Hoffman Sisters Support Ken Cuccinelli for Governor of Virginia

hoffman sistersNOTE: This post/video is not a reflection of our employers. These are our own opinions and thoughts.

My sister Anna Maria and I submitted a video for Women for Ken, a coalition group for Ken Cuccinelli’s gubernatorial campaign, to express support for the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

You can watch the video below:

If you live in Virginia, be sure to vote for Ken on November 5th. Donate to his campaign and volunteer.

ICYMI: Counter Cultured Interview with Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson

Photo Credit: Anang Mittal

Photo Credit: Anang Mittal

My sister Anna Maria Hoffman, our friend Caleb Parke, and I interviewed Heritage Foundation scholar Ryan T. Anderson for Counter Cultured on Monday.

Below is the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ICevYYoNdg

More thoughts on the interview:

Anna Maria Hoffman, Caleb Parke, and Gabriella Hoffman interviewed Ryan T. Anderson about marriage at the Heritage Foundation. Below are some quotes from the interviewers:

“We are incredibly thankful for having the opportunity to interview Ryan and share his arguments with America’s youth, who unfortunately have been presented with one side of the marriage debate. I hope that this interview inspires more young people to proactively defend marriage in the public square. I also hope this interview helps more young people understand that the marriage movement actually serves their best interest.”
-Anna Maria Hoffman
“Ryan Anderson is a great authority on marriage policy whose voice needs to be heard. His command of the subject will impress allies and even our worst adversaries. I hope our interview interested our peers and made them think twice about redefining marriage.”
-Gabriella Hoffman

“It was great interviewing Ryan T. Anderson. The first time I saw Ryan was in an interview on the Piers Morgan show with Suze Orman, where Ryan was placed in the audience instead of being on stage. He did an awesome job, and the interview made Piers and Suze look like two angry people talking down to a cheerful audience member.

It was a blessing to be part of the first young people to interview Ryan T. Anderson on the importance of marriage. He is a genuine man who can articulately uphold marriage for our society and our families. He is standing for truth, even though it may not be the most popular definition, but isn’t that how all great movements start?

Ryan T. Anderson helped shed light on the importance of marriage with a secular, human rights view and equipped us with three points to be advocates for marriage.”
-Caleb Parke

VIDEO: Smart Girl Politics “Youth in Action” Google+ Hangout

This past evening, I had the pleasure of joining Smart Girl Politics president /co-founder Stacy Mott and fellow activists Amy Lutz and Elissa Roberson for a discussion on youth issues.

We discussed various techniques of outreach, the importance of tapping into pop culture, and stressed the need to promote family involvement in politics.

You can watch the full video clip below:

Here’s more information about the participants:

elissa.jpgElissa Roberson:

A History major in college, is a contributor for the online blog site TheCollegeConservative.com since its launch in Nov. 2011. Elissa took an interest in politics in high school when she was a Generation Joshua member and became politcally active in college after attending Young America’s Foundation conferences in Santa Barbara, California and Washington D.C. While in college she founded a Young America’s for Freedom chapter as well as helping with numerous other Conservative initiatives to reach out to young voters. You can keep up with her work by following her on Twitter @ElissaRoberson.
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(@amylutz4) is a student at Saint Louis University and an Assistant Editor for TheCollegeConservative. She has served as the Chair of the Saint Louis University College Republicans, Vice-Chair of the Missouri College Republicans, a policy intern at the Show-Me Institute, and as an intern at the Dana Loesch Show. YoungFederalist.com
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Is a youth activist and blogger. She recently graduated from UC-San Diego with a B.A. in Political Science in June 2012. Hoffman is a frequent guest on radio shows and has been quoted/featured in Fox News, Drudge Report, National Review, POLITICO, and Daily Caller for her thoughts about youth issues from a conservative take. Although a native of the once Golden State of California, Gabriella currently lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia where she works at Morton Blackwell’s Leadership Institute as the Northeast Regional Field Coordinator. When not immersed in politics, Gabriella can be found fishing, shooting, mushroom hunting, traveling, or lounging on the beach. TheGabriellaHoffman.com

ICYMI: Here’s my “Youth in Action” interview.

Jim DeMint is Right: Principled, Sound Conservatism is the Way to Go

We often hear a lot of talk about how “divisive” social issues are or how “extreme” conservatism is. Some individuals-either out of fear or sheer disdain for conservatism-feel inclined to tell us to abandon traditional values despite them being in line with limited government.

Pro-freedom, pro-life, and pro-family? Goodness gracious – you must be a fascist! (Thank you, revisionist history.)

Many conservatives like incoming Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint have made the case for constitutional, sound conservatism.

What is sound conservatism, and how does it ensure our movement’s success?

Princeton University professor and renowned scholar Robert P. George observed that economic and social conservatism are synonymous. I discussed this topic in a November 2011 blog post:

Renowned conservative thinker Dr. Robert P. George of Princeton University expounds on this by presenting the case for sound conservatism in “No Mere Marriage of Convenience: Uniting Social and Economic Conservatives.”

He writes, “Sound conservatism, as a matter of principle and not mere pragmatism, will honor limited government, restrain spending, and provide honest money and low taxes — while at the same time upholding the sanctity of human life in all stages and conditions; the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife; and the innocence of children.”

During a speech at CPAC 2013, incoming Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint had this to say about sound conservatism:

Economic and social conservatism go hand-in-hand. They’re natural allies. Strong families, churches and voluntary institutions build strong character and economic independence. And government must always remember we are endowed by our creator with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That is true for you and me, and it is true for the unborn. When government understands its limited role, it can be smaller, people can be freer and our economy can create prosperity for everyone. And when government grows larger with programs like Obamacare that consume so much of our lives, it tramples on both economic freedom and religious liberty. This has united conservatives of all stripes to fight to end Obamacare so we can all be free to live our own lives.

When people call for the removal of social issues from the conservative movement, they are essentially telling the majority of constitutional conservatives-including fiscal conservatives-to shut up and give into so-called pragmatism. This should cause you great distress…

Those of us who believe in sound conservatism cannot allow the dilution of values to take place. It is our duty to champion limited government, the sanctity of life, marriage,  fiscal sanity, strong national defense, American sovereignty, personal responsibility, reverence for the Constitution, and individual rights.

My fellow conservative Hobbits and wacko-birds: Principles, not pragmatism, always win.

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Lithuanian Independence Day: Learning to Cherish Freedom Through the Eyes of Others

February 16 marks 95 years since Lithuania gained her independence.

You might be asking yourselves, “what is Lithuania? Is it a made-up country?” Despite boasting an exotic name, Lithuania is a real country with a rich history.

From February 16, 1918, until August 23, 1939, Lithuania enjoyed freedom and prosperity until the Soviet Union grabbed hold of it through the so-called German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact (Molotov-Robbentrop Act). From 1939 until March 11, 1990 (reunification), Lithuania was subjected to endless bloodshed, tyranny, and death under Lenin, Stalin, and other brutal dictators. Religious and/or ethnic persecution of Jews, Catholics, Christians, Lithuanians, Russians, Poles, and those who didn’t agree with Soviet communism was witnessed. The horror exhibited under Soviet occupation is inexcusable and should be rightly condemned. (I would know – my family personally suffered.) Nevertheless, it’s important to remember that many Lithuanians craved freedom and were determined to depose the Soviet Union.

Regarded as the land of “beer, babes, and basketball” to tourists, Lietuva (Lithuanian for “rainy country”) is an untapped treasure in Eastern Europe. Castles, sandy beaches, forests prime for mushroom hunting, and amber jewelry are yet to be discovered by most.

Vilnius, capital of Lithuania

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Svyturys, Lithuanian beer

If you’re looking for a unique place to visit this year, make Lithuania your top 2013 destination. Just don’t plan to bring a mail-order bride back with you.

Hill of Witches  – Juodkrantė

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Hill of Crosses – Siauliai

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Palanga Amber Museum – Palanga

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Gediminas Tower – Vilnius

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Ninth Fort – Kaunas

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Trakai Castle – Trakai

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Lithuanian Sea Museum – Klaipeda

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Lithuania was the first Baltic Republic to declare its independence from the USSR on March 11, 1990. The rebelliousness that fueled this has inspired many to speak out against collectivism and tyranny.

Our fellow Americans should look to people like my parents and others who’ve escaped here to better appreciate the freedoms afforded to them here in the United States.

