Sally Field doesn’t speak for me

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Like actress Sally Field, I am a mom. Unlike Sally Field, I do not live in La-La Land. We breathe a different brand of oxygen. We hold diametrically opposed worldviews. We have nothing in common but stretch marks.

Contrary to tongue-tied Sally’s incoherent Primetime Emmy Awards diatribe, childbearing and childrearing experiences do not bond all women in a universal sorority of non-confrontation. There are sheep moms. There are lion moms. We know which kind Sally Field is.

“If mothers ruled the, ruled the world, there would be no g-d-damned wars in the first place,” Field bleated. In the Gidget Guide to Parenting, mothers are appeasers and hand-holders. Our maternal instincts supposedly lead us to shun fights and coddle bullies instead of disciplining them.

There would be “no g-d-damned wars,” Silly Sally, because we’d all be conquered chattel if Field Diplomacy “ruled the world.”

Motherhood and peace-making are not synonymous. Motherhood requires ferocity, the will and resolve to protect one’s own children at all costs, and a life-long commitment to sacrifice for a family’s betterment and survival. Conflict avoidance is incompatible with good mothering.

On the playground of life, Sally Field is the mom who looks the other way when the brat on the elementary school slide pushes your son to the ground or throws dirt in your daughter’s face.

She’s the mom who holds her tongue at the mall when thugs spew profanities and make crude gestures in front of her brood. She’s the mom who tells her child never to point out when a teacher gets her facts wrong.

She’s the mom who buys her teenager beer, condoms and a hotel room on prom night, because she’d rather give in than assert her parental authority and do battle.

She’s the mom whose minivan sports insipid bumper stickers preaching non-intervention at all costs: “Peace is patriotic.” “War is not the answer.” “It Will Be a Great Day When Our Schools Get All the Money They Need and the Air Force Has to Hold a Bake Sale to Buy a Bomber.”

Hollywood can afford to indulge Sally Field’s inarticulate naivete. America cannot. And the very moms that Sally Field claims to speak for know it.

This weekend, I met dozens of military mothers in Washington, D.C., who fervently oppose the Sally Field/Cindy Sheehan model of maternal submission and immediate surrender. They were among several thousand grass-roots activists who turned out for the “Gathering of Eagles” counter-demonstration on the National Mall.

Deborah Johns, mother of William, a Marine who has served three tours of duty in Iraq, condemned the Left’s demonization of Gen. David Petraeus and urged Congress to oppose a precipitous withdrawal from Iraq. “Cindy Sheehan doesn’t speak for me,” Johns said. “She has never spoken for me. And she will never speak for me. ... We are not going to let the domestic enemies at home defeat us like they did” during the Vietnam War.

Debbie Lee, mother of Mark, the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq, rejected the anti-war movement’s infantilization of the troops. She was galled at the George Soros-funded ANSWER “die-in” usurping the names and legacies of those who have died serving in Iraq. Describing her son’s heroism and her support of the counterinsurgency efforts in Iraq, she said: “You can’t ‘take’ someone’s life who gives it ... and Mark willingly gave his life. ... God redeployed Mark to heaven.”

In Sally World, these mothers and their sons are helpless victims. In Sally World, self-defense is for “war-mongers.” In Sally World, you can pretend that the bloodthirsty mothers who strap al Qaeda suicide bomb vests on their toddlers and sit them down in front of the television to watch the Jew-hating Hamas Mickey Mouse don’t exist. In Sally World, you need only to embrace our enemies, “imagine” peace and rub your Emmy Award like a magic lamp as you wish global jihad away.

In the real world, not all women think with their wombs instead of their brains. In the real world, you can’t just give evil a “time-out.” Sally Field fancies herself the mother of all spokesmothers. To which I say, in my most maternally combative tone: Speak for your own bleepin’ self, sister.


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Submitted by AmericasVoice on Wed, 06/04/2008 - 9:34am.

One of Americas Sweethearts ever since Gidget and the Flying Nun hit the airways...
You and she may both share one common item such as stretch marks, but at least Mrs Fields aren't around her mouth !

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Submitted by mudcat on Thu, 09/27/2007 - 7:22pm.

Great actress, but an actress nevertheless. Most great actors and actresses can memorize lines - even speeches and do it very well. This is because they have empty minds and no real convictions of their own. So when some Hollywood liberal gets into Sally's mind/pants/pillow/habit then he/she can put these thoughts in Sally's empty mind.

