By Jedediah Bila
AMAC recently offered me a wonderful opportunity to devote two of my four monthly columns to addressing your questions. So, welcome to “Q & A with Jedediah.”
Feel free to contact me here, and I will select a handful of questions to answer. What should you ask? Well, that’s up to you! Due to limited space, I won’t be able to respond to them all, but I will choose those that seem most popular. Please include your name and city/state as you would like them to appear, as I will place them beside your question. I look forward to hearing from you!
Like I always say, let the games begin.
You seem kind of young to be writing at AMAC. Why did you decide to write for them?—Mike; Orlando, FL
I actually found out about AMAC from my dad, who became a member last year. I was intrigued by the organization’s self-proclaimed conservative values, so I decided to request an interview with the President to find out if they actually stood for what they say they stand for. I spoke with Dan Weber on several occasions regarding policy and AMAC’s stand on the issues, and I discovered that he has a passion for getting the country back on track that I admire.
A short time after, I was invited to lend my opinion commentary to AMAC’s website and print magazine, in much the same way that I contribute to Human Events, The Daily Caller, and other publications. I accepted, but warned the AMAC team that I tend to be a tad sarcastic (okay, I may be downplaying that a bit) and that I like to explore a wide range of topics, some more cultural than political. They were one hundred percent supportive.
Also, I have to admit that I bear a special reverence for the older community, an admiration for their resilience, strength, and sense of priorities. To be honest, I’ve been hanging out with my grandma’s friends since I’m about five, mostly because they’re a hilarious group of Italian ladies from Brooklyn who taught me right from the start that it’s always best to call it like you see it. I learned some of my greatest life lessons over their pasta marinara—like why it’s important to work hard, tell the truth, and eat at least one loaf of bread a day. I also learned that a little Neapolitan woman shouting Italian curse words and running after her husband in the kitchen with a wooden spoon is quite entertaining.
If you could say one thing to President Obama, what would it be?—John; Rochester, NY
I would remind him that the most important job of the President of the United States is to protect and defend this country. Last I checked, that shouldn’t include kowtowing to dictators, crippling our economy, and trying to look like a rock star to the rest of the world by apologizing for our every move.
No offense, but you sort of popped up out of nowhere. Where did you come from and what do you plan to do next?—Michelle; Dallas, TX
No offense taken. I sort of did pop up out of nowhere.
I’ve done a lot of things over the years. I’ve worked in academia, tested out the corporate world, and at one point even decided to take on acting jobs that would allow me to explore female societal roles so that I could write about them from a new, up-close perspective. I began my political journey in March of 2009.
As far as what’s next, I can’t really say. I began a book about a month ago and I’m looking forward to a late summer finish. Other than that, I plan to keep writing and to make my grandmother and her friends proud by calling it like I see it. I may even surprise everyone and learn how to cook something. Not likely, but you never know.
You write a lot about feminism and NOW. Why is that so important to you?—Marie; Queens, NY
It troubles me that young women often grow up thinking that if they are pro-life, they are anti-woman. They are indoctrinated to believe that to be a feminist, you must safeguard the abortion industry because abortion has been paraded around by the Left as the supreme manifestation of women’s rights. It’s important for people to know that many of our founding feminists—like “mother of feminism,” Mary Wollstonecraft—were pro-life.
I’m not here to tell people whether they should be pro-life or not. What I am saying is that an organization like NOW that discards and rebukes a whole segment of the female population by virtue of them being pro-life, is a disgrace to the women’s movement.
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