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AMAC Interviews Author, Columnist, and Fox News Contributor Jedediah Bila

AMAC: Were you liberal when you were younger?

BILA: No, I was never a liberal. I joke with my parents that I popped out of the womb as a libertarian-conservative. Reagan always made sense to me; Carter never did. I was really lucky growing up because I was surrounded by different political ideologies in school and at home. Liberals, conservatives, libertarians, and everything in between were often at my dinner table. I had the chance to listen to political discussions, hear all sides of the story, and figure out what I believed in. Big-government policies, high taxes, and class warfare just never hit home with me.

AMAC: What do you like best about being conservative?

BILA: I like promoting freedom and the right of people to make decisions for themselves about their own lives–what they eat, whether they have health insurance, and more. I love talking to kids about opportunity, self-reliance, and personal responsibility. I have always found it empowering to know that how hard I work, what goals I reach for, and how ambitious I am with respect to those goals are up to no one but me. As a libertarian-conservative, I embrace policies that let me do those things without the heavy hand of the federal government in my way.

AMAC: How does liberalism hurt women?

BILA: I think any political ideology that promotes dependency hurts women, while also hurting men, children, and society at large. When the Obama camp released their Julia campaign during the 2012 election season, I was horrified to see cradle-to-grave government assistance for women glorified. Many “feminists” also rushed to lend their support. It was a disgrace–condescending to the abilities of women to care for themselves without the help of government and a slap in the face to founding feminists who fought long and hard for women’s equality and the notion that women are capable, intelligent, independent decision-makers.

AMAC: Are conservatives losing the battle for the hearts and minds of Americans?

BILA: In a sense, they are. However, it’s not because the conservative message is outdated; it’s because the conservative approach to delivering that message is outdated. They need to be unafraid of markets like reality television that appeal to kids, forums like coffeehouses and down-to-earth settings that young people flock to, and left-wing campuses where the conservative message is grossly outnumbered. Outreach matters and is completely different from the pandering often engaged in by the Left. Also, the quality of messengers is key. We need charismatic, energetic, positive messengers who have the ability to excite people and convey constitutional principles in a way that is both accurate and engaging. These things aren’t easy, but they are necessary to change hearts and minds.

AMAC: What led you to your current profession?

BILA: I actually fell into this by accident. A couple of years ago, I was working as a teacher and Dean in a Manhattan private school. I watched the 2008 presidential election play out and was shocked by the level of media bias. I remember hearing a story from a family friend about voter fraud and being moved to write a blog post about it in 2009. I immediately got a flood of mail. That led to writing columns online, TV appearances, and everything you see just a few short years later. What led me to this profession most, beyond the desire to take on media deceit, was the desire to give people honest, talking point-free commentary. I’m not a Republican strategist, nor am I interested in propping up a machine or defending a party at all costs. I’m really here to tell you what I think, to give you an honest take on the issues, and to take on corruption, bad policy, and lying politicians no matter where they fall on the political spectrum.

AMAC: What do you like to do to relax?

BILA: I love fitness, so boxing, boot camps, long runs, lifting weights, wall climbing–I’m up for them all on a Saturday afternoon. I love delicious, healthy food, and having a best friend who is an amazing cook has been a gift from God. Let’s just say I spend a lot of time stuffing my face. I also adore music, so I love searching for new artists. Sarah McLachlan is my favorite, but there are so many I adore. You can typically find me on a Sunday afternoon writing journal entries or fiction while folksy tunes dance through my iPod speakers. Analytical writing has its place in my world, but creative writing is where I’m most myself.

AMAC: What is your favorite location in the United States? Why?

BILA: This is a tough one, so let me give you a few places I love before I answer your exact question. I adore Amherst, Massachusetts, which I discovered with an old love many years ago. Small New England towns with winter cottages and charming shops always have me at hello. South Beach, Miami is my favorite place to put my toes in the sand and dance through the night. San Diego, California has a way of calming my body and mind that I can’t explain.

