Like Vinegar…. Bold, Blunt and Never Beholden!
My youngest son Evan looked at me out of the blue one day and said, “Momma, you know who you remind me of?” Evan looked at me with a wide smile and said, “Mrs. Touhy from The Blind Side”.
For those who haven’t seen it, the movie The Blind Side was the true-life story of Memphis mom Leigh Ann Touhy (played by Sandra Bullock) who took in a homeless teenager and mentored him into becoming a football superstar. Touhy has been described as, “Equal parts firecracker, strong Southern woman, inspiration…pragmatic and one-hundred percent what made what The Guess Who so perfectly called the iconic American Woman.”
Yeah, it fits me!
The initial shock has worn off now that the realization of another four years of Obama has come to fruition. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the notion that so many people obviously get their news from Jon Stewart and young single women think birth control and a right to an abortion trumps record debt, record unemployment and record spending. But alas…it serves no purpose to try and understand anymore–so we move on.
One of the biggest mistakes this administration and the people who voted them back in office can make is to assume that the millions of people who didn’t make those same choices at the ballot box have given up and are defeated. Sure, the wind was knocked out of our sails but like all good sailors we know how to navigate through the rough waters to come out on course.
What path we take next as conservatives will be tough but necessary in order to bring about a change in our political landscape. The first thing we must do is pray–a lot! The day after the elections this verse was read at my Bible study group: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.”— Romans 12:2 (NRSV)
Coincidence? I think not!
Conservative women—including those of us who belong to the Politichick Nation–now have the challenge of putting into motion ideas and solutions for our future. We realize that our children and grandchildren will depend on our desire and drive to fight for their freedom. Don’t get me wrong, the men in our lives will also play a very important role in our success, but the real work will be ours to complete.
How you may ask? I predict we will see a rise of a movement even bigger than the 2010-midterm elections we witnessed in the Tea Party. We need our voices to be heard louder than the voice of the progressive and liberal media. Our message of personal responsibility, self-esteem, empowerment and the concept that hard work trumps entitlements must resonate with the younger generation. As mothers, we must lead our children by example. As individual women, we must show our neighbors and friends by our actions. We must get involved in our communities, our schools and our civic groups. We must rise to the call of our country just as the women did during WWII because this battle is just as real!
We must also seriously look into taking our voices across our lands in the form of radio and television. I seriously believe we need to create our own TV channel on cable. Why not? I mean if Al Gore and MSNBC can have their own channels to spew their propaganda then why can’t we find the financial and creative backing to bring our conservative voices to the television screen? Glenn Beck started from scratch in radio and now has his own channel on Dish network—so what is to stop conservative women from doing the same? Nothing but our own defeatist attitudes if we submit and I am not that kinda gal!
Finally, as a woman I suggest that we must look at ourselves to reach out to other demographics in the Independent and Democrat parties. We must make the move to bring diversity to our conservative base because let’s face it; we are less likely to be offensive in our attempts to present our side than men will be. Right, wrong or indifferent women of the other party showed up in large numbers along with minority groups to re-elect Obama. The unfortunate verbiage used by two Tea Party male candidates (despite arguing the point that they were well intended) got a lot of traction from the liberal media and the Obama campaign machine and, in the end, the damage was clear.
We must truly ask ourselves as women what we can do differently this next go around. We have a mid-term election coming up and after the outcome of the Presidential election, these Senate and House seats will be the next “golden child” for the conservative movement to take over. If we are successful enough in that election to gain control in the Senate and keep the House we will have a repeat of 1996 when Clinton was forced to move to the center. In 2014 Democrats have to defend 20 seats in the Senate and Republicans have 13.
We can do this, ladies but we must start today and devise a plan of action! The days of sitting back and waiting for the next shoe to drop is over; that’s partly what happened on November 6, 2012. Now we must put our boots on and begin the battle to win our country back for everyone’s future. Otherwise we need to only look at Greece and see what the alternative will be. Personally, Greek columns do not go with my home décor nor do they match my taste in landscape…
To the Sandra Flukes out there, I’m pissed and I’m not backing off–you mess with my family’s livelihood then you are messing with me and along with my fellow Politichicks, I am not going to be backing down! Your mentors are progressive Hollywood elitists who tout that they will be “glad to pay a little more taxes to have her liberties” and yet they have accountants that are paid to avoid paying that “little bit more”. My mentors are women like the PolitiChicks and others like them and I say the odds are in our favor this next go around–got that? My son doesn’t call me “Mrs. Touhy” for nothing!