When he reached the New World, Cortez burned his ships. As a result, his men were well motivated.—Sean Connery, from The Hunt For Red October
In the relatively short time she has been on the world stage, Sarah Palin finds herself an icon to smart, strong, independent women everywhere. Sarah routinely speaks to groups ranging from a few thousand in an intimate setting to tens of thousands in parks, arenas, and open fields. Women make up a large and active portion of these groups.
.Sarah Palin has brought to our table a new kind of conservative woman, the conservative activist. All over the United States, women from all walks of life who had been cowed in the work place by liberal feminist rhetoric. These women watched and listened. Now, the skills they learned about organizing, fund raising and campaign management are being used by these women to return their communities, their schools, their precincts and districts, to sanity.
People may tout Barack Obama as a “community organizer, ” but Barry doesn’t have nothing on Sarah Palin! Obama spent his time in Chicago “organizing” and training agitators, rabble rousers, reprobates, and shake down artists, who would hassle and hustle businesses and government officials alike, as they sought “social justice.”
Obama and the group he worked for, ACORN, trade in class warfare, envy, and Marxist ideology. Their entire shtick consists of telling people they have been “wronged” and the world owes them for it. And of course, only Big Government can help them.
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
—Sir Winston Churchill
As columnist Jim Kelly points out in his latest piece, Sarah Palin has inspired and energized an entire nation of motivated women who seek to restore America to greatness, and move away from the Marxist agenda of Obama’s failing presidency and that of his cohorts in Congress.
Women nationwide are taking the lead role at every level: Organizing rallies, educating their friends and neighbors, creating support groups and more. Of course, in doing this, these patriotic women are motivating us guys to get off the couch and into the game as well!
Conservative Women Are Burning the Boats instead of Bras
I will be forever grateful to Senator John McCain for many things. His sacrificial service to our Republic is but one. Most recently I am thankful for his introducing to America, Sarah Palin.
Having had spent a lot of time in Alaska in the late 90’s as a representative for a premium cruise line, I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah Palin on an occasion in Talkeetna Alaska. I found her intelligent and engaging but most of all I left with that funny feeling you get about people when you just know they are destined for great things in their life.
She was just as “down home” and folksy then as she is now, but get her to talk about her passion, which at that time was Alaska, and she could rattle off facts and figures to support her position like a chief financial officer on the golf course.
My interest in things military, I asked what it was like living in Alaska when the Soviet Union was only a stone’s throw from the states front porch. She replied that if it weren’t for military people willing to do isolated tours of duty in Adak, Ronald Reagan wouldn’t have been as successful in bringing the cold war to a close. That is the way I remember the conversation some 12 years ago.
Sarah Palin has brought to our table a new kind of conservative woman, the conservative activist. All over the United States, women from all walks of life who had been cowed in the work place by liberal feminist rhetoric. These women watched and listened. Now, the skills they learned about organizing, fund raising and campaign management are being used by these women to return their communities, their schools, their precincts and districts, to sanity.
I have had the privilege of being invited into the company of women such as these. Jennifer Leslie, Southern Arizona District Coordinator for Smart Girl Politics, www.smartgirlpolitics.ning.com, is actively recruiting women to be educated and run as conservative candidates.
She is part of a larger network of women whose stated purpose is to engage, educate and empower women to take a more active role in politics. Jennifer said “We debate and develop clear positions that encourage conservative activism. We want to counter negative stereotypes of conservative women often found in the main stream media.”
Jennifer came to this organization out of frustration with the complacency and same old same old that she was seeing in the Republican Party. “Tammy Bruce was sitting in for Laura Ingraham on her radio show and spoke about Smart Girl; it energized me to form our local chapter so our beginnings were humble. We put up a booth at one of the first Tea Party Rallies and we started getting to know people and women started wanting to know about us.”
As I write this, her group is voluntarily cleaning up trash at the US –Mexican border to honor the memory of Robert Krentz, an Arizona rancher recently killed by a probable illegal entrant drug smuggler.