However, my favorite place in the United States would still have to be Manhattan, which I’ll always call home. Growing up in New York City was probably the biggest gift I’ve been given of all. Not just because I’ve been surrounded by rich culture–museums, bookstores, art galleries, poetry readings–but because this place really builds a strong backbone. There’s a fearlessness about native New Yorkers that I love, a hurried energy, a desire to get things done yesterday, and an amazing endurance. Yes, it can be exhausting and all-consuming to live here. My friends visiting from other states often ask me how I get used to my mind and body running nonstop. I never have a good answer, to be honest. However, it’s a good exhaustion, the kind that comes from unique projects and cultural journeys and, yes, crazy taxicab adventures.

Truth be told, no matter where I wind up, I’ll always be a New Yorker. I’ll likely be a little tough sometimes, but I’ll get you where you need to go. And quickly.

Cross-published in AMAC’s print magazine.

 

 

 

About The Author

Jedediah Bila is an author, columnist, TV and radio personality, and Fox News Contributor. Her book, OUTNUMBERED: Chronicles of a Manhattan Conservative, was published in May of 2011. Her columns have been published in/at Human Events, The Daily Caller, Newsmax, FoxNews.com, Breitbart.com, The Blaze, and the Association of Mature American Citizens’ newsletter. Topics include politics, culture, media, fitness, music, and more. Jedediah has guest hosted 1450 WCTC radio and guest co-hosted Varney & Co. on Fox Business and Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld on Fox News. She has been a regular guest on Fox News and Fox Business, including such shows as Hannity, Fox & Friends, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld, Varney & Co., America’s Nightly Scoreboard, Follow the Money, America’s Newsroom, The Tom Sullivan Show, and Lou Dobbs Tonight. She has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report,” The Blaze TV, and several radio shows, including The Sean Hannity Show, The Mark Levin Show, The Lou Dobbs Show, The Laura Ingraham Show, and The Monica Crowley Show. Jedediah graduated Valedictorian of Wagner College and earned a Master of Arts from Columbia University. She went on to hold a number of diverse leadership positions. She has taught at the middle school, high school, and college levels. Jedediah is a featured speaker for the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. She is also a Pioneer Mentor at The New Agenda.

http://jedediahbila.com

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Comments (18)

  1. james says:

    This lady has become my favorite t. v. person. She is very attractive and has more brains than 90% of the t.v. personalitys i have seen so far: james///

  2. Lupine says:

    There are no words to describe what a young woman like Jedediah means to me. She is a breath of fresh air in the stale socialist world.

  3. Jim Darnall says:

    The interview was excellent. She needs to get on the speaker campaign trail to women. Her abilities as a speaker and views may just sway a lot of women out their. If I was a middle of the road liberal male, which I am not, I may just change my opinion of which is the right party after listening to her. Myself, I am a very conservative guy in both politics and as a Christian. We need more Republican politicians with the understnading that she has. We certainly may have done better in the elections with the proper leadership. Hopefully we have learned from this election and will do better in the next. Again thank you Jedediah for you insights and the interview.

  4. Henry says:

    Can we nominate Jedediah for President?

  5. Ron McCafferty says:

    I’ve read your book, Jedediah, and am amazed that you were raised in the liberal confines of NY City and have turned out to be a libertarian-conservative. Most of the folks that I have met over the years are very liberal and entitlement oriented, but so far, I see no such positions like that from you. It is very refreshing to read your opinions and positions and I also agree that the Republicans do need to not only improve the content of their message but to also widen their audience. Keep up the good work.

  6. Paul says:

    Just proves there are some really excellent conservative minds in America who speak the truth. Unfortunately too few to really have an impact and make a difference. The truth has been slain in America by the left and they, for now at least, have the stage and control what’s being said and written for so many who are incapable of or unwilling to discern the lies. They are passing onto their children and grandchildren a dismal future that will bear no resemblance to the great nation, flaws and all, that America once was as a constitutional republic, under God, with freedom and justice for all. They are convinced that disregarding the Constitution and its rule of law limiting a central government to a few enumerated powers is being progressive when in fact it is taking us backward at an alarming rate, back to where the country was in its infancy and beyond.

    These are dark days in which we now live with the prospect of it becoming even darker ahead. In keeping with the Aaronic prayer: May God have mercy on us, may He bless us and keep us, may He make His face to shine upon us [again] and be gracious unto us, may He lift up His countenance upon us and give us peace. Amen.

