New Counter Cultured Article: Be an Individual in the Era of Big Government

I’ve penned a new column up at Counter Cultured today titled “Be Classic in the Era of Big Government.”

Here’s an excerpt:

I was recently listening to MKTO’s megahit “Classic” for some inspiration. While this song is centered on love, it can be applied to anything. If you haven’t heard the song, below is a sample of the song’s lyrics:

You’re over my head
I’m out of my mind
Thinking I was born in the wrong time
It’s love on rewind,
Everything is so throwback-ish (I kinda like it, like it)
Out of my league
Old school chic
Like a movie star
From the silver screen
You’re one of a kind living in a world gone plastic
Baby you’re so classic
Baby you’re so classic
Baby you’re so classic

While government may not have direct involvement in every cultural phenomenon, its promotion of paternalism and complacency is greatly seen in pop culture, religion, business, and politics today. It’s better to be classic, or independent-minded, than a conformist in an era marked by invasive big government.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Celebrating Two Years at Leadership Institute

On this day two years ago, I started working for Morton Blackwell’s Leadership Institute as part of its Campus Leadership Program. I was truly blessed to find a job after college. (Hard work does pay off!) As a recent college graduate and wide-eyed 21-year-old, I was excited to work for this reputed institution to help it advance conservatism. Now at the age of 23, I’m fully prepared to challenge the Left thanks to the skills I’ve honed on at my job.

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Time surely does fly by fast! It feels like I started my post as the Northeast Regional Field Coordinator yesterday. What exactly do I do? I assist college students in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. More specifically, I help conservative and libertarian college students start/expand student groups, help them expose liberal bias, and assist them in changing campus dialogue. I used to be in their shoes, so I know how it feels to be the sole outspoken conservative on campus. That’s why I’m proud to serve as a mentor and friend to the students I work with. I want them to succeed on campus. (We need to help our fellow Millennials succeed in and out of the classroom!)

Working in the Northeast these past two years has been a treat. Although I’m based in the Washington, D.C., area, I make frequent trips to the Northeast to assist countless college students. You might be thinking, “Holy cow! The Northeast is a lost cause because it’s so liberal!” Yes, this stigma is all too true. This region is extremely liberal and reliably blue–and yes, its colleges live up to our expectations of being  leftist hubs. However, not all students in this region are complacent. I handle most Ivy League universities while working with many big state schools and smaller liberal arts colleges. I work with conservative, libertarian, and single issue students to help them advance limited government, traditional values, free markets, gun rights, academic freedom, and feminine virtue as a consultant. (I basically act as a liaison between student groups and outside organizations.) I’m proud to be in touch with hundreds of students. (If you need assistance on your college campus, contact me here.)

Morton Blackwell is a great conservative activist who has contributed so positively to our movement.  I’m truly honored to work under his leadership. (Thank you, Morton!) And my job would be incomplete without the support and friendship of my coworkers, who are some of the best activists I know. To my colleagues in CLP and Devo: I enjoy the countless jokes about communism, culture, and liberalism–you’ve made me smile and laugh nearly to the point of tears! I’ve also enjoyed our intellectual and insightful discussions during lunch hour, which have become a household name in our office. You’ve inspired me to be a better activist with each day. I couldn’t ask for a better workplace!

These past two years at LI especially wouldn’t be complete without the support of family and friends. My parents and sister have been there for me since day one by always encouraging me to do my best. Also, the support of friends in similar conservative organizations and support of friends outside D.C. mean a lot to me. You’ve helped this California girl blend into D.C. with ease. I can’t thank you enough!

I look forward to the next year or so at Leadership Institute. There are so many students to help and colleges in the Northeast to impact. We’ve got an uphill battle ahead of us to reclaim this country, so we must remain vigilant and determined. Our college campuses can be reclaimed; don’t give up on them!

Thanks to everyone who has positively influenced me!

Best wishes,

Gabriella

 

New Townhall Column: Female Establishment Bosses Women Who Reject Radical Feminism

I’ve penned a new column at Townhall.com called “”All-Inclusive” Female Establishment Bosses Women Who Reject Radical Feminism.”

Here’s an excerpt:

Radical feminism is passé and in disarray. From pushing the wage gap myth to dismissing personal responsibility, our leftist sistas are clueless about true women’s rights.

How did birth control access become the only issue women care about? Who decided it was acceptable to destroy human life? More importantly, why should we look to big government policies to advance our gender?

