Smart Girl Nation Third Quarter
Smart Girl Politics Action is proud to present our 2012 Third Quarter Edition of Smart Girl Nation. The magazine is part of our commitment to sharing the voices and opinions of Conservative women. Please take a look below at some of the great topics covered in this issue.
SmartGirlNation ENGAGE. EDUCATE. EMPOWER. Third Quarter 2012 Voting with your Lady Parts Effects of Obamacare May be Costly to Our Future Does President Obama Own the Youth Vote? Heels on the Ground for GOTV FROM THE President: Stacy Mott Four years ago, Smart Girl Politics began as a blog by a bored stay-at-home mom. I am proud to say that today, we have over 55,000 members in all fifty states. We have added state organizations in twenty-four states, and recently expanded onto the campuses of the University of Kentucky and the University of Alabama. We continue to spread our message of fiscal sanity, smaller government, and individual responsibility. Over the past few months, Smart Girl Politics Action has been on the ground for the first time in our four year history. We have mobilized our efforts and our hardworking volunteers and have put our heels on the ground campaign in five swing states. Our members have been on the phones in three key swing states. Our Smart Girls Vote campaign was an aggressive project for the organization, but once again our local, state, and national leadership team stepped up to the plate. Our volunteers around the country have rallied to help make this campaign an overwhelming success. I would just like to take a minute to thank everyone in the organization who have donated their time and financial resources to our cause. We could not do what we do every day without an amazing network of strong and dedicated women. Bottom line: Team Smart Girl Rocks!!! Stacy Mott TABLE OF CONTENTS Third Quarter 2012 Heels on the Ground for the GOTV P.4 Road Rage: The Elite Disdain of Autos P.7 Who is BIGdawg? P.8 ParentalRights.org: Conservative Coalition Stops Fast-Tracked UN Treaty P.10 From the Intern Corner P.11 The United States has an Obesity Problem P.12 SGS12 Recap P.28 Effects of Obamacare P.14 Does President Obama Own the Youth Vote P.15 Obama's Fallback Scapegoat Convenient No More P.16 The Reality of the "War on Women" P.20 Three Movies for Smart Girls P.22 Returning to the hallowed halls of higher education P.23 Voting with Your Lady Parts P.24 He Runs for our Children P.27 By Stacy Mott This past weekend, I was honored to be joined by two smart girls from New York. We left from the New Jersey area and drove eight very long hours to arrive in Columbus, Ohio. There we were joined by our two state directors and another state director who had flown in all the way from Nebraska to help out. We began the weekend at the local AFP office and right away were put to work making calls to Ohio voters. Phone banking can be intimidating for some, but our group of eight jumped right in and were ready to engage with Ohioans. Some of those who answered our questions were thrilled with the President's policies while others were quite verbal in their declaration of the havoc they believed he has made of the economy. Over several weekend this fall, Smart Girl Politics Action joined forces with Americans For Prosperity to reach out to voters regarding the policies of the Obama administration. Specifically, we reached out to find the answer to one very important question, "Do you believe the President's policies have helped or hurt the economy?" Our outreach campaign or what we called "Heels on the Ground" began with two door knocking weekends in the state of Virginia. Our teams set out in the areas of both Woodbridge and Leesburg in the suburban communities of the state. Volunteers made phone calls and reached out into the neighborhoods knocking on doors. They spoke one on one with people on both sides of the aisle and the answers they received ran the gamut. Another group of smart girl volunteers traveled from Georgia, South Carolina, and as far as Texas and descended into the swing state of North Carolina. Team Smart Girl divided into two groups and reached out to voters in both the Raleigh and Charlotte areas. The responses they received were very similar to those we had heard in Virginia. The next morning, we got up at the crack of dawn and joined about sixty other volunteers from AFP. It was one of the first cold morning of the season and, well, I was freezing. We jumped into the vans and were dropped off in twos into suburban neighborhoods. Once again, we set out to have our one question answered. It was clear early on that at least in the neighborhoods we traveled, voters were not all that impressed with the President's economic policies. In just two short hours, the Smart Girl Team had knocked on almost 400 doors and were back into the vans. While our voter outreach efforts were considered work, we were well rewarded when AFP invited us to attend their Economic Freedom Rally. We were thrilled to hear from speaker's such as AFP President Tim Phillips, Tony Katz, and the one and only Laura Ingraham. The highlight of the day, without a doubt, was meeting the rock band, Three Doors Down. The guys were gracious enough to take photos with us and then performed both their greatest hits, as well as one of their new songs. 4 Smart Girl Nation | Third Quarter 2012 We returned back to New Jersey Sunday morning. All in all in three days, we had spent sixteen hours just getting to and from our destination. When people asked me whether it was worth the trip, my only answer was "absolutely!" You cannot make a difference and change what you believe needs to be changed by sitting behind a computer. I encourage everyone to step out and volunteer on the ground wherever you can. Most importantly, vote and when you do, make sure you take five or ten friends with you. SmartGirlNation Third Quarter 2012 Smart Girl Nation would not be possible without the contributions of our writers, editors, sponsors, and staff. SGN Writers volunteer their time and write the great articles we get every month. Please check out their blogs or websites located in their bio's at the end of their articles. The sponsors of SGN are very much appreciated and we would love for you to support them. Please check them out and tell them Smart Girl Ppolitics Action sent you. *** SGN Staff Smart Girls on the ground in NC doing GOTV Founder of Smart Girl Politics, Stacy is the organization's President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. In her role as President, Stacy develops and implements strategies that help the organization achieve their mission to engage, educate, and empower conservative women to get involved in the political process. Using her previous experience in marketing and management, she helps guide the brand and recognition of Smart Girl Politics. Prior to starting Smart Girl Politics, Stacy was a Regional Human Resource Manager for a division of Toys R Us. She worked in the field of Human Resources and Management for ten years before deciding to have children and stay home. She was born and raised in a small steel mill town in West Virginia and is a graduate of West Virginia University. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband Matt, and three wonderful children. Editor and Chief: Stacy Mott - Stacy is Founder of SGPA, and is the organization's President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Editor: Gilia Rethman - She is an American patriot who has gone rogue. She vents her political frustrations in her blog, Hump Day Report. Assosciate Editor: Teri Christoph - Teri Christoph is co-founder and vice president of Smart Girl Politics Production manager: Kristen Hawley - Kristen is the Director of Operations of SGP Social Media & Promotions Manager: Shannon Mann *** Writing for Smart Girl Nation Please contact us via Writer@sgpaction.com Sponsorsing Smart Girl Nation Please contact us for a sponsorship package at email@example.com *** The views expressed by our writers do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Smart Girl Politics Action. m m E nce i V By er America's car companies soon became Big Business. That alone is a curse in some social circles - prompting further boos and hisses. Nonetheless, cars and roads are enormously productive systems that easily swamped the prejudices. As early as the 1930s, thousand mile automobile trips had become common and unremarkable for ordinary Americans. In 1965, Ralph Nader gained national fame with his book "Unsafe at Any Speed", which alleged GM's Corvair was more dangerous than other cars. Corporate greed was to blame. Nader's charges were discredited much later, but only after the reputational damage was done. GM suffered as did autos more generally. Yet the value of affordable, flexible, private, on-demand transportation continued to prove itself overwhelmingly popular. These vehicles allowed millions to work in cities and live in more pleasant, less crowded surroundings. Spoilsports derided it as urban sprawl...something ghastly. Yet people spent their own money to resoundingly express a different conclusion. For them, lower density living is enjoyable. Then came the oil crises. That raised the legitimate issue of US dependency on the crazies that live amongst people in the Middle East. Land planners and many in the chattering classes hope to squeeze autos out of existence. Cars are generally more cost-effective than mass transit except in Manhattan and some of the most heavily used bus routes. Nonetheless, think tanks publish transportation studies that exaggerate car costs and gloss over mass transit's shortcomings . Leftist lobbyists go to great lengths to pile bile on automobiles . Public intellectuals extol the virtues of big city life without autos. Public school teachers often do the same . This idea that autos are evil is cloaked in moral superiority, not sound rationality. Where did this exaggerated enmity come from? John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil was a target of socialists well before automobiles were even invented. Progressive mothers in the late 1800s used to warn their children to "...behave, or John D. Rockefeller would get them". Cars were tainted by their association with the oil industry from the beginning. 