Destney Johnson

I am a proud, conservative woman. Being a conservative woman has caused me to have so much insight on politics today. I have learned and experienced so many different opportunities throughout my high school years just by choosing to be an empowered woman who has a strong voice. A conservative is someone to stand strong on the beliefs of limited government, free market, and personal responsibility.

The book that has influenced me as a conservative woman the most is Lady in Red written by Shelia Tate. Lady in Red portrays a nuanced picture of this smooth yet solid lady who felt it was her central goal to reestablish a feeling of glory, persona, and energy to the Administration, displaying the different jobs that Mrs. Reagan played amid her years in the White House, that of Wife, Mother, Protector, Host, Diplomat, and Advisor, among others.

To finish the picture, it incorporates interviews with the companions and government officials who knew Mrs. Reagan best: President George H. W. Bush, Chris Wallace, James Baker, Ed Meese, Maureen Dowd, and Marlin Fitzwater share their most appreciated recollections of the First Lady.

This outstanding book gave me a sense of what political science and government was all about. Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, was a Republican. It was written in the Reagan and the Republican Revival by James Q Wilson, “that it was the party of resistance alternating with periods of reluctant “me-too-ism”; and in the 1950’s, it was the party of national unity under a military hero. In the 1960’s, it began to put together a challenge to Democratic orthodoxy more fundamental and far-reaching than either resistance, reluctance, or heroism, but the challenge was poorly developed, linked to the fortunes of a half-hearted and impolitic candidate, and widely regarded as expressing the deviant sentiments of an unimportant minority.” This gave me a sense of the American Dream. The American Dream is a term that was invented in 1931 by historian James Truslow Adams. Every American has their own definition and model of what the American Dream actually is. It is truly what the American Citizens decide to make it! Yes, the American Dream is still a reality because it is an epitome of exemplary and fine imagination.

In summary, through the growth in public speaking and debate, I have learned that one of my strongest assets of being an empowered woman is my ability to be strong and be heard. I know understand as a proud, conservative woman that it is my duty to not only to encourage but to build up other women to believe in pro-life, equality, and less government.