Views on Conservatism
By Lara Maertens Rhea
What does it mean to be Ms. Texas Conservative US 2012? I get asked this a lot. Why do women want to be in beauty pageants anymore? Don’t they insult or demean us? Since I am a writer, most notably a political speech writer, I decided to write an article about this issue. Primarily, I wanted to use this opportunity to talk about the stereotypes of women in pageants, in politics, and discuss a little bit about what Conservatism means to me. I hope it provides some insight into the minds of women like myself.
First of all, everyone understands what a beauty pageant is, but not many people understand that contestants use the notoriety of their position to gain awareness to a specific platform or cause for which they hold certain interests. In this case, the issue is Conservatism. Some people think it’s hollow to use women in swimsuits to bring attention to a political movement; however, the reverse is really true in this case. We are bringing attention to the fact that women in swimsuits, attractive women in general, are smart enough and strong enough to understand and care about political issues. We are proud American women who love God, our country, and our families, and we are unafraid to speak out about our beliefs. We feel we have something important to say about where we feel the country is headed and we are willing to be leaders and examples to others, often educating others on what it means to be a Conservative and what they can do to help steer our country in a better direction. We are tired of the stereotypes attached to women like Sarah Palin, who was a beauty queen and therefore treated by the media as a bimbo. There are many others, who are labeled as “too pretty to be taken seriously.” Michele Bachmann has been given the same treatment. Like their politics or not, the fact that people, especially other women, engage in tearing down these strong, independent women is a slap in the face to all of us. We should be proud that these women are great mothers, strong leaders, and represent what we should all aspire to be. Their looks should never be discussed as they go about trying to secure certain jobs in politics, anymore than the size of your rear should enter in to whether or not you are qualified to do your job, but because there is an underlying assumption by most that attractiveness or beauty equates to stupidity, sadly it probably always will. I heard someone talking about Michele Obama’s rear-end the other day, and it infuriated me. Again, like her or not, the obsession about her looks is unfair and wrong. Any of these women can take hits on their politics or job performance, but how do you fight against “her butt is so big” or “her hair is too long?” The comments and the people making them are shallow, not the women trying to defend them…………………………..
© by Lara Maertens Rhea
Lara Maertens Rhea, the current Ms. Texas Conservative US 2012, was a speechwriter for U.S. Congressional Candidate between 2008 and 2011.Since 1987 she is also a Freelance writer.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Business and English from the University of Houston, 1999.
Born with a congenital heart defect which culminated into three major and often fatal heart conditions she now has a pacemaker and defibrillator because of this.
Lara is the living proofs that beauty pageants, and conservative moral ethics do not exclude each other.
Now that 2011 has passed and 2012 is here, the battle to take our country back continues.
The past year we had a marathon of GOP Presidential debates and different candidates taking the lead.
Throughout the entire debates the topics were always the same and then slightly adjusted to fit the current happenings in the world.
And so were the answers. All, and I really mean all, candidates were trying to give the right answers to appear “conservative”, but yet cautiously diplomatic to assure not to offend, insult, or really attack anybody, outside of each other. In other words a disappointing PR-show that leaves me to the point where after hours of debates I am still not convinced as of who to give my vote to.
None of them seems to be willing to grab the hot coals with their bare hands and give those answers, which many grassroots conservatives want to hear.
How to get America back to work
This is the one constant in every debate, and every candidate is determined to prove how “Reagan Conservative” they are in reciting, like a mantra, the “same ol’-same ol’” policy of lowering taxes, deregulating, and so on.
Only Newt Gingrich shortly mentioned one of the real issues, leaving that hot-coal-topic immediately and not going into details, and that is UNIONS.
One extremely important solution to get America back to work is to break the power-neck of the Unions.
In theory Unions are a private-non-governmental-organization sponsored by the Federal Government and should provide “Legal Assistance to Workers who’s constitutional and Legal Rights as employees are violated”.
However, Unions stopped “being” that a long time ago. Like most things, the initial idea is good, but then greed breeds corruption. They are a criminal Mafia style Organization and nobody seems to care or is too scared to do anything about it.
The fact that the sitting President, Obama, has an affiliation with criminals is evident; — Not without a reason he calls Second Generation Mafia boss “Jimmy Hoffa Jr.” his buddy (and he IS the son of a Mafia gangster) and plays golf during Christmas with a school friend who has been arrested in Prostitution charges.