6 Smart Girl Nation | Third Quarter 2012 Some critics began to attribute the defense budget to automobiles. It is likely Islamic extremists would be a security threat without the oil factor. Meanwhile, efforts to electrify cars are just beginning. The global warming press frenzy has further moved sentiment against automobiles. Proponents are so heavily politicized, though, that they have seriously eroded their credibility. If the theory sticks, autos are culpable. If it does not stick, they aren't. Part of mass transit's political push comes from the public sector's opportunity to expand its political mass. It can administer monstrous construction contracts and pay rich Davis-Bacon Act wages to grateful workers. It gets a permanent, politically loyal, unionized transit workforce when the project opens. Further, any moderately ambitious transit team can double the cost of a project once it's been approved. From the public sector's perspective, there is soooo much to love. Auto critics do not consider that autos are often environmentally cleaner than mass transit. They do not point out that the poor can get to more jobs with a car than a bus or train. Critics close their ears to the fact that transit is slower than to cars. Getting a load of groceries home on the bus is masochistic. Critics enjoy the fact that a $5 mass transit fare typically only moves riders 15% of the way toward their destination. It takes another $33 from taxpayers to get the job done. See the link below to a hilarious Onion perspective on proponents use of mass transit. http://www.theo- Comfortable, low-cost, cargo-capable, personal transportation that can start and end virtually anywhere, anytime will prevail. Unless, of course, elite carjackers yank citizens out of the driver's seat. Source: - 1 - Victoria Transport Policy Institute - 2 - US PIRG, Roads Do No Pay For Themselves - 3 - Richard Florida is one. - 4 - I remember my high school teacher excoriating autos in the early 70s. Got a public spending or tax issue that trips your trigger? Vince Emmer is a financial analyst in Eagle, Colorado. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. MyGovSpending.com nion.com/articles/report-98-percent-of-us-commutersfavor-public-tra,1434/ In a free, democratized market, mass transit is competitive with automobiles only in rare environments. "Where words leave off, music begins." Heinrich Heine I've written in past issues of Smart Girl Nation about BigDawg Music Mafia (the brainchild of one very determined Marine, "BigDawg" Andrew" - a vision shared coincidentally (or not) by another Andrew - the late, great Andrew Breitbart) - but what I have not written about, and am often asked, is "Why did (we) name the site "BigDawg Music Mafia?" and, more often than that, "Who IS BigDawg?" To answer the first question, you really need the answer to the second question...and the answer to the first question will then become self-evident (not to mention the fact that I chose the name against Andrew's loud protests). When asked "Who is BigDawg?" I am reminded of the famous "Who is John Galt?" question from Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged", only BigDawg Andrew is not a fictitious character in a book (that eerily predicted all those years ago the situation we find ourselves in today); he is every bit as real as you and me. So why the mystery? If you've ever heard of actor/musician Gary Senise's underground Hollywood conservative organization, "Friends of Abe", you will understand. Andrew Breitbart knew and was friends with many of the members of this secret group comprised of Conservatives/ Republicans in the entertainment industry who, in order to protect their livelihood, must remain anonymous. When asked how many members are part of "Friends of Abe", screenwriter Lionel Chetwynd's reply was: "That's a secret...a reflection of how many Republicans want to remain anonymous. Let's just say our last event had 1,800 -- and we're sold out for the next one." BigDawg Andrew also happens to work in the entertainment industry, so we are very fortunate to have not only his vision, leadership, time, talents, and financial backing, but speaking from personal experience, there is nobody with a deeper passion for our mission, a greater satisfaction in helping others achieve their dreams, and nobody more determined to turn this vision into a reality. I am honored to be in the foxhole with this tough-as-nails "DevilDawg" and trust me when I say those are just a few of his many noteworthy assets. 8 Smart Girl Nation | Third Quarter 2012 Andrew has co-written many songs with me over the past four years including the song "Founding Sisters", written for Smart Girl Politics in 2009. He is a superb musician, songwriter, composer, and has a voice that would blow you away. His focus, however, is not on himself, but on everyone else. Just like a Marine - "Service Before Self". I asked Andrew to share his thoughts on why he chose to take on such a daunting mission: This all started when my compadre Lisa Mei made the mistake of asking me what I thought of her new song "Change We Can Bank On"...LOL...(honestly I don't know why she puts up with me. As you read on, you might get a glimpse of what I mean by that.) Fast forward to today (cue Obama impersonation) "Ahh..um...let me be clear" ...Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine myself doing this. As the TEA Party Movement started to rise up and more Conservative grassroots artists boldly stepped out, I knew they would need a place to hang their hats. It seemed like none of the Conservative/ Libertarian leaders were doing anything at that time except trying to make money off the TEA Party (in the name of capitalism, of course) or "borrowing" ideas from grassroots artists who sent them emails, asking for their support for those ideas. Add to that, at the rallies I had been to, the entertainers were treated more like garnish or an afterthought that the main organizers did not seem to have time for and hardly ever supported when the rally was over. Only the speakers, who talk about cultural change, seemed to matter to them. All of this combined kinda ticked me off and I thought "Did Ayn Rand have it right when she said "Today's conservatives are futile, impotent and, culturally, dead."? I wanted to prove Ms. Rand was wrong. :) Enter, BigDawg Music Mafia. Conservative/Libertarian artists can't do it alone; they need support, and I'm not talking just money here if you can't buy their music. You can listen for FREE and Tweet, post on FaceBook, or link to the stuff they offer for free on your websites. They are ALL D.I.Y. and I am dang proud of them ALL! Grassroots CAN help change our culture. Anyone recall Woodstock? That was grassroots - united in a message of peace, openness, and cultural expression. I believe that was the turning point for this culture change and when Liberals figured out music was so important. Conservatives never picked up the ball. In all fairness, there are a few Conservative/Libertarians leaders who are boasting they are the only ones helping some "handpicked artists" they have deemed acceptable, which is cool - it is very exciting that some artists are getting support, but that is not my mission here - to only promote a handful of artists that I like or that we can make money off of. I know this much - political ideologies do not determine talent - it's a gift given by God. For years we have seen the left slowly beat down all the talented Conservative/Libertarian artists and brand us into a Country or Christian box. This left a gaping hole that the Liberal Left leapt into and molded our culture into what we see today in the average Obama voter. We must break through this cultural barrier and make Conservative Cool with our message - not our music genre. As Breitbart always said: "Culture is upstream of Politics". Someone needs to break through that musical glass ceiling. Why, not me? Why not BigDawg, indeed? So now ya know, and...(in my best Forrest Gump impersonation) "That's all I have to say about that." Grin. We would be remiss if we did not salute our good friends at BigHollywood, Victory Films Group, Theo Spark, and SGPAction, and our Con Air Radio Network sister stations/organizations: From The Right Radio, Ghostfighter Radio, Traditional American Movement, and our newest member, Free Zone Media Center � WFZR Radio/TV. You all "get it" and we appreciate your continued support of the Culture Warrior Movement. If you have not checked out all the cool stuff we offer at our site, including our brand new BigDawg Music Radio Station at Blog Talk Radio, take a break from the stress of all the politics and just everyday life, enjoy the music, the art, the laughs, and the fellowship of some very talented patriots. Links: http://www.bigdawgmusicmafia.com/ + http:// www.bigdawgmusicmafia.com/profile/My5ticCowboy + http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bigdawg-music-radio Lisa Mei Norton is a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant turned conservative singer/songwriter. She is Co-Founder of BigDawg Music Mafia, a free social networking site she and her songmate, "BigDawg Andrew" (a retired Marine Corps officer), launched in August 2010 to help showcase conservative, grassroots artists. Lisa is also a contributing writer for BigHollywood and Host of the weekly top ten countdown, Culture Warriors & The Fan Jam on FTR Radio and Liberty Bell Radio. Third Quarter 2012 | Smart Girl Nation 9 By Jonathan R. Horton In my last article for Smart Girl Nation, I alerted you to the threat of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which was sent to the U.S. Senate by the Obama Administration on May 17, 2012. This treaty would require the U.S. to create a massive new entitlement system for the disabled, would require us to submit to a UN Committee's review and criticism regarding our policies on the disabled, and would give the government the final say in decisions affecting children with disabilities. In short, the treaty is a major threat to national sovereignty, fiscal sanity, and parental rights. On July 12, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held its only hearing on the treaty. During the hearing, it became obvious that the proponents of the treaty intended to fast-track the treaty and have it ratified by the Senate (requiring a 2/3 majority vote of all present members) by July 22, less than two weeks later. The Foreign Relations Committee would vote on the treaty just one week later, on July 19. At the hearing, ParentalRights.org President Michael Farris (who also represents the Home School Legal Defense Association and Patrick Henry College) testified against the treaty alongside Steven Groves of The Heritage Foundation. All others who testified, along with about 95% of the audience, supported the treaty. ParentalRights.org immediately began to mobilize its supporters to call the U.S. Senate in opposition to the treaty. In the beginning we could only confirm the opposition of a handful of Senators; most Senators either supported the treaty or were undecided. The treaty really looked like a done deal, but we were not willing to give up on our freedoms that easily. Thanks to the efforts of Senator Mike Lee (Utah) and Senator Jim DeMint (South Carolina), the Foreign Relations Committee vote was postponed for an additional week. On July 26, the Committee passed the treaty to the full Senate on a vote of 13-6. Three Republican Sena10 Smart Girl Nation | Third Quarter 2012 tors voted for the treaty. By this time, ParentalRights. org was working with a growing coalition of organizations to stop the treaty. ParentalRights.org, the Home School Legal Defense Association, and The Heritage Foundation were quickly joined by Concerned Women for America, Eagle Forum, Liberty Counsel, Family Research Council Action, the American Association of Christian Schools, CitizenLink, The Conservative Caucus, Learning Disabilities Worldwide, Inc., and several other organizations. Former Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum, who himself has a disabled child, publicly opposed the treaty, also. Together, we began to educate our U.S. Senators and we encouraged them to take a principled stand against the treaty. The number of Senators outspokenly opposed to the treaty grew to 17 by September 18. On that day, Senator Richard Durbin (Illinois) tried to sneak the treaty through the Senate via a "Unanimous Consent" motion, which would preclude any debate or vote. Thankfully, a UC motion only requires the objection of one Senator to stop it, and Senator Mike Lee (Utah) was present and objected. He also announced that he had a letter with the signatures of 36 Senators on it, who all agreed that no treaties should come up for a vote in the "lame duck" session, because there are more important issues like the budget, and rushing treaties through with minimal discussion is unwise. Even Senator John McCain, a strong CRPD supporter, signed the letter. The Senate has now adjourned until the lame duck session, so we know that there will be no further action taken on the CRPD until November. When the Senate returns after the election, however, we will need to remain diligent in case CRPD proponents try to sneak the treaty through again. Please consider signing up for ParentalRights.org's weekly emails so that you can be kept up to date on the latest developments with the CRPD and other parental rights efforts. By Genevieve Murphy As the Election Approaches, We Need Your Help Reaching Congressional Candidates As you may know, the main goal of ParentalRights. org is the passage of a federal Parental Rights Amendment (PRA). Each election year, we try to contact all of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House candidates and ask for their support of the Parental Rights Amendment. During the 2010 election, at least 105 U.S. House and 11 U.S. Senate candidates signed our pledge. We will be listing all of the candidates and their contact information (if we have been able to find it) on our website very soon. We will also indicate their stance on the PRA and whether they have responded to our pledge request or have supported the PRA in the past. If you can help us reach out to candidates in your area this election season in order to gain or confirm their support for parental rights, please let me know! Also, if you have contact info for candidates and that info is missing from our website, please help us fix that. Together we can protect our families and preserve the future of our cherished freedoms! The biased media in America has gotten out of control. Throughout the 2012 election cycle, we have seen news outlets purposely only report some stories and skew information to advantage the left. The mainstream media preaches its propaganda leaving out crucial facts that should not be hidden. President Obama has been put on a pedal stool with unreliable information about unemployment and job growth. The worst part about it is that Americans are actually believing the media and listening to what they have to say. This is not only affecting election polls but is changing the mindset of Americans who need to know the truth about what is happening to their country; their country that is worse off than 2009 when President Obama took office. The truth is that the media won't tell you that the average household income in America has decreased by $3,000, the cost of living is higher, more people live in poverty, and we moved down four spots in the Economic Freedom World Ranking. Does any of this surprise you? Conservatives must not stand back and let the liberal media overwhelm Americans with untrue facts. It is our duty to stay informed and inform others about what is truly going in our government. If we can change what people read and hear daily in the mainstream media, we can change the nation. Every American needs to know the true facts, Obama has waged a war on America and is making our country take a turn for the worse. As Smart Girls, we must rise up to the challenge of educating Americans; get out there and be active, spread your voice so we help restore America and restore the conservative values we all know to be true. Jonathan R. Horton is the National Grassroots Director at ParentalRights.org, a position he has held since shortly after graduating Patrick Henry College in May 2010. In college, he earned a BA in Government with a Political Theory emphasis, and worked part-time for ParentalRights.org from January 2009-May 2010. Jonathan's passion for parental rights was ignited while he was growing up, thanks to the strong, positive influence of his parents in his life. Originally raised in Oregon's Willamette Valley, he now lives and works in Northern Virginia. Jonathan may be contacted at email@example.com or 540-751-1240. By Carolyn Phippen Let's ignore the fact that this problem for women has been linked to food stamp usage and that the longer they remain on food stamps, the more weight they gain; weight which is, to a large degree, lost after ceasing participation in the program. Let's forget that almost 45 percent of overweight or obese children, 10-17, are poor and that adolescents in low-income areas are nine times more likely to be overweight than those in well-off neighborhoods. Let's not pay attention to the fact that in many localities schools provide breakfast, lunch and dinner for students. These programs are generally in low-income areas where, presumably, many of the parents are already receiving food stamps. Now, while expanding school food programs and encouraging food stamp participation through slick new advertisements and a further loosening of requirements, our federal government is more concerned than ever about rising obesity rates. Enter the school cafeteria and Michelle Obama's plan to slim down America's children. Changes to the school lunch program were rolled out this year, changes that include more whole grains and a wider choice of fruits and vegetables. The new lunches also have calorie caps of 650 calories for elementary, 700 for middle school and 850 for high school. Keep in mind that growing teenagers need more calories than adults, and active teens may need substantially more, anywhere from 1,800 � 3,200 calories per day. Since the implementation of the new lunch program, many students are complaining of being hungry by early afternoon and those who can are simply choosing to bring lunch from home in order to have enough to eat. While students are complaining about not having enough to eat, twice as much food is being thrown away from school lunches this year, according to ABC news. Maybe this is because, as one food service worker put it, "It's completely flip-flopped in terms of portion size. New federal guidelines require vegetables to comprise the largest portion of a student's lunch, while the entr�e is now being treated as a side dish." Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who worked with Michelle Obama on the new lunch initiative, claims that the answer for these hungry students is to eat a snack; in other words, replace the food they just took out of the school lunches. 