Year 2 in DC: Making DC Listen

Two years ago today, I boarded a DC-bound plane from Orange County, CA to begin my post-graduate life on the East Coast. Following my arrival, I began an internship at a reputed media organization and was then hired by LI a few weeks later. (I was very lucky to get a job straight out of college.)

You might be asking me, “Why would you leave sunny California for DC/NoVA?” Moving from the West Coast to the East Coast was certainly a big change in my life. I left family, friends, and all things familiar behind in California to advance my career in conservative politics. The DC-area gets a bad rap for being an incestuous, corrupt cesspool (which it is), but thankfully there are many good elements here.

Funny thing is, ever since I moved the to Washington, D.C. area, my disdain for politics as usual and the status quo has exponentially grown. Here in Virginia, I now pay fewer taxes and am working towards becoming a gun owner–which are foreign concepts to most Californians. Additionally, I’ve had more opportunities to enjoy the finer things in life like fishing, shooting guns, traveling, and relishing a quasi-Southern lifestyle. I’ve made some life-long friends, met some interesting people, and have done my part to #MakeDCListen in the process. I have no regrets moving here.

Thank you to my family, friends, coworkers, and everyone else who helped and welcomed this wide-eyed Southern California girl to the East Coast!

New Counter Cultured Column: UCSB Killer Elliot Rodger is to Blame for Massacre

I’ve penned a new column at Counter Cultured. Below is an excerpt:

I want to start this article by first extending my thoughts and prayers to the victims of the Isla Vista massacre. I spent summer 2010 in downtown Santa Barbara and will always cherish the time I spent living there. No town should be subjected to this kind of horror. Please join me in offering your condolences to those in the UC-Santa Barbara area.

Following the massacre, unsurprisingly, many leftists have made calls to ban guns and to dismantle gun groups. Additionally, radical feminists gave birth to the viral yet misleading #YesAllWomen hashtag to blame the massacre on men.

22-year-old Elliot Rodger, a Santa Barbara City College student and son of Hollywood director Peter Rodger, went on a killing spree May 23 with knives and guns that left six coeds dead and countless others injured. He ultimately died following a confrontation with Santa Barbara police.

Elliot Rodger was a deeply disturbed guy. From his bizarre YouTube videos to his 140-page manifesto, Rodger appeared to be self-absorbed, antagonistic towards others, and troubled from early on.

I’ll be appearing on NRANews’ Cam and Company Show today at 2:40pm ET to discuss the article!

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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.

 

 

Stop Using Immigrants As Pawns to Advance Big Government Policies

“Just looking at faces, I could tell there were some folks who are here not because they were born here.” – President Obama in California pushing amnesty

So, Democrats are racially profiling immigrants now? What happened to judging people on the basis of character and not skin color? America is historically known as a melting pot — a country that embraced people from all walks of life with open arms. For instance, my parents are immigrants. How can one tell? They have accents, unique worldviews, and powerful stories from behind the Iron Curtain. (My sister and I are extremely blessed to call them our parents.) Do these qualities make my parents any less American? No! Are they supposed to look a certain way? No! My parents assimilated into this country and embrace the American way of life.

Immigrants have greatly contributed to this country. Whether they hail from Europe, Asia, South America, or Africa, immigrants come to the United States to escape tyranny, enjoy freedom, pursue opportunities, and fulfill their dreams. Instead of using immigrants as pawns to advance big government policies, cherish them and see them for their individual worth.

It’s November in Virginia: Vote Ken Cuccinelli and the Rest of the Ticket

Can’t believe it’s already November…Within a few days, those of us here in Virginia will be voting for our next governor. This race not only matters to our state; it matters to this country. There is one candidate who is a Washington outsider, constitutional conservative, and defender of freedom. That man is Ken Cuccinelli. (I will have two more posts here before Election Day explaining my support for Cuccinelli.)

What about McAuliffe and Sarvis?

Terry McAuliffe is a big government, cronyist stooge eager to turn Virginia into California or New York. He models his policies after the Clintons and President Obama. He’s currently under several federal investigations too. He’s pro-woman? Quite the contrary. He left his wife and newborn kids in the car to go raise millions of dollars for the DNC; and he recently declared getting an abortion after 20 weeks is a constitutional right. The guy is as corrupt as they come.

