In 2017, Mother’s Day may have a bit more meaning in a broader perspective across the United States than in decades past as the election of Donald Trump provides hope that the horrors of abortion can be ended. Part of this hope simply springs from the realization that more and more hypocrisy of the Left and the ruling liberal elite in America is being shown for what it truly is—purposeful political propaganda. Even more hope rises from the reality that President Trump has appointed a conscientious Supreme Court Judge like Neil Gorsuch to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia. However, hope is just that, and even Ronald Reagan could not reverse what he referred to as an “act of raw judicial power.”
Unfortunately, the American culture has trended away from the essence of motherhood and a higher value placed on mom as it existed in decades past. In 2017, a very controversial issue persists, and stands out as an extremely divisive cultural issue, and that is the debate over abortion “rights” and the continuance or curtailment of abortion upon demand. Sadly, this tragic reality expresses a great deal about how contemporary society in America has devalued the birth of human life. This stark reality says a great deal about the disregard for the value of human life, period. And the truth is that the “progressive” view of womanhood has done much to diminish the value of motherhood.
While the jury is still out on the Republican Party regarding their role as collaborators with the proponents of abortion, it is clear that the two major political parties possess divergent values regarding the value placed upon moms and motherhood in general. It seems that only Conservatives within the GOP have a genuine interest in overturning Roe v. Wade. Although It may not be clear whether the majority of American citizens are unaware of the ongoing reality of abortion in the U.S., some concerned conservative representatives in the government reveal that over 4,000 babies are being aborted in the U.S. every day. This is over 1.6 million babies every year. What does that say about the value of motherhood? What does that say about the value of human life?
Additionally, not too long ago, some sick-minded Democrat politicians provided a very adamant defense of Planned Parenthood’s business of selling baby parts. Such defense represents a quite tangible expression of the valuation of life itself, as well as the value of motherhood. Today, an increasingly prevalent or acceptable societal viewpoint is that becoming a mother (as well as the mere concept of motherhood) holds less value than remaining unmarried and without children. An even more alarming view is that unwanted pregnancies are easily dispensed with, and unwanted babies are a problem to be disposed of through abortion. What does that say about the value of human life? What does that say about the value of motherhood?
Although those on the Left still offer lip support for motherhood, albeit in a very limited way, in reality Mother’s Day must honestly hold little value to liberals and Leftists. Today, there are even efforts among the women on the Left proclaiming that Mother’s Day should be returned to its “true” roots, which is a form of peace activism that would be translated into anti-war activism rather than a true pursuit of peace. The justification is based upon Julia Ward Howe’s “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” from 1870, which was more a cry of despair over the incredible loss of life during the American Civil War. Yet, Howe was an abolitionist as well as a feminist. The essential contradiction is that without the Civil War, slavery would have persisted, and possibly could have mushroomed in the U.S.Such efforts to return Mother’s Day to its “true” roots, would indicate a genuine disgust with war, which is logical and acceptable—no one in their right mind desires the horrors of war. However, the argument against war would normally include the mourning of the loss of life, which was one aspect of Howe’s poem. Nevertheless, women on the Left who advocate a return to this peace activism would also support abortion, which generates loss of life of unborn children. It is sheer hypocrisy, and entirely a contradiction of logic. On the one hand life is important, so peace is valuable; but on the other hand life is not so important, and abortion is acceptable.
These two points of advocacy are irreconcilable, yet Leftist propagandists work overtime to convince people that that which is growing inside a mother’s womb is not fully human. This is very much like the Southern slave owners and their propagandists who convinced most Americans that blacks were not human before that horrible Civil War. The Left would like to transform Mother’s Day to a political holiday, and represents an insidious attempt to alter the purpose of Mother’s Day, but the holiday needs to remain true to the original intent of the genuine founder of Mother’s Day: Anna Jarvis.
Unfortunately, times have changed, and motherhood today holds much less value now than the way it was viewed by Anna Jarvis. Today feminists and Leftists wish to further contort and distort the meaning of Mother’s Day. Yet, Anna Jarvis never intended Mother’s Day to be political; she even had serious trouble with the holiday becoming over-commercialized. Anna Jarvis may have expressed it best when she once explained her genuine purpose in establishing Mother’s Day:
To revive the dormant filial love and gratitude we owe to those who gave us birth. To be a home-tie for the absent, to obliterate family estrangement … To make us better children by getting us closer to the hearts of our good mothers … To brighten the lives of good mothers. To have them know we appreciate them, though we do not show it as often as we ought … Mother’s Day is to remind us of our duty before it is too late. This day is intended that we may make new resolutions for a more active thought to our dear mothers. By words, gifts, acts of affection, and in every way possible, give her pleasure, and make her heart glad every day, and constantly keep in memory Mother’s Day.
Although it will be hard to return to a more innocent time, hard to reverse the explosion of decadence in America, there is hope that some day, some way the war against mothers may end. Americans are capable to choose respect over resentment, to choose love over lust, and to choose tolerance over intolerance. Each individual American can resist the “political correctness” of disdain directed toward moms who choose to raise their own children rather than enter the workforce, or who choose to take personal responsibility to home-school their kids. The good fight is left to those who truly care. To truly celebrate Mother’s Day in the manner intended is one dimension of that good fight.