12 Smart Girl Nation | Third Quarter 2012 The administration is apparently working on creating a new snack program for kids not getting enough to eat at lunch, thanks to the last program they just created. Meanwhile, children in private schools, like Michelle Obama's own daughters, are not subject to the same rules public school children are. As one who has had children in both public and private schools, I've clearly seen the responsiveness of private schools specifically relating to the lunch issue. If the food isn't what the kids want, the parents stop buying and the program becomes too expensive to run; consequently, school administrators do all they can to provide healthy, attractive and interesting food options that kids will actually want to eat. Unfortunately, there are no such incentives, or common sense, in the public system. While a new snack program is being implemented to fill the tummies of hungry students who are eating their federally-limited two ounces of protein while probably throwing away most of their vegetables, students are prohibited from receiving additional helpings even if there is food left over. The kids are throwing away their vegetables, we're throwing away the leftover meat and our federal government is implementing a new supplementary snack because everyone's starving; all while our country is going broke. Huh? Source: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/foodstamp.htm + http://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2012/09/18/ lax_rules_author_spike_in_food_stamp_usage_99887. html + http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/17/news/economy/ obama_food_stamps/index.htm + http://www.huffingtonpost. com/2012/09/28/school-lunch-fight-jon-st_n_1922703.html + http://www.livestrong.com/article/325792-how-manycalories-do-teens-need-a-day/ + http://www.childrensdefense.org/policy-priorities/childrens-health/child-nutrition/ childhood-obesity.html + http://www.americanthinker.com/ blog/2012/09/michelle_obamas_share-the-starvation_school_ lunch_program.html Carolyn Phippen is the mother of five boys and writes about political issues for campaigns and consultants, as well as on her own blog: www.BeyondStageOnePolitics. com. She also does voice-over for political campaigns. She graduated cum laude from the University of Utah with a degree in political science. Effects of Obamacare May be Costly to Our Future By Shannon Breckenridge On March 23rd, 2010 President Obama signed the Affordable Healthcare Act into law. Almost immediately, states began rallying to block what has become known as Obamacare from being imposed on citizens of those states In fact, 26 states in all sued the federal government with the purpose of blocking Obamacare, and the question of whether or not this mandate was constitutional quickly became one of the most divisive issues in recent history. On June 28th of this year, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the mandate, not as law, but rather a tax, even after President Obama vehemently denied that the mandate could be qualified as such. Our nation was born partly on the fight against unfair taxation, and many opponents feel that the decision to approve the mandate as a tax is scoffing in the face of one of the very things our country was founded on. The mandate is not just a tax-It is among the largest tax increases in U.S. history, and it comes at a time when Americans are being taxed to death as it is. On the surface, Obamacare seems like a great victory for everyone. Free healthcare! Who doesn't like free stuff, right? But what many people fail to understand, is that the mandate absolutely is not free. In fact, it will be quite costly. Depending on the size of their business, business owners may see a rise in their costs. Companies with 50 or more employees can sponsor a health plan for 100% of their workers (even those signed up for governmentsubsidized health insurance) or pay $750 per worker in penalties to the federal government. This considerable rise in cost could be extremely detrimental to a struggling business. If the business fails, their doors close, and 50+ people are left jobless. If you employ 25-49 people, you won't face the same choice. But while businesses with 50 or fewer workers would be exempt from coverage provisions, they will still have to contend with rising premiums, again posing a threat to a business that may already be struggling to stay afloat. Doctors expect to be inundated with patients, making it more difficult for them to spend as much time as necessary with their patients, and causing those patients to have to wait longer to receive care. Patients with insurance may also see a rise in premiums, hitting them right in the pocketbook. It doesn't end there-The long term effects are even greater. In many states, money is funneled into two main spending pools: 1) Education and 2) Welfare/ Social Services (Medicare for example). The mandate 14 Smart Girl Nation | Third Quarter 2012 will force roughly thousands into Medicare, requiring an increase in funding to the welfare/social services pool. If more money is funneled into one area, the other will undoubtedly face cuts, and public education in those states will inevitably suffer from such cuts in funding. At a time when our public schools have faced numerous cuts in funding, and many school districts are operating in the red (or dangerously close to it), funneling even more money from public education will clearly have a negative impact on our states' public school systems. With the staggering number of voters throughout the county who have voiced opposition to Obamacare, it is apparent that the SCOTUS decision ignores the voice of the people, not just in our state, but nationwide. Bear in mind that there are provisions within the mandate that are beneficial and maybe even necessary. Many feel that insurance companies should not be permitted to deny coverage for pre-exiting conditions. However, a law prohibiting this could have been passed on its own without imposing a massive tax increase on the American people. The passing of Obamacare is a prime example of a group of people setting out to save the World with little regard for the negative long term implications likely to result from the implementation such a mandate. As we approach possibly one of the most important Presidential elections in recent history, the issue of Obamacare will no doubt be heavy on the minds of voters as they head to the polls in November. A Republican victory will likely result in the repealing of Obamacare, but should President Obama win re-election, several questions remain: Will Obamacare survive? Will it be successful? How deep of an impact will the negative effects of the mandate have on states and on the people? The likely answers to these questions make a Republican victory in November even more crucial to the future of our country. Shannon Breckenridge is serving her second term as alderman with the city of Smithville, Missouri and is also Mayor Pro-Tem of Smithville. She volunteered for her first campaign at the age of 14, and in the 18 years since has worked with numerous local, county, state, and national campaigns. By Kristin Patras For decades, voters under the age of 30 have been aligning with the Democratic Party. In fact, according to Pew Research 66% of voters under the age of 30 voted for Barack Obama in 2008. However, the current state of the economy challenges the previous advantage Democrats had with younger voters. Fifty percent of young college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed. For those of us who are getting ready to graduate, this statistic is especially disturbing. With minimal or nonexistent savings and mounting student loans, the 2012 presidential election is undoubtedly one of the most critical elections of our lifetime. Consequently, the left is scrambling to secure younger votes. So much so, the usual liberal bias on college campuses is escalating (yes, this is somehow possible). Take for instance my political science course. My professor devoted an entire lecture to discussing the presidential election. However, rather than debating the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates' policies, we discussed problems with Romney and the Republican Party. The discussion was egged on by my obviously left-wing professor who would rather spin the discussion than encourage critical analysis. The most notable quotes from the lecture: "I don't think he has an ideological bone in his body" � my professor referring to Mitt Romney "It looks like Obama should be reelected. We know that can change, but right now the way things are going he could win way over 300 votes" � my professor Rather than analyzing the facts, college students are now being told that the election is over. Obama won. Don't even bother showing up to vote for Romney. Romney is not even a decent person. Unfortunately Third Quarter 2012 | Smart Girl Nation 15 for college professors, some of us students actually like to think for ourselves. While this last ditch effort may snag a few votes, it's not going to get Obama to his previous 66%. This election is not about hope and change. This time around it is about not wanting to live in our parents' basements. Kristin is currently a student at Purdue University where she studies political science and history. She also writes and serves as publisher for the Purdue Review, a conservative student run publication on campus. www.purduereview.com Obama's Fallback Scapegoat Convenient No More By Mindy S. Reifer During a Univision interview this month, co-host Jorge Ramos confronted President Obama concerning immigration reform. "I want you to acknowledge that you did not keep your promise," Ramos said passionately, referring to Obama's pledge during the 2008 campaign. President Obama cited the economic crisis as one reason for his lack of focus on immigration reform before relying on his fallback scapegoat: Congressional Republicans. This was neither the first nor the last time that Obama blamed the GOP for political dreams and goals that he has not realized. Broken Washington has served as a convenient excuse for both the administration's lack of achievement in some arenas and its botched policies in others, the irony of the man promising to fix D.C. using its brokenness as an excuse aside. Fast and Furious, according to Obama in the same Univision interview, was a failed Republican program started by Bush. Similarly, Republicans didn't allow any immigration policy to get off the ground. The economy was much worse than previous thought, and it was caused by Republican policies. High unemployment is due to Obama's jobs bills being rejected by Republicans in the House. And one can only imagine how, but Republican Paul Ryan's budget proposal is to blame for problems with Medicare. It seems almost futile to remind Americans, much less the President, that Democrats controlled Congress from 2006 until 2010, the last two years of Bush's presidency and the first two years of Obama's. For two full years, there were no Republicans in the way of immigration reform, and blame for the country's pre-Obama economic issues should be shared by both political parties. Still, President Obama's scapegoat routine has actually proven to be a politically savvy move most of the time. With the public-approval ratings of Congress falling, at times, to the single digits, many Americans seem to agree with the brokenness of the institution. And until now, this has helped President Obama's reelection campaign. Republican NOs have given the President an easy out to explain away everything he has not done. He can blame them for the sluggish recovery, blame them for anemic jobs-growth numbers, blame them for the discord and 16 Smart Girl Nation | Third Quarter 