New Counter Cultured Article: 10 Ways to Survive in D.C. Without Losing Your Soul

My sister and I compiled this listicle at Counter Cultured on how millennials can survive in D.C. without becoming a part of the problem. Below is an excerpt:

 

Having lived in the area for some time now, we decided to compile a listicle of advice on how to succeed in D.C. All of these points are based on our own experiences and observations. We hope this list inspires others to reform the swamp from within, through the power of their character, honesty, and decency.

1. Keep your principles.

Have you ever been told to moderate your views to be accepted in the D.C. area? Don’t listen to this nonsense. D.C. culture is mysterious, exciting, and at times, scandalous. Someone will try to chide you for your beliefs. Don’t submit to them–especially if they’re an apologist for cronyism or big government. Don’t be fake; be yourself! We encourage you to stay true to your beliefs. People–especially prospective employers–appreciate honesty rather than feigned passion. Be passionate about conservatism, and don’t hold back your views. Don’t compromise your values either.


Picture2. There’s more to life than cocktail parties.

We certainly appreciate the art of imbibing here in the D.C. area, but recommend you don’t make it a daily ritual. (Remember, you’ve got a bank account balance to maintain!) As millennials, we’re inclined to try new things. Don’t simply stick to happy hours. Be SOCIALLY conservative and encourage your fellow political friends to try new things with you. Now that summer has started, go see a concert, attend festivals, try salsa dancing, host a cook-off, or get lost in one of the many museums here. Be spontaneous!

3. Don’t take advantage of your boss to get ahead.

Unfortunately, it’s commonplace for young men and women to sleep with their superiors in hopes of getting a higher, better-paid position in this town, especially on the Hill. Ladies and gentlemen, we kindly suggest you don’t fall for this one. Set yourself apart from others when you’re advancing your career by emphasizing your talents, abilities, and accomplishments to potential employers instead. Merit is a much better sell than fulfilling sexual favors when it comes to a job promotion.

4. Go outside the concrete jungle.

D.C. can be a wild, crazy place. (It’s a swamp, after all.) However, if you’re looking for more thrills than barhopping or attending a Congressional hearing, go to the outdoors. Scout out nearby lakes, rivers, beaches, and trails. Go fishing, shoot some guns at the range, hike in the Shenandoah Valley, explore wine country, and check out the Chesapeake Bay. Looking to be more adventurous? Road-trip to one of the six states neighboring the DMV. Get some fresh air and deplug for a day or two.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

New Counter Cultured Article: 5 Ways to Be Counter Cultural in 2014

I’ve penned a new column at Counter Cultured – the first one of 2014.

Check it out!

2013 was a great year for counter cultural millennials. More young people marched for life and stood for the preborn, while many became disillusioned with “marriage equality.” More women took up firearms ownership and rejected so-called birth control “rights.” Best of all, Pajama Boy—the epitome of male effeminacy—became a nationwide laughingstock.

This year, the Left will be relentless in their push for moral relativism in the public square. We counter cultural millennials must fight back, challenge their arguments, and win people over to our side.

Here are five ways millennials can be more counter cultural in 2014:

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Conservative Women Must Continue to Fight Back

To the Martin Bashir’s and Man-Child Eunuchs of the World:

Your attacks on conservative women like Sarah Palin are unwarranted and disgusting at best. Did your mothers not teach you to treat ladies with the utmost respect and kindness? Or does your wayward ideology get in the way of any rational thinking? Your ilk, which touts itself as “pro-women,” continues to defile us and justify government-subsidized birth control/abortion to satisfy your casual sex fixes all the while telling us to settle for victimhood. How peachy. If you disagree with conservatives, be respectful and polite – not crass and unhinged. Sadly, given the violent nature of leftist movements throughout history, we shouldn’t expect any civility from most of you.

We conservative women are constantly targeted by you on the Left for defying conventional wisdom that tells us to sulk off of the government from cradle to grave, to kill the preborn in the womb whenever convenient, to behave like sexual predators, and to treat men like dirt. Believing in personal responsibility, free markets, gun ownership, traditional values, and limited government is too much for you feeble-minded folks to bear. For example, your kind has called me a c*** and stupid b**** numerous times, told me to put a gun in my mouth and pull the trigger, told me that “your parents shoulda died under Stalin,” and much more, for defying big government policies. Much to your dismay, your fighting words encourage me to expose you. The insults you invalids hurl at us won’t go unnoticed anymore. I hope more conservative women (and men) call you out for your sheer disregard of manners.

Fellow conservative females: Be fearless, continue to speak out, and have the courage to spread the good word of conservatism. Maintain class and poise when dealing with these creatures. And remember: #FightLikeAGirl!

Originally posted on Facebook.

Women Stand With Ken Cuccinelli

Despite what Terry McAuliffe and his apologists say, Ken Cuccinelli is not anti-woman. Ken believes that women should make their own decisions, independent of the government, to excel in life. The majority of us aren’t keen on aborting children or relying on the government from cradle to grave. We recognize the danger of big government, which is why we are supporting and voting for Ken Cuccinelli.

