For months now—and for some, years–many conservatives have been voicing concerns and disappointment in South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham as he attacked fellow Republicans for standing against Americans being droned, questioned whether or not bloggers had First Amendment rights and most recently supported the efforts of the NSA to spy on us. He has gone as far to insinuate people who believe our government should adhere strictly to the Constitution are “wacko birds,” and supported efforts for the unpopular amnesty bill in the Senate.
Enter Nancy Mace, a wife, mom, author and small-business owner in South Carolina who announced on August 3 she would challenge Graham in next year’s Republican Party primary. Mace, the first woman to graduate from The Citadel in 1999, is pro-life, pro-Second Amendment and she is against federal overreach and intrusion into business and private life. During her press conference she said, “It’s simple, really. I believe this government is out of touch. Washington thinks it knows better than the people. The federal government has worked its way into nearly every corner of our lives, trying to solve every problem for us. And yet, we are still not better off for it.”
Graham will be a tough opponent as he is the state’s senior Senator and has been in office since 2003. The GOP has shown their preference for the establishment and will most likely back his efforts versus Mace, who looks to be a true Tea Party candidate. In addition to his seniority, Graham has amassed a multi-million dollar “war chest” to utilize for his campaign.
As a young conservative woman I am personally jubilant to see an establishment politician not only being challenged, but being challenged by a woman. Much like Liz Cheney in my home state of Wyoming (who I will interview for PC.tv soon), Mace has decided it’s time for a change in Washington DC. She said, “We cannot change Washington unless we change who we send to Washington.”
And she’s right. Didn’t some wise person say that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity? It’s time for a change, not just in Washington but also within the GOP itself. Far too many women vote for Democrats and why? Because the GOP has not exactly endeared itself to women… so who better to change that dialogue than conservative women ourselves? I’m encouraged to see women like Mace and Cheney taking on the old guard and of course hope this will pave the way for other conservative women to make a stand.
Let’s face it; if we don’t make changes within the GOP, the future of the Party and the country could be at risk. Conservative ideals and the Constitution should be what we’re championing, not taking on social issues that paint us as the party of intolerance, so lovingly referred to as the party of NO by Democrats and progressives. These ladies are focusing on freedom, independence and smaller government while the GOP’s platform seems to have lost focus and appears wishy-washy.
We need direction, we need change… we need Mace.
For more information or to support Nancy Mace, you can visit her website at: nancymace.org