Happy Independence Day, Lietuva!

Smart Girls Are Armed, Conservative, and Fabulous: My “Youth in Action” Interview

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Teen conservative and Smart Girl Politics activist Bethany Bowra (@bethanybowra) interviewed me for the latest installment of Smart Girl Politics’ “Youth in Action” series profiling young conservative female activists. Those of you who know me are familiar with my hold-no-prisoners approach to conservative politics, anti-Communist tendencies, and desire to lure in more young people to our movement.

I hope my thoughts and sentiments in this interview inspire other freedom-loving youngsters to speak out and reject collectivism. Without a doubt, we must encourage more young conservatives…especially young conservative females.

Enjoy!

While Planned Parenthood and Democrat women in Congress claim to speak for all women, these young women have something to say about that. Contrary to popular belief, those groups do not speak for all young women— many young women my age have views that are quite the opposite. Below is my interview with conservative activist, Gabriella Hoffman!

Why did you get involved in politics?

I got involved in conservative politics because of my parents. My mother and my father are Lithuanian immigrants who escaped from Soviet communism 27 years ago. The Left’s policies remind them too much of the Old Country, so conservatism came naturally to them. Their stories and perspective on life really brought me to conservatism. Both sides of my family suffered immensely in the former Soviet Union. I’m in this fight to honor their memories and remind people that freedom must be safeguarded for future generations to come.

How did you get involved?

In 2006 when I was 15, I started writing a column in a local Orange County, CA community paper, The Coto Voice, called “Teen Beat.” I maintained this column for three years. I primarily focused on topics ranging from volunteering in high school to upholding traditional values. After I graduated from high school and moved onto college, I began to write about politics for The California Review, the conservative paper at UC-San Diego. From there, I went onto running a YAF chapter and hosting David Horowitz on campus- an event which landed on national news. After the event garnered a lot of attention, I started working for The Rick Amato Show as an Executive Assistant and landed a coveted role at Eagle Forum of San Diego as the Director of Youth Outreach.  I also started blogging for various websites and publications.

What issues have you been focused on since you became active?

I’m a firm believer in sound conservatism (social and fiscal conservatism), and I also believe in strong national defense. During my time at UC-San Diego, I heavily focused on support for Israel (I have family there and support a healthy U.S.-Israel relationship) and exposing militant leftists on campus. I also exposed radical feminism and openly condemned the Vagina Monologues. Now, I concentrate on a plethora of issues ranging from traditional values to Israel advocacy to media/leftist/campus bias to free enterprise.

Continue reading at Smart Girl Politics Action.

Ending January Right With Babies, Guns, and Photo Bombs

January is coming to a close, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on some recent happenings.

This past week was certainly eventful. Unfortunately, President Obama was coronated…er, inaugurated again for a second term. He called for communitarianism (basically, more class warfare policies) and made the same rallying cry for more “hope and change.” He still isn’t taking responsibility for adding over $6 trillion dollars in debt in his first term, and he’s overstepping his constitutional duties with respect to guns, immigration, and recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (which SCOTUS just ruled unconstitutional), to name a few. There are too many absurd policies and things to list, but you should grasp how disastrous this administration’s policies are and will continue to be these next four years. Oy vey!

On a more positive note, conservatives had something to celebrate this week. Although January 22, 2013, marked 40 years since that tragic and unfortunate  Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortion, over 500,000 Americans-mostly young people-descended to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Friday  to champion life.

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I went down to the National Mall with my co-workers to recruit students to our Campus Leadership Program. This being my first March for Life event, I couldn’t help but feel overjoyed by the sight of hundreds of thousands of fellow  pro-lifers from all walks of life coming together for this important occasion.

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Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss and for being a philanthropist to my alma mater UCSD, had this to say about  life: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” May we continue to change the culture of death into one that champions life. L’chaim!

Yesterday I exercised my Second Amendment rights with my two good friends Celia Bigelow (think “gun girl” who appeared on the Piers Morgan Show recently) and Ron Meyer at Blue Arsenal Range in Chantilly, VA. The place was packed with many people rightfully scared by this administration’s plans to undermine Second Amendment rights. Americans still regard the right-to-bear arms as an unalienable right, and we’re not going to allow them to undermine it.

