It is curious that, like Clinton, The Associated Press also ignored McCormack's groundbreaking campaign for president. An AP news story, timed to coincide with Clinton's proclamation of her mom strategy, omitted McCormack from a list of eight "women who have run for president," a list that included several whose insignificant campaigns terminated almost before they got started, such as Pat Schroeder's.
The AP cited as its source for this list the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers. The Center's list, which is posted on its Web site and claims to be complete, names 15 women who sought major party nominations but also omits McCormack.
If I were conspiratorially minded, I might think that pro-choice feminists in the media and in universities are trying to drop McCormack, one of the original, valiant pro-life leaders, down the memory hole. Today, she has eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and she deserves her place in history. Clinton's announcement of her mom strategy was part of her book tour to publicize a re-issue of her 10-year-old book called "It Takes a Village." The revised cover shows her surrounded by a collection of adoring children - like the photo-op of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, R-Calif., when she took over as Speaker of the House.
The word village is a euphemism for government, and the concept of the village raising a child is the socialists' dream. It's based on the idea that children should be raised, guided and educated by an assortment of so-called experts, including teachers, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, judges, and child care employees.
Clinton invites us to "imagine a country in which nearly all children between the ages of 3 and 5 attend preschool in sparkling classrooms." That children's paradise is France, which "makes caring for children a top priority," and where "more than 90 percent of French children between ages 3and 5 attend free or inexpensive preschools."
The assumption of "It Takes a Village" is that daycare, run by tax-salaried and licensed "professionals" in centers regulated by the government, is preferable to mother care. Clinton even praises the fact that many French children are in full-day programs "even before they reach the age of 3."
The re-issue of Hillary's old book dispels the notion that she is re-inventing herself as a moderate. Her mom strategy is badly out of sync with her book praising a country that starts government daycare for children at age 2.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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