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April 18, 2013 3 Comments
Tomorrow I embark on a nine-day journey to the Northeast. I will traverse the region and visit students in Boston, New Haven, NYC, and Newark. Sadly, this territory isn’t kind to travelers of the conservative persuasion. But in the name of freedom and liberty, we must do our best to reclaim it – especially universities there.
To quote Lord of the Rings: “…there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”
Not all young people are goose-stepping Obamanites. The countless students I meet and work with are frustrated by this administration. Nevertheless their enthusiasm, their energy, and their indomitable spirit to advance conservative principles on campus will propel our movement in the right direction.
I couldn’t ask for a better or more rewarding job than this. My students in the Northeast give me hope. I empathize with them because I too was a conservative student in a heavily blue state. I know how difficult it is to advance a conservative message on campus.
That being said, we can and we must take back our campuses. Conservatism is still worth fighting for there. Don’t give up!
If I come across anything interesting or newsworthy, I’ll be sure to blog about it here. Be sure to follow my musings on Facebook or on Twitter at @Gabby_Hoffman!
April 15, 2013 3 Comments
Like millions of Americans, I recently completed my tax returns. It’s not a fun process but I’m relieved it’s over. If more young people understood the problem inset in high taxes, they wouldn’t continue to flock to the political left.
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama recently released their 2012 tax returns. Unsurprisingly, the Obama’s didn’t pay their “fair share” of taxes — only a mere 18.4 percent of their adjusted gross income ($608,611). The question beckons: what happened to paying your “fair share” in taxes, Mr. President?
President Obama’s burdensome tax policies and its effects on business owners must be taken into account. Nevertheless, we must go beyond the president’s class warfare rhetoric and take a page from history about taxes to explain why exorbitant taxation is a detriment to a healthy, thriving society.
In his treatise The Law, renowned French philosopher Frédéric Bastiat wrote why unwarranted, high taxation of a free people qualifies as legal plunder. Legal plunder is defined as the following:
Now, legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number of ways. Thus we have an infinite number of plans for organizing it: tariffs, protection, benefits, subsidies, encouragements, progressive taxation, public schools, guaranteed jobs, guaranteed profits, minimum wages, a right to relief, a right to the tools of labor, free credit, and so on, and so on. All these plans as a whole — with their common aim of legal plunder — constitute socialism.
Unsure as to why high taxation is legal plunder? Read another excerpt from The Law:
But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.
Then abolish this law without delay, for it is not only an evil itself, but also it is a fertile source for further evils because it invites reprisals. If such a law — which may be an isolated case — is not abolished immediately, it will spread, multiply, and develop into a system.
The person who profits from this law will complain bitterly, defending his acquired rights. He will claim that the state is obligated to protect and encourage his particular industry; that this procedure enriches the state because the protected industry is thus able to spend more and to pay higher wages to the poor workingmen.
Do not listen to this sophistry by vested interests. The acceptance of these arguments will build legal plunder into a whole system. In fact, this has already occurred. The present-day delusion is an attempt to enrich everyone at the expense of everyone else; to make plunder universal under the pretense of organizing it.
Bastiat was correct about legal plunder. This administration is set on redistributing wealth and fulfilling its goal of diminishing American free enterprise.
Americans must be cognizant of the current and equally disastrous policies in place. If this assault on free enterprise continues, the America we love and know will cease to exist.
*Excerpts taken from The Law by Frédéric Bastiat.
April 15, 2013 1 Comment
The news coming out of Boston, MA isn’t good. Several people have died, dozens are reportedly injured following several bomb explosions at the site of the Boston Marathon.
That being said, please #PrayforBoston. May the victims and their families be safe and out of harm’s way.
April 6, 2013 3 Comments
I penned an article in Townhall.com called “Marriage Still Matters to Millennials.” Too many in our generation are afraid to support marriage out of fear or pressure to belong. I say, don’t wimp out.
Winston Churchill famously said, “Never, never, never give up!” Don’t give up on marriage, fellow millennials.
Here is an excerpt from my article out today:
Supporting marriage is not a popular stance for millennials to take today.
If one is under 30 and a supporter of natural marriage, automatically they are labeled a “bigot,” “homophobe” or “fascist.”
Many in our generation–thanks to the influence of Hollywood and pop culture–support the idea of “marriage equality.” Indeed, this is touted as the hip thing to do. If millennials do not get on the bandwagon, they will be ostracized by their peers.
April 6, 2013 1 Comment
Since the school year is dying down, I have found more time to blog on a semi-regular basis. Given my usually busy travel schedule and work with college students, I cannot write a weekly column. Nevertheless, I continue to write for Counter Cultured, ViralRead.com, and Townhall.com.
This week, I added two blogs to the roster: Times of Israel and PolicyMic. The former is an Israeli blog that caters to American readers and focuses on issues related to Israel, politics, and Judaism. I’ll write about Israel-U.S. relations, anti-Semitism at American universities, and conservatism and Jews there. The later is a website that caters to millennials. I’ll focus on politics with respect to youth issues, feminism, and conservatism.
March 30, 2013 4 Comments
I don’t normally sponsor Indie GoGo campaigns, but this is one I can get behind.
The “Help Bring Justen Back” campaign started last night to help conservative activist Justen Charters, 26, seek treatment for an illness he’s had for nearly 3 years. Although he saw an improvement upon his health in recent months, Justen has fallen ill once again.
His mom launched this Indie GoGo campaign to help Justen out with his medical expenses. The goal is to raise $5,000 before April 27, 2013. So far, $2,108 has been raised for the “Help Bring Justen Back” campaign.
Justen is a good friend of mine. We’ve collaborated on several projects together, namely Restoring Courage U.S., Resistance 44, and Rebooting America. He is a great inspiring young man who’s brought together many young people in conservative youth politics. We need him in this fight.
Please donate here and tweet #HelpBringJustenBack to bring awareness to the campaign.