In my opinion, this major entity that determines and influences politics has been misusing federal funds in order to funnel it back to the Democratic Party to keep control of their interests, without the average person the wiser. This is obscene and illegal, but unfortunately it has been going on for decades. In a nutshell, our government subsidizes criminal enterprise and there seems to be no politician willing to take them on.
In some states you cannot even acquire a contract as a contractor if you don’t pay your dues (in my book of law that is called: danegeld) to the Unions and submit to hire Union workers only. And if you refuse – well accidents happen all the time. This is clearly “criminal”, but normal since politicians and judges look the other way.
Unions are assured with their election contribution, their re-election.
And the very same Politicians and Judges grant the Unions the right to intervene in Companies decisions to either produce or preserve employment.
The fact is that in the past 6 months alone Unions have caused or endangered over 130,000 Jobs in the United States either by stopping to build a Boeing plant in South Carolina (a right to work State and mentioned by Newt Gingrich) or by stonewalling any negotiations with American Airlines which jeopardized over 130,000 Jobs and retirees.
Breaking the neck of the Unions and putting them back into their place is not only a small, but also a necessary key element to get America back to work. That is why I desperately want to hear the following statements from a candidate:
1) I will make America a “Right to work nation” and make this a “Constitutional Amendment”
2) I will audit the Unions and assure that funds given to this private institution are used proper to secure the constitutional and legal rights of American workers and workers under “legal Status”, otherwise Unions will be defunded
3) I will make a clear commitment that Unions are a private representation and membership is voluntarily, and Unions are NOT to make policy or politics, but have only one duty – representation when asked for
But, I guess that is wishful thinking because everyone remembers what happened to Robert Kennedy.
None of the candidates are willing to call things by their name when it comes to National Security. I agree, of course, that the two main pillars of National Security are financial independence (bringing the budget in order) and America’s military strength and position in the world. But there is a third Pillar, which gets completely ignored and that is National Security at home.
We don’t need to look for Muslim Terrorists in foreign countries they are already here; and they do a marvelous job of infiltrating our nation through their so-called “Representations”.
Of course not every Muslim is a Terrorist but 99% of all terrorists are Muslims.
Instead of cooperating with Law-enforcement Muslims take the position of “Victims of Discrimination” using this policy to avoid any cooperation and play the “Victim Card”.
Financing Terrorists all over the world, dismantling our Constitution, and trying to sneak Sharia Law into our court rooms calling it cultural heritage is NOT assimilation nor the practice of freedom of religion it is clear infiltration to take over our country.
And to make things worse, Hillary Clinton and the State Department just held a summit with Arab Nations to strike down the 1st Amendment making critics of Islam a crime under the pretence of “Inflammatory Speech”.
The UN sponsored this summit and the role model is similar to European Laws, which already bow to the Muslims.
I was actually waiting for one candidate to condemn this meeting in the last debate – BUT NOTHING.
Fact is, in order to assure a strong National Security we first need to establish a strong National Identity and that is, or should be, a clear commitment by the Candidates to a Judeo-Christian Heritage.
But that one is missing as well.
A fourth pillar to a strong National Security is a strong National Independency.
Again, what I am missing with every candidate is the clear commitment to defund financially and withdraw politically from this senseless organization and make a clear statement that any interference in domestic issues through Agenda 21 or other policies will only result in a final disembarkation of this criminal corrupt organization.
This would not only strengthen America’s position, but also save us billions of Dollars as Ann-Marie Murrell of PolitiChicks stated with utmost precision in her column “Some Simple Solutions to our National Debt” on Patriot Update.
Kicking the UN would therefore be a double monumental victory for America. Saving us tons of money as Ann-Marie says, and making us independent from the UN, which would strengthen our Sovereignty.
This is just an excerpt of what bothers me with those debates.
Nothing but a lot of blah-blah, repetition, and the very same diplomatic packed political correct standard message hoping to please the conservative voters, but yet making sure that the other side is not offended.
Many of the conservative and independent voters are still undecided. You might think since we’re so close to the primaries that the candidates have convinced us who would be the best equipped for the job and who would truly and truthfully represent us, but I hear in my network all the time that it’s quite the opposite.
As long as the candidates are not willing to hit the nail on the head and call things as they are and walk away from the standard answers (Lord have mercy they have preached them so many times to us – I can recite those answers in advance), and give us the “right” answers, this election will be just another fiasco with nothing but RINO’s.