Now, the feministas are going after Hollywood actresses.

In an interview for the May 2014 U.K. issue of Harper’s Bazaar, actress Kirsten Dunst defied the status quo and did the unthinkable: she came out against blurring gender differences!

“I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued,” she says. “We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking – it’s a valuable thing my mum created. And sometimes, you need your knight in shining armour. I’m sorry. You need a manto be a man and a womanto be a woman. That’s why relationships work…”Unsurprisingly, these words weren’t well-received by radical feminists.

Jezebel writer Erin Gloria Ryan penned a blog post titled “Kirsten Dunst Thinks Ladies In Relationships Should Wife the F*** Out” calling Dunst “dumb” for not subscribing to feminist group think:

“I’m not going to couch this much because Kirsten Dunst is not paid to write gender theory so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that she’s kind of dumb about it, just as I wouldn’t be surprised if Gloria Steinem sucked at convincingly andheartbreakingly playing a mysteriousoversexed teen who kills herself in a Sofia Coppola movie. So, you know.”Uproxx’s Stacey Ritzen called Dunst an “insufferable person” for her refreshing comments on femininity.

Classy.

This behavior isn’t new. The female establishment has great disdain for dissent and independent views, specifically conservative and libertarian views.

 

Continue reading at Townhall.com.

UPDATE: Thanks to FreeRepublic and Heritage Foundation for the mentions!

Join the #LadyGang: Pictures and Video from The Dana Show

Last week, I had the great pleasure of appearing on The Dana Show on The Blaze alongside my sister Anna Maria and gal pals Ashe Schow, Ashley Sewell, Bethany Bowra, and Lauren Luxenburg. This was my first time on TV–an experience I will forever cherish.

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Dana Loesch speaks on ‘Dana’ April 4, 2014. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

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We went on Dana Loesch’s show to discuss REAL women’s issues beyond birth control and abortion. I was one of six panelists on the program. We were also joined by an all-female studio audience. (Conservatives hate women? WRONG.)

Here’s more about the program from The Blaze:

Dana Loesch has been an outspoken critic of the so-called “war on women” since its inception, saying Democrats are conflating actual rights with the non-existent right to have other people pay for your birth control.

On her Blaze TV show Friday, Loesch brought in an audience full of women to weigh in on the controversy, finishing the show with a mock “pajama party” where she read some of the hate mail she received this week.

“The female resistance marches on,” she said. “We’re bringing the war on women to them.”

One of Loesch’s main issues with the “war on women” was that it relied on women to “accept premises at face value.”

Women were essentially told, she said: “If we don’t pass healthcare we’re going to starve because we don’t have birth control for sexual recreation purposes! Old, white, Republican men [will] physically block our access to contraceptives by refusing to pay for them! And women, we have to vote for Barack Obama if we want the right to vote! Forget that we already have it. We need it again!”

Here are some more pictures from the show:

Credit: Dana Loesch (@dloesch)

Credit: Dana Loesch (@dloesch)

Glenn Beck had a cameo during this Slumber Party 'Hate Mail' scene.  Credit: TheBlaze TV

Glenn Beck had a cameo during this Slumber Party ‘Hate Mail’ scene.
Credit: TheBlaze TV

Pulling off our own Oscar selfie.  Credit: Bethany Bowra (@bethanybowra)

Pulling off our own Oscar selfie.
Credit: Bethany Bowra (@bethanybowra)

We conservative women are hear to stay. Deal with it.

We conservative women are here to stay. Deal with it.

For those of us who don’t subscribe to The Blaze, we don’t have access to the full show just yet. HOWEVER, for the time being, enjoy this clip from the Slumber Party-edition of  The Dana Show’s ‘You Asked for It’ hate mail segment:

Full ‘Hate Mail’ segment can be found here.

Thanks to Twitchy and The Blaze for covering our #WarbyWomen segment!

Make sure to follow us on Twitter: Yours truly (@Gabby_Hoffman), Anna Maria (@am_hoffman), Ashley Sewell (@TxTrendyChick), Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow), Bethany Bowra (@BethanyBowra), and Lauren Luxenburg @LaurenC_Lux).

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Support Igor Birman’s Bid for Congress

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Last night, my sister and I attended Liberty Karaoke here in Arlington, VA to support Igor Birman’s Congressional bid in California’s 7th District.

