I'm the son of a single parent, specifically a single father. So, it was with considerable annoyance that I heard Ann Romney, a woman who has never, a single day in her life, ever been less than considerably affluent, make a speech that included this little gem:
"It's how it is, isn't it? It's the moms who have always had to work a little harder to make everything right."
This bothers me for three reasons. First of all, I've weighed in before, at length, about how a single income family isn't remotely viable. But pretending you understand the difficulties of that when you don't is offensive and condescending. I'd respect you if you, say, worked with single parents, or donated to groups that support them. But you don't.
Secondly, thanks for discounting my dad, rich lady. Yeah, he didn't have to work hard at all. It was easy! Parenting is automatically much easier when you have a penis! There's no difficulty whatsoever!
Thirdly, don't pretend you're like most of America's parents, lady. I know single moms, single dads, married couples, gay couples, and they all love their children, but they also work constantly and deal with relationship trouble. They worry about money. They have to sacrifice and make compromises.
And really, that's what sticks in my craw the most, Mrs. Romney. I'm not saying being a parent is easy for anybody, even the excessively affluent. But spare me the pretending that you're just like the rest of us. You're not. You never have been. You never will be.
And lying to our faces about it is just offensive. So spare me the lies. You really want me to pay attention to you? Try being honest.