Mothers’ Day 2015


Arise then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or tears! Say firmly: ‘We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies.
Our husbands shall 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 taught them of charity, mercy and patience.
We women of one country will be too tender of those of another 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 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.”

So wrote Julia Ward Howe in 1870

Yesterday’s radical thinking becomes tomorrow’s kitsch, taken over by  Lowneys, Laura Secord  and flower shops.

Turbocapitalism as amnesia producer.

Julia Ward Howe saw the horrific results of the American Civil War—and then the beginning of the Franco-Prussian War. In 1870 she wrote her own Mothers’ Day proclamation. Ironically it took till the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 for Woodrow Wilson to officially

“When will they ever learn?”
Pete Seeger



  1. 1
    mushafta Says:

    What an excellent post Ted! Truly fitting for this Mother’s Day.
    The video was awesome!

  2. 2
    Bill Heffernan Says:


    I think there is some text missing from Woodrow Wilson onward…. Every year I emphasize the true beginnings of Mothers Day now safely in the hands of Hallmark Cards…thanks for this …


    Sent from my iPad


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