Let me start off by saying that a) I went to a few Tea Parties, homemade signs in hand, b) I watch Glenn Beck and c) I took my daughters to see Sarah Palin in 2008.
Don't be frightened.
I know that that makes me a dangerous right-wing nutjob, but truly, I'm relatively harmless.
Until election day, that is.
For a long time, I was asleep, having a vague idea of what was going on in the world outside my door. I was working or raising my kids, and, as long as things didn't get too outrageous, I rarely followed politics. I wasn't happy with certain policies of Bush and Clinton, but they also both did things I approved of. The elections and re-elections of those two were tepid affairs; all of the candidates were shades of the others, barely distinguishable.
But the 2008 election woke me up. The radical nature and murky, undisclosed past of Barack Obama triggered something in me. I love to research stuff of the web - knowledge is power. I researched Joe Biden (who actually was my father's attorney for his divorce!), John McCain, Sarah Palin and Barack Obama. There was so much unanswered about Obama, so many questionable associations. The more I saw, the more concerned I became.
I was reminded of an old adage - 'show me your friends and I'll tell you who you are'.
I did not like the picture I was getting of Obama. Yes, he is a phenominal speaker. He has the cadence of a preacher, but toned down to a subtle rhythm. Very effective. But I was listening to what he was saying, and hearing the double talk. He was remarkably successful at fooling most of the people who were desperate for change, no matter how vague and amorphous it was.
But I was wide awake and not buying it.
All I could see was all of the new entitlements and redistribution of wealth he was promising and the marxist/socialist associations and positions . I, being a mother, was looking far down the road, trying to see what effect his agenda was going to have on my children's future. I was not encouraged. Even during a time of economic stability, implementing his full agenda in the timeframe he was talking about would have been untenable.
Economic downturn or not, he has gone full-steam ahead on his lofty agenda. He has his place in history to assure, apparently. It doesn't matter that my future grandchildren are going to have to pay for it. The people he has been putting into offices specifically created to undermine or circumvent the system of checks and balances are working on forwarding the progressive agenda - one I was disagreeing with the more I learned about it.
Eventually I was finding myself talking to the news anchors on tv. I knew I needed a release, so I turned to blogging. The catharsis of getting it out there, releasing that apprehension and concern out into the blogosphere helped. But it wasn't enough.
I still felt isolated and cut off. During the campaign, speaking up was not allowed, and people who did were branded as 'lunatic fringe'. Or racist. So speech was squelched, dissent was hidden. After the election, the excuse of 'he's only been in office for (x) months - give him a chance!' kept things to a slow simmer. People were beginning to grumble and assemble, though. Numbers accumulated. Parties were held.
I realized how many people felt the way I did. I spoke to moms at the Tea Parties and the Palin Rally, and suddenly felt...empowered. I wasn't alone.
But those parties are few and far between. The feeling of strength in numbers faded, and the helpless solitude crept back in.
But then Glenn Beck invited a bunch of moms onto his show, and I realized I wasn't alone. A woman told of reassuring a friend who felt hopeless and ineffective that she wasn't alone - she was a member of the Sisterhood of the Mommy Patriots. That struck a cord in me.
And so I bought the domain name and asked a friend (and future contributor) to help me set up the site (Thanks so much, Lisa - you rock!).
I wanted to make a forum for like-minded moms. Posts on this site are going to be written from a mother's perspective; how policy, legislation and other actions will effect our families now and in the future.
Our voices must be heard, for the sake of our children.
This insane agenda of tax, spend, borrow and bailout must be stopped.
We are many, we are strong, we are determined and we can be influential. We drive the economy, we vote, we educate our children, we influence our men. We are strong, intelligent, and patriotic, and we don't back down from a fight - we are American women.
Divisiveness is tearing this country apart. It is time to stand together. We are fighting for the future of our children and grandchildren.
I look forward to this new adventure and hope that a community sprouts from this; women relying on other women, giving each other strength and a sense of shared purpose.- a true sisterhood.
So welcome to the Sisterhood of the Mommy Patriots. I hope you join us and raise your voice for freedom and the future. I and my fellow contributors look forward to keeping you informed and hearing your voice in return.
Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. ~Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul