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."
For those of us who are mothers, this is the funniest thing we've seen in quite some time. The video needs little explanation...we just thought you'd enjoy the laugh!
I don't usually read fiction, but certain occasions prompt me to the literature section of my local book store. Recently I took a vacation with a five and a half hour flight (that would be one of those occasions). It is the generally accepted social custom that you remain seated on the plane and not annoy the other passengers with aisle-style yoga. The movie on these flights usually leaves something to be desired. In this case, it was Life of Pi. Even though Pi ends up adrift because of a shipwreck, I question whether it's sardonic humor or obtuseness that leads to a programming choice where the main character ends up lost at sea, from any cause, on a flight the spends its entire time in the air over the Pacific Ocean.
A Mother's Day Tribute to Katherine Jenerette: “The Sarah Palin of the South” on Family, the US Army, and Politics
Despite a very hectic schedule which had her off on TDY orders for the Army, former Congressional candidate and US Army Captain Katherine Jenerette took time out to answer a few questions on raising a family, serving her country in uniform, and the game of politics. A few notable things about Katherine before the interview would be that in 2011 Katherine was named as one of THE 45 MOST ADMIRED REPUBLICAN WOMEN UNDER 45 by The Republican Security Council based in Washington, D.C.
She was also interviewed by David Asman "... Memorial Day 2010 South Carolina's Katherine Jenerette appeared on FOX Business’ America’s Nightly Scoreboard with David Asman as part of a panel of four veterans who are running for Congress – South Carolina’s Katherine Jenerette, Florida’s Allen West, Michigan’s Brian Rooney, and Adam Kinzinger from Illinois . Asman said that they are among “nearly two dozen vets” who are “looking to take back Congress and making a real difference.” ...click here to watch video clip from FOX "America's Nightly Scoreboard"
For the love of Family and Country: A Mother’s Day Tribute To Smart Girl Politics Co-Founder Stacy Mott
What I find most interesting about Mother’s Day in America is that the motivation behind this holiday of honoring motherhood can be accredited to a political activist and writer, Julia Ward Howe. Mrs. Howe wrote the Battle of the Republic during the civil war and was an advocate for abolitionism and women’s suffrage. She dedicated her life trying to bring women together and give them a voice on political matters that she felt could allow her, and women everywhere, the ability to rejoice in what she called “womanhood.”
The day to day demands of both woman and motherhood have connected women from around the world via the internet. It's used as a tool for advice, guidance, and support to overcome the many obstacles that can arise from being a mom because we all know that motherhood goes beyond making school lunches, being the family doctor, and checking under the bed for the boogey man. Moms know better than anyone that our country’s political atmosphere and economic environment affects the wellbeing of our families, and that is why it is so important to stay informed on the actions and decisions made by our elected officials. So I find it most appropriate during this week of honor to tell you a little more about the co-founder of Smart Girl Politics, Stacy Mott -- political activist, writer, mother, wife, and patriot.
One of my favorite parts of being involved in politics is seeing so many women involved who aren’t politicians or bureaucrats, but who are moms and wives. These women, who often have little to no political “training,” jump into the world of politics unafraid to take on even the most elite bigwigs. One such woman, who I greatly admire, is Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor, Rebecca Kleefisch. Serving since 2011 as the state’s 44th Lieutenant Governor, she has balanced state leadership and being a mom to her two daughters, Ella and Violet. She says her balance comes from “a patient husband, generous children, a helpful mom and a healthy dose of humility.”
The Lieutenant Governor owns a brooch that she feels states her priorities perfectly: “God, family, career.” In the midst of such a busy schedule, she never misses her daughters’ events; being a mom comes first. The faith, optimism and belief in the goodness of people, she says, keep her motivated as she balances motherhood and work. While she admits that she occasionally falls behind on laundry— “I will admit to having to buy my family new underwear during the recall because I was so far behind on laundry”— she handles both motherhood and the lieutenant-governorship with the help of her husband, Joel, who is willing to “bend around her schedule.”
“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” –Ayn Rand
The fabricated ‘War on Women’ makes us out to be victims. And according to many on the political left, big government and all those who support it will swoop in like a night-in-shining-armor to save us. Hardly a scenario you’d think a modern-day feminist would embrace, and yet, they do. They even call themselves “progressive.” But I cannot. Because just about everything they do moves the civilized world backwards and the Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA) that was recently passed is no different.
The VAWA is a ridiculous bill that has a zillion things wrong with it, the least of which is its supposed purpose to ‘protect’ selective groups of people the writers of the bill deem worthy of security. This includes women, gays, transgenders… you get the idea. This collectivist, inherent flaw in the bill was challenged and had some people asking, “If you’re going to pass it, why shouldn’t the bill protect EVERYone?”
On April 23, 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a new hotline to answers questions about resources available to women veterans. The hotline is 855.VA.WOMEN and offers information about various benefits available, including health care services and other areas. Since women make up 15% of current active duty force, this is a welcome show of support to the ladies who serve and have served.
According to the National Military Family Association website, in 2012 over 354,000 women veterans were receiving VA healthcare benefits. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs states, “Some women veterans may not know about high quality VA care and services available to them.” Secretary Eric Shinseki continued his comment with, “The hotline will allow us to field their questions and provide critical information about the latest enhancements in VA services.”
You know, my panties get in a wicked twist when I hear people mention the fabled wall of "separation of church and state." Mostly, this is because it is used to endorse a particular perspective. To many on the left today, this wall is apparently one-sided: that religion ought to stay out of government but not the other way around.This phrase originates, not in the Constitution (where a lot of college-educated lefties think it comes from), but from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote when he was president. It was meant to show solidarity with religious freedom and to bolster the language found in the first amendment: that congress shall "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." It was a metaphor, but one that that has been vaunted to a place high above the actual words of the Constitution and Bill of Rights - especially with today's secular leftists.