Thursday, May 6, 2010
Happy Mother's Day (Sunday). The Righteous Mothers: Old Fat Naked Women for Peace.
Mother's Day didn't really start as just a day for breakfast in bed. Its origins lie in the decision by Julia Ward Howe to issue a public proclamation and demand that the carnage and brutality of war, in her case the U.S. Civil War, be ended, and that women take up the role as an anti-war force in societies throughout the world, since they seem to be the only ones with enough sense to realize that war must end.
Mother’s Day Proclamation (1870) (Julia Ward Howe)
Arise then ... women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly: We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with 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, the 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 voice of a 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 our dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough 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 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 someplace deemed most convenient
And 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.
She was right then, and she's still right now. Men start wars, grab the children from the arms of their mothers and send them to foreign countries to kill or be killed so that some few leaders can grab more riches for themselves. Who can stop this madness except women?
Here are some Old Fat Naked Women who are committed to the cause of peace: