There has been a lot of speculation, especially in the wake of Benghazi, that the Obama Administration is incompetent. After a lot of thought, I don't think this is true. I think they know exactly what they are doing - well, sort of. They have a plan, they have an agenda (and this is the leaders of the Leftists Progressive movement, not just any particular administration). They know what they are doing. Where they are incompetent is trying to cover up one of their plans, or schemes, when something about it doesn't go exactly as planned (fast and furious, Benghazi, the AP and the DOJ, the IRS targeting ). I mean think about it: Here's a President who pushed a health care plan that doesn't have it's last regulation go in effect until 2018. He was elected in 2008 to his first term, but the plan his side championed, that is the president's signature legislation, wouldn't come to full bear until 10 years later. And health care is not the only set of blue prints they have.
Conservatives in general and Republicans in particular have had little to celebrate in the news for the past five years. So the news of the White House and the Obama Administration coming under attack was somewhat of a welcomed surprise. After two failed Presidential campaigns and a party that looked more like a political version of the movie “The Hang-over”… as everyone stumbled around trying to piece together exactly where it all went wrong and how the tiger got in bathroom in the first place, any bad news for Democrats was good news for the GOP.
As any new mom knows, when you begin to take your baby out in public, well meaning folks – many of them strangers – will approach you, complement or fuss over your baby, and say “they grow so fast – enjoy every moment.” If you ask me, this advice comes from a good place but misses the mark in so many ways. First of all, from a practical perspective, I don’t know many people who “enjoy” getting pooped on, screamed at for an hour straight, or their nipples rubbed raw. This is not the entirety of what it means to parent an infant, but these are very real “moments” in a day in the life of a new mother. We can all love our children deeply and still acknowledge, there are moments in motherhood which are not enjoyable at all.
I’ll take it a step further, though. I think if you “enjoy every moment” of parenting, you’re doing it wrong. Not only is that goal unattainable, I don’t think it’s the right goal for parents to have.
Rachel Campos-Duffy is what many would consider an unlikely conservative woman. In her early days in the spotlight she was a cast member on the MTV show The Real World, not the most likely start for a conservative woman, but it was an even more unlikely place to meet her conservative husband, and future United States Congressman, Sean Duffy.
After leaving reality television, Rachel devoted her life to being a mom, but she never completely left the spotlight. She instead decided to use her voice and celebrity to spread her conservative message and fight the culture war through many outlets.
Besides her most important job of being a mom to 6 children, she is also a television host, author, blogger, and speaker. She has been featured as a guest host on The View, she is the author of Stay Home Stay Happy: 10 Secrets to Loving At-Home Motherhood, and she is a blogger for AOL's ParentDish.com, Anderson Cooper 360, and TheAmericano.com - just to name a few. In short, Rachel Campos-Duffy embodies all that is great about conservative women today - she is strong, intelligent, and not afraid to make her voice heard while at the same time never losing sight of what really matters.
William Ross Wallace once wrote "The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world."
Honestly, I never understood the phrase all that well until I became a mother, and then I realized full well that all that I am, or ever hope to be, began with my heart's first home: my mother.
As passionate conservative women who consider it our calling to fight for liberty, it's sometimes tough to picture those women to whom we look for leadership as anything but that. Michelle Malkin is someone we know very well as a passionate conservative blogger, Fox News Contributor, multi-published author, conservative columnist, and all around on-fire conservative activist. If you've ever had the pleasure of meeting her, you'd also know her to be one of the sweetest women you've ever met. And if you happened upon her website, you might even learn some fun trivia, like her preference for Apple products, her shoe size, and the fact that she's a lefty. But we know very little about Michelle Malkin in her most important role of all -- that of wife and mother.
Michelle was born in Philadelphia, raised in South Jersey, and now lives in the Colorado Springs, CO area with her husband, her 12-year-old daughter, and 9-year-old son. "It's a paradox," answered Michelle, when I asked her how becoming a mother changed her. "Motherhood made me tougher and softer at the same time. Tougher in the sense that the maternal instinct empowered me to do and say things I would not have thought possible before; softer in the sense that it deepened my empathy and compassion in unforeseen ways."