How did a former liberal become a conservative activist? Dana Loesch tells her story.

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This morning on the radio show, Dana Loesch filled in for Glenn who is away on vacation. Many of you may know her from CNN, Breitbart news, or even her guest spots right here on GBTV, but Dana wasn’t always the strong conservative that she is today. In fact, prior to September 11th, Dana was a pretty hardcore liberal.

“I’m a reformed liberal,” Dana said this morning while introducing herself to the Glenn Beck radio audience.

She continued, explaining that she had her “come to Jesus moment” on 9/11 as she watched the towers falls on her television. She realized in that moment that the ideology which she had believed in doesn’t work in reality – there are repercussions.

Dana, who grew up in a home of southern Democrats in Missouri, had already started her journey towards conservatism prior to 9/11 after being disenfranchised by the left’s treatment of Hilary Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Having a background in journalism, she began writing for a couple of daily newspapers, did a few television spots here and there, and right before the 2008 election Dana got involved in radio.

Dana’s radio show is where the St. Louis Tea Party was launched.

“Conservatives didn’t take the streets and protest,” Dana recalled.

She explained thinking, at that time, that no one would show up to their first Tea Party rally, which took place under the arch in St. Louis. It was a cold, bitter day, but people began flooding the city – nearly 2,000 people showed up that day in St. Louis, and even more in cities all across the country.

“It was inspiring,” she said. “We felt that the odds were against us. We didn’t really think that people were going to show up for this. We asked ourselves, ‘are people upset enough to get involved? Are people going to want be involved as much as us?’ But they did. And it took one person like me and many other one persons out there all across the country that made this happen.”

And now, four years later, we are still seeing the same involvement across our country, Dana noted, looking to what occurred with Chick-fil-a just last week, and the bigger victories that have occurred over the last few years.

“We have come such a long way. We have amassed so many victories,” Dana started. “You can’t depend on mainstream media to report what we have accomplished. If you compare the new conservative movement. If you compare the grassroots movement to what the left has tried to copy from the 60s – the Occupy Movement. It shows that dedication, persistence, compassion, and passion are all going to pay off. We completely secured the Republican majority in the house. Were it not for the Tea Party there would be no Republican majority in the House. We wouldn’t have enough in the Senate even to raise a fuss. Were it not for the Tea Party movement we wouldn’t have victories like we did over the establishment in Indiana, we wouldn’t have people like Chris Christie in New Jersey, we wouldn’t have Marco Rubio in Florida, and we definitely wouldn’t have Ted Cruz in Texas. This is a grass roots uprising and we have really racked up a lot of victories. And it’s been because of people like you. Because of people like me. Everyone rolling up their shirt sleeves and saying, ‘What can I do? Where can I get involved? I have this particular skill set. How can I use it to amplify the movement and conservatism?’ and that’s what I’m about.”

“I hope when people hear what my background is that they are somehow motivated to get involved themselves.”

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  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Welcome to the side most Americans are on; not the normal Old Guard of DC.

    The Tea Party and the Conservative nature of most of America is far from finished off, and now emerges more and more with each passing day; the Democrats and old guard of DC are running scared, recalling all too well the fate of many in 2010, which they had written off as a one time anomalty in their careers.

    This November WE the PEOPLE make our voices loud and clear; we will bring the government back under OUR control; and fire the rest.

    November is the final line to be crossed, when we decide once and for all the fate of our nations future.

    After that, we only have to hold on against the fires of the abyss Obama and the Democrats will unleash upon the nation in revenge for their failures. Obama will either have a complete mental breakdown, go for broke and his dictatorship as many expect, or (unlikely) just quietly fade into the background…before the January treason trials for him and the admin begin.

    Personally if Obama loses completely this Nov, even with the massive fraud they will attempt to pull at the elections, in the courts, and during the Senatorial counting of the results from the Electorial College (where they may make one last attempt to have Obama become POTUS), I see a chance he will panic and flee the nation for exile and asylum in another land.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Ma’am welcome to the light and the right side of things that are good and true for America; we need all the people who were former members of the left that see the truth declare their stories often enought that people see there is hope in the land.

    God be with you and may He bless you in your endeavours.

  • Draxx

    Many People Find It Hard to Leave Their Old Faithful Political Views/Parties…

    Those Few that do actually make those 180 degree turns, have to face ridicule from former friends/colleagues, Feel the Guilt of turning your back on people you have known a long time (and some of them are family members).  And Wonder Endessly at night for time, “Did I do the Right Thing?”, but when you are on the Positive Side of Things those feelings go away…

  • Michael Doolittle

    Very cool individual with a lot of passion and integrity. I’ve followed her on Breitbart http://www.breitbart.com/Columnists/Dana-Loesch since I heard ger on the radio a while back.

  • Anonymous

    Dana has seen the light. Amen and come on in and join us to save this country. 

  • http://twitter.com/KathyJGrant Kathy J. Grant

    And Wonder Endessly at night for time, “Did I do the Right Thing?”, but when you are on the Positive Side of Things those feelings go away. http://MillionaireProject2012.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    Tea Party
    Patriots are Americans who are frustrated over what has been happening in
    Washington and want to do something about it. Tea Party people are Patriotic
    Americans who are concerned about their country. Tea Party people want their
    leaders to follow the Constitution; they want limited Government; less taxes
    and for Government to control and cut spending.