So please all you candidates out there – TELL US THE TRUTH; GET TO THE POINT AND START REPRESENTING US AND NOT POLITICS – WE THE PEOPLE fight for America, we work our behinds off to save this Nation, and the last thing we want or need is another flip-flopping coward – what we need is a tough conservative candidate to beat Obama and return the government to the people.
GOD BLESS AMERICA
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Once upon a time – there used to be a time of manners, and media responsibility where certain lines were not crossed.
A time of politeness and chivalry, where standard, and even politically opposing Talk-show-hosts were gentlemen.
Political candidate have been attacked on issues, programs, and personal failures such as out of marriage affairs or law violations, but like I said before there was a line that was respected – the line of common courtesy and good social manners.
THOSE TIMES ARE OBVIOUSLY OVER
NBC’s late night Talker, Jimmy Fallon, has just gone too far with his insults to conservative candidates when he welcomed Congresswoman Michelle Bachman (R-Minnesota) as a guest on his show and then his band sucker punched her by serenading “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” as reported by Jon Nolte from Big Hollywood @ Andrew Breitbart.TV reports.
Jimmy Fallon is known as a liberal and an Obama supporter. In August he attended a $35,800 Obama fundraiser.
In the good old days of gentlemen style TV the Station itself punished comments or insults like this and the station issued apologies taking the talk show host off the air. These days the stations defend this behavior with “freedom of speech”.
The new rule is: “grill and humiliate Republicans”, treat “Democrats with Respect” and “lick Obama’s boots”.
Freedom of Speech
Liberals and freedom of speech is an interesting concept.
In liberal minds that means: they are entitled to say and do what they want, insult, disrespect, attack below the belt, and get way out of line whenever it serves their agenda.
It’s only when conservatives take it upon themselves to address the issue, and without foul language I might add, that liberals seem to get a little touchy on the subject.
In Liberal La-la brains freedom of expression is a One-Way-Street only allowed in their direction and allowed when supporting their agenda.
Everything that contradicts their agenda is subject to brutal violent attacks all the way to personal threats.
This is not the first attack below the belt on a conservative candidate and it appears to be that since Obama took office these radical morons have become more and more a standard rather than the exception. And it all started with Obama running for office.
Democrats under Obama and why the GOP is at fault as well
It all started with insults on Sarah Palin during the presidential race in 2008 when Rahm Emanuel called Sarah Palin’s baby, suffering from Down syndrome, “retarded” and Democrats attacked her daughter for her pregnancy.
If one was waiting for Presidential frontrunner John McCain to step up in anger and defend the Palin Family you waited in vain.
Neither McCain or Obama, ever stepped up saying enough is enough and the family is off limits.
This was the beginning of a whole new meaning of “Dirty Campaigning”. BHO made it very clear that he is only stepping in when it comes to conservative opposition, but when it comes to his campaign supporters and big time donors, allies such as ultra liberal talk show hosts, and radical Union leaders he remains silent and does not want to be the speech police – Such hypocrisy.
No matter if it is “Jon Stewart” mocking Marcus Bachmann and making inappropriate comments about the sexual life of the Bachmann’s or if it is Obama’s best friend and Teamster “Jimmy Hoffa II.” Calling Tea partiers “SOB’s, this pattern is still continuing.
What is interesting is that the son of a criminal mobster and gangster who got what he deserved (concrete boots and a dive in east river), has the guts to call my momma, who may not be an American citizen, but has always been an honorable woman, raising two great kids, and working all her life for the Austrian federal government, a bitch.
Who is the SOB now?
Let’s not forget Bill Maher – A man who pays his women by the hour – his distasteful sexual comments on conservative contenders.
Jimmy Fallon was only one in a line of radical “so called” comedians and talk show hosts. This coward didn’t even have the guts to do this directly; he had his band do it.
And that is not the end of it. Believe me there is a lot more to come.
And don’t expect the NY Times or the Washington Post to comment or condemn this. They are all bribed by the Obama administration. The NY Times is the only Newspaper still defending the “Occupy movement”. And that tells you everything.
Those flea beggars fit in the line of the liberal outcast mouthpiece
What can we do?
I asked, why it is the fault of the GOP as well? Here is the answer.
