Travel Tuesday: Jackson Hole, WY

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I’ve just returned from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and couldn’t be more thrilled to tell you about my experience there! I was one of many attendees at the inaugural Jackson Hole Summit.

Although it was my second time in Wyoming–my having been to Jackson and Yellowstone National Park nine years ago–I was able to explore the area comprising Jackson Hole a bit more.

Wyoming is best known as the Equality State or Cowboy State, the former nickname awarded to the state for being the first state to allow women the right-to-vote. (Pretty cool!) Wyoming also happens to be the least populous state in the country, boasting fewer than 600,000 people statewide.

Jackson Hole is a renowned ski resort area. It may be small, but it sure is expansive.

En route to Jackson Hole, I had a layover in Salt Lake City. Below is a picture of the Great Salt Lake as one approaches the city:

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View of the Great State Lake from the airplane.

Once I got settled in Jackson Hole, I descended 9,100 ft up to a restaurant called The Deck. (FYI: They have a great and cheap Happy Hour menu. If you find yourself in Jackson Hole, go!)

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Here’s another picture of the Grand Teton Range from Diamond Cross Ranch. Majestic, right?

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Albeit being crunched for time – I only had 72 hours in Jackson Hole – I was able to experience some restaurants. Go to the Mangy Moose for some good pub food and to The Spur for delicious cocktails.

Prior to going to Jackson Hole, be prepared for a dramatic shift in altitude. I unfortunately suffered from a bout of altitude sickness and cured it with Advil. (Ibuprofen also works!) If you’re prone or unsuspectingly prone to this kind of dramatic altitude change, come prepared. Otherwise, be on the lookout for some wildlife. Sadly, I didn’t see any bears, elk, or moose but caught a glimpse at some deer.

If curious about this gem in the Mountain West, found out more online, on Twitter, on Instagram, and on Facebook.

Have you traveled to Wyoming as well? Let me know about your experience there!

New Counter Cultured Article: Jackson Hole Summit

I’ve penned a new column about my time at the inaugural Jackson Hole Summit. It centered around monetary policy. Below is an excerpt:

I’ve just returned from the inaugural Jackson Hole Summit. The conference was held from August 27-29, 2015, in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It centered around monetary policy and how to counter the problem of central banking in the present day. The theme of the conference was “Central Banks: The Problem or the Solution?”

American Principles Project (APP) organized this event. Their mission states, “American Principles Project recognizes the dignity of the person as the basis of the founding principles of the United States. We are committed to the declaration made by the Founding Fathers, that we are all created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Additional sponsors included the Heritage Foundation, Atlas Network, and Young America’s Foundation.

Admittedly, I haven’t really focused on monetary policy in my political work thus far. To most individuals, it’s very nuanced, complex, and technical to comprehend. However, this conference gave us attendees a better glimpse into monetary policy and why sound money should be promoted in the public square. Like Millennials, presidential candidates will and should be made to care about the topic.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Cross-posted on Medium.

New Townhall Column: Honor Victims of 20th Century Totalitarianism

I’ve penned a new column up at Townhall.com. It’s about Black Ribbon Day. Below is an excerpt:

The Soviet Union may have collapsed, but its decades’ long reign of terror shall not be forgotten.

The 20th century was marked by intense tragedy due to the pernicious ideologies of National Socialism and global communism that killed over 100 million people. Millions suffered and died under the tyrannical rule of both Adolph Hitler in Nazi Germany and Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union, respectively. While the former usually receives resounding condemnation, the latter – particularly the Soviet variant – is wholly ignored by many today. That is why it is imperative to celebrate Black Ribbon Day on August 23rd, a day that commemorates the lives lost under National Socialism and Soviet communism.

Continue reading at Townhall.com.

Thank you to Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, JBANC, and countless others for sharing my article!

New Townhall Column: Make Moral Case for Conservatism

I’ve penned a new article up at Townhall.com today. Below is an excerpt:

The quest to identify and unite behind a conservative leader for president has officially begun.

With 15 months ahead of the most consequential election in our lifetimes, 17 candidates are vying for our support. It is undeniable there are several candidates who stand out and truly represent consistent, principled conservatism. And no—blowhard billionaire Donald Trump isn’t one of them.