2012 malcontent, and even blame them for promised legislation Obama himself has never produced. In response, Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan has tried diligently to defend the GOP's role in Congress's gridlock. He has consistently enumerated the positive votes of House Republicans, and he has explained that supporting destructive Democratic policies would only further harm the economy in its current delicate state. But it seems as though America is not hearing. Paul Ryan's greatest problem in justifying his Party of No has been that his explanations of positive actions are generally ignored by the media. The vast majority of Americans only hear Obama's defense: Republicans in Congress are standing in the way of progress, reform, and recovery. Until now, Americans have not heard that by voting NO on the many deficit-increasing, tax-raising, entitlementenlarging measures that President Obama has presented to Congress, the Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Senate have upheld the Constitution, promoted the concept of federalism, reserved power to the individual states, and remained true to their party's platform of conservatism. In fact, the Republican Party has saved the country from an even worse financial crisis. But Americans have not heard. Until now. Until September 11, 2012, that is. According to the Preamble to the Constitution, two of the primary purposes of the federal government of the United States are to "establish justice," and "provide for the common defense." The government's principal function is to protect its citizens and defend its borders, and of this President Obama and his hand-picked administrators, advisors, and diplomats have had complete control since January 2009. Yet in this critical role, President Obama has failed. Miserably. Starting on Tuesday, September 11, anti-American Middle Eastern protestors stormed U.S. embassies and consulates, smashing windows, burning cars, and invading embassy grounds. In the course of just several days, such protests occurred in Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Tunisia, Bangladesh, Yemen, and the Gaza Strip. The most violent of these attacks on what is officially U.S. soil occurred in Benghazi, Libya, where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were assaulted and killed. The subsequent spin from U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and Press Secretary Jay Carney only served to highlight the incompetence of the current President (and his administration) to fulfill his constitutionally mandated responsibilities of protecting U.S. citizens and defending U.S. territory. Helle Dale from the Heritage Foundation remarked last week, "Reportedly, U.S. intelligence sources knew within the first 24 hours of the attack that not only was al-Qaeda involved, but also which members and even where one of them lived. And yet, Administration officials toed the line unfailingly that the murders were provoked by the YouTube trailer for Innocence of Muslims." And Ambassador Rice insisted that the assassination of the ambassador was not "premeditated." New evidence is being exposed that shows that the administration likely had prior warning of the attack. Representative Darrell Issa and Representative Jason Chaffetz wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claiming they have evidence that the U.S. mission in Libya had requested increased security prior to the attacks, and Washington allegedly denied these repeated requests. As recently as October 1, Jay Carney refused to respond to questions concerning these allegations. The fact remains, regardless of what was requested or denied, that the administration failed to maintain adequate security to properly defend American citizens on what is technically American territory. In the area of establishing justice, there is much contempt for and disapproval of the current Department of Justice under the leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder. Former Justice Department official and author of Injustice, attorney J. Christian Adams accused the administration early on of racial bias in determining which cases to pursue, particularly in voter-intimidation cases. Previously, Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress due to his lack of cooperation in the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious, the ATF operation that resulted in the death of U.S. border-patrol agent Brian Terry. More recently, however, the Fast and Furious scandal has received renewed press coverage, partially due to an investigation by Univision exposing the multiple murders of Mexican teenagers as collateral damage from the botched operation. News of the murder of a U.S. ambassador in an American consulate is being heard by Americans. And they are being reminded of the shooting of an American border-patrol agent, Brian Terry. And there is no way for President Obama to scapegoat Republicans for these debacles. It is only due to the help of the liberal-leaning, Obamasupporting media that Obama has been able to blame the GOP for his failures as President thus far. But the record of the Justice Department is blatant, and the President's latest foreign policy gaffes are impossible to explain away by blaming Republicans. It is disheartening and unfortunate that it has taken another terror attack for Americans to listen. But Americans will finally hear, and on the 6th of November President Obama will be told. Mindy Reifer is the mother of four rambunctious boys, whose education she is constantly worried about. She currently works as a freelance writer and proofreader. She also has fifteen years of education experience that includes working with learning-disabled students, special-needs students and English-learner students. Third Quarter 2012 | Smart Girl Nation 17 The Association of American Educators: Bringing Teaching into a New Era of Professionalism The United States has arrived at a crossroads in public education. Spending has hit an all time high, technology and reform are revolutionizing our education system, and parents and taxpayers are demanding a meaningful return on their investment. Teaching our nation's children is not a job for the faint of heart, and it's only getting more challenging as the cry for systemic reform grows louder. In light of the nationwide debate over whom or what is most to blame for America's declining status in international educational progress reports, many teachers have begun to point the finger at the longstanding relationship between education and big labor. Teachers and the public at large have begun to draw a clear distinction between teachers, as individual professionals, and the self-serving actions of hyper-partisan organized labor. According to reports, the nation's largest teacher labor union, the National Education Association, has reported a decline of 150,000 members in the past two years with a projection that they will lose an additional 200,000 members by 2014. Based on the data, teachers are fleeing the unions and seeking alternative organizations in record numbers. The numbers speak for themselves as teachers are clearly unwilling to continue to bankroll partisan political spending and serve as roadblocks to education reform. It is this demand for change that is fostering a new direction for American educators. Teachers are calling for new leadership and demanding a nonpartisan option. As the fastest-growing national non-union educator organization, the Association of American Educators (AAE) is answering that call. Teachers today are starved for an organization that will lead the profession into a new era of professionalism, respect, and recognition. Founded on an ethos of excellence in teaching, AAE seeks to elevate and inspire the next generation of American educators. As an organization, we believe that teachers deserve to be treated as true professionals, and that their ideas and experiences should be respected and celebrated. Teachers are not blue-collar laborers who can be interchanged in our classrooms without consequence; they are academic professionals like lawyers, scientists, and engineers. Industrial-style union representation does not garner the respect that educators deserve or incentivize talented individuals to consider careers in teaching. Furthermore, strikes, work stoppages, and unionstyle collective bargaining do little to enhance the professional reputation of teachers. We've seen that first hand in Chicago this fall. Teachers in a modern workforce do not necessarily need a one-size-fits-all salary and benefits package that bankrupts states and fails to recognize teachers who go above and beyond in their schools. Moving forward, AAE envisions a modern approach to teacher representation that promotes true professionalism, collaboration, and excellence without a partisan agenda. We often hear about the necessary reforms needed in American classrooms, but what we do not hear is that we need to overhaul the way our teacher workforce is represented. AAE is the change we need. By embracing a non-union professional movement for educators, we can work together to empower our academic professionals through a positive, new voice for the profession. If you know a teacher, let them know about AAE and have them examine the difference themselves. Make a new school year resolution to tell a respected educator about the non-union alternative that brings professionalism back to the teaching profession. AAE has members in all 50 states and welcomes professionals from all education entities. Membership is just $15 per month. Visit aaeteachers.org for further information. Third Quarter 2012 | Smart Girl Nation 19 The Reality of the "War on Women" By Bethany Bowra "You're not exactly an empowered woman if you're asking conservative women to pay for your choices." Dana Loesch addressed the so-called "war on women" during her speech at Smart Girl Summit this year, asking what happened to the women's rights movement if this is what feminism has degraded to. Ever since the Sandra Fluke debacle of cries for free birth control, the Left has been crafting an imaginary, Republican-waged "war on women." Not only are these claims ridiculous, they are factually incorrect. There are a few points that Democrats always seem to fall back on