I attended the Smart Girl Summit 2011 this year in St. Louis. It was my first and I'm so glad I went. I had the opportunity to meet some incredible conservative women. I was amazed at their knowledge of civics and their desire to make a difference. Each of us was unique in our own way, but we shared a common goal. One woman in particular had an impact on me. Her name is Lisa Mei Norton.
Lisa served our country in the Air Force as a young woman and retired a Senior Master Sergeant. Now she holds a full time job as a defense contractor and is a full time wife and mother. But that isn't enough for Lisa. No, in her spare time she travels the country promoting conservative artists and BigDawgMusicMafia.com, which she co-founded. She is full of energy, has a ready smile and a real desire to positively impact pop culture.
At the "We Stand With Gibson Rally" in Nashville, I had an opportunity to sit down and talk with Lisa for a few moments. Once again, I walked away impressed with her intelligence, sense of humor and her patriotism.
I asked her what had inspired her to become more active in politics. I was somewhat surprised, given that she had devoted her life to serving her country, that she said it was the 2008 elections. Like most conservative Americans, Obama terrified Lisa. She was convinced that he was going to destroy our country and, in my personal opinion, she wasn't wrong. Like me, Lisa wasn't thrilled with McCain getting the Republican nomination and she was searching for something positive. Then McCain announced his running mate was Sarah Palin and when Lisa heard her speak she thought, "Yeah, this is what our country needs." Unfortunately, America didn't get what it needed and like many Americans, Lisa was left feeling disappointed and depressed after election night. But the fire had been lit and Lisa was ready to do something to counteract the results of that fateful November night in 2008.
She had written an unofficial campaign song for McCain's campaign called "Change We Can Believe In". After sending that and another song she had re-written for Palin to a friend, they decided a little "tweaking" was in order. That was the beginning of a songwriting partnership and eventually BigDawgMusicMafia.com. Their mission is simple, to promote conservative ideals and morality through the arts. Lisa and I talked briefly about pop culture today and the effects of it on our youth. As the mother of a young son, she feels it's important that we get positive messages and influences out to combat the effect of songs like Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl And I Liked It". As a parent myself, I couldn't agree more.
I also asked Lisa about a comment she'd given to Human Events at the 2010 Smart Girl Summit. As I recited her answer back to her she began to grin. The question posed to her was, "Who do you think best represents feminism today, liberal or conservative women?" Lisa once again stated her belief that feminists of the 60's were the least feminine women she knows. Lisa talked about how those women seemed to be afraid to embrace their femininity while conservative women seemed to rejoice in theirs. To my mind she had a point when she talked about how conservative women always seemed to have their hair done, wore skirts and heels and "kept their bras on". Yes, we laughed together at the last part, but it's true...isn't it?
What impresses me most about Lisa is her desire to express her conservative ideals and patriotism through song. In today's world, our children, and society in general, are constantly bombarded with liberal ideology through pop culture. Have you heard the saying you are what you eat? Of course you have, we all have. Well it's the same with what you listen to on the radio, what you watch on Television and what you pay to see at the movies. If you're taking in garbage, you're going to put out garbage. Lisa, through her partnership with Big Dawg, is doing something about it and she's doing it in her spare time. We may not all have Lisa's talent and time management skills, but we can share through the social networking sites the positive message she and other artists are putting out. Lisa herself said, "The most important thing conservative women can do to become more involved is share with others, via social networking sites, the positive message of conservative values."
Let's all take a few minutes this week to help Lisa and others like her to get the message out. For I believe, music sets the tone of the battle. If you take a look at your Bible, you will discover that the musicians always went first in battle. Why? Because music sets the tone and we can either be defeated by theirs, or fight back with ours!