The Conservative that Liberals Hate to Love
National Summary had the opportunity to interview Ala from Blonde Sagacity to ask her about the web site she runs and about her insight to politics.
Without a doubt, Ala from Blonde Sagacity is definitely the conservative that liberals hate to love. She maintains a well designed layout for her web site that covers issues and topics from a lively and vibrant viewpoint.
Below are her responses to our interview questions. And National Summary would like to thank Ala for her time and effort for this interview.
Web Site: Blonde Sagacity
Q. Please give us a little bit of personal background about yourself.
I am married and a mother of two boys. I have a degree in English Literature and Education. The outcome of my Masters’ has changed about four times because I have yet to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I guess that makes me a professional student. I help my husband run his business and write an ‘agony aunt’ column for a Southern paper (shhh, they don’t know they’re taking advice from a Yankee!)
Q. And also give us a background about your interest in politics.
I have been involved in the pro-life movement for as long as I can remember which has always motivated me to be involved in the political process. My family took in babies from Bethany Christian Services in the six months waiting period from when they were born until they could be adopted; that was instrumental in forming my current beliefs. It was only after 9/11 that my interest in politics spread to foreign and domestic policy.
Q. What inspired you to create your website?
My inspiration was Colby Buzzell, who was an infantry soldier that was blogging from Iraq. You needed to registered to comment on his blog and when you registered a blog was created. CB’s blog became exceedingly popular because of his raw truthful writing and on Oct. 6th his book was released by Penguin (MY War: Killing Time In Iraq). I call him the Blogfather because so many people started their blogs because of him.
Q. What have been the biggest challenges to maintaining your web site?
Time. It’s a very big commitment to write 3 – 4 posts each day while maintaining all of my other commitments. The other challenge has been to bring in people from both sides of the aisle and try to facilitate a place for honest debate. I want to be able to openly present my views without alienating anyone. I have no interest in a site where people only cheer lead my ideas.
Q. What has been the greatest satisfaction you have gotten from your web site?
There have been many. I have received emails from many people that I have posted about thanking me for getting their stories out there. Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, family members of child sexual abuse victims, Swift Boat vets, and spouses of fallen soldiers are some of the many that I have corresponded with. That makes all the time I spend very worthwhile.
I also love the fact that I do have Democrats, Republicans and Independents that are willing to discuss instead of just attack.
Q. The 2004 presidential election has been one of the most polarized elections in recent memory. Do you think that today people are more politicized than ever before?
I don’t know if I buy into that. Truthfully, I don’t think many Americans care either way. Those of us who follow politics and are deeply involved with the day-to-day happenings because of our blogs could easily fall into that thinking, but I think out in the real world people are worried about heating bills this winter and their kid’s school play.
Q. Do you think the bitterness and divisiveness in politics will recede or are things just getting ready for something bigger in 2008?
Those of us who are fully engaged (which I think is a small minority) are very polarized and I only see that getting worse as terrorism becomes a growing threat. I feel that it’s a difference between those that believe fundamentalist Islam is a serious and immanent world threat and those that think its hype to scare people and take away civil rights. I don’t see what could happen to change that.
Q. The president’s approval ratings are dismal. In your honest opinion, do you think that the media has been unfairly biased against the George W. Bush?
The President has done a lot lately to warrant his ratings. There was nothing he could have done right in the eyes of those who already hated him, but he has done a lot to alienate his base and that’s a problem (and I’m not just talking about Harriet Miers). The media has been very hard on Bush and that’s evident in the things you hear people saying when you’re standing in line in stores. I have heard the wildest claims and those ideas aren’t coming out of thin air. The problem is that Bush needs to stop worrying about polls and approval ratings and keep the campaign promises he made to his base.
Q. If so (to the above question), do you think that the Democrats have gotten a free ride from the press?
Most politicians get a pretty easy ride, but yes, the Democrats definitely get off much easier (Case in point – Barrack Obama campaigning for Robert Byrd and no one asks the obvious question).
Q. What has been your overall impression of the Bush administration?
I was really impressed during the first term and I worked hard for Bush’s reelection. I was hoping that with no third term possible he would have been much more effective and conservative this time around, but I have seen no evidence of that thus far. I haven’t turned on him, but I am anxiously waiting for some decisive actions in the near future.
Q. Who do you see as being the major contenders for the 2008 Republican nomination for president?
I think that Rudy Giuliani and John McCain will both run. I have heard rumors that Haley Barbour will run also. George Allen is my guy. Condi says she’s not running, but a Rice/Clinton race would be the election of a lifetime!
Q. Who do you think will be the 2008 Republican nominee?
At this point, I really don’t know. I don’t think McCain can win the nomination, he’s angered too many on the right and Giuliani being pro-choice will be a problem for him in the primaries.
Q. Who do you think would be the worst 2008 Republican nominee?
Jeb Bush because it would be fodder for the whole “dynasty” conspiracy theory.
Q. Who do you think are today’s most influential conservative female authors, columnists, or bloggers?
Mary Matalin, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham and Michelle Malkin.
Q. Is there a female author or politician that has greatly inspired you?
Mary Matalin. If you haven’t read “Alls Fair: Love, War and Running for President” you really should. Her story is so inspirational. She is one of the strongest conservative thinkers in the country and is an impressive public speaker.
Q. There are so few women in the blogosphere. What is your opinion on why there are so few?
Are there few? I guess there are few in the top 100 read blogs, but I haven’t noticed a shortage of female blogs. I think that most of the political bloggers are men, but on the other hand most of the personal blogs are run by women. The reason for that? I know I will be accused of being sexist for being honest here. In real life men don’t normally curse and degrade women, but when you run a political blog and post about controversial issues you open yourself up to nasty, misogynistic posts and emails. It can be quite chilling. I know quite a few women bloggers that have stopped because that caustic atmosphere was more than they could handle.
Q. Many segments of the media have all but declared Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee. What kind of impact do you think she will have on undecided female voters?
Yes, if Hillary wants it, it will be a coronation and not a nomination. As for undecided female voters…it’s so hard to tell with the American public. I am sure there is a contingent that would vote for her just because she’s a woman and the Democrats will campaign that way I’m sure. That’s why we would need to run Condi if Hillary is the 2008 DNC nominee.