Mother’s Day: The Battle Hymn of The Republic and Gun Violence

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Whether in our daily lives or national character: Women Matter.  Desiring children or solo facing life’s challenges, Women Matter.  All Matter, from infancy to minors to greats: Grandmothers, Moms, wives, sisters, cousins and aunts; from babysitters to teachers, from first responders to military and caregivers, women matter.

All Americans are honored to the degree we celebrate Mothers and value daughters.  Whether at State or home, in church or office, religious or atheist, gay or straight, Republican or Democrat, regardless of income, age, shape, color, size, to our collective shame:  women are vulnerable to inequality, or as Justice Scalia puts it, ‘discrimination on the basis of sex is not prohibited by the US Constitution.’

For national scandal, we need look no further than the fifteen states, whose elected state legislators have denied the female half of America the same Constitutional equality taken for granted by their husbands, fathers, brothers and sons, while the United States Congress plays political gotcha games for media frenzy cameras before the free and easy flight home, after a three day work week.

Why would members of The Executive Branch have any reason to be concerned that members of the Darrell Issa & “outraged by the outrage” Inhofe Party, would ever produce a staged select committee ‘shock and awe’ show using the deaths of four Americans in Foreign Service to their country?

Could it be a “run of the play” Congressional contract with Corporate America to provide tax cuts via funding cuts for programs that help those who actually need it?  Could it be the losses inflicted on Middle Class families, because Congress policing itself with a thing called Sequester, let it happen?  Could it be schools closing, while Congress makes convenient self-serving air travel exceptions?  Or could it just be Republican Senators refusing to confirm dozens of presidential judicial nominees?

Could it really be anything as anti-American as impeding a “fair and balanced” judiciary, or just continued “Right” resistance to funding after school programs, consumer protection, preferring green energy over oil pollution; or maybe, it’s just the anti-vote against black looking Obama wanting to allow the invasion of all those Blue voting brown people and their same sex marriage cohabitants.

The only independent civic and civil oversight to guarantee transparent interactive government to ‘defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion….to faithfully discharge the duties of the office…’ forty hours a week, is “We the People.”

Yes to more accountability for  elected who elected to allow Wall Street financial rape of Main Street,  9/11,  Abu Ghraib & Guantanamo torture,  rape in the military,  deaths and maiming of thousands following orders in a war lacking all legal justification –  but apply also to Congress, Pentagon and Society:  “First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

As much as any bomb in any city or China stealing our secrets, allowing our Congress to play “Showtime” for corporate profit, while our children are ‘left behind’ vulnerable to obesity, gun violence and educational inadequacy is self-inflicted terrorism.

It is our voter I. D. until we are no longer deluded by ‘coming attractions’ from “The Hill.”  It’s not the distractions of budget deficit.  It’s the ‘reality show’ of employment deficit, while defending NRA delivers another shooting, during Mother’s Day Parade.

Happy Mother’s Day to All, and to all, insist on ratification of The Equal Rights Amendment, and gun control, because in the U. S. Constitution, we should all matter.

Epilogue:  In 1870, Julia Ward Howe, writer of “The “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” wrote…


“A Mother’s Day Proclamation”

Arise, then, women of this day!

Arise all women who have hearts,

Whether your baptism be that of water or of tears

Say firmly:


“We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,

Our husbands shall not come to us reeking of carnage,

For caresses and applause.

Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn

All that we have been able to teach them of

charity, mercy and patience.


“We women of one country

Will be too tender of those of another country

To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”


From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with

Our own. It says, “Disarm, Disarm!”

The sword of murder is not the balance of justice!

Blood does not wipe out dishonor

Nor violence indicate possession.

As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war.


Let women now leave all that may be left of home

For a great and earnest day of counsel.


Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.


Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means

Whereby the great human family can live in peace,

Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,

But of God.


In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask

That a general congress of women without limit of nationality

May be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient

And at the earliest period consistent with its objects

To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,

The amicable settlement of international questions.

The great and general interests of peace.


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