The candidate who has a proven record of standing up to the Washington machine, a firm understanding of our values, and proven leadership will and should become our nominee.

American Enterprise Institute (AEI) president Arthur Brooks has authored a new book that beautifully lays out how conservatives – especially the eventual Republican nominee—can make a moral case for conservatism in the public square.

Apparently, it’s been linked to Reddit? That’s pretty nifty.

Continue reading up at Townhall.com.

Zac Brown Band’s DC Concert Rocked Our Socks Off

Last Friday, my sister Anna Maria and I attended the Zac Brown Band concert at Nationals Park. This was the Washington, D.C., stop on their JEKYLL + HYDE Tour.

Since my first exposure to country music several years ago, ZBB has grown into one of my favorite bands. They remain authentically country, and their lead singer can masterfully belt out tunes.

Below is a picture of us enjoying the concert:

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ZBB was preceded by The Avett Brothers, which was their opening act. Admittedly, I’ve never heard of them but figured their music aligned well with ZBB’s. (Indeed, they were pretty good!)

I particularly love ZBB’s music for combining country with tropical flair. They incorporate classic country elements, but spice it up with unique things like a fiddle and gospel choir.

ZBB opened up with their new leading single, “Homegrown.” It was followed with “Loving You Easy,” their rendition of “The Devil Goes Down to Georgia,” “Dress Blues,” “Castaway,” “Let It Be,” “Colder Weather,” “Sweet Annie,” “Keep Me in Mind,” “Jump Right In,” and other well-known tunes off their new album and older albums. Everyone around us was dancing in their seats, singing along, and having a good time. How could you not enjoy Zac Brown Band? It was a rousing good time!

One of the touching moments from the concert was during the performance of their new song “Dress Blues.” They brought out several servicemen, who then marched on stage. The crowd then burst out with “USA!” chants and resounding claps. Patriotism was alive and well at Nats Park. It was a touching moment for those of us living in the belly of the beast best known as Washington, D.C.

Below are some pictures from the concert:

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Unlike other concerts I’ve been to, this one was different in that the leading act – ZBB, in this case – performed for a good chunk of time. (Their show lasted roughly 2 and a half hours.) It goes to show that they appreciate their fans and love bringing happiness through music. Gotta give props to them for that!

Check out their music, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter!

 

Catch Me at Jackson Hole Summit!

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Back to the Wild West I go? Looks like it!

I’ve been invited to blog/write about the Jackson Hole Summit, an event hosted by American Principles Project, Heritage Foundation, Atlas Network, Young America’s Foundation, and other organizations. It’ll be held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, from August 27-29, 2015.

Event organizer Steve Lonegan, Director of Monetary Policy for the American Principles Project, says the goal of the event is to draw attention to the problem of central banking in the current day: “The policies of the Federal Reserve are undermining economic growth. Under Obama’s Fed, income inequality has increased dramatically. Our conference serves to highlight conservative, limited government solutions that will allow every American to prosper—not just the wealthy and powerful.”

Policy experts will discuss the need to reform monetary policy among many things.  I’ll blog about monetary policy and how it’ll effect Millennials for Counter Cultured and for Townhall.com.

This will be my second time in the “Equality State,” having gone with family nearly 10 years ago on vacation. Can’t wait to soak in some gorgeous views of the Grand Tetons once again!

LIKE Jackson Hole Summit on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Hope to see you in Jackson Hole, WY in a week and a half!

Cheers to Three Years at Leadership Institute!

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Today marks three years since I started my job at Leadership Institute as its Northeast Regional Field Coordinator.

Wow, time flies when you’re busy training, hiring, and empowering conservative activists to change their campuses and their communities!

What can I say on this anniversary? I’m still grateful for gainful employment and having a platform to communicate my conservative views. Thank you, Morton, and everyone else for taking a chance on me. Thank you to my family, friends, and coworkers  for your support and constant encouragement! Grateful for you believing in me and motivating me to be my best.

Cheers to three years, Leadership Institute!  Here’s to seeing where this journey goes to next.