Celebrate An Unconventional Labor Day Today

I have a different interpretation of Labor Day, which I hope many of you share.

Instead of glorifying unions, why not honor those who truly labor for or have labored for us?

First and foremost, mothers were patient enough and brave enough to deliver us into this world and spend countless years raising us, especially with the help of fathers. (Be grateful for your mommas!)

Second, we should use this day to commemorate the lives lost to organized labor a la communism, especially those in Asia, Africa, Cuba, and former USSR. (This figure totals over 100 million.) Although my late maternal grandpa was lucky to survive 18 months in one of Stalin’s gulags, the effects of forced labor left him distraught, broken, and fearful of the world. (Equal sharing of misery shouldn’t be celebrated.)

Lastly, honor workers/laborers (small business owners, their staff,etc) who work diligently to ensure that millions don’t feel the negative effects of high regulations and those who work diligently in the name of competition–not force. (My dad has done more as a general contractor for nearly 30 years by bringing so much joy to his clients.) Whether you own or work for a business like a restaurant, start-up company, etc., don’t discount the labor of love encouraged by free enterprise, innovation, and ingenuity.

Happy Labor Day!

New Townhall Column: Privatize Abortion

I’ve penned a new column at Townhall.com called “Want to Privatize Abortion? Privatize It.”

Here’s an excerpt:

The Left’s favorite holiday has thankfully come and gone.

As Americans filed their taxes this year, many were astonished to discover certain medical expenses now qualify for tax deductions. When going through the list, one can find birth control pills and abortion listed. The IRS form reads, “You can include in medical expenses the amount you pay for a legal abortion.” Is human life so expendable it can be written off? For a movement that begrudges tax deductions, this is ironic and equally alarming.

Undoubtedly, the Obama administration is favorable to the abortion lobby and eager to fund them through our taxpayer dollars—even though most Americans oppose it. For example, new healthcare plans under Obamacare contain an “affordability tax credit” that covers elective abortions. Heritage Foundation notes:

“For the first time, the federal government will provide an ‘affordability tax credit’ to millions of low-income and middle-income individuals and families to help subsidize the purchase of health plans on the exchanges.[2] By allowing health insurers that sell plans on many state exchanges to cover abortion while remaining eligible for federal subsidies, Obamacare opens new avenues for federal funding of abortion coverage. These federal tax credits could facilitate the purchase of health plans that cover elective abortion for millions of Americans who did not have such coverage previously.”

Due to the gruesome nature of abortions and our skyrocketing national debt, our country can afford to save more lives and save more money, respectively, by privatizing Planned Parenthood and similar entities.

Continue reading at Townhall.com.

UPDATE:

Mentioned in RedState’s The Vine: “Sadly, while films in support of life are in financial need, those who have chosen death received a tax break when they filed taxes earlier this month. The news by Gabriella Hoffman at TownHall that the government offers a tax deduction for abortion explains why abortion providers don’t need to offer coupons anymore. As Hoffman explains, despite the fact that most Americans do not support government-funded abortion, the abortion industry would never survive without government handouts.”

Notable and Quotable: Clinton Baby Edition

I was quoted in Daily Caller‘s “The Mirror” about Chelsea Clinton’s baby:

“What if Chelsea Clinton’s child becomes a Tea Party conservative????? Political socialization can sometimes backfire.” — Gabriella Hoffman, northeast regional field director, Leