No woman has more liberty than an American housewife, and mother, who is married to an achiever.
Who is Harriet Housewife?
Harriet Housewife's name was coined by a longtime liberal friend (We will call her Virginia Slims because she totally bought into the women's lib movement). In response to newsy letters about Harriet's daily routines, Virginia Slims would giggle and tell her old Christian conservative friend, "Oh, you're such a Harriet Housewife."
She was right. What's more Harriet was living deliberately as she had wanted to since childhood.
She believed what her mother had taught her; "Be good to your children before they are born" (as the March of Dimes used to say, in their advertising slogan, before they realized that it recognized the unborn as human).
What does it mean to love your children before they are born?
It means that one thinks ahead; beginning with one's social, and moral, habits while still single. Stick to dating men who have good moral character and who, if one was to marry them, will allow a woman to have the liberty of being a full-time mother. Marry an achiever or intended achiever-to-be.
Plan ahead. Don't have children until you can afford them. Avoid giving birth out of wedlock (by being moral, not by killing the unborn). Children deserve a married mother and father. Pain resulting from immorality affects the future one's children as well as the one sinning. Primary is being a good example and it begins long before children are born.
Basically, all she meant was common sense. Plan ahead morally and financially. Everyone is happier when they do.
She also taught that most men are as moral as women require them to be, whether or not one is merely dating or getting married.
Strong families make for a strong nation. Moral families make for a moral nation. If every mother succeeded in rearing children who became financially self-sufficient, and moral adults, she will have made the most important contribution towards having a strong and moral nation.
She also taught Harriet that true self-esteem comes from being moral. One didn't have to be a great athlete, have a famous talent, be rich or have a high IQ. The one goal that is achievable to all people regardless of monetary station is being moral. Being poor was no excuse for stealing. A walk with Christ is the greatest source of strength and self respect. Children innately recognize an unearned trophy for the fake it is. Living up to standards of decency requires no to know one has achieved.
Harriet's mother proved to be right.
Harriet Housewife was born in Washington, D.C. During most of her childhood she was poor. Her Dad was a salesman, mostly door to door. He was a Fuller Brush man, a good children's photographer and a telephone salesman for Reader's Digest.
Before getting into sales he was a waiter at the Washington, D.C. Waldorf Astoria. There, he was President Truman's favorite waiter. He was proud that a matter-of-fact Truman always asked for him.
He also waited upon many well-known political and military personalities including President Herbert Hoover and General McArthur. He eventually met most East Coast mayors, governors and legislators and learned a lot about their character by the way they treated waiters.
He described President Herbert Hoover as an especially kind-hearted man. Hoover, he said, couldn't bear to hurt people and wouldn't want to jeopardize a waiter's job. He was a soft touch and Dad adored him.
Many years later we would go to the U.S. Capitol to visit Hoover's coffin. Harriet's parents cried. She wouldn't experience the same feelings herself until Ronald Reagan's death.
Between the ages of 7 and 10 Harriet lived in what was once the "Glass Manor Apartments" in Montgomery County, Maryland. Most of the residents there were either from the military or some branch of the government. Members of the FBI, various military families and congressman lived there.
Across the hallway, from Harriet, lived a Republican congressman; Bob Michael & his young family. They had their first baby at this residence. It would be years before Harriet learned how un-Republican Michael was.
But, during those three years Harriet's family had access to passes to watch Congress in session. Although Harriet does not remember what legislators were discussing, she does remember her mother's lesson that what they do affects the lives of all Americans.
Many years later Harriet was thrilled to learn that she could watch, on C-Span, what once required a special pass. She wonders if many young people today realize how special it is to be able to watch congress in session from one's own home.
Growing up in Washington, D.C. meant many weekends playing around the Capitol Building halls and stairways, feeding pigeons behind the White House, viewing annual cherry blossoms and running around the Jefferson and Lincoln monuments. It never got old. Those monuments still exude a certain majesty which is unlike anything else.
It was a free time when anyone could walk into the Capitol and drop in on their congressman unannounced to just say "hi."
It was a stark difference from the way it is now. It was "our" building. Today it is "theirs" where congressmen like Harry Reid openly express their dislike of smelly tourists.
Except for old, black and white, movies showing the U.S. Capitol as it was, with no one around, the recent generation can't imagine how different and wonderful it used to be.
Today, visitors are corralled, like cattle, into the new visitors' center where reference to God has been deleted from historical documents. Even our national motto was engraved incorrectly so that the millions who pass through the center would not know that we are a nation under God. Godly men, and women, clearly had nothing to do with designing the Capitol visitors' center.
In 1970 Harriet lost her mother to cancer and moved to San Francisco to marry. She has been married since October 1970 to an electrical and professional engineer who graduated from WSU. Except for seven years in Oregon, Harriet has lived in California since getting married.
Today, Harriet is a grandmother and after attending The Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland, Shasta College in Redding, CA and Simpson University in Redding, CA obtained an A.A. in Journalism and a B.A in Business Administration.
Harriet began her involvement in politics with her first campaign for Richard Nixon in 1960. Her next election campaign was for Barry Goldwater in 1964 and then for Nixon in 1968. While campaigning for Goldwater Harriet found out the hard way how RINOs mistreat conservatives within her own party. It's a lesson permanently learned.
Little has changed since then except for Ronald Reagan who vindicated Goldwater. However, RINOs seem eager to say that the "Reagan Era" is over more readily than any Democrat. This repulses Harriet and she marks those who, not only do it, but who were the first leaders to do so. She keeps a mental, and sometimes written, record of RINO behavior. She then passes on the information.
Today, that passing on of information is helped with the aid of the Internet, something Harriet never would have dreamed of when she first began campaigning for Nixon and Goldwater.
Harriet monitors six different web sites; some for herself; some for others. All sites are conservative and opinionated.
Women's lib wants the culture and values of America's Harriet-Housewives to disappear from America. But, more and more women are admitting that they like the liberty of being a Harriet Housewife. Fighting to act and work like men hasn't brought the fulfillment that women's lib promised it would and it hasn't kept America a strong country.
Like Joe the Plumber, who was never "just a plumber," Harriet knows America's housewives were never "just a housewife." It is time to fight for the respect that a Harriet Housewife has always deserved.