while attempting to defend these claims, but even those fall flat. They can't defend it. Democrats are adamant that a "woman's right to choose" is one of the most vital rights to her existence and, subsequently, her "equality" with men. Are women less important than men simply because they carry children and men don't? Liberal women are parading the streets with demands for their right to murder their unborn child. That's not a war on women-- that's a war on unborn children that the Left is willingly facilitating. President Obama has gone so far as to say, "We must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams." The real war on women in the area of abortion comes straight from the Left's encouraged "female genocide" of unborn female children. A woman's "right to choose" does nothing to raise her equality with men. Republicans are not in the business of denying women their well-being; the claims of doing so by cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood have no substance. Women need more than just abortion and birth control to survive-- in fact, most women would place those items at the bottom of their list of necessities. Women care about the same issues that men care about: The economy, the national debt, the rising cost of food and gasoline-- but today's feminists are belittling women by restricting them to this "birth control bubble." Women care for their homes and 20 Smart Girl Nation | Third Quarter 2012 families; many women manage their family's budget. They can clearly see the rising costs of necessities and lack of jobs or any plan to lower those prices. Yet Democrats want women to be content with sitting at home and having free abortions and free birth control. Because, "What else could they possibly ask for?!" In the 1900s women gained the right to equal pay for equal work. It has been a settled issue since then and is probably taken for granted in many areas. The Obama campaign has decided to rouse the issue again, however, by using it as a scare tactic which will result in leaving women no choice but to vote for his re-election. While claiming that "Romney wants to take away a woman's right to equal pay," President Obama is residing over a huge pay inequality in his White House-- women are making 18% less than men as part of the Executive Mansion's staff. So much for practicing what you preach! The perfect woman for Democrats was revealed in "the life of Julia." A faceless, mouthless (and probably brainless) individual who let the government provide every need she had for the duration of her life. President Obama remains President throughout her life and somehow always has a new government program or handout that will match her momentary needs. This is how Democrats view women: As a dependent group of individuals who don't make their own living but rather let the government give it to them. This directly goes against the idea that all citizens of the United States have equal rights to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." How can you pursue liberty while under the thumb of an elite nanny-state government? You can't. That's why the real war on women is coming from the Left; but instead of rectifying it, they pass the blame on to Republicans in an attempt to cover up their true intentions. We've seen that the Republican "war on women" is nonexistent; what, then, will Democrats do to assure you that it does exist? They'll continue with their scare tactics and hope to persuade women that their "basic fundamental rights" of abortion and birth control will be taken away if Mitt Romney is elected. Sandra Fluke, you can purchase your own birth control for around $9 at your local Walmart-- you don't need the government to do that or much else for you. Women who are voluntarily dependent on the government are depriving themselves of a life of freedom; because, contrary to liberal thinking, "freedom" is not equivalent to freedom from responsibility-- freedom is making your own choices (except murdering your child) and living your own life, achieving your dreams through responsibility and hard work. I don't think it's very complex, but somehow this concept doesn't register with most on the Left. As a young woman, I see from Democrats an attempt to degrade my future into nothing but sitting on my hands while the government waits on me hand and foot. That's not the future I dream of; I don't want to be Sandra Fluke or "Julia." I want to be a woman who fights the Left's narrative and shows that women aren't required to fit this mold, while at the same time having my own life of hard work and happiness. Democrats have some competition for the minds of young women-- there are hundreds of conservative women out there who are daily debunking the Left's claims of a Republican war on women. These women are strong, confident, intelligent, and have convictions that they refuse to ignore (the opposite of most liberal women). Given the choice between conservative women and Sandra Fluke-- I think the choice is clear. One of those conservative women, author and speaker Katie Pavlich, told me this: "The war on women is a fraud. The attempts by progressives, who claim to be pro-woman, to reduce women to `lady parts' are pathetic and sad. Women are a powerful force in American society and they didn't get there by acting like victims or slaves to the federal government." Do we want this powerful force to continue, or be left on the sidelines while male Democrats and their cowering female counterparts make the decisions? We need this force to continue. We must show women across the country that they are not less than men because of Republican policies; rather, their status is being slowly lowered by Democrats who are looking for a nation of "Julias." The real war on women comes straight from the vocalists of it. Bethany is a sixteen year old homeschooler and blogger at www.NextGenerationVoters.com. Let the President know he doesn't speak for us by purchasing an exclusive, limited edition "I'm not Julia" bumper sticker from Smart Girl Politics Action TODAY. Three Movies For Smart Girls Liam Neeson said in an interview recently, "When Schindler's List was released we were all amazed at the power of cinema." He was right. Cinema, (movies), is an important part of our culture and can have great impact on the social and political conversations of the day. Smart Girls in Georgia can most definitely attest to the power of film after coming together to see three very important movies in the last few weeks. Cheryl Lavette, our fearless state coordinator, called together Smart Girls first to see the documentary, Runaway Slave featuring C.L. Bryant and AfricanAmerican leaders from around the country. Together we watched and learned how our true American history had been distorted by the left to keep the majority of African-Americans believing that the Democrat party was the party who cared most for them. It was an amazing journey across the country that revealed how organizations like The Frederick Douglass Foundation are fighting to reveal the truth regarding voting rights, slavery and emancipation, and entitlement programs. Some of these truths we already knew but had maybe forgotten and other truths we had never learned ourselves. This is a must see for every American citizen. The next movie we all went to see was 2016: Obama's America. Unfortunately we did not get to go together as a group due to scheduling conflicts and life in general. But it does not diminish the fact that we all went to see it as soon as we could and that we were moved by the revelations that Dinesh D'Souza revealed. Again, most of what is revealed in the documentary we already knew but it was presented in such a way that we had what I like to refer to as a "well, duh" moment. Connecting the dots became much easier after seeing this powerful documentary. The theaters were packed, even in 22 Smart Girl Nation | Third Quarter 2012 By Candi Goldman NYC where Cheryl saw it, and everyone walked out of the theaters talking. This documentary definitely stirred up the conversation regarding exactly where Obama is taking our country. The last movie we all went to see together was not a documentary, but a bona fide Hollywood production with A-list stars. Won't Back Down is the story of a mother's fight to turn around a "failing school". Given the problems with education in America today, this is a must see for ALL Americans but especially parents. Presented in a completely fair and balanced way, with enough blame to go around for everyone, I was surprised at Hollywood's willingness to take on such a `hot button issue'. Even those of us without children should be concerned about where education is heading and what we can do to turn it around. This movie motivated Smart Girls in Georgia and others to really look into the state of education and take action to turn America's failing schools around. These three movies are powerful and thought provoking individually and together. Through all three we can see where we truly came from as a nation, where we are headed and how we can make a difference through education. Carolyn Maurer, Holly Bacon, Cheryl Lavette, Rhonda Gatch and I strongly encourage all Smart Girls and Americans to take a little time out of your busy lives and go see these movies. We are sure that you will come away with new information and a new outlook. So, as Virginia Galloway says, grab your honey and your money and go see a movie. Known as the Ponytail Patriot, Candi is a blogger and activist. After taking on national issues in her activism, she has recently focused on making a difference in her local area. Through her new internet talk radio program, Peach State Politics, Candi is taking on the establishment in her own community and state with her two faithful TEA Party canines, Shasta and Patton. By Laura Rambeau Lee What is wrong with kids today? This question has been asked by every generation since time immemorial. Today it is more important than ever before to know what our children are being taught, particularly in our colleges and universities. We have a generation of young adults who are attending colleges and universities where the liberal dogma flows from the mouths of self-aggrandized aging hippies who have never stepped a foot outside the halls of higher education. These