Connie introduced herself, and soon she and her new friend, Lovey, were deep into conversation. Connie related how her values inspired her political work. Meanwhile, Libby looked on from a distance imagining the drivel being spewed. She’d seen the bumper stickers on the other woman’s car; very different than hers, to say the least!
When Connie stepped away to take a call, Libby quickly slid down the bar next to Lovey. “Well, she sure got chummy with you! I imagine she was plying you with her candidates’ propaganda! I saw her looking at me; probably thinks I’m an ignorant tree-hugger. How can you listen to that blather?” Libby asked.
“Hmm,” Lovey replied, “if you’re a tree-hugger, you’ll find this quite interesting.” Lovey explained that Connie is a member of ConservAmerica, an organization whose motto is “Conservation is Conservative” and whose mission is to find “common sense, economically sound approaches to today’s environmental, energy, and conservation challenges.”
What was once a Republican organization, ConservAmerica, is now non-partisan. Its members admire Theodore Roosevelt who created the U.S. Forest Service and the first national forest. TR’s North American Model of Wildlife Conservation inspires them. Politically, many ConservAmerica members support the "radical middle.” They acknowledge that a healthy environment is essential to our nation’s prosperity so they advocate for reducing emissions and increasing energy efficiency as a means to strengthening America’s economy.
Libby was shocked and embarrassed about the false assumptions she’d made. Connie returned and extended a hand. “Hi I’m Connie; my friends call me Con. I’m Con Cer’Vativve.”
“Glad to meet you, I’m Libby…Libby Raal. I’d like to learn more about that group you belong to; maybe I’ll join!”
With those two chatting away, Lovey D’Land quietly slipped out the door and scanned the clear blue sky. “Good thing those two are hitting it off because our common values of prosperity for all and environmental health are too important to be toyed with for political advantage. After all, this is the only home we’ll ever know. We’re here forever…Earthbound.