Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Michele Bachmann Faces Shameless Child Abuser

To a right-minded child, even after the child has grown up and become a parent, nothing is ickier than the thought of what Mommy and Daddy do in their bedroom. Somewhere out there, however, a little boy called Elijah has been manipulated into telling the world what should be the most private and unmentionable of his Mommy's personal secrets...

A shorter Yahoo report on the same news video makes it seem as if the child embarrassed Michele Bachmann into speechlessness. I don't think so. It was the mother, and the urge to charge into her and the concern that even verbally confronting the mother could result in more harm to the child, that would stun almost any woman with natural feelings.

I've felt the same way when I saw a mother hit an antsy little boy on the head, knocking his head against her shopping cart, while she browsed through every department in a big thrift store (right after school). And when I saw a mother slap her children because, after being in school all day and then being allowed to gulp down 16-ounce bottles of Mountain Dew while waiting at Mommy's workplace, the kids started playing tag.

I'm very uncomfortable with that sort of thing. I think (hope) most women are. We know that if we humiliate Mommy she's more likely to vent her feelings on the poor child later. In theory that's what Child Protective Services are for, but in reality we also know that social workers and foster homes may traumatize the child more than non-life-threatening abuse does. It's a horrible situation to be in, witnessing child abuse that's not violent enough to justify the use of force.