sixty-somethings protested the Vietnam War while hiding in undergraduate and post-graduate academia enjoying their 2-S draft exemptions or fighting for abortion rights for women. As an adult returning to college it has become apparent that many of the young adults of today have been psychologically and psycho-socially influenced by our educational system and the complicit media. The environmentalists have them convinced that the planet is doomed. They are repeatedly told that humankind (that is the required verbiage) has destroyed the earth and there is little hope that it can be saved. We see the effects of this indoctrination in the excessive tattoos, piercings, drugs, cigarette smoking, promiscuous sex, and other self-destructive activities. They have no hope for their future and are ripe for the picking. They will follow anyone who promises an easy path for them. There have been no demands made on them for personal responsibility and accountability as they pursue bachelor's degrees in "bitterness studies." And they wonder why they cannot get a job! They have been protected from failure to prevent their suffering from low self-esteem. The result is they have NO self-esteem and have never been able to discover what makes them unique or what special talents God has given them. They have not been properly prepared to enter the adult world of business and have been deprived of self-actualization through personal accomplishment. No wonder so many have attached themselves to the Occupy movement. The current curriculum consists of depicting America as a racist, class-driven society that must pay reparations to the rest of the world for the sins of their fathers and distribute its wealth through economic, environmental and social justice. If the religious right gets political control abortion will be illegal and the women's rights movement will have been lost. From an early age our children are encouraged to become good "global citizens" where morality is relative. International Baccalaureate and other educational programs have embraced the belief that other cultures, although different, can also be right. There is no good or evil, moral or immoral, right or wrong. There is no one singular truth and the concept of individuals possessing inherent rights and freedoms that come from our humanity is outdated and not discussed without ridicule. Consensus replaces fact. In his book The Naked Communist, originally published in 1958, W. Cleon Skousen listed the Current Communist Goals. Goal number 17 states: "Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teacher's associations. Put the party line in textbooks." He lists additional goals of: breaking down cultural standards of morality; present aberrant sexual behavior as normal, natural and healthy; discredit the Bible and eliminate prayer in schools; discredit the U. S. Constitution and the Founding Fathers; discredit the family as a valued institution and; encourage children to be raised separate and apart from negative parental influence. We must challenge our school systems and demand that our children are taught American history, along with returning to the basics. Our schools should not be social laboratories, and educators must be held accountable for providing our children with the necessary tools to compete in an ever expanding global market. Adolph Hitler said "He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future". We must reclaim our children. The future of America is at stake. Laura Rambeau Lee is an active member in the conservative movement in the Tampa Bay area. She has worked in the title insurance and mortgage industries for over 25 years. Having seen the increasing deregulation in the industry, she foretold the impending housing crisis as early as 2005. She writes on political issues locally, nationally and globally, with particular concentration on energy, education, housing and mortgage, Shari'ah in the United States, and the U. N. Agenda 21 move to implement its programs in local governments across the nation. She contributes to Big Government, Big Peace, Liberty Ink Journal, Examiner.com Political Buzz in Tampa Bay, and Smart Girl Nation . Email her at Laura997@verizon.net. Visit her blog at http:// right-reason.com Follow on Twitter @_RightReason Third Quarter 2012 | Smart Girl Nation 23 For a party that claims to represent groups like the National Organization for Women, Code Pink, NARAL and others, this comes as no surprise. The fact that Democrats claim to represent all women, however, is infuriating, demeaning, and downright disgusting. Earlier this year, Rep. Lisa Brown--a female lawmaker from Michigan--stood on the steps of the Lansing, MI Statehouse reading The Vagina Monologues because she claimed she was silenced for her use of the word "vagina" in the Chamber. Could it be that she was silenced for one day, rather, for her lack of respect for the Chamber in which she was speaking? (according to more factual buried reports of the incident, that is exactly why she was not allowed to speak the following day) Women like Brown have reduced themselves to nothing more than a body part (albeit the wrong one, in my ever so humble opinion) while subsequently demanding equality, respect, and--of course-free birth control and free abortions. Ever wonder where the ridiculous assertion that Republicans are going to outlaw birth control came from? It began with arguably one of the most asinine questions ever asked during a Presidential Primary. Former Clinton advisor George Stephanopoulos, during a January Republican Presidential Primary Debate, directed this question at Governor Romney: "Governor Romney, do you believe that states have the right to ban contraception? Or is that trumped by a constitutional right to privacy?" "George, this is an unusual topic that you're raising," answered the Governor, clearly baffled by this curve ball. "Do states have a right to ban contraception? I can't imagine a state banning contraception. I can't By Tami Nantz Last week, one of the brilliant members of the official Obama campaign decided it would be cute to repost one of the ever-so-popular snarky Tumblr e-cards we've seen plastered all over Al Gore's amazing internet in recent months. Most of them are quite clever, but this one...well, this one adds to the growing evidence of a liberal left that is more interested in objectifying women than whether it gives a hoot about women's equality, or even the most basic human rights of women all over the world. "Vote like your lady parts depend on it," read the nowdeleted e-card, which represents a popular election theme adopted by the Obama campaign in recent months. They are "reducing women to the sum of their reproductive organs," said LifeNews.com columnist Steven Ertelt in an article about the post."[They're] assuming that women voters have nothing else they are interested in other than abortion." 24 Smart Girl Nation | Third Quarter 2012 imagine the circumstances where a state would want to do so... given that there's no state that wants to do so, and I don't know of any candidate that wants to do so, you're asking could it constitutionally be done?" He continued the answer, suggesting the question be redirected to Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), the constitutionalist in the bunch. Stephanopoulos was not to be distracted, and continued going after Romney on the issue for the next several minutes. Later, in an interview on Fox News, another former Clinton advisor--Dick Morris--accused the ABC anchorman/debate moderator of being a "paid Democrat hit man," and suggested this was only the beginning of the left's assertion that Republicans wish to ban contraception. He was spot on, and shortly thereafter, Sandra Fluke made her grand entrance onto the national political scene. Fluke was relatively unknown until Rush Limbaugh commented on the testimony she gave before Congress."What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We're the pimps." Was he so wrong? Isn't that exactly what she was asking for? "Rock the Slut Vote" was created shortly after the Fluke controversy. Their mission? "To fight the GOP effort to bully, subjugate and silence women. We will wrest the power from the word slut and help women get informed, get involved, get registered and vote." I wonder if anyone has ever challenged these women on just exactly how it is that the GOP is responsible for bullying, silencing, and subjugating (enslaving) women? Does any thinking woman in America actually believe this rhetoric? I imagine many of the women and girls in Afghanistan, who suffer unimaginable cruelty at the hands of not only their husbands, but Taliban leaders, would gladly trade places with any liberal American woman who would be willing to take her place. A few other activities have taken place in recent months that have vaginas--not real women's issues-on display: NARAL--National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League--showed up wearing vagina costumes in Denver last week to protest Governor Romney at the first 2012 Presidential debate. Continued on Page 26 Third Quarter 2012 | Smart Girl Nation 25 Continued from Page 25 Code Pink protesters gathered in Tampa, FL in late August to protest Governor Mitt Romney and the RNC. They encouraged those who couldn't make it to the protest to send artistic impressions of their vaginas so that protesters could carry them during the event. "So, we're gonna tell you from Code Pink what women really want," yelled an angry protester. "We want reproductive rights, equality, and healthcare for all!" Because clearly, those things are so difficult to come by in the United States of America. A nearby member was shown wielding a sign that read "Republican arrogance hurt America more than Al-Qaeda ever did." Try telling that to the families of 9/11 victims, I imagine they have a slightly different opinion. Code Pink protesters showed up at the "We Are Woman" rally that was held on the mall in Washington, DC August 18 wearing pink vagina costumes, holding signs that said "Congress Respect Women" and "Free Abortion On Demand". The irony of the entire feminist movement is rich, and isn't lost on those of us who care about issues other than those that involve the female anatomy. Feminists can constantly be heard demanding