Basically, there is nothing we can do. Sure, we can stop watching those liberal media outlets, as I do, boycott or jam their phone lines, fax and email them with protest letters, but bottom line is this: As long as our politicians don’t step up and hammer the stations with protests, demanding an apology, and as long as Obama refuses to step up and call his dogs back those liberal outcast stations live under the impression that it is perfectly ok to hit below the belt.
That might sound crazy because my heart says get out and beat the living daylights out of those idiots, but I am trying hard to be mature.
Send letters to Congresswoman Bachman and let her know how much we support her. It does not matter if you support her as a presidential candidate or not, but she IS one of us and she IS an honorable woman and we need to let her know that we do not tolerate this behavior, and that she has our compassion as woman and as conservative, and send the same letters to NBC and all the other idiotic stations telling them “Your time will come”.
God bless you and
God Bless America
~~ In Americapeople are not subject to the Government, the Government is subject to the people ~~
(Gov. Rick Perry, on his presidential announcement speech in S.C. August 13, 2011)
The 2nd Presidential Debate in Ames, Iowa for the Republican preliminaries is over. Winners, losers, and the first quitter are determined.
Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann won the Iowa Straw Poll slightly ahead of Ron Paul and then former Governor Tim Pawlenty who has now thrown in the towel, but one man managed to shuffle the entire debate without even being there – Governor Rick Perry (TX – R).
Rick Perry made the smartest move possible by having his staff announce the “high possibility” of him running on Thursday, followed by watching and sitting out the debate, and then Rick Perry making the official announcement of his candidacy for president on Saturday in South Carolina.
With Chris Wallace on stage in Iowa as the igniter, the “advocate diabolic (the devil’s advocate)” the debate actually became interesting. Every good debate needs one like this.
People have different opinions on this debate, but I have to admit that I liked this one a lot better than the first debate in New Hampshire and though many of my friends (or better almost all of them) disagree with me, I liked it better because of Chris Wallace.
But let’s be honest here: What are the preliminaries and what are they good for?
As a fan of Formula 1 car racing I see the preliminaries as the qualifying, the “everybody against everybody selection” for the actual race.
And as a former soldier of the Armed Forces I know for a fact that you can’t train and prepare man/woman for the worst by playing nice.
The first debate in New Hampshire was more like a choir performance where all of the candidates showed their uttermost politeness, all had the same message and basically nothing really new was said.
For me as voter it was hard to determine which candidate would be best equipped to replace Barrack Obama in the White House.
“Minnesota Nice” is beautiful and “Texas Hospitality” is a marvelous thing, but we are preparing for the most brutal and below the
belt face off going into the 2012 election. Obama will be fighting desperately for re-election and believe me he will not play fair or nice.
Jon Stewart, an aggressive Obama supporter and radical left wing talk show host of the “Daily show” for example already started with sexual insults towards the Bachmann’s and since Obama never stepped in condemning this audacity he showed “Silent
The election is on and the Chris Wallace “head on head fight calls” was actually nothing but a warm up for what is yet to come.
Pitting Michelle Bachmann against Tim Pawlenty on their records was an excellent move. Democrats will do the same, and worse. And for the first time the usually very confident and competent Michelle Bachmann showed signs of being “off guard” and insecure for a moment.
Well Congresswoman Bachmann better get used to it, it won’t get any easier.
Pitting Tim Pawlenty against Mitt Romney on “Romney care” is of course nothing new and also happened in New Hampshire, but here Wallace proved that he is a professional “Journalist” trained on counter warfare and challenging the contestants;
Newt Gingrich actually showed what is to be expected from a Presidential Hopeful when Chris attacked him on his records Gingrich fired back accusing him of playing “Mickey Mouse games”. Gingrich put Wallace and the media in their place and showed great fighting spirit.
Mitt Romney did the same when he challenged Wallace about the Massachusetts Constitution.
I was amazed and quite disappointed at Ron Paul when Chris Wallace started the next hot topic: Terrorism and foreign wars.
Ron Paul, cornered by his opponents threw the question in the room “who determines a Terrorist” indicating that there is no
such lawful determination.
For your information Congressman Paul: The term “Terrorist” is determined in the ICRC – International Humanitarian Law (Geneva Convention) from 1949.
This document clearly defines an “Enemy Combatant”, “Civilian” and “Terrorist” and based on that international agreement is the “Code of Conduct” also known as “U.S. Military Rules of Engagement”.
The bold moves of Chris Wallace finally caused Byron York to step forward and attack Jon Huntsman on his position of being in favor of Civil Unions.
