Thursday, June 21, 2012

Unhinged Leftist Women Protest Award for Laura Bush

The current piece by Kathleen Parker in the Washington Post confronts the twenty-two women protesting the award to be given to former First Lady Laura Bush in honor of her work helping women. It seems, in the vacuous minds of some unhinged liberal women, helping women is code for liberal feminist women.

The unhinged liberals don't care for the fact that Laura Bush has been quite successful in her own right. She holds a Masters degree in Library Science and is a former teacher and librarian working in inner city schools in Houston. She offended these unserious women by daring to use her power of personal choice - something we are to believe that feminists have been fighting for all along - and decided to be a non-paycheck collecting mom of her twin daughters.

Never mind that before the twins were finished with school and entered college, Laura Bush was the First Lady of Texas and has projects like the Texas Book Festival to show for her time in Austin, which then led to the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. as she moved into the White House. She is to receive The Alice Award for her work for women.

Here is part of what Parker wrote:

Twenty-two such women recently wrote a letter to the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, protesting an award to be given to former first lady Laura Bush. The Alice Award, which honors a woman who has helped other women, previously has gone to Hillary Clinton, Katie Couric, Nancy Pelosi and Olympia Snowe.

Leading the charge of “The 22,” as we shall call them, is Sonia Pressman Fuentes, co-founder of the National Organization for Women, who described her reaction upon reading that Bush was being honored as “a sudden onset of Alzheimer’s.”

Well, at least she didn’t say the vapors.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes,” she said. “It’s not partisan. I’m not complaining that she’s a Republican.” (Snowe, after all, is a Republican.) “I’m complaining that she’s never done anything for women to get this award.”

That sound you hear is the collective gasp of the many who have read a newspaper in the past 10 years or the countless women who, indeed, have been helped by Bush. To say that she has never done anything for women suggests either willful ignorance or malicious revisionism.

No mention that Pelosi was a stay at home mom to her five children until they were all grown and she decided to run for political office? Hmm. Imagine that omission.

Parker goes on to recount her travels with the former First Lady as she went to Africa and the middle east to bring modern health care technology and education to parts of the world that ignore the needs of women. The continent of Africa, to this day, sings the praises for both Mrs. Bush and former President George W. Bush for their work and American funding of health projects. Also, Mrs. Bush's pet project - the one to eliminate malaria on the continent - is widely acclaimed.

It is fairly standard pap delivered up by the leftists these days. Conservative women aren't real working women. Whether it is Nancy Reagan or Barbara Bush or Laura Bush or now Ann Romney, it's the same story. Though all accomplished women, it is as though a lack of a regular paycheck means they didn't work. It is hard to understand such myopic thinking. Aren't these progressive women supposed to be so educated and accepting of all choices made by sister women? No. That's the dirty little secret. A conservative woman is never an equal to them.

These women and their ilk killed off the modern day feminist movement. They have, as Parker also points out, devolved into a single issue minority of loud women. If a conservative woman doesn't demand free birth control from our government and abortion on demand also paid for by taxpayer dollars, then that woman is some sort of relic wishing to go back to the 1950 Leave it to Beaver days. It's absurd.

Rae Lynne Chornenky, president of the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW), issued the following statement supporting the Sewall-Belmont House in presenting its highest honor to former First Lady Laura Bush in recognition of her distinguished work on behalf of women.

"The National Federation of Republican Women applauds the Sewall-Belmont House for selecting former First Lady Laura Bush as the recipient of its highest honor, the Alice Award. Mrs. Bush served our nation as first lady for eight years while her husband was in office. As first lady, she took a leading role in advocacy for women and children through education and health initiatives, both at home and across the world.

"Mrs. Bush played a leading role in the push for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, a democracy leader who has been under house arrest for 13 years. Mrs. Bush has been an outspoken advocate for human rights, especially in Burma, and continues to be a passionate advocate for these issues through the George W. Bush Freedom Institute. She is a powerful example of one woman who uses the platform she has been given to empower women across the world to greater achievement.

"It is incredibly demeaning to all women when women like Sonia Pressman Fuentes, co-founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW), attack the undeniable legacy of leadership of women like Laura Bush. NOW does not speak for women across America. With their attacks on former First Lady Laura Bush, Sonia Pressman Fuentes and NOW continue to prove they are nothing but a forum for faulty and demeaning rhetoric that fails to empower women of any political affiliation."

Now that President and Mrs. Bush are back in Texas, Laura Bush has a new initiative - Taking Care of Texas. The project's mission is to spur conservation efforts that benefit communities, build on the success of others, and inspire all Texans to join in. Imagine that liberal meme also dispelled by Mrs. Bush - she is a steward of the environment, as is her husband.

Mrs. Bush destroys the myths perpetuated by the unhinged left side of the political world as she goes about her every day life. She is still wildly popular. No wonder the out of touch segment of women dispise her so much. Nothing breeds contempt like success.

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