respect and equal treatment, yet I wonder if any of them were ever taught as children that respect must be earned? I hardly think it's possible to earn it parading about in a vagina costume, especially when angrily screeching about things that, if they took the time to brush up on the laws of this land, are already readily available to every single one of them. ing a whopping 25%. At a time when average American women are concerned about finances, and the future of our children and grandchildren, is there any doubt about why we mock such unbecoming behavior of women on the left? Regardless of what Obama's Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter may believe, women care very much about what has happened in the last four years, and we certainly don't intend to allow a do-ver. Tami Nantz is the Director of New Media for Smart Girl Politics Action and founder of Moms 4 Sarah Palin. CNN featured Tami and her blog on Anderson Cooper 360, as well as the Campbell Brown Show. Tami and her political writing also American women are very concerned about the isgained mention in Leslie Sanchez's book, sues we face as a nation. The real war on women You've Come a Long Way, Maybe. A is the Obama economy, with over 800,000 fewer writer and political activist engaged in conservative issues women working under the Obama administration, through social media, Tami is currently researching the rising healthcare costs under Obamacare, rising gas rise of conservative women in American politics. She hopes prices, rising food prices, "necessarily skyrocketing" to publish her findings in a book. Tami is a graduate of electric, water, and sewer bills, and an unemployBob Jones University and lives in the Washington, DC area ment rate for our working-age children that's near- with her husband and daughter. 26 Smart Girl Nation | Third Quarter 2012 He Runs For Our Children By Hope Bielat many interviews with reporters, and has only accepted three debates with Sean, none of them televised or broadcast live. These things should spell an easy race, but this someone is Joseph P. Kennedy III, grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of Ted Kennedy. He has automatic name recognition, which helps in the polls, and a fantastic political organization behind him, which brings in outrageous amounts of money and media power. So Sean and I are once again in the midst of a highprofile, all-consuming race, believing that the right mix of national financial support and grassroots organization will bring us over the finish line. Believing that a spot in Congress is something you "merit, not inherit." Believing that voters will vote for the most qualified candidate, not the candidate with the most famous last name. And in the midst of all that is Theodore and his trains, and Seraphina and her three syllable words. They are growing up, exploring the world, and they don't give a damn who wins this election. They just want their diapers changed, food in their bellies, an occasional nap, and endless affection and love. The funny thing is that even though Sean has to sacrifice time with Theo and Seraphina to do it, they are the exact reason he is running, and the reason I am letting him run a second time. When people ask me why I support Sean in this, I say honestly, although cringing at the clich�, "it's for our children." When I think about the $16 trillion dollar debt, the 8% unemployment, rising university tuition, and Social Security expiring when Seraphina is in college, I want to leave them with a better legacy. By allowing Sean to run in another high profile race in a Democratic state, I hope to teach them courage. And by taking on a Kennedy, I contribute to an America in which they can achieve anything through merit, faith, and hard work. So, yes, Sean has to sacrifice time reading stories. But hopefully, Sean and I are writing a story they will someday tell. And regardless of the outcome of the election, we will have done right by them. My husband, Sean Bielat, is running for Congress in Massachusetts 4th Congressional district. Being a wife of a congressional candidate with a toddler son and an infant daughter at home isn't easy, and I didn't take the decision for him to run lightly. Theodore turned two years old in August. He was born in the midst of my husband's last campaign in 2010. He is currently into bubbles, trains, and cooking. Seraphina is 10 months old. She has huge cheeks, a determined personality, and somehow has learned to say three syllable words. The campaign trail isn't always kind to a family. Sean leaves early in the morning and usually arrives home at 9:30 at night. Sometimes he rushes home just so he can read Theo a story or give Seraphina a bath, only to find them asleep. Sometimes on Saturdays, I bring the kids to campaign events like parades or barbeques solely so that they can be near their dad, even just a little bit. That is just the reality of campaign life. In 2010, Sean ran against Barney Frank, a 28-year incumbent, one of the most famous and outspoken members of Congress. With an influx of national cash and an incredible volunteer base we lost by only 10 points, which was extremely close for a district in Massachusetts! Though still Democratic-leaning, due to 2012 redistricting, the Fourth is more Republican than it ever has been. Scott Brown's hometown and base of support is in our district. This, in addition to not wanting to run against Sean again, caused Barney to retire in February. This year, Sean is running against someone less imposing. He is 32-years-old, has only two years of real life work experience, and he just moved to district. He has a charming smile and nice hair, but doesn't seem comfortable speaking in public. Because of that, he doesn't take Hope Bielat holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University and is pursuing a PhD in Political Science from Boston University. She lives in Norfolk, MA with her husband Sean, son Theodore and daughter Seraphina. Third Quarter 2012 | Smart Girl Nation 27 Smart Girl Summit 2012 Recap Conservative commentator and radio talk show host Dana Loesch once again addressed the Smart Girl Summit this year. When referencing "Julia," she said this: "It's the Democrats perfect idea of a woman: she's faceless with no mouth and no voice." At the fourth annual Smart Girl Summit, we defied that idea of a perfect woman left and right-- conservative women have loud voices and who attended Smart Girl Summit have no need for the government to pay for their $9 birth control, or anything else! As Dana Loesch also said in her speech at the banquet, "A firearm is an equalizer." The conclusion was reached that real Smart Girls don't need the government to care for them from cradle to grave. Women don't solely care about birth control; rather, women care about the same issues men do: The economy, unemployment, the national debt, the cost of gas, and so on. Women on the Left are constantly being lowered, while women like those at Smart Girl Summit are rising to a new level of activism and influence in the political arena. At Friday night's banquet we gave various awards to different activists who have done remarkable work in their areas of involvement. Dana Loesch was awarded the Breitbart Spirit Award for carrying on his message and passion for exposing the Left's narratives; she was asked to deliver it, and after standing up to do so was told to sit back down while a video was played of Andrew Breitbart praising Loesch at last year's Summit. Karen Testerman received the "Engage" award; Laura Fanelli was given the "Educate" award; Marcia Chambliss was received the "Empower" award; and Susan Olsen was named Activist of the Year. All of these women are tremendous activists in conservative politics and are doing more than would be expected in order to protect this country. Smart Girl Summit was my first political conference, and I'm incredibly glad that it was. It was amazing for me, as a high-schooler, to see hundreds of conservative women in the same place for the same cause. The Left tries to paint these women as "uninformed," "lazy," and even "anti-women"-- but I saw direct opposites of those claims at Summit this year. It's encouraging as a young person to see so many shining examples of conservative women that I can look up to and know that the Left's rules for women are not rules I am forced to conform to. aren't afraid to use them! This year's theme of "Women and the Economy" brought together Smart Girls (and even some Smart Guys) from every area of the country and every walk of life, and every age group. In the middle of summer in Alexandria, Virginia, conservative women were inspired and encouraged to continue in their efforts to reclaim our country and retain our liberties; we were also instructed on how to do even more. Speakers such as Dana Loesch, Rebecca Kleefisch, Katie Pavlich, Brandon Darby, James O'Keefe, Ann McElhinney, Ben Domenech, and many more gave encouragement and new ideas to the hundreds of conservative women in attendance over two days of meeting. The "war on women" meme was viciously debunked as intelligent conservative women spoke against the Left's narrative, and in many cases gave examples of how they had once been on that side of the aisle. The "life of Julia" was rejected; Smart Girls like those 28 Smart Girl Nation | Third Quarter 2012 Conservative women have a voice that not even the Left's nasty games can silence. I experienced it firsthand. I experienced it firsthand. We look nice and calm...but the moment you threaten our faith, families, or freedom-- watch out! Smart Girl Summit 2012 was an incredble experience for everyone in attendance. The casual atmosphere gave even the newest activists a chance to interact with high-profile conservative activists who are more than willing (and eager) to help everyone get started. It was great to see everyone who attended, we missed those of you who couldn't make it, and we look forward to seeing you at SGS13! Bethany is a sixteen year old homeschooler and blogger at www.NextGenerationVoters. com. Third Quarter 2012 | Smart Girl Nation 29 Would you help us today by donating $25, $50 or even $100? Of course, if you could afford a larger gift of $250 or $500, that would be a huge help. The important thing is that you donate today.