This article is the first part of a series on the rise of local women leaders within the Tea Party.
Much has changed in our country over the last few years, in most cases not for the better. No matter your trench in this war of ideas, the honest observer has to admit that the America of ten years ago seems like pages out of a history book, barely relevant to the world we currently occupy. For Conservatives, faithful to the concepts espoused in our Founding documents, it has been a terrifying spiral that went into overdrive with the Pelosi takeover of the House in 2006, and warp-drive with the election of Obama in 2008. In contrast to the startling gains the Left has made over the last two years, the Brahmin of the Republican Party ran from the field, muddied after years of lying down on the job. But as the Obama wildfires continue to reduce much of the old America to ashes, the seeds of a new revolution have taken root, and already the landscape of the Conservative movement is changing.
The change came unlooked for in the underwhelming Presidential run of John McCain. The campaign would be completely forgettable but for one seminal moment; the meteoric rise of Sarah Palin. Love or hate her, she forever changed the face of the Conservative movement. Her success is validated by the ferocity of the attacks from the Left and even some of the establishment Republicans. Yet despite their attempts to destroy her before she could prove her influence, the revolution had started, and women would lead the movement into the dawn of a new day in American politics.
Flash forward to today and from the halls of Congress to local Tea Party gatherings across the nation, women have clearly become the champions of the movement, filling the leadership vacuum left from a self-defeated Republican Party. Combining the very best of Conservative principles with the heart and soul of American motherhood, their iron-willed optimism has become the backbone of the greatest independence movement since the American Revolution. Their beaming faces stand in stark contrast to the perpetually angry and arrogant faces of the Left, and the differences in the movements have never been better defined.
Here on the Central Coast we too have seen bold leadership from a new class of community activists. Over the next few weeks, I will be introducing some of the leaders of a group known as the Freedom Rallies, and their activities throughout Santa Barbara County. I will also get their impressions on the movement as a whole, and what they think the future America might look like.
Stay tuned for Part 2!