23,822 MOMS HAVE JOINED
Politics

“The Voice of Reason”: Opinionated MAMA’s Perspective on the SOCIAL & POLITICAL ISSUES of Our Times

Originally posted 9/12/09, given the political climate, we thought our very first opinion piece was relevant this week:  “Listen to your mother!” We’ve all heard it a million times….it’s an effective reminder that makes kids sit up a little straighter and pay attention.  Yep, it’s true, kids need constant reminders on how to behave, but unfortunately, the grown ups in our country need to be reminded, too.  You know, ”mind your manners,” “clean up your own mess,” “don’t be a poor sport” and on and on.  So, who better to do it than America’s moms?

We are the example our children see and hear every day, so America’s moms know that our “actions speak louder than words.”  But, it is time that we start holding grown-ups accountable for their behavior, too.  Our kids are watching and listening, so “do as I say, not as I do” doesn’t cut it anymore.  If congressmen can’t “mind their manners” while the President is speaking, how do we expect a ten year old to be respectful when his teacher is talking?  If a professional athlete can’t “be a good sport” when they lose, how do we encourage a disappointed t-ball player?  If rock stars don’t grasp that there are times when “the world doesn’t actually revolve around them,” how do we convince our teenagers of it?  If we expect better kids, we all must be better examples.

America’s kids are our future.  They are the next generation of “risk-takers, doers and makers of things.”  They are the next bankers and baseball players, teachers and technicians, police officers and policy makers, artists and astronauts, scientists and social workers…and they will be the role models for the generation after them…the next Presidents, Wall Street whiz kids, Nobel Peace Prize winners, curers of cancer, soldiers, teachers, parents…our kids are going to define the future of our nation and moms have the incredible job of literally shaping what kind of people, and citizens, they grow up to be.

We were challenged to usher in “a new era of [parental] responsibility” in President Obama’s inaugural address. At first, we thought it was about turning off the TV and making sure the kids were doing their homework. And, frankly, Deb and I thought we were doing a pretty good job, but then we realized we were missing the big picture.  We aren’t just raising kids, we are raising the citizens who will define the future of our nation – the country we all love – regardless of political affiliation, sexual orientation, race, religion or region. We are the country that does great things. The country that makes us proud. We can all rally around our kids and our country, right?  This fundamental belief is how the idea for O-MAMA.com was born.

America’s moms have the most important job (no offense Mr. President) and we need to come together to get to the heart of the issues that matter most to raising happy, healthy, productive, well-adjusted citizens.  Sure, we need to know how and why we see things differently, but that’s not where the conversation should begin and end.  The solutions are rooted in our country’s collective values…in the lessons we teach our kids every day.  The conversations need to start at the kitchen table with the people we love and come full circle…while using “indoor voices” and “nice manners,” of course!

Each of us has the power to affect change.  ”Opinionated MAMAs” influence our kids, families, communities and, ultimately, the direction of our country. Our opinions are supposed to be influencing our political climate, not the political climate influencing us. Our kids and our country need us – we need some basic parenting principals, not political agendas, to change the bad behavior we see in the news & events of the day.  So MAMAS, we need to stay engaged and share our opinions on the issues that matter most.

If we keep in mind the simple lessons we’ve all been taught by our mothers, and the parenting lessons we are teaching our own kids, then maybe the complex social and political issues that our country is facing will become a little less complicated. Maybe, if we stop second guessing every intention and start really believing the things we already know to be true–like “choose your battles wisely,” “don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” “practice what you preach,” “live and let live”, “leave it better than you found it,” etc.–then, we can finally start tackling some of the issues we can no longer avoid and teach our kids the life lessons we can no longer ignore.  Maybe, just maybe, these issues are not as polarizing as we think they are?  Maybe, just maybe, if we turn to each other, and tap into the collective wisdom of America’s moms, we can actually highlight right from wrong, instead of focusing so much on left and right.  Maybe, just maybe, America’s moms already know the answers to our country’s problems?!

With a little humor and a lot of common sense, America’s moms can be a constructive voice in our country’s most important conversations. If our country starts listening to it’s MAMA’s, maybe we won’t get into so much trouble?! Can we do it?  You betcha!  Change begins at home…and it starts with YOU!

10 Responses to “The Voice of Reason”: Opinionated MAMA’s Perspective on the SOCIAL & POLITICAL ISSUES of Our Times

  1. momof2 September 20, 2009 at 2:34 pm #
    Opinionated MAMA
    Party MAMAs

    I couldnt agree more..this is sooo what our country needs! A great example for our kids instead of all of this nonsens in the mainstream media…hope you guys go mainstream to reprsesent us “normal” moms!

  2. blond October 1, 2009 at 5:49 am #
    Opinionated MAMA
    Party MAMAs

    I’m confused? If this site, and being an “O-Mama” is “regradless of political affiliation,” why such an emphasis on Obama? Isn’t our role at home going to continue when he leaves office? Wasn’t our role just as important BEFORE he became President?

    I’m confused by your message. If your message/mission is to support the President, rather than support MOTHERS, and the importance of their rile, then you will most certainly lose many mothers who in fact truly care about raising their children with a “common sense” approach.

    Just my opinion. Since I am an OPINIONATED mother.