  7. Connister says:

    She and her Biblical name are both cute and exceptional!

  8. slk says:

    i just realized, i’m crazy!!! crazy for jedediah

  9. Russell says:

    Won’t anyone listen

    Socialism is unconstitutional.
    The Declaration of Independence states that all men have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Constitution states “the right to life, liberty and property.
    Socialism: “Any of various theories or systems of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy.”
    Certainly socialism’s collective ownerships flies in the face of our constitutions liberty and private property.
    “No money (property) shall be taken without just compensation.” If your father has property and he dies and through laws passed by congress, the government wants part of that property. It isn’t the property itself that the government wants, it’s the median of exchange (money) that they want.
    Therefore there must be just compensation for the taxes (money) that the government collects. Compensation (just is debatable) for our taxes is the funding of armed services and the three branches of our government. But there is no where in our wildest imagination is there any compensation in welfare and subsidies.
    Is welfare and subsidies the socialist’s camels noise under the tent? Or is welfare and subsidies really the bailiwick of socialism or is it politicians use of human nature to promise all these goodies to propel themselves into power.
    Government should not be in the business of compassion because politicians are inept at spending other peoples money. Compassion should be the business of we the people through churches and other organizations.
    Ignorance of history is no excuse, it can be counterfeited. Governments fail when they extract to much from the citizens for one reason or another. The United States is not immune from over taxation.
    Is the constitution being ignored? Is running a 16 trillion debt and climbing promoting the general welfare? Is giving money to anyone without compensation constitutional? The problem would be solved if the nine supreme would declare that government give away was unconstitutional and it would start a trek to sanity.
    Where is the nine black robes when you need them?

  10. Russell says:

    Socialism is unconstitutional.
    The Declaration of Independence states that all men have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Constitution states “the right to life, liberty and property.
    Socialism: “Any of various theories or systems of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy.”
    Certainly socialism’s collective ownerships flies in the face of our constitutions liberty and private property.
    “No money (property) shall be taken without just compensation.” If your father has property and he dies and through laws passed by congress, the government wants part of that property. It isn’t the property itself that the government wants, it’s the median of exchange (money) that they want.
    Therefore there must be just compensation for the taxes (money) that the government collects. Compensation (just is debatable) for our taxes is the funding of armed services and the three branches of our government. But there is no where in our wildest imagination is there any compensation in welfare and subsidies.
    Is welfare and subsidies the socialist’s camels noise under the tent? Or is welfare and subsidies really the bailiwick of socialism or is it politicians use of human nature to promise all these goodies to propel themselves into power.
    Government should not be in the business of compassion because politicians are inept at spending other peoples money. Compassion should be the business of we the people through churches and other organizations.
    Ignorance of history is no excuse, it can be counterfeited. Governments fail when they extract to much from the citizens for one reason or another. The United States is not immune from over taxation.
    Is the constitution being ignored? Is running a 16 trillion debt and climbing promoting the general welfare? Is giving money to anyone without compensation constitutional? The problem would be solved if the nine supreme would declare that government give away was unconstitutional and it would start a trek to sanity.
    Where is the nine black robes when you need them?

    Russell Errett
    1200 Emerald Ave.
    Sebring Fl. 33870
    [email protected]

  11. PaulE says:

    Excellent article. Too bad our elected representatives in Congress don’t possess the same ability to articulate their ideas as clear as this.

  12. Marjorie Evans says:

    A common sense woman who is articulate, well-read and well-versed. I’m weary of birth to death Democrats and Republicans who refuse to look at individuals and various ideas with an open mind and then vote. I too grew up in a home where religion and politics were discussed in a civil and thoughtful way. It can be done.

  13. Linda LeBlanc says:

    Enjoyed the article and she is a great role model for young women.

  14. Deborah says:

    I was always a JOHN WAYNE conservative since I was a kid. Right , wrong pass the ammo kind of person

  15. StewartIII says:

    Jedediah is AWESOME!

  16. KN says:

    Thanks for sharing, really enjoyed it.

  17. MJ says:

    Excellent!

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