    The Tea
    Party represents people who are frustrated with the direction this country is
    headed and want to do their part to try and stop it. They are not Nazi’s or
    Astro-turf, they are true Patriots who care about this country. The rabble who
    protest the Tea Party Patriots have been indoctrinated by the liberal schools,
    so-called Mainstream Media, Union Bosses,and the Statists to look to the
    Government for their well being. They do not even realize they are being used.
    The Statists promote an ever increasing amount of people dependent on
    Government so they can stay in POWER. It is akin to slavery in that the people
    relying on the Government need only pull the D lever for their Masters come
    election time, instead of working the fields. Hopefully, these people will
    learn the errors of their ways and join the Tea Party in turning this country
    around from the fallacies of the Obama Regime and the other Statists.

    In
    February of 2009, while on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Rick
    Santelli made his famous rant about the federal Government and called for the
    people to have another Tea Party. Many Patriotic people responded to his call.
    Around the country people rallied against an overreaching, overspending,
    intrusive government and formed coalitions to voice their concerns about
    Government. Thus, the modern Tea Party was formed.

    Tea Party
    Patriots are Americans who are frustrated over what has been happening in
    Washington and want to do something about it. Tea Party people are Patriotic
    Americans who are concerned about their country. Tea Party people want their
    leaders to follow the Constitution; they want limited Government; less taxes
    and for Government to control and cut spending. In other words Jimmy Hoffa Jr.,
    the Tea Party is the majority of Americans. BTW the Teamsters have about 1.4
    million members and some of them are probably Tea Party Patriots.

    For the
    most part the Tea Party represents people that are frustrated with the
    direction this country is headed and want to do their part to try and stop it.
    They are not Nazi’s, Astro-turf, Terrorists, Barbarians, or Hobbits; they are
    true Patriots who care about this country. The rabble who protest the Tea Party
    Patriots have been indoctrinated by the liberal schools, so-called Mainstream
    Media, Union Bosses,and the Statists to look to the Government for their well
    being. They do not even realize they are being used. The Statists promote an
    ever increasing amount of people dependent on Government so they can stay in
    POWER. It is akin to slavery in that the people relying on the Government need
    only pull the D lever for their Masters come election time, instead of working
    the fields. Hopefully, these people will learn the errors of their ways and
    join the Tea Party in turning this country around from the fallacies of the
    Obama Regime and the other Statists.

    For those
    people who think it’s alright for the Government  to require ID scans, and photos of everyone
    who goes to a venue I suggest they read the following quotes from some wise
    men. Thomas Jefferson:”Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according
    to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do
    not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s
    will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.” Thomas
    Jefferson: ” When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when
    the government fears the people, there is liberty.” Benjamin Franklin:
    “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
    safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

  • Anonymous

    Another attractive (and smart) Conservative woman.. it drives the Left CRAZY!

  • Anonymous

    And the reason Conservatives don’t usually Protest is because we are At WORK!

  • Anonymous

    Love her! Super replacement for Glenn while he is on vacation! Brilliant, beautiful and very knowledgeable!

  • new2la

    And it can not stop… ever…… because look what has happened when we took our eyes off the ball!   
    First in line:
    1. bring back God to our schools and anywhere else where He was band
    2. repeal obamacare. keep our politicians accountable
    3. bring back the family unit….one man. one woman; one mother, one father
    4. love your country, protect it from tyranny
    5. respect all service providers; military, police; all service providers
    and lastly:
    Love, respect and help one another.

    Deuteronomy 28
    “And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.”

  • Anonymous

    Excellent article.  Keep up the great work, Dana.  You have been added to my GLENN BECK list of Patriotic Americans.  George Reagan, Fort Worth, Texas; local Tea Party Member.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ORPWDZFSM62U2DGOMKZREDYJ2I Terrie

     And possibly take all our state secrets with him for our enemies.

  • Anonymous

    Ooooh, girlfriend, you are on FIRE!!  Keep up the good work filling in for Glenn, Dana, it is almost as if Glenn never left…you have picked up where he left off before going on vacation.  And to think you do it without 2 sidekicks….YOU GO, GIRL!!!!   

  • http://www.facebook.com/phil.lahnert Phil J Lahnert

    I wish her microphone was more conservative.

  • http://blog.digidave.org/ digidave

    I think it’s fine that she went from being a liberal to being a conservative (everyone is entitled to their political ideology). But I am a little confused by describing it as a “come to Jesus moment.” That combined with some of the comments here suggest a religious overtone to conservatism.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PO5CGZOZPAQSEC65SVCHKWW6DA iwasadem

    Dana your story is my story. I too come from a family of hardcore Democrats. I started the transformation during the 9/11 ordeal. I am Catholic and always had conflicts with my beliefs and teachings of the Church. I too recognized how we had been lead astray by the left’s philosophy. My family is very disappointed with me and I still struggle daily because I love them but am so at odds with their political views now. You are an ispiration and it makes me feel better I am not alone. God Bless you Dana!!!

  • The Mouse

    I wonder where us atheist and agnostic, socially liberal (pro gay?) fiscal anti-welfare state conservatives fit in?

  • The Mouse

    Thanks for the laugh, LOL. :)

  • Sunlit Web

    I didn’t make the connection with coming from a democratic family to watching the towers fall to becoming a Republican because the liberal way isn’t working. Were Democrats supposed to be holding up the towers while George Bush Sr. gave a breakfast speech to The Carlyle Group that morning? An elite group of ex world leaders and the ultra wealthy, which included Osama Bin Laden’s brother? The same group who made billions off the sale of arms for the war in Iraq? Not that the Democrats have all the answers, but somehow I fail to see why they are blamed for 9-11 when Bush Sr. was canoodling with Osama’s brother.

  • Bill Braski

    Do you read this now, a year later and wonder how you could get so much so colossally wrong?

  • Bill Braski

    If you find that niche, please tell the world.

  • Bill Braski

    You didn’t make the connection because there isn’t one.