The Anti-War Origins of Mother’s Day

Posted: May 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

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In 1870, Julia Ward Howe responded to the horrors of the Civil War by issuing her “Mother’s Day Proclamation” (see below), calling on women around the world to rise up and oppose war in all its forms. It would be decades before Americans officially began celebrating Mother’s Day, and much of the original spirit of the proclamation has since been lost.

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Source – truthdig.com

“…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 …”

(The Anti-War Origins of Mother’s Day)

In 1870, Julia Ward Howe responded to the horrors of the Civil War by issuing her “Mother’s Day Proclamation” (see below), calling on women around the world to rise up and oppose war in…

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  1. “In 1870, Julia Ward Howe responded to the horrors of the Civil War by issuing her “Mother’s Day Proclamation” (see below), calling on women around the world to rise up and oppose war in all its forms.”

    Unfortunately, it didn’t take seeing as how war has been raging practically without let up for centuries, in one country or another and the U.S. has been instrumental in starting many wars that its had no business even looking cross-eyed at starting, intervening in or aiding and abetting in the continuation of wars damn near everywhere!

    No, we have not been content just to cause havoc within our own borders, we’ve got to make sure that other nations and countries are not left out of what we so love; war! The U.S. is fanatical in its pursuit of endless war. We don’t want peace. Peace does not fill the coffers of the warmongers and the war hawks. If peace reigned, there would be no sensible reason to continue to fund a bloated Pentagon budget to the detriment of all else. Why, if we called all our soldiers home, what would they do? We can’t have the unemployment numbers rising because the military is made redundant. There is also that usefulness in continuing to engage in war; keep faking those employment and poverty statistics. War is good for business, don’t cha know? And business is good, in that department.

    • All sad but true, Shelby. The US pursues endless wars because they are an empire controlled by a rich powerful elite that is only concerned about their personal profit – who are also totally indifferent to how many people get killed and maimed. This whole idea that our government is a democracy responsible to the people that elect them is a total fairy tale designed to calm and pacify the population. But I think the worm is turning – Americans are no longer nearly as calm and pacified as they used to be. Thanks for your comment.

  2. futuret says:

    MANY SECTORS playing god and never will be one:

  3. rexisb says:

    Actresses, porn stars and Gloria Steinham…probably not the best to pave the way for the new and improved ‘anti-war mothers movement’.

  4. Great point, Rexis. Clearly women have a very stereotyped role in modern society and the corporate media is very militant in ensuring they stick to that role. Thanks for commenting.

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