Celebrating Five Years on Twitter

twitterI opened my Inbox last night to discover a notice from Twitter about my 5th “Twitterversary.” (Has it really been five years?) I got an account on January 12, 2010, with little expectation of ever using this social media platform. After attending a political conference that summer, I began to tweet more. Little did I know that within five years I’d have a decent following or that I’d be teaching fellow activists how to effectively tweet about conservatism.

Here are some of my most popular tweets:

Everyone assumes that I only tweet for a living. (Quite the contrary.) Twitter has enabled me to share my perspective on issues, promote friends/like-minded people, promote my organization’s events, and articulate conservatism in 140 characters or less. It’s a powerful platform, so never discount its value.

Because of my tweeting, I’ve been featured in Drudge Report, Twitchy, Politico, National Review, and other outlets. Use Twitter well and you shall be rewarded!

If you’re not already on Twitter, I recommend you sign up. Happy Tweeting!

I’m *Officially* Published!

Yesterday, the paperback edition of “Young, Conservative and Why It’s Smart to Be Like Us” became available on Amazon.

1505564_10152086116287668_1287118706_nI was one of 14 young conservatives to author chapters on why we identify with conservatism. Back in April, our stories were made available in e-book format. I chose to write about my family history and how it inspires me to advance conservative policies.

My thoughts on being *officially* published? It feels great to see my work and that of my friends/fellow activists published in book form. (For those of you wondering: Yes, I want to write a few books in the future that center around conservative politics and history. It’ll require vast amounts of reading and gaining more wisdom. Until then, I’ll stick with grassroots activism and blogging.)

Over these last four years, I’ve honed my conservative beliefs and grown disenchanted by both major parties. Even as a registered Republican, I’m inclined to criticize Republican politicians whenever they fall out of line with conservatism. (Criticism is healthy, and our guys should be held accountable too.) In my view, conservatism – not establishment Republican ideals – is the only way forward.

I hope my story inspires other young conservatives to speak out and encourage our peers to get involved. We can’t discount our generation, especially with countless disaffected former Obamanites looking for guidance following the disastrous Obamacare roll out. We can win over members of our generation with conservative ideas and policies.

At 22, I’m quite proud of my many accomplishments at such a young age. I hope my story and my actions motivate others to find their voice and get involved.

Looking for the perfect Christmas present? Get your family members “Young, Conservative and Why It’s Smart to Be Like Us”!

 

Happy Birthday, Counter Cultured!

Today marks a year since my sister Anna Maria launched the popular culturally conservative blog Counter Cultured. She enlisted me to help her manage the blog, and I couldn’t be more proud of what we and our contributors have accomplished this past year.

Below is our anniversary video featuring yours truly, Caleb Parke, Claire Chretien, and Anna Maria Hoffman.

From interviews with Ryan T. Anderson and former presidential candidate Rick Santorum to viral vlogs to grassroots video projects, we’ve succeeded in adding the young conservative perspective to the culture war.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed, participated in our videos, and supported our blog along the way. Here’s to many more years. Stay counter cultured!

Tired Of #BroChoice? Meet Young Men Who Are Standing For Life

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The socio-political-cultural blog Counter Cultured released a video called “Young Men Speaking Out for Life” today. The blog, which is managed by my sister Anna Maria, aims to merge culture and conservatism.

Here’s more about the video:

Often, abortion advocates silence men from speaking out against abortion, arguing that they cannot have a say in an abortion, because it’s not “their body.” Recently, we have heard much talk about the #BroChoice movement, which sadly consists of men pushing for abortion.

Countering all of that, 28 young men from across America participated in our pro-life young men’s video project, answering two questions: “Why are you pro-life?” and “Why should men be pro-life?” Clearly, these young men have an important message for America: men also matter when it comes to abortion, and that the unborn child in the womb is their child too. We hope this video inspires more young men to proudly speak out for life and tell the mainstream media and abortion advocates that they will be silenced no more.

Watch the video below:

What are your thoughts? Agree? Disagree? Comment below!

UPDATE:

The video has been featured on Townhall.com, LifeNews.com, and The American Spectator.

UPDATE II:

The video was discussed on LifeSiteNews.com.

New Townhall Column: CRNC Report Fails to Offer Conservative Alternative for Young Voters

I’ve penned a new column at Townhall today. I offer criticism of the College Republican National Committe (CRNC) report and its failure to make a convincing case for conservatism to young voters.

Below is an excerpt:

Aristotle once opined, “Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.”

Not surprisingly, millennials bought the Left’s redistributionist policies and class warfare rhetoric again in 2012.

What explains this disturbing trend? How can it be reversed? The answer: making the moral, convincing case for conservatism to our peers.

A new College Republican National Committee (CRNC) report on why Republicans lost the youth vote in 2012 was released last week. Although well-intentioned, the report — 95 pages in length — fails to offer tangible solutions to the problem.

Continue reading at Townhall.

ICYMI: FreedomWorks Youth Outreach Panel Video -02/24/2013

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Many of you have asked about video footage from the February 24th FreedomWorks Grassroots Fly-In Summit I participated in. I’m pleased to announce that it is now available.

The segment is roughly an hour long. It features Students for Liberty’s Alexander McCobin, FreedomWorks’ Jackie Bodnar and Jeff Scully, and yours truly (Leadership Institute). We extensively discussed youth activism and ways to successfully reach out to our generation.

Enjoy!