It’s undeniable that girls want to have guns. This is me shooting a CZ 75 9mm pistol – a semi-automatic handgun. And yes, shooting is fun – try it!

58270_10151381255032668_621120062_nAnd no end to a great week would be complete without crashing an event and seeing all your blogger/Twitter friends there.

Several of my friends and I ventured to Woodley Park in Washington, D.C., to meet up with some friends in town for the National Review Institute and soon enough, a party was underway at the hotel bar. It was great running into people and seeing good friends like Orit Sklar and Courtney Mattison there. (It was also nice finally meeting  Matthew Vadum, John La Rosa, and Brad Marston.)

One of the highlights from last night? #UnsustainableBarTab and schmoozing. Gotta love being a part of the conservative blogger community.

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Mark Steyn came sat down at our table, so we felt inclined to approach him about taking a picture with us. He obliged and offered this epic pose. Pretty awesome, right?

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…And then a group of us photo-bombed Jonah Goldberg.

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A drunk Dutchman who works for a conservative nonprofit (who shall remain nameless) crushed my Lithuanian amber ring, which kind of sucked. Amber is priceless and he just dismissed it as, “Oh, well, I have a forceful handshake.”

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When I asked him about Lithuania in relation to European politics, he scoffed and said, “Is Lithuania a country?” I answered, “It regained its independence in 1991.” Unlike Palestine, which has yet to be discovered, Lithuania is not a mythical place. I must confess, it was fun outsmarting a European scholar. But I digress…

This great night wouldn’t have been possible without the legendary Robert Stacy McCain (American Spectator/The Other McCain). Thank you for always looking out for us young conservatives and showing us a good time. Thanks, Stacy!

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And most of all, this weekend was made possible because good friends like Matt Vespa and Liz Thatcher. (Huntington gang for life!)

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This week, I’ll be meeting with students up in the frigid Northeast. You’re welcome to follow my musings on Twitter @Gabby_Hoffman. Expect more articles and blog posts in the coming days and weeks.

May you have a wonderful rest of January!

Earth to Generation Y: You’ve Been Cheated By Obama’s Administration

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Last Saturday, I had the privilege of speaking at Maryland Conservative Action Network’s “Turning the Tides” conference in Annapolis, MD alongside three other young panelists – Brandon Cooper, Brian Meshkin, and Trae Lewis.

Our generation will be hardest hit by Obama’s disastrous economic policies. Therefore, it’s imperative that conservatives bolster their numbers with more young people. Conservatism, not a diluted version of it, will entice people to our side. Any attempts to abandon conservatism will lead to more elections lost and less voter turnout.

Those in attendance enjoyed hearing from us on the panel. Everyone gave wonderful speeches.

My speech beings at the 19:28 mark.  Let me know what you think!

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – Ronald Reagan

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Media Alert: Counter Cultured’s Anna Maria Hoffman and Blogger/Actress Kira Davis To Appear on Dr. Phil Show

Today, my sister Anna Maria Hoffman (founder/editor of conservative socio-political blog Counter Cultured) and our friend Kira Davis (blogger/actress/commentator) are taping a segment about “slut shaming” on The Dr. Phil Show. The show will air on Friday.  I ask that you pray for them and have them in your thoughts. They will be going up against the “YouTube Slut” and a young feminist who uses vulgarity to advance her message. I look forward to Anna Maria and Kira demolishing their arguments.

Here is more about the show as listed on Dr. Phil’s website:

Friday – January 18, 2013

Girls Who Bash Girls Who Dress Sexy

Dr. Phil takes on the hot-button topic of what some are calling “slut-shaming” — when young women are taunted and harassed, often online, for their sexual behavior, such as having casual sex, having more than one sexual partner or dressing provocatively. This form of bullying, like others, can lead to tragic consequences. Fifteen-year-old Felicia Garcia sent her last tweet, “I cant, im done, I give up,” before jumping in front of a train, while many of her classmates looked on. Friends of the freshman say she was tormented by bullies for alleged sexual encounters with football players. Did her classmates go too far? And, what can parents and students do to prevent another senseless act? Grab your teen, sit them down and watch this powerful Dr. Phil together!

Anna Maria

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Kira

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Hope you tune in!

 

My Personal Blog – 2012 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 48,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 11 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

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