Conservatism is neither a religion nor ideology, explained Russell Kirk; "it is a state of mind, a type of character, a way of looking at the civil social order ... The conservative is a person who endeavors to conserve the best in our traditions and our institutions, reconciling the best with necessary reforms from time to time."
She may be a social networker, but the conservative woman's identity isn't dependent upon a group. She is her own woman. Her allegiance is to individual liberty and Individualism, the salient characteristic of Western Civilization, and to its economic system, free-market capitalism.
She holds absolute the premise that power flows from the Creator to the people, who only loan it to the State. The conservative woman rejects the social system known as Collectivism and its economic system, socialism, which robs her of her liberty, her social and economic choices, and the rewards of her labor.
CONSERVATIVE WOMEN DRIVING THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT
Faced with the liberal threats to their freedom and economic security, conservative women are mobilizing as never before.
"When the tea party movement burst onto the scene," wrote Politico.com in March 2010, "some liberal critics were quick to label its activists as angry white men."
But experience and polls proved that assumption wrong. "Many of the tea party's most influential grass-roots and national leaders are women," reported Politico, "and a new poll released [in March] by Quinnipiac University suggest women might make up a majority of the movement as well."
Now comes a new Citizens United film, Fire from the Heartland, that tells the story of a new conservative renaissance known as the Tea Party and how women are its driving force. Luce Institute president Michelle Easton participated in the film.
Krista Branch captures the mood of many conservative women in her song, I Am America.
YEAR OF THE MAMA GRIZZLIES
If 1994 was the Year of the Liberal Woman, 2010 is shaping up to be the Year of the Conservative Woman, sparked in large part by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
"It is really the year of the conservative, not Republican women," wrote American Thinker recently. "The salient fact about nearly all the rising starlets-Palin, Bachmann, Angle, Haley, Brewer, Fallin, and Martinez-is that each is conservative."
Described by Sarah Palin as "Mama Grizzlies" for their innate urge to protect their children and families, conservative women are stepping into the public arena as never before. And why not?
"Women are, in many ways, more naturally conservative than men," notes the American Thinker article. "Bad and dangerous schools, for example, are more likely to arouse direct action by mothers than by fathers. ... The avalanche of abuse thrown at Sarah Palin shows how much leftists fear strong conservative women. But Palin, Bachmann and Brewer are unperturbed. These women, along with others who will win office in November, are changing the face of American politics."
STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF MODERN GIANTS
Conservative women have good recent role models to guide them in their quest to restore Individualism: U.S. President Ronald Reagan and U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Their battle is every conservative woman's battle today, and their words serve as reminders that the work of preserving liberty is never done:
"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. ... From time to time we've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?" -President Reagan
"Let me give you my vision: a man's right to work as he will, to spend what he earns, to own property, to have the State as servant and not as master. They are the essence of a free economy and on that freedom all our other freedoms depend." -Prime Minister Thatcher