Robert Sarvis is a moderate progressive masquerading as a libertarian. This guy ran for office in 2011 as a Republican, lost, and is bitter. Heck, he even campaigned saying he’d model himself after Cuccinelli. In several recent interviews, Sarvis revealed that he likes higher taxes (i.e., gas mileage tax), Medicaid expansion, no regulations on abortion clinics, and is in favor of mainstream economics (not much of a free marketeer). A vote for Sarvis is a vote for McAuliffe.

This is not a repeat of 2012. Cuccinelli has never flip-flopped on issues, and he was the first Attorney General to file an injunction against ObamaCare. He has stood up to the federal government on numerous occasions.

Fellow Virginia voters: Please vote smart. Vote for limited government – vote for Cuccinelli and the rest of the ticket.

#StandWithKen

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.
amy.jpgAmy Lutz:

(@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
gabby.jpgGabriella Hoffman:

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.

The Day Rush Limbaugh Said My Name On His Show

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Rush Limbaugh (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Today I went to work expecting to have a normal day at the office. You could say I lead  an ordinary life. I’m a recent college graduate and nonprofit employee. I’m young, curious about the world, and am a tireless champion of American exceptionalism.  I’m a recent refugee from California taking up residency in the Commonwealth of Virginia. And more importantly, I’m the proud daughter of Lithuanian immigrants who’s grateful to have been born in the greatest country in the world.

How do I stand out from my Generation Y peers?  I just happen to be politically active and aware of national/international issues. I also enjoy hunting and fishing. Moreover, I have great disdain for collectivism, tyranny, anti-Semitism, and communism. I reject big government, moral relativism, and appeasenik foreign policy. My activism consists of blogging, working with students, tweeting, and plotting with friends to reclaim this country. It pains me to see this country embrace elements of socialism…

Around 1pm ET today, I started receiving tweets and Facebook posts reading “You’ve been mentioned by Rush Limbaugh on his radio show!” Rush Limbaugh mentioning ME on HIS radio show? I was in disbelief. I’m not famous at all, nor do I aspire to be famous. Yes, I’m well-known in many conservative circles but I tout myself as a humble person. I’m honored by all the media attention I’ve received these past 72 hours on this interview I did for Fox News. Your kind messages, tweets, and words are greatly appreciated. Most of all, I made both of my parents very proud today – that’s what counts the most!

Admittedly, I became giddy after hearing Rush mention my name on his program today. My sister and I grew  up with Rush Limbaugh,  and yes – we’re “Rush-babies.” My dad started listening to Limbaugh when his show first aired in the late ’80s right after he and my mom came to this country in January 1986. Without a doubt, being mentioned by one of my political heroes is truly an honor. I’m blessed and thankful for it.

Here’s the transcript from The Rush Limbaugh Show today:

RUSH: Gabriella Hoffman. “Gabriella Hoffman, a 21-year-old Virginian who works at a nonprofit, her paycheck is a little lighter today thanks to a payroll tax increase that is forcing millions of Americans to make the kind of tough budget cuts their representatives in Washington lawmakers seem unwilling to tackle.” Well, see, Obama explained in his press conference the debt limit isn’t about new spending. Raising the debt limit isn’t about spending at all. It’s just about paying bills.

He’s gonna raise the debt limit to pay for what we’ve already spent, but there’s no new spending in the debt limit. (Well, it’s what he said.) Gabriella Hoffman is 21 years old. As I say, she works at a nonprofit. She “estimates her paycheck will be roughly $30 less this biweekly pay period, or about $780 annually, thanks to the end of a two-year cut on payroll taxes, which fund Social Security. The tax has risen back up to 6.2% from 4.2%, costing someone making $50,000 annually about $1,000 per year and a household with two high-paid workers up to $4,500.”

The Right Scoop generously provided a clip from today’s show.

I will do my best to multiply the fruits of my labor and inspire other young conservatives to speak boldly. Hope you continue to follow my musings!