  3. michelleo-mama October 1, 2009 at 6:03 pm #
    Opinionated MAMA
    Democratic MAMAS
    S-A-H MAMAS
    MAMAS 1st - 5th Graders
    MAMAS 6th - 8th Graders
    Book MAMAS
    Inspirational Quotes
    Party MAMAs

    Hi Blond O-MAMA! This site is absolutely for ALL opinionated moms to help each other sort through the political and social issues of the day…from a mom’s perspective, of course. The idea behind O-MAMA will hopefully empower all moms and re-engage us in the bigger issues our country is facing. If we always agreed, it would be boring! That being said, we do think America’s moms can set a new tone for conversation that will be an example for our celebrities, politicians, etc. that will last long after Obama is out of office. We believe America’s moms really do have the most important job in our country, so we wanted to see if other moms felt the same way. Right now, the comic draws a parallel between an American mom and an American President (it will change, but it will continue to draw similarities between moms and very important jobs…i.e., coming soon, moms compared to a 4 Star General). That being said, whether you voted for him or not, Obama is the man with the job and his “agenda” is what we are trying to figure out. Debbie and I come at it from two different places and, most of the time, we net out somewhere in the middle. Because we are moms, there is so much that already connects us, so by discussing the issues we naturally find common ground. I think that just what moms do. So, O-MAMA is like our personal experiment. We hope the site is shaped by the moms who participate on it, so BlondO-MAMA let us know about a news piece you want to discuss and we’ll post it, if there is a holiday or tradition that is important to your family, have your child draw a picture and tell us about it, if you have an idea about an important job that moms do, share it with us and we’ll turn it into a comic…opinionated moms will define the look and feel of the site. We’re not always going to agree, but I bet we’ll have a few laughs and help each other see things from different perspectives. America’s moms can be an honest voice…a constructive voice…because we have no agenda other than raising great kids to be great citizens. “Can we do it? You betcha!” really sums up how O-MAMA thinks we can get there! Thanks for sharing your opinion…I can tell you’re going to be fun to “chat” with! (-:

  4. Anonymous October 2, 2009 at 9:00 am #
    Opinionated MAMA

    So, I didn’t vote for him, but I totally get what you are doing…you are taking some of the things he has said to us as our President and drawing parallels to our job as moms. He does say some good things, but moms know ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. Moms are about action! Love O-MAMA as a way for all of us to band together!

  5. momof2 October 3, 2009 at 1:53 pm #
    Opinionated MAMA
    Party MAMAs

    Blond you missed the misssion of omama…we agree that we always have had the most important job pre Obama and we will post Obama…. that is what we are celebrating here…not OBAMA…but US…O-MAMAs!
    You rock because you are a mom…keep on chatting!

  6. Anonymous August 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm #
    Opinionated MAMA

    YES – thank you for helping moms stay engaged. it's exhausting sometimes, but by putting the issues into context of a mom's perspective, it helps keep things relevant to our day-to-day lives. O-MAMAs do make a difference every single day.

  7. hudsonmama August 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm #
    Opinionated MAMA
    Party MAMAs

    It's so unfortunate that the example that's been set by our governing groups has lately been one of how NOT to get along. But when one or more people or groups in this important process says "I don't want to play the game according the rules… I want to play it my way or no way!" it makes it impossible for the all the others who are responsible to do their jobs appropriately. There's been a lot of politically motivated behaviour on both sides, that's NOT been good for the country. Lessons here? I say they are 1. stay focused on the task at hand 2. play fair and be polite 3. think about what's right for everyone, not just for a few. Easy to say, apparently VERY hard to do.

  8. Anonymous August 2, 2011 at 3:11 pm #
    Opinionated MAMA

    I believe we should have several regular citizen representing us the people! The Senate and the Congress have not Represented the people's rights for a long time! Politics in the Government is for those in Office to do what they like and for their own benefit! The Rich and Powerful run this Country not the citizens! The entire Government needs to be cleaned up! Every Government Office needs investigated by independent citizen groups! Clean out the Trash, the Money grabbers, the crooked and the puppets for the Rich! The time is Now! There needs to be a Revolution! We need to Make Changes For all of us! It can be done! It is time for the common citizens to take back their country and it's Government! Otherwise our National Parks will have Developers owning them and Oil Companies destroying our land, our Waterways with OIL! REMEMBER THE GULF! It still is not cleaned up nor did the people there all get paid for their Losses! And there was another spill recently, the News passed over it lightly! We must take Control of the actions of our Government Now! Before it is too Late! And Too Late Is Coming Fast! Be kind to yourself Always everyone! Warmly, barbie

  9. Lisa November 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm #
    Opinionated MAMA

    Very much enjoyed this article. I live in the very republican state of Georgia and being democrat was a lonely place to be today. The amount of anger and ugliness I heard or read throughout the day was sad. You are absolutely correct that regardless of our political affiliation, sexual orientation, or economic status, we ALL have to learn how to “play nice” in the sandbox.

    • momof3 November 7, 2012 at 6:05 pm #
      Opinionated MAMA
      Democratic MAMAS
      MAMAS 6th - 8th Graders
      MAMAS 1st - 5th Graders
      MAMAS Pre-School - K
      Party MAMAs

      Couldn’t agree more Lisa – it doesn’t much matter what political party we belong to right now, our country should come first and our politicians need to put on their “big boy pants/big girl panties” and do the work that responsible adults are supposed to do in Washington – serve the interests of the American people!

Leave a Reply