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!

Pre-Order Your Paperback Copy of “Young, Conservative and Why It’s Smart to Be Like Us”!

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Friends and fellow activists: It gives me immense joy to announce that a chapter I wrote for the highly-successful e-book “Young, Conservative, and Why It’s Smart to Be Like Us” will be available in paperback on December 10th, 2013.

In this e-book, I wrote about my family history and how it inspires me to promote conservatism. I’m confident you’ll enjoy reading every story.

You can pre-order your copy on Amazon before December 10th. It’ll make the perfect gift for your children and millennials who are greatly disaffected by Obama’s policies.

Happy reading!

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!

No Regrets Campaigning for Romney-Ryan in Virginia

Note: The following post was written by me as an individual, not as an employee of Leadership Institute.

“I don’t always campaign, but when I do, I campaign for Romney-Ryan in Virginia.”

I spent the past two Saturdays campaigning in Louduon County, VA with my dad and some friends  who are also active in the conservative youth movement. I met some great patriots along the way and got to bond with my dad more. Additionally, I got to see Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli again (mark my words, he’ll be the next governor of Virginia) and finally met conservative talk show host Mark Levin.

I have no regrets.

I feel embarrassed to admit this, but I never campaigned before until last Saturday. Admittedly, I primarily focus on social media, blogging, and youth activism – which are my niche areas. I’m not really into party politics after seeing the CAGOP’s incompetence on display. I grew into a disillusioned Republican voter – not disillusioned in the sense that I’d vote Democrat (God forbid), but disillusioned in the sense that the party I registered for at 18 was not going in line with conservatism. Not everyone in the CAGOP should be blamed, but many people are at fault for letting the GOP slip in California. Step it up. Yes, I voted (R) in 2009 (referendum election), 2010 (midterms), now in 2012 – and I will continue to do so. Yet, I’m sick and tired of wishy-washy Republican candidates. And many fellow conservatives agree:  we need CONSERVATIVE Republicans in office.

Now that I live in Virginia, which is a huge improvement from my home state Commie…er, California, I was proud to campaign for Republicans here. (Mind you, VAGOP is not perfect either – but at least it’s active.)  I hope I don’t sound cliché, but it is imperative that every person vote, campaign, make calls – whatever – to make sure our side wins on Tuesday. Obama’s failed policies have wrought doom and gloom on our country. Our economy is suffering. Our liberties are under attack. Our country is weak. Can we really afford four more years of this Marxist president? NO.

I implore every young person (and American) who wants a future in this country to vote Romney-Ryan. Your future and our livelihood depend on Obama’s defeat.

CPAC is Coming to Obama Land

If you live in the Midwest and are looking for a conservative event, then attend CPAC Chicago!

This regional conference will take place on June 8, 2012.

The American Conservative Union (ACU) announced official conference details earlier today:

The American Conservative Union is taking CPAC back on the road this summer with a series of regional events designed to arm grassroots conservatives across the country with the resources and tools needed to defeat the liberal agenda in November.  CPAC Chicago will bring national and state conservative leaders and regional grassroots activists together for a day of blockbuster speeches, policy discussions, workshops and networking opportunities, all celebrating the shared principles of limited government, traditional values, and a strong national defense.  Advance registration closes on June 4th and ticket prices increase onsite.  Don’t wait– register today!

Register for the event here.

College Students Launch “TheCollegeConservative” to Combat Political Correctness, Liberal Bias in Media

Cross-posted from TruthAboutBills:

Contrary to popular belief, not all young people are “skulls full of mush.” Although many of our Generation Y peers bow to Obama and have been coerced by the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, there is a silent majority of young conservatives ready to take back this country through media and journalism.

Conservative college students from all across the nation have come together to write for TheCollegeConservative (TCC)–an online journal for conservative college students, by conservative college students. The website states, “TheCollegeConservative was launched in November 2011 with one mission: to give young conservative activists a platform to be heard across the nation.  Our organization is comprised of conservative college writers from across the United States who are tired of being pushed around by “the ninety-nine percent” and the world of academia.””

Founder and Editor-in-Chief Zachary Freeman writes more about the publication’s mission statement:

On this basis, TheCollegeConservative was created:

a.) we believe that young conservatives across the United States have something to say,

b.) young conservatives need a platform to be able to get their message out, and

c.) the faithful conservatives in America need to see that there is a generation of conservative leaders that is preparing to lead our great nation back to prosperity.

Zach (freeman_zachary) is also joined by three assistant editors: Sydney Phillips (@sydphillips), yours truly (@Gabby_Hoffman), and Kevin Reagan (@O_JoseCanYouSee). Nearly 20 student writers have signed on, and that number is expected to grow.

Be sure to like TheCollegeConservative Facebook page and follow it on Twitter @Blog_TCC.

If interested in applying to write for us, inquire here.