Worst Mom of the Year 2005-06 Dr. Michael L. Ford 13 May 2006 While I was watching Jose Rivera win the WBA junior middleweight title last Saturday, it suddenly dawned on me I needed to do something to fill an important gap in annual Motherís Day recognition events. Perhaps it is because Rivera has a day job as a juvenile court officer, or maybe because he is Worcester Massachusettsís Man of the Year, but more likely because he is loved and supported by his wife Daisy and adored by his son this flash of insight came upon me all of a sudden. You see, we find it easy to recognize outstanding people like Rivera and his family, but the ones that are an embarrassment to humanity we mostly try to ignore and hope they go away. But when we quit recognizing them for what they are they somehow seem to multiply themselves. Growing up I was always in a church that recognized outstanding mothers on Motherís Day. Often flowers, plants, or some other token was given to the mothers who were oldest, youngest, and had most children. Some times ladies would stand and recount the numbers of grandchildren and great grandchildren they had as well. There used to be more value put on family in the past. Children were considered a real blessing from the Lord. Recognizing the youngest mothers bit the dust first. It got to where there be too much possibility of some woman claiming the youngest mother prize without a husband to legitimize the baby. Then, because some women kept having babies out of wedlock, recognizing the mother with the most children became an iffy proposition in many churches. It wont be long now till we will also fear recognizing the oldest mom, because this generation of moral degenerates is aging. We need a solution to the problem and that is publicly recognizing the worst moms on Motherís Day for what they are along with recognizing the best moms for what they are. Every church, civic organization and community could easily come up with its own worst mom candidates. They could include among their numbers those who have abortions, abandon their children, and let children run wild, like financing them going off to Aruba for a drunken spring break or such like. There are plenty of candidates and I really wish I had thought of this before. As a ministry that communicates internationally, for Jonsquill Ministries to have a nominee for Worst Mom of the Year, we would have to select someone whose notoriety has gotten them much attention throughout the world. So we could not select some HIV positive woman in Africa, who knowing her condition, is still producing AIDS infected babies. There are too many women like that and no one woman stands out. No, we could only select candidates who personally have had the spotlight turned directly on them. Had we been doing this in years past we might have chosen Susan Smith for our 1994-95 Worst Mom of the Year. She was the Carolina woman who drowned her two sons, apparently so she could regain the lover who was not her husband. Her deed so gripped the media another woman who drowned her children shortly after went relatively unnoticed. And of course our 1996-97 nominees would have had to include mom Hillary Rodham Clinton who revealed that she thinks ďIt Takes a VillageĒ to raise children, not a mom and dad living together as man and wife. But unfortunately, my flash of insight only occurred a week ago. This year we do have an up to the minute nominee. She fits our international requirements not only because of great media attention but also because she has been involved in activism on three continents. Her qualification as the years worst mom begins with the fact she has used her sonís death to stand against everything he gave his life for, and that includes her hobnobbing with South American Marxists. She took $250,000 dollars from her sonís death; had a Hawaiian vacation and bought a new car, but after two years her sonís grave still did not have a headstone. Even though the federal government would provide Casey Sheehan one free his grave is yet unmarked. But Cindy Sheehan has been too busy demanding repeated apologies from the President of the United States to do something most grieving parents find essential to dealing with grief, marking their childís grave. There you have it. There might be a worse mom out there this year but Cindy Sheehan has my vote. She is in my estimation the best example of a bad mom this year. And, we noticed as she went through the years how she did indeed attract many people I would be embarrassed to be associated with, proving the point about how these people multiply when we try to ignore them.
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