Normally I don’t go out of my way to support every Republican candidate because many fail to uphold conservative principles. However, Igor Birman is not your usual candidate. He escaped the Soviet Union at age 12 alongside his family and came here in 1994. He’s both fiscally and socially conservative. He’s anti-establishment.

Igor is a candidate who can help pivot California in the right direction.

As a child of Soviet immigrants myself, I can greatly relate to Igor. He understands the problems inset in big government policies. He gets the importance of never taking our freedoms for granted. He holds no punches and is a fighter. And of course I would be partial to a fellow California conservative. Who wouldn’t be?

If you need any more reason to vote for or support Igor, check out his campaign video:

Like what you see? Donate to his campaign: http://www.igorbirman.com. He faces two Republicans and incumbent Democrat Ami Berra in the jungle primary on June 3rd, 2014.

I’ve donated to his campaign, and I hope you join me in doing so. Ultimately all members of Congress represent ALL of us, not solely their constituents. There’s no better person to represent us in Congress than a man who saw firsthand how destructive big government policies were in the former Soviet Union.

Follow Igor on Twitter, LIKE his Facebook page, and check out his campaign website.

 

 

Media Alert: Hoffman Sisters to Appear on The Dana Show April 4th at 5pm ET

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Catch my sister Anna Maria and I in our first-ever TV appearance this Friday, April 4th, at 5pm ET. We’ll be appearing on The Dana Show on behalf of Counter Cultured alongside several other fearless young conservative chicks. Topics to be discussed are women’s rights, abortion, Obamacare, gun rights, and feminism, among many things.

Tune to the the Blaze.com/TV and DirectTV Channel 212 on Friday at 5pm ET!

 

Proud to Be An American and Conservative of Lithuanian Descent

Why am I conservative? I credit it to my Lithuanian heritage. Check out my first piece in LTUWorld below:

In the realm of politics, people are drawn to a cause by something greater than themselves. Some people are driven by issues, hardships, egos, or self-discoveries. In my case, I grew interested in politics – particularly American conservatism – because of my heritage and family history.

I belong to the group of nearly one million Americans claiming partial Lithuanian descent. As a first-generation American, I honor my Lithuanian roots in all that I do – particularly politics.

My family left Lithuania when it was occupied by the former Soviet Union. After spending two months in Italy, they came to America in January 1986. Both of my parents have roots in Lithuania. My father’s side is comprised of Litvaks (Lithuanian Jews), while my mother’s side is comprised of Lithuanian Catholics.

Both sides of my family were negatively affected by Soviet policies. On my mother’s side, her father -my grandfather Juozas Keblys – was imprisoned in one of Josef Stalin’s gulags at the Belomor Canal for 18 months for owning property and being Catholic. On my dad’s side, he and his family were castigated and discriminated against for being Jewish. My family hated seeing Lithuania suffer under socialism. As a result, they came to America to escape the nightmare plaguing their homeland.

My parents are ardent anti-communists who despise collectivism, so naturally they identified with American conservatism once they got here. They liked the notion of private property, free enterprise, constitutional rights, and religious liberty – concepts forbidden and discouraged in then-Soviet occupied Lithuania. As a result, their conservative views were passed down to me and my sister.

As a child, I was exposed to Lithuanian culture and customs. Whether it was yearly trips to the Lithuanian Fair in Los Angeles every October or mushroom hunting in the woods during summers, I learned to appreciate my Baltic roots. There was no escaping amber jewelry, cepelinai, or stories from the Old Country. In fact, I was able to experience Lithuania firsthand for three weeks when I was eight. I visited Vilnius, Klaipeda, Neringa, and Palanga; I also met relatives and explored old historical sites. (I hope to visit Lietuva again soon!)

As a young activist working in conservative politics, I’ve successfully made a name for myself by sharing my family’s story. Sadly, many Americans underestimate the rights and opportunities afforded to them here. As a result, I use the platform I have to encourage others to preserve America’s timeless values and heritage.
George Santayana famously opined, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” I speak out against socialism in America because it inflicted harm onto my family and millions of others. I tell my family’s story to demonstrate why conservative values – not socialist ones – best ensure freedom and happiness.

Some “Lithuanians” were not happy that one can be conservative and of Lithuanian descent.
ltu scumYou can read more on this guy’s craziness here on Storify.

The Left is extraordinarily vicious when it comes to those boasting dissenting viewpoints.

I will continue to speak out and tell my family’s story.