Her group gives local women who want to run for office a soap-box upon which to test their campaigning skills. It also plugs the candidate into other conservative groups that offer time, talent and shoe leather when they need volunteers to canvass precincts for their runs for office.
Women precinct committee persons form the bulk of her membership at the moment, but Ms. Leslie expects that women from all political parties will find their way to her group. Yes they do have men candidates come to speak to her group but the focus is women.
Ruth McCLung, candidate for Congressional District 7, Terri Proud, candidate for LD 26, Brenda Burns, candidate for Arizona Corporate Commission, are all candidates that rely on the networking skills of the new conservative woman.
I recently went to another home gathering of conservative women called “Winning with Women” founded by Leslie VanBorsumm, a long time supporter of all things Republican in Pima County and the rest of Arizona and California. Packed with candidates from Phoenix to Tucson there were only four men in attendance, one was the husband of a candidate the other two husbands of precinct committee persons and myself.
Leslie remembers campaigning for Barry Goldwater. She is one of the more seasoned veterans of the Pima GOP but one who has embraced change in the party, the tools that we use, and stays active and on top of the issues. She uses Facebook to network with her women and it works.
She took a more traditional approach working within the party. She actively sought the support of the state and national party leadership before she launched. Her goals are much like Smart Girl Politics, issue education, reversing media stereotypes but more importantly, something SGP does not do is endorse candidates, combined and coordinated efforts on a regional level to get conservative women elected.
Ms VanBorsumm is a Republican and she wants Republican women elected. “We have to take back the country from creeping socialism. It’s going to be women that do it. We have replaced our family infrastructure that has traditionally been run by women, and given our female power over to Big Daddy government, no more.”
Two different groups, two different philosophies, both recognizing one thing, the liberal agenda has been slowly eating away at the sovereignty of the family in America. It is women that lead families, in every culture in the world.
They have always been the field marshals of the home. It will be women that take back their leadership and push back socialism. It will be women talking to women that re-educate the lost generations.
One of my favorite scenes in the “The Postman” with Kevin Costner is when he has been all healed up from his wounds nursed by the female lead and he does not want to return to the cause he started, the woman burns down the cabin, forcing Costner to return to the fight.
Women, like the field marshals of old, you may be the ones that have to burn the boats of the fence sitting, compromising, lazy republican men and tell them “Fight or Die, there is no going back, this is for our family.”
Teri Christoph is co-founder and vice president of Smart Girl Politics. She is host of Smart Girl Nation, an Internet radio show heard on RFCRadio.com every Tuesday at 9PM ET, and blogs at its sister site, Smart Girl Nation.
Women have always been the real backbone of society. Let’s face it, us guys will put up with a lot more than the ladies will! It’s always been the women who have really been our conscience, who have reminded us of our values and why we must never lose them.
Sarah Palin has taken on the role of the nation’s “organizer” and inspirational leader. Let me be very blunt: One of the biggest complaints against the GOP, and male conservatives in general, with a few notable exceptions, is they are spineless. Too timid to be effective. Unable and unwilling to wage an all out war for the soul of the nation. Sometimes we wonder if they even grasp just how dire, and dangerous the situation that we find ourselves in truly is.
Sarah Palin doesn’t have this problem. The Alaskan pioneering spirit runs deep in her soul. This is a women who is fearless and unapologetic. Sarah knows who she is, and knows what she stands for. There ain’t a lot of nuance in this gal!
As a result, not only has Sarah inspired and delighted millions of strong women nationwide who share her values and qualities, she has jolted the listless GOP awake! Since Sarah Palin has emerged as our nation’s true leader, we have seen our fellow men find the courage they were lacking to take Obama, and his radical agenda, head on.
Unfortunately, we men, especially those in the GOP, are still a bit behind the power curve on all of this. We are still trailing a bit, but with a strong inspirational leader like Sarah Palin, and all of the smart, strong, and determined women, who a lighting a fire under our butts, the future looks brighter then ever.
God bless strong women, God bless Sarah Palin, and God bless the U.S.A.