The last of an era of the actual "non-politicizing only" conseravtives is over. It died with Betty Ford. She not only took interest in the public, admitting her own human frailties and became a person that both parties could admire. She would be mocked and ostracized as a "RINO" (Republican In Name Only) in today's politcal arena of conservatives that only do what their leaders suggest, disagree with their own policies if the president approves of something, just to say they didn't agree with a Democrat, and vote for females that brag of being independent while following the party agenda or in the case of a few, babble incessantly about history that never happened.
The way of the true conservative that we all remember used to be "the
party of reason" has been replaced with instead of "a reason to change the channel or turn the television off" and political pundits who use the media for shock value in hopes that you will keep watching, wondering what can possibly happen next and who constantly rewrite history as if their own version of reality was what everyone wants to believe, despite it being no where near the actual truth. Betty Ford would not have become some Fox News pundit, go to a rally and hold up a cardboard sign they wrote for her, mispelled and with fictitious messages on it, so she could be part of a "grassroots" movement, according to the crackpots of the media.
I don't wish to mourn dear Mrs. Ford but to celebrate her life and achievements. Besides the Betty Ford Center and Recovery Clinic and her outspoken views on the necessity for places like it, she also spoke on Abortion to the organizers of one of the first medical conferences on abortion to take place in the U.S. after the Roe v Wade decision in 1973. She was involved with Women's Rights and the ERA in a way that NO REPUBLICAN FIRST LADY has since then. She spoke publicly about premarital sex and helped establish the right for young women (and all other women) to deal with the subject as if they actually were able to be in control of their own bodies without need of consent by ancient male standards or ideals.
Betty Ford died July 8 at age 93 and will always be admired bipartasanly throughout history despite the Religious Right and their adoption of abortion as their core issue.