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Bleeding Heart Conservatives
Why It's Good to Be Right
by Allison Lee Pillinger Choi
The human spirit is at the heart of conservatism.
Conservatives have become a marginalized and misunderstood demographic in pop-political culture. They are not as they are often portrayed: greedy, racists, sexist, homophobic, etc. Rather, conservatives believe in equality, opportunity, accountability, freedom, and independence. Harvard graduate Pillinger Choi – raised by veteran and immigrant parents who know the U.S. as a country worth fighting for and worth cherishing – presents conservative views on fiscal, social, and foreign policy issues from a modest and compassionate perspective.
Bleeding Heart Conservatives will invigorate jaded conservatives, closet conservatives, and conservatives-turned-independents, as well as enlighten curious apoliticals and liberals.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Allison Lee Pillinger Choi was born and raised in South Florida where she was taught the principles of hard work, patience, respect, and responsibility – the same qualities she sees as the fundamentals of conservatism. She witnessed first-hand what such principles can realize as her parents progressed from working class to middle class and eventually to upper middle class. Her mother, a Korean-born American immigrant, moved to the U.S. to live and work in a meritocratic society where women and men are viewed as equals. Her father, a Brooklyn-born third generation Jewish American, served as a U.S. Navy pilot, later becoming a Delta Airlines Captain and finally a charter school teacher upon retirement from aviation. Alli went on to Harvard where she concentrated in Economics, competed on the NCAA Division I Varsity tennis team, and worked at The Harvard Crimson. At Harvard she was surprised by both bias in favor of liberalism and intolerance against conservatism, especially coming from the "purple" state of Florida where diverse opinion is more accepted. After graduating she moved to New York City, where she worked as an analyst at Goldman Sachs and then Equinox. She has also contributed her time to the non-profit organization New York Cares, the New York Hospital Weill Cornell Council, and the Manhattan Institute Young Leaders Circle. Now a full-time mom, Alli lives with her husband and two kids in New York.