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Q & A with Jedediah: Older Generations, Feminist Rock Star, Jefferson, Media Stupidity, and Some Chitchat with President Obama

Jedediah Bila

By Jedediah Bila

You often speak about your fondness for older generations. What is the best life lesson you’ve learned from them?—Jennifer; Long Island, NY

There are so many, but I think my #1 would be to toughen up.

I noticed as a teenager that my grandparents and their friends were a lot tougher than I was. They seemed to possess an inner strength I just didn’t have. I came to learn that it’s the kind of strength born from fighting in World Wars, surviving the Great Depression, and growing up feeling lucky to have clean clothes on your back and food on your plate. They taught me the meaning of Friedrich Nietzsche’s “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” I don’t think I’ll ever be quite as strong as they were, but I’d like to think some of their guts rubbed off.

Okay, so here is my question for you, my modern, conservative, feminist rock star. Is the traditional family unit even a desired norm anymore? Should it be encouraged? What do you think about the woman in the home? Am I sexist for thinking that if a family has that as an option, it’s still a very good one?—Rick; Chicago

Rick, you bring up some very good questions. Oftentimes, because I write a good deal about feminism and the women’s movement, people assume I’m opposed to women being stay-at-home moms. That is not the case. What I embrace is a reality in which women choose whatever path they feel is best for them, be it mother, doctor, professor, or a host of other options. The key word is “choose.”

In my opinion, the traditional family unit of mom, dad, and child/children is still alive and well. I personally feel that it should be encouraged, as I believe that moms and dads make unique, yet equally-important contributions to a child’s development.

I have no issue with a mom choosing to stay at home and raise her kid(s) (and I don’t think you’re sexist “for thinking that if a family has that as an option, it’s still a very good one.”) However, I also take no issue with a dad being a stay-at-home father. I feel very lucky to live in a time in our country’s history when women and men aren’t pigeonholed into “acceptable” roles. Instead, people and families make decisions based on what’s right for them, plain and simple.

P.S. – Thanks for the “modern, conservative, feminist rock star” intro. I need to put that on a t-shirt!

If you could have dinner with one former American President, who would it be and why?—Jim; Charlotte, NC

That’s a tough one, but I think I’d go with Thomas Jefferson because I could ask him to write up some constitutional addendums to prevent certain people from distorting the Commerce Clause. I’d also bring along a copy of Obama’s health care law to provide him with a good, hearty laugh (likely followed by a good, hearty cry.)

What leads the way in media stupidity this week?—Carol; Florida

Too many options to choose from!

I guess I’ll say it’s a close call between Salon.com’s column titled “Right wing wins Helen Thomas’ scalp” and the fact that Time.com ran this column: “Facebook Group: Plug the BP Oil Spill with Sarah Palin.”

If you could ask President Obama one question directly, what would it be?—Sal; New York, NY

I’d ask him if I could have a dollar for every time he blames something on President Bush in the next thirty months. Someone’s about to hit the jackpot!

In all seriousness, I’d ask him what specific kind of “change” (philosophically and historically) inspired his personal ideology, how he would specifically define that ideology, and what specific “change” he’d like instituted in America – politically, economically, and socially – in the next twenty years. Notice my emphasis on “specific.”

One simple request: No 17-minute, 2500-word answers that take me on a yellow brick road to nowhere.

Email your questions to Jedediah here. If you would like to, please include your city/state.

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.

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Comments (2)

  1. Patriot 2012 says:

    Nice work. Love this line!: “I’d ask him if I could have a dollar for every time he blames something on President Bush in the next thirty months. Someone’s about to hit the jackpot!”

  2. 'Navyman' Norm Beznoska says:

    Every time this senior Navy veteran gets upset with Generation “X”, I read Jedediah Bila’s column and know that there are still young people with ‘grit’ who stand for everything “good” about America.

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