I hate that it happened because Sally was a good actrress. I won't be seeing her again after this.

Submitted by fayettelady on Wed, 09/26/2007 - 11:07pm.

Where does MM get her "facts" on Sally Field's mothering, supermarket tabloids at the checkout stand? Neither Sally nor Michelle speak for me, but especially not Michelle. Sally may be tongue-tied, but Michelle's musings seem acerbic, personal, cherry-picked, and not based on fact.

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Submitted by Denise Conner on Wed, 09/26/2007 - 11:28pm.

Would you like to back up your accusation that Michelle doesn't have the facts on this or other topics?

Please give us examples. I'll not hold my breath.

View Sally's screechings here.

"Actress Goes Speech Crazy Yet Again"

"More than 20 years after making one of the most embarrassing Oscar-winning speeches ever, actress Sally Field has struck again."

Excellent commentary on another Hollyweird airhead. I agree with Michelle: Sally doesn't speak for me (especially with her foul mouth -- where's the soap?).

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Submitted by MainframeComputerGuy on Wed, 09/26/2007 - 11:25pm.

Hey Lady, it's not that she has inside information on Sally's mothering, it's that Sally is just another addle-brained line-reader (who couldn't even remember the ones she wrote) who wants to use her fame as a stage from which to preach her lib/pacifist/let-them-have-what-they-want-and-they'll-leave-us-alone blather. "If women ruled the world there would be no wars". Right, you'd all be wearing burkas and walking five steps behind some horrible looking men.

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Submitted by Denise Conner on Wed, 09/26/2007 - 11:34pm.

If women ruled the world? Puzzled

"Catfight" comes to mind -- scratching, slapping, hair-pulling, and screeching. Eye-wink

Aren't women known for "catty" comments? Beware of those claws!

Submitted by Davids mom on Tue, 09/25/2007 - 9:02pm.

Conflict avoidance is incompatible with good mothering.

Teaching the skill of conflict resolution is necessary for good mothering . . .and good governing. Continued conflict with no solution or end in sight means more dead sons and daughters. We, the citizens of the world, need to teach our children to resolve conflicts non-violently. History proves that wars and killing have solved nothing. Greed; a quest for power; to get what one feels he needs and does not want to share; we teach pre-schoolers to deal with these issues . . .peacefully. Mothers - lets continue to teach this skill – conflict resolution - beyond pre-school. It needs to be re-enforced even when our children reach 'adulthood'.

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Submitted by Denise Conner on Fri, 09/28/2007 - 7:48pm.

"Conflict avoidance is incompatible with good mothering." -- Note the context: parents, not children. Also, avoiding a problem does nothing to solve it. Surely you don't think that Michelle or other conservative mothers are brawlers. Puzzled

Conflict resolution works only with those who want the conflict resolved, and some just don't.

Perhaps you'd like to watch Ken Burns' excellent (at least part 1 that was on last night was) documentary "The War" (WWII) that's on tonight (and the next several nights) on PBS for a reality check about war and responding to aggression.

Pearl Harbor (I had a relative there who as a teen medic saw unspeakable horrors), the Bataan Death March (eye-witness accounts of the brutality and mutilation by the Japs were given last night), Japanese atrocities in China, Communist cruelties, persecution and attempted annihilation of Jews and others -- just a few atrocities that war brought to an end. If those atrocities had been dealt with sooner (instead of just talking and sticking-your-head-in-the-sand thinking), then many lives could have been spared.

"Back to Bataan: A Survivor's Story"
-- I haven't had an opportunity to read much here yet; so, I can't vouch for this site. But from what I already know, this account is consistent with other accounts.


Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. ~ George Santayana

[Often paraphrased as "Those who do not remember their past (their history) are condemned to repeat their mistakes."]

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Submitted by Paul Perkins on Thu, 09/27/2007 - 11:37am.

what method of non-violent resolution would have worked with Adolf Hitler and Germany?

History tells the story of Neville Chamberlain who personified "the working it out in non violent ways" approach in this wikipedia quote:

Chamberlain's legacy is marked by his policy of appeasement with Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany,and the concession of Czechoslovakia to Hitler, in the Munich Agreement in 1938. In the same year he also gave up the Irish Free State Royal Navy ports.

Don't take me wrong. Iran,Hamas and their kind really do want "peace".

It's just a "piece" of one country after another. Eye-wink

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