Thanks to these lovely things called genetics, I have curly hair. Really, really curly hair. While some people find this enchanting or enviable, I find it just plain annoying. I have fought my curls tooth and nail for the better part of the last 10-plus years, at times spending upwards of an hour to straighten my locks and one-up the curse of nature.
Or, at least, I used to.
Then the 2008 elections came up, and before I knew it, I was busier than a one-armed paperhanger. Although my activism in politics was rekindled with a particular issue on the California ballot, my sights were expanded beyond my state to a national scale – particularly the presidential race. Trying to keep up with all of the breaking news and then get the info disseminated on my marriage blog as well as informing my peers of other issues via social media consumed me, and I couldn’t walk away from being deeply entrenched in the news for a solid six months. (Thankfully I’ve found a better balance since then.)
Suddenly I couldn’t fathom spending upwards of an hour on something as trivial as my hair. Suddenly perspective crept in, and my priorities realigned. Suddenly something so superficial really didn’t matter – and instead of fighting the curl, I embraced it.
Likewise, I’ve embraced how perfectly my interests and personality suit being a political watchdog. Being a political wonk and a patriot is in my blood. I’ve loved America and its Constitution with passion since childhood (no, really – I memorized the Preamble via song on my own at age 5!). This lifelong passion propelled me into majoring in American Studies at BYU. Meanwhile, a girl’s got to eat, so I also majored in print journalism. Although my career path’s veered into marketing, I still approach blogging and storytelling from a journalist’s perspective, researching primary sources, examining both sides of issues before drawing a conclusion.
Being a former journalist also makes me somewhat jaded when it comes to the mainstream media. I’ve been in the trenches. I know that I was one of a small handful of conservative reporters in the newsroom – and that was in Orange County, Southern California’s bastion of conservatism. I’ve also been on the PR side of things, and I’ve seen a journalist’s personal anti-development stance completely burn a client. Journalists need to step away from their biases and let people draw their own conclusions from the facts.
Bloggers, on the other hand, get to blend their views with the facts, and that’s what I hope to bring to the table. My opinions run deep and are strong, but they’re backed up with research, logic, and life experience. In my opinion, conservatives are the pragmatists with open eyes who get down to brass tacks, as opposed to those who have been called “starry-eyed liberals,” choosing to prey on emotion rather than dealing in fact, touting programs that sound benevolent in theory but which generate truly evil results. Yes, evil is a strong word, but it is the right word to describe what amounts to taking that which some have earned to give to those who have not. It is the right word for programs that limit the freedom of independent action. It is the right word to describe amassing power against the will of the polity.
I’m thrilled to be part of this collection of writers and thinkers promoting the intersection of reason and emotion with a conservative bent. If you’d like to contact me for any reason, feel free to hit me up on Twitter (@ChristaJeanne) or via email.