First, an admission on my part: due to my former narrow-minded Far Left Democratic mindset, I used to demean and dismiss both of the women about whom this post is. That would be Michelle Malkin, and former First Lady, Nancy Reagan. Since I became an Independent in 2008, I have come to realize how much misinformation I was fed, how many downright lies I was told, both by the DNC and the media, and how little regard for strong women the Democratic Party – the alleged Party of Women – actually has.
My eyes were open in a big, big way back in 2008, as I saw how the DNC treated then-Senator Hillary Clinton, as well as Governor Sarah Palin. The levels of sexism and misogyny was appalling, and shocking. It did, however, enable me to open my eyes some, remove the blinders and rose-colored glasses, and finally heed the red flags I had seen waving, but because I had been taught – not by my parents, mind you – by the Party how evil all Republicans were. realized I had been sold a bill of goods by the Party to which I had given my allegiance from childhood into “mature”adulthood.
People to whom I would NEVER listen before simply because they had an “R” by their name, I opened my ears, and my mind. And what I discovered was that there were a number of intelligent, thoughtful, dedicated, passionate, patriotic people on the Right. One of those people was Michelle Malkin. Like anyone else, I don’t agree with everything she has to say, but her passion, her viewpoint especially on Education, and her role as Truthteller for Conservatives.
Malkin spoke this weekend at CPAC, the Conservative conference held every year this time. And for the first time in 13 years, Malkin brought her take on issues like border security, Common Core, and more to the floor, via Legal Insurrection:
Malkin is indeed fiery, and she is also absolutely right on Common Core. I have noted here more than a few times that many educators, my liberal cousin, a retired Education professor included, dislike Common Core with a PASSION. They are especially disgusted that there were blessed few (if any) Educators actually involved in crafting the behemoth Educational system essentially forced on States if they want any Federal money.
But that wasn’t all Malkin had to say, calling out the GOP specifically for using talking points to gain support, then turning against the very people who elect them to office. There is much more to her speech and I hope you will give her a lesson.
The other “fiery woman,” Nancy Reagan, passed away on Sunday. The First Lady from 1981 – 1989, she was known for her absolute devotion to her husband, Ronald Reagan, and her strength of character. That strength was often made manifest in ways that earned her the moniker of “dragon lady,” primarily for her input with her husband. That she was called that speaks volumes about her critics, in my opinion, since it was directed at her for what they saw as “meddlesome.”
Before I go further, once again, I have to make an admission. I was a died-in-the-wool, yellow-dog Democrat back then, and it has only been much later that I have come to appreciate Ronald Reagan’s presidency, and the devotion his wife had for him, as well as the care she took of him, while he was President, and until his death. I remember well ridiculing one of the very few Republicans at Union Theological Seminary was I was an M.Div. student there, who was a big Reagan supporter. He must have been made of strong stuff as he sat with a bunch of us in my room watching the returns. And while he could have been a sore winner, he was not.
And I am ashamed of my reaction to a neighbor Suzy and I had back when Reagan died. He was a staunch Republican married to a Democrat. When she came over to say he wouldn’t be joining us in the day’s planned activity because he was watching all of the news about Reagan and crying, I admit, I made fun of him for it. I couldn’t understand why anyone would be that devoted to Reagan, a REPUBLICAN, for heaven’s sake!
Wow, right? Now I have listened to parts of his speeches (you know I couldn’t be bothered with that before), and understand why so many people consider him to be such a great President. And his beloved wife, Nancy, no doubt played a big role in that.
And so, I want to add a few photographs that highlight Nancy Reagan’s life. From the IJReview:
Visiting the Vietnam Memorial with her husband:
A “Just Say No” rally in Oakland:
Saying goodbye to her beloved husband, Ronald:
(Click here to see the rest of the photos.)
Powerful images all, and they speak volumes about the woman she was.
For reactions from others to the passing of the former First Lady, the Daily Signal has a good piece I recommend, with observations like this from President George W. Bush:
[…] “Laura and I are saddened by the loss of former First Lady Nancy Reagan,” Former President George W. Bush stated. “Mrs. Reagan was fiercely loyal to her beloved husband, and that devotion was matched only by her devotion to our country. Her influence on the White House was complete and lasting. During her time as First Lady and since, she raised awareness about drug abuse and breast cancer. When we moved into the White House, we benefitted from her work to make those historic rooms beautiful. Laura and I are grateful for the life of Nancy Reagan, and we send our condolences to the entire Reagan family.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
May she rest in peace as she is reunited with the love of her life. And may her family be comforted knowing how much their mother meant to so many in this country, and around the world…
This is an Open Thread.