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Editorial: Get smart: A conservative woman’s manifesto
Amy ClarkOctober 24, 2012 | 989 views | 1 comment
Recently, I came across an ecard posted by an Obama supporter that read: “Vote like your lady parts depend on it,” and a comment from a woman that said: “Any woman that would vote for Republicans that are taking away our rights is nuts. What’s next, it will be okay for your husband to beat you?” I have counted to 10. I have smiled politely. But I am going to say what needs to be said.
I will vote Republican because I stand on the side of personal responsibility. I understand that while I have the freedom to make my own reproductive decisions, any lack of planning on my part does not constitute a crisis on someone else’s. Nor does it create an excuse to forfeit human life. I understand that my wants and desires don’t trump someone else’s freedom of speech or religion. I understand that forcing a religious institution to violate its conscience for my personal convenience would make me the worse kind of hypocrite.
I stand on the side of equality. Meaning, I believe that as a woman, I am perfectly capable of making decisions to provide for myself. Being on an equal footing with men negates the need for special concessions from the government to take care of you. I don’t need or want free “goodies” because I understand that a government that is big enough to give me everything I want is big enough to take away everything I have.
I stand on the side of intellectual integrity. Meaning, I don’t traffic in salacious scare tactics by insinuating that anyone would ever think that domestic abuse was justified. I don’t throw around flamingly false accusations that a political party is trying to take away birth control. I understand that tying “women’s rights” to “free birth control” is an insult to women. It shatters the notion that we have broken that glass ceiling, when all these years later we continue to allow attention to only be drawn to our reproductive system. Come on.
I stand on the side of moral integrity. Meaning, that though I have the freedom to behave in whatever manner I want, I choose to live a life worthy of the gifts I’ve been given. I understand the meaning of “TMI” and choose to behave accordingly. It’s called having class. I don’t appreciate my gender being hijacked by women who sacrifice dignity and self-respect on the altar of an “enlightened” sexuality. Your sex life does not belong in the political arena any more than the world revolves around you. Don’t embarrass me in front of my family and my colleagues in the adult world while you continue to childishly confuse vulgarity with liberation. One cannot be truly empowered if one doesn’t even have the power of self-restraint.
So perhaps we can agree to disagree in a ladylike manner. I am fine with that. You can call me archaic, ignorant, indifferent, nuts, or worse; that’s fine. I will smile and say, “Have a nice day!” You see, I am truly, wonderfully, and gracefully free, choosing to celebrate my womanhood, my motherhood, my intelligence, my ability, and my challenges, my joys and sorrows, my integrity, and the knowledge that a woman’s real beauty shines from the inside, reflecting her strength of character.
But please, there’s no crying in baseball, and there should be no whining in politics. Quit making it difficult for those of us who understand that rights equal responsibility. Please quit muddying the water of a woman’s voice in government but pretending you speak for all us. You don’t. I’m a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association, not the National Organization for Women. You don’t speak for me, because I am, in fact, capable of talking about bigger issues. You know, like the $16 trillion national debt or the current crisis in the Middle East. Women are really that smart. We are! But when you claim that women’s top issue in this crucial 2012 election is birth control, how could you pretend to be seeking true equality?
So I will vote Republican, focusing on the real issues in this country. I choose to vote like our economy depended on it. I choose to vote like our constitutional rights depended on it. And I’ll choose to vote with my brain, thank you. I just believe better decisions come from that end.
Amy Clark is a resident of Wilson County.
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