All of those things actually made the debate interesting and put some spice in it. Very interesting was the question about Rick Perry entering the race and while all candidates played nice only Ron Paul gave a few fiery comments on the issue. But I am
afraid Congressman Paul could say: Be careful what you wish for. I am sure Perry would have given him the right answer on the terrorist question.
As a voter I expect from my candidate two things:
1) He/She has to represent my beliefs as a fiscal Judeo-Christian conservative
2) He/She has to be able to defend those principals
But here is the thing.
Giving election speeches in front of a crowd is easy. Politicians are trained and used to do that. As a tea party member, and fiscal conservative I can step in front of 10,000 people anytime and give a speech. I can say things to make the audience cheer or say things to get their blood boiling ready for a fight.
It is like preaching to the choir. There are only likeminded people in the crowd who believe the same things and share the same opinions.
But defending the records and the principles in an open discussion with an opponent is something completely different. Anybody who has ever been in a debate knows that.
In a debate you have to expect attacks and counter attacks, you deal with limited speaking time where you have to a) get your
message out and at the same time b) defend your record and position.
And if you think that is easy – try; I am a well trained rhetorician and I’ve been told that I’m strongly opinionated, bullheaded, stubborn and pretty good at combat rhetoric.
You have to be faster, quicker, better informed, and well prepared and never lose or show any weakness.
And here is where Rick Perry comes into play and why he overshadowed the entire debate. If you have watched Rick Perry during the gubernatorial race he has been attacked a lot of times very hard by his opponents.
But Governor Perry is good in that game. Rick Perry is a highly experienced politician with the aura of a statesman.
He always shows Texas coolness, never shows any weakness, has his records straight, is well informed, and understands the principles of “counterattack without direct attack”.
Making a “counterattack without attacking the opponent” is an Art not many master.
You have to be prepared to take an opponents comment and shove it back down his throat without being vicious or aggressive, simple by using logic and well founded information.
And that makes him a tough discussion partner; one that rules the stage.
Rick Perry does not need foul attacks or dirty games. He is a highly experienced rhetorician, he knows what he is doing and the big plus is he is humble.
The beauty of the American Republic and the U.S. Constitution is that we are all entitled to an opinion. Since Governor Perry announced his candidacy thousands of blogs and comments appeared on the internet.
Some in favor, some calling him a RINO and part of the system, some positive, some negative, and some neutral pointing out both sides.
It is not my place to tell you what to think or who to vote for that is for you to decide. The field of conservative contestants is now there and full and you can choose for yourself which candidate is your favorite one.
I already did for myself.
But one issue nobody can deny, and that was also sensed in the debate in Iowa – Governor Perry is a major factor and force in the preliminaries and all of the candidates knew that. In my opinion that is the main reason Chris Wallace had such an easy time bringing some tension into the debate.
I watched the debate twice and I am convinced because of Governor Perry the tension was there, candidates were forced to show corners and edges and Chris Wallace just picked up on it and used it.
One way or the other I am finally looking forward to the third and final debate on September
22, 2011 in Orlando Florida. This will be the debate that actually cleans the field.
This is my 100th Blog on WordPress, and I would like to take the opportunity to give grace.
First, I want to say thank you to my readers and followers, Facebook friends, and fellow patriots such as Ann-Marie
Murrell, Chet & Natalie Nichols, Suzanne Sharer, Heidi Kutney, Michaela Brandner, Antoniette Walker and many, many others without you I would not be here anymore. You keep me on my toes and make me want to be better with every single blog.
Thank you for your patience, your time and your compassion. You have added many comments and sometimes you have even disagreed with me, but I love, honor, and respect each and every comment.
Thank you to my son Jessy. You are the reason I fight for a better future, the light of my eye and star in my heaven.
Thanks to Annette for constantly cross reading and editing, you have done a marvelous job. I love you.
Thanks to my parents who brought me up well, showed me that a man is entitled to his opinion as long as he puts it on a foundation – This made me strong.
And last but not least – thank you my God almighty in heaven and my savior Jesus Christ for providing me with the rhetorical talent to be outspoken.
Thank you to the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces, who gave their ultimate sacrifice in order to provide and defend the blanket of freedom, that was thought of by the Founding Fathers, and established as the United States Constitution.
Your ultimate sacrifice allows me to share my opinion no matter if I am right or wrong.
God Bless ya’ll and
GOD BLESS AMERICA