Elisabeth Meinecke

Hot questions, timely topics, timeless principles. Welcome to Townhall Magazine’s May 2013 issue! Check out an exclusive sneak peek of a few stories that made our pages by scrolling down below.

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--“A Force for Good: Guns and the Economy”: What effect does the gun industry have on both the U.S. economy and economies worldwide? Will D.C. sabotage this relationship? Katie Pavlich investigates.

--"Is There Room for a Third Party?": Would a third party help on the Right in American politics?  Two Townhall staffers debate and offer the cases for and against.

--"Israel: Beating the Economic Odds": Israel’s economic prowess currently stands in stark contrast to its neighbors. How did a country now labeled an ‘economic miracle’ manage to beat the odds?  

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--*Cover Story*: Conservatives empower women to choose the toughest job of all, and so we’ve set out to accomplish what so few people are willing to do these days: defend mom.  The nine women we profile in “Defending Mom” have been world-class ambassadors for all facets of motherhood and show espousing conservative ideals doesn’t put limits on what women can accomplish.

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Excerpted from Townhall Magazine's May cover story, "Defending Mom," by the Townhall staff:

As conservatives, we know these women as leaders in our communities, heroines in our culture, and most likely veterans of epic battles on topics ranging from curfews to cash. But we’re here to recognize their most important job of all—one that’s so obviously important it shouldn’t require a defense, yet needs one against the constant barrage of attacks from cultural and political spheres: motherhood. Not only have the women we’ve profiled below been world-class ambassadors for all facets of motherhood, they show espousing conservative ideals doesn’t put limits on what women can accomplish. You see, conservatives believe motherhood is as empowering as any top job at a Fortune 500 company. So as we prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day, this is our thanks to the women who have unapologetically taken on the toughest job in the world: being a mom.

Nikki Haley-"Military Moms"

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, is a rising star in the Republican Party and cognizant of the path that’s led her there.

“Almost 45 years after my parents fi rst became Americans,” she declared at the 2012 Republican National Convention, “I stand before you and them tonight as the proud governor of South Carolina.”

But public service isn’t the only way the Haley family is giving back to the country they love. In January, the Palmetto State governor said goodbye to her husband, Michael—a captain in the South Carolina National Guard—as he departed for the first stage of a year-long deployment that will eventually take him to Afghanistan.

“We are a proud military family who understands the sacrifi ces any family goes through when a loved one is serving his or her country,” she wrote on her Facebook page that day. “This is what our men and women in uniform sign up for, and although Michael, like his brothers and sisters, is looking forward to his mission, we will miss him while he’s away.”

Haley and her husband have two young children: son Nalin and daughter Rena, ages 10 and 14, respectively. One can only imagine how difficult it must be both running a state government and raising two kids alone while a spouse is serving overseas. In doing so, Haley embodies that longstanding American tradition that public service and motherhood need not be mutually exclusive, and that tremendous accomplishments are still possible through hard work and sacrifice.

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Rachel Campos-Duffy— “Moms as Culture Warriors”

Rachel Campos-Duffy—mother, wife of a sitting congressman, author and former reality-TV star—has made the transition from entertainment to family life look desirable. She and husband Sean have six children, one of whom was born during the middle of Sean’s congressional campaign.

At-home motherhood was something Rachel says she fell into, thinking she was merely between gigs. When she lost out to Elisabeth Hasselbeck in the finals of “The View” co-host auditions, however, she found herself oddly elated. She still finds time to take on various projects, including occasional appearances on “The Today Show” and her current role with the Libre Initiative, an organization that promotes economic empowerment and opportunity for Hispanics. And while there aren’t many women who would choose to stand up to Beyonce and Michelle Obama in the same breath, Rachel wasn’t scared to write an article recently criticizing the first lady’s praise of Beyonce for her Super Bowl halftime performance, which was the opposite of family-friendly.

Despite what outsiders may say looking at her resume, Rachel adheres to the belief that women can’t have it all.

“It just doesn’t do women a service to pretend like you can,” she said. “I think that there are choices that we make, and that we’re really fortunate to live in a time when we’re able to make those choices, whatever they are.”

While she encourages young women to “passionately pursue” education, dreams, and all opportunities, she also tells them not to be afraid of keeping their focus on things that last.

“When your heart calls you to tend to those things that make life worth living— love, a good marriage, happy children— don’t be afraid to slow down or jump off the train,” Rachel said. “Ignore the scolds who say you can’t jump back on. You can. And you’ll be better for it.”

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Leigh Anne Tuohy--"Adoption Advocates"

In “The Blind Side,” Sandra Bullock portrayed her in an Oscarwinning role on the big screen. Four years later, she watched her son become a real-life Super Bowl champion with the Baltimore Ravens. And her story all started with a simple act of generosity that brought a stranger into her home.

Leigh Anne Tuohy is a confident and successful woman whose choice to adopt and support a shy homeless teenager eventually made her an unexpected celebrity and a fierce public advocate for adoption.

Leigh Anne overcame negative feedback from observers to help raise Michael Oher, a homeless African-American student. When the mother of two met Oher, he didn’t have a place to call home. He didn’t really have much of anything, actually. He was, according to the Telegraph website, “one of 13 children of a crack-addict mother” who “never had a book read to him” and “had never celebrated his birthday.” But Leigh Anne and her husband Sean invited Oher into their home and changed his life.

Now that Oher has become a professional football star, Leigh Anne and Sean have used their time in the spotlight to promote adoption and caring for the less fortunate. In 2010, according to Tuohy’s website, the couple released a book called “In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving.” They also founded The Making it Happen Foundation, “which promotes awareness, provides hope and improves standards of living for all the children fighting to survive in the invisible cracks in society.”

Although Leigh Anne didn’t plan this life, she knew that God had pointed her in the right direction. In an interview with HLN, she noted, “[W]e didn’t have an agenda to drive down the street and fi nd a young man to adopt. It was God-given, but we don’t think it was by accident.” She added that she was “working on a new TV show that looks at the foster care and adoption world.”

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Elisabeth Meinecke

Elisabeth Meinecke is TOWNHALL MAGAZINE Managing Editor. Follow her on Twitter @lismeinecke.