This month is Women’s History Month and it’s obvious that liberals are only celebrating women that toe the liberal line of thinking – more government and less liberty. The contrast between the uniform liberal solution and conservatives’ solutions are clearly seen in recent policy changes and liberal women hypocritically continue to fight for policies that silence women and strip them of their personal freedoms and empowerment, while conservative women and policies empower women by equipping women with choices.
Modern-day liberalism offers a single solution to almost every problem – more (and bigger) government. Conservatives, on the other hand, recognize Reagan’s wisdom about the inverse relationship between the size of government and individual liberty: “As government expands, liberty contracts.” The damaging effects of government heavy-handedness are as pronounced for women as they are for men.
This contrast between the uniform liberal solution and conservatives’ solutions can be clearly seen in recent policy objectives the two political parties have advanced. Major liberal policies, without exception, have vastly enlarged the size and scope of government, while simultaneously shrinking individual liberty. Think about Obamacare, to name but one example.
Tax reform is only the most recent example where the GOP has advanced individual liberty – this time in the form of the freedom to keep more of our hard-earned money. The tax reform package that was signed into law late last year means small-business owners (many of whom are women) will have simplified and lower taxes this year. It also means that families will have a lower tax burden.
On the issue of school choice, the Democratic Party has failed families. The one-size-fits-all approach that characterizes the majority of liberal policies is inappropriate for families seeking alternative school options. Mothers who feel like their children are trapped in underperforming schools are not empowered, and their concerns are ignored by Democrats in Washington. Meanwhile, conservatives are advocating for more local and, thus, parental, control of education. It’s worth noting that President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos (a woman, by the way), has spent her career as a champion for school choice.
Another area where women are empowered is through the Second Amendment, and conservatives’ commitment to protecting the right to bear arms. I’ve met more women than I can count across the country who have opted to purchase a gun for self-defense. Democrats have, for decades, attempted to chip away at the Second Amendment, overlooking the fact that one out of every five women in the United States owns a gun, according to a Pew Research Center survey last year.
When it comes to the politics of empowerment, conservatism is the better choice for women and most importantly conservatism offers women liberty and doesn’t force upon women a proscribed and uniform “certain direction.”