I’ve been trying to write this post all day and I can’t seem to get it all out in a coherent way. I’ve thought of scrapping it a few times, but I’m really curious to hear what you all think of it. So here goes…
As a rule, I avoid talking about politics with people I don’t know well and I never talk about it here. I don’t like when people try to force their politics on me, so I do my very best not to force my politics on anyone else. I also don’t want to offend someone who believes differently than I do. So I’ve stuck to my rule since I started this blog.
Then I read this about Mike Huckabee…
“People see a Natalie Portman who boasts, ‘We’re not married but we’re having these children and they’re doing just fine,” Huckabee told radio host Michael Medved on his show Monday. “I think it gives a distorted image. It’s unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out-of-wedlock children.” Calling Portman’s pregnancy “troubling,” Huckabee went on to say that many single parents don’t have the resources to hire help, the way someone like the Black Swan star would. “Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care,” he said. “And that’s the story that we’re not seeing.”
and I decided to make an exception to my rule.
Because Mike Huckabee is an idiot. (Actually, when I first read that I fired off an email to a friend and I used much stronger language, but I like to keep it somewhat clean around here.)
I disagree with Mike Huckabee about pretty much everything and I can go on for hours about how bad he would be for this country should he ever successfully run for president. But I don’t want to get into all that. I really want to focus on these particular comments that I find really disturbing.
First of all…taking a shot at Natalie Portman was really cheap. She’s a Harvard graduate, an Academy Award winning actress and an adult fully capable of supporting a child. (Not to mention that she’s engaged to be married to that child’s father.) She also took a stand last week and spoke out against prejudice and hate when she refused to be associated with John Galliano. She always advocates for things she strongly believes in. Natalie Portman is a very impressive woman and a wonderful role model…and it was a stupid choice to try to make an example out of her.
But stupidity and cheap shots aside…it’s the rest of his comments that really bother me. Yes…I know that there are single mothers out there who are poor, uneducated and on government assistance. I know that there are women out there who have babies on purpose in order to get additional assistance. I know that there are teenagers who are stupid enough to think that it’s cool to have a baby our of wedlock. But most? I disagree.
Most of the single mothers I know are not single by choice. Some had husbands who either left them or passed away. Some had boyfriends who decided to bail when the baby came along. I also know one woman who chose to be a single mother because she wanted children and decided it was better to raise them alone than in a marriage to a man she didn’t really love or want to be married to.
The point is…there is more than one way to be a family. And marriage doesn’t guarantee happiness or stability. But Mike Huckabee can’t see that. He’s far too closed-minded and that makes him dangerous.
At least, that’s what I think.
But I want to know what you all think. Is Mike Huckabee a closed-minded idiot or am I just a crazy liberal?
Really, Mr. Huckabee???
March 8, 2011 · By · 16 Comments