | 0 recs
We'll see

At this time, I plan on writing in Hillary on my November ballot. Now before you go ballistic, please understand that my vote was rendered meaningless once McCain became the GOP nominee (I'm in AZ).

As for supporting Obama with time and money, I doubt that I'll participate. OK, now you can proceed to ballistic mode :-)

by Coldblue 2008-05-10 05:04PM | 0 recs
Re: We'll see

I'm in NYC so my vote won't matter.  Obama will win the City, probably not Upstate (which is rather conservative).

I am changing my party affiliation after the primary season.  I will find out if I can write Hillary's name in the ballot.  I voted for Edwards after he dropped out.  I"m not one to join bandwagons.

Hillary '08- Still. The. Right. Choice.

by stefystef 2008-05-10 05:49PM | 0 recs
Re: We'll see

I don't think that's true actually. Arizona may end up being Gore's Tennessee. McCain is not yet consistently polling over 50%. At a minimum he will have to spend some time campaigning there.

by brimur 2008-05-10 06:02PM | 0 recs
Not a chance

that a Democrat wins Arizona in November...no matter who the nominee is.

by Coldblue 2008-05-10 06:15PM | 0 recs
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She's not going to be the nominee.

Which is a travesty onto itself.  The very party she worked so hard for turned its back on her.

At least her daughter was able to articulate the truly elegant and amazing woman Hillary Clinton is.  It is a shame the Democratic Party, fails to support the right candidate.

Happy Mother's Day, Hillary.  Like all moms, you are under-appreciated and underestimated.

by stefystef 2008-05-10 04:55PM | 0 recs
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"The party" as an organizational entity didn't turn its back on her.  No, the voters decided that they preferred Obama.  At the same time, very many people, including Obama supporters, respect her greatly.

by politicsmatters 2008-05-10 04:58PM | 0 recs
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The voters didn't decide.
The media decided.  And the Party decided to disenfranchised voters in MI and FL to help THEIR choice for President to prevail... for now.

Hillary's strength in the General Election polling is a testimony to her and her millions and millions of supporters.  She received nearly 50% of all the votes casted, only behind Obama about 300,000.

It is unlike that the "new" coalition the Democratic Party wants to build will bring Obama a win in November.  Obama's Chicago style of bullying for votes will not work.

by stefystef 2008-05-10 05:33PM | 0 recs
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The media decided?

That statement both

  1. Ignores the very negative media Obama received over Wright and the bitter comment and
  2. Assumes that everyone but Clinton supporters are dupes who can see through the media.

by politicsmatters 2008-05-10 06:09PM | 0 recs
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It is possible to find Hillary Clinton to be all you say, powerful, smart, elegant, amazing, and still prefer to vote for her opponent because he seems a better choice for President to you.  You don't have to have any negative feelings about her at all to select someone you like even better.

by mady 2008-05-10 08:50PM | 0 recs
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Mady, I think you are actually torn about supporting Obama. As far as I'm concerned it is your decision to support whom you believe in--and I support your right to choose.But if you want to know who I think showed integrity, class and grit in this campaign, it is Hillary. Obama's campaign just can't play fair and now they want to award themselves the nomination before the primaries are ended with no clear winner. It's wrong. You know it. I know it. the whole world knows it. And that is going to come back and bite Obama in the ass

by linfar 2008-05-11 06:20AM | 0 recs
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I am torn as far as neither candidates share some of my views in certain important areas.

That being said, I want badly to see a woman in the White House.  I hope he chooses a female running mate, it is way, way overdue.  

I listen to him, though, and I want him to be my President because of what he has to say, and because of who he is and what his history is.  He understands our past, what this country is and where it needs to go.  This resonates with me in a way that her voice and history do not, and that is why I choose him.

His policy stands are also somewhat closer to my own, but that is almost irrelevant, the two of them are so close.

by mady 2008-05-11 07:06AM | 0 recs
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My mom can't stand Hillary... and neither can two of my sisters (both moms).  Also, my dad's mom doesn't like Hillary.  And lastly: my wife, mother of our son (and due to give birth to our 2nd child any day now) is no fan of Hillary.  

by alb 2008-05-10 05:47PM | 0 recs
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Well, alb we have now established that all of your female relatives do not like Hillary--what on earth does that have to do with Mothers Day--unless you are going to burn Hillary in effigy or something...

by linfar 2008-05-11 06:16AM | 0 recs
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I don't think you realize how offensive the attempt to associate Hillary with the personification of Mother's Day is to those who aren't on the Hillary side of things.

