By Dave Andrusko
I’m from the upper Midwest myself, Minnesota to be specific, so while others might have found it kind of hokey that two North Dakota state Senators “escorted” Miss North Dakota into the Senate chambers earlier this week, I found it a welcome reminder of what I love most about my region of the country.
Like many states, North Dakota allows members of the legislature to occasionally have a guest address the House or Senate. Enter Miss North Dakota 2016, Macy Christianson, who spoke of the Miss America organization as “a scholarship-based organization that is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs for young women.”
I’m not sure what the senators expected in her five-minute presentation. But after first talking about her “personal platform”–helping teenagers to not drink and drive and make good decisions–in a gentle but firm tone, Miss Christianson spoke of an issue that is very important to her. [Columnist Rob Port transcribed the following remarks]:
“One aspect that I love in particular about being a title holder is that I represent such an amazing organization, yet I’m still an individual that can stand for things that I’m passionate about and that matters to me. I have immense respect for our state for having taken a stand for what I believe is right in regard to abortion. I have had people tell me that North Dakota is against women and our rights. I have to disagree, because not only do we support our women but we also support the women that are unborn and that can’t speak for themselves. I am so grateful with this that I can say I am Miss North Dakota. Just the fact that I can stand here and have a voice makes me incredibly grateful. ”
In his column, Port congratulates Miss Christianson for her courage to speak out. “Too often the left tries to shoehorn all women into their political narrative, as though the only way to be supportive of women is to adhere to progressive orthodoxy, and that’s not right.”
I don’t know what Christianson’s politics are, beyond her comments about abortion, but kudos to her for being willing to break out of the ideological mold liberals cast for women. I’m sure she’ll get some flak for thinking things the left feels women ought not think, but it’s high time we all stopped caring so much about the identity cages politicos try to herd us into.