Below is a video featuring a clip of my sister and I for our support of Ken Cuccinelli.

Polls are tightening, and this race is not lost. Encourage all of your friends here in Virginia to vote for Ken and the rest of our ticket.

 

Conservative Women: The Unknown Activists

“Conservative Women: The Activist The Left Doesn’t Want You to Know Exist”

Suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton once opined, “The best protection any woman can have… is courage.

Being a conservative on campus is challenging but not impossible. Conservative activism has thrived in the unlikeliest of places – even at liberal universities. Even more startling, to the dismay of leftists, is that emerging conservative activists happen to be young women.

Unsurprisingly, the elites in academia question our intelligence and have dismissed us for rejecting the status quo. For example, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill recently denied Fox News Contributor Katie Pavlich and filmmaker Ann McElhinney the opportunity to speak on campus citing them as “nonintellectual,” “non-academic” and “unreliable.” (Whatever happened to diversity of thought?)

Not every young woman who attends college places her trust in paternalistic government. Instead of rallying for so-called birth control rights, socialized medicine, and big government, these activists stand for family, faith, and free markets.

Many conservative women hold prestigious degrees, job titles, and manage businesses. Many hold office or have held office. And many conservative women are involved in grassroots efforts and alternative media. So much for being nonintellectual, non-academic, and unreliable!

Conservative women have the moral courage to stand for what is right — even when our male counterparts cave to leftist pressure when the going gets tough. (Cough, cough Speaker Boehner.) We boldly stand up to the status quo, promote timeless values, and boldly articulate ideas guaranteed to make a Marxist’s head explode.

Conservative women are reliable and passionate defenders of freedom and liberty. They are effective weapons to unleash on big government and their wayward supporters.  Plus, we do not hate men!

If you want to be effective on campus, enlist the help of a Mama Grizzly-in-training.

Gabriella Hoffman is the North East Regional Field Coordinator for the Leadership Institute, and blogs at Counter Cultured USA. You can follow her on twitter at @Gabby_Hoffman 

Reblogged from Young Conservatives of America

‘We Are the Storytellers”: Verily Magazine Launch Party in Washington, D.C.

We Are the Storytellers Invitation

This past Wednesday, my sister Anna Maria and I had the pleasure of attending Verily Magazine’s D.C. launch party at A Bar Lounge in Foggy Bottom.

Verily is a new magazine catering to strong, virtuous, empowered women. It seeks to set itself apart from mainstream women’s magazines that spout off radical feminist, hypersexualized platitudes. Its tagline reads, “Be less of who you should be, more of who you are.”

(You can read my Townhall.com column about it.)

The theme of the occasion was “We Are the Storytellers.”

Esteemed guests  were Fox News Contributor Kirsten Powers, The Transom’s Ben Domenech, and American Enterprise Institute’s Christina Hoff Sommers. Countless young professionals from conservative organizations and fashion blogs also gathered to hear and learn more about Verily.

Below are some pictures from the event:

Me holding a copy of the June/July issue of Verily Magazine.

Me holding a copy of the June/July issue of Verily Magazine.

Anna Maria (L) and I (R) pictured with AEI scholar Christina Hoff Sommers.

Anna Maria (L) and I (R) pictured with AEI scholar Christina Hoff Sommers.

Verily co-founders Kara (L) and Janet (R) discussing why they started Verily.

Verily co-founders Kara (L) and Janet (R) discussing why they started Verily.

Delicious cocktail at the Verily Magazine launch party in D.C.

Delicious cocktail at the Verily Magazine launch party in D.C.

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Made some new friends at Verily Magazine’s launch party!
From left to right: Amy, me, Tiffany, and Anna Maria.

If you haven’t checked Verily out yet, get on it! I’m happy to lend my support to their efforts. I encourage every woman to subscribe to it and read it.  Visit verilymag.com.

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.

MUST WATCH: #Resist44 Activist Spoofs President Obama to the Tune of Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend”

Bailey Connell – who is known for her singing talents, blogging, and work with Resistance 44 – has released a new music video. In it, she raps and sings about the need to defeat Obama…to the tune of Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend.”

Watch it, and do your part to make it go viral. Kindly share!

Eagle Forum Collegians Summit – July 19-20, 2012 – Washington, DC

Conservative in college? Want to hear from movers and shakers? Attend Eagle Forum’s Collegian Summit in Washington, DC this July 19-20, 2012.

I highly suggest you attend this conference. I had the honor of being one of ten youth panelists at last year’s summit. I got to hear Paul Ryan, Allen West, and many other remarkable speakers. I also got to meet other like-minded college kids and see some old friends.

If you’re looking for a great networking opportunity in an intimate setting, this event is for you!

Here’s the promo video:

Also, here are Allen West’s thoughts on college conservatives:

 

Register for the event here. Students in the DC metro area can attend the event for free. Those residing outside of the DC metro area can apply for scholarships here.