My mother, who I love dearly and think the world of, is, bless her heart, a moderate Republican. She detests Bush, but she also greatly dislikes Hillary. She's not very fond of McCain either, thankfully.

My wife, who's Mom to our kids, used to like Hillary. She's now violently anti-Hillary, based entirely on Hillary's behavior during this campaign.

Mother's Day is about our OWN mothers. Everyone has the right to say they have the Best Mother In The World, the #1 Mom, etc, etc.

For over half the voters in Democratic Primaries this year, Hillary is not our mother. She's not any sort of personification of America's Mom. I realize that you see her that way; that's wonderful. But we don't, and trying to paint her that way is offensive.

Without denigrating Hillary's chances to do this, I strongly disagree that:

She is the only candidate for President who can heal a broken nation; and when our government begins to care about all of us again, restore pride to our hearts.

I happen to think Barack Obama has a far, far better chance of promoting some sort of national healing than either Clinton or McCain. I think it's far more likely that an Obama government would actually care about all of us than one run by the other candidates. That's my opinion; I know you differ.

Think of it this way: suppose this weekend was Father's Day. Suppose I wrote a diary telling you that Obama was the personification of Father's Day, that he was the ideal father, the guy that everyone wants their son to grow up to be, the father whose son looks up to him with adoring eyes, the ideal role model, the guy who'll rock your world, the Perfect Father.

If that wouldn't offend you, go ahead and let me know. Because, guess what? I'm an Obama supporter, and it'd offend me. Politicians, even politicians as great and inspiring as Hillary and Obama (and for every person Hillary's inspired, there's one just as inspired by Obama) aren't motherhood or fatherhood personified.

by Texas Gray Wolf 2008-05-10 06:08PM | 0 recs
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The Obama campaign and the media did not use Father's day, but they did use MLK Day, MLK's memory, his assassination,  black history month and black pride day and on and on and on. I have never seen so much about AAs and race in the American media in my entire life. It was a year long public relations campaign on race in behalf of Barack Obama. So, now, why not let her have Mother's Day, huh?

by linfar 2008-05-11 06:08AM | 0 recs
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http://hillaryis404.org

by baghdadjoe 2008-05-10 08:03PM | 0 recs
by Sieglinde 2008-05-11 07:53AM | 0 recs
A nice diary.

Linfar, this is a nicely written diary and an eloquent summary of what Hillary has meant to you. I hope, no I know, that you will continue to work for the core principles and policies she has espoused.

by Travis Stark 2008-05-10 08:13PM | 0 recs
Re: A nice diary.
Thank you Travis. I know you are "reaching out" here, and that's ok. Yes. Hillary's
core principles and policies are important. My problem is your guy doesn't seem to have similar :) Genuine issue here. Not just with me--but a large % of Hillary supporters.
by linfar 2008-05-11 06:04AM | 0 recs
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Someone asked me to come over here and look at Linfar's diary and I did. I liked it very much. But I was shocked at how mean people are over here. People just running her down for no reason!! Linfar don't listen to the negative Nancy's over here. Your diary is wonderful and touching. The best thing I can tell you about the ones hatin' on you for no reason. Ignore them and know that if your piece upset them that much...you must have really made some valid points things in the story!! Just consider the source!!

by hillary4change 2008-05-11 12:43AM | 0 recs
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Thanks hill4change--this kinda mindless 'hate' has been going on here awhile. It's sad. And these people win no fans for their candidate this way. Go figure? Thanks for your comment
by linfar 2008-05-11 06:00AM | 0 recs
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 Beautiful diary, and I do like the video.  Its a daughter's view of a mother she loves.  

For some of us, memories of our mothers are all we have left.  

Hope everyone has a nice Sunday.

by patti 2008-05-11 06:06AM | 0 recs
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Just a beautiful diary.. Chelsea is such a credit to her Mom, I loved the video....  thanks Lin

by GendraX 2008-05-11 06:47AM | 0 recs
Happy Mothers Day Hillary!

She is a great mom and would be a great President--maybe the best this country has ever had.  

by The Smoldering Crone 2008-05-11 07:27AM | 0 recs
I just sent Hillary a Mother's Day present ...

... by contributing a few more dollars to her campaign.

I hope many will consider doing the same!

by Sieglinde 2008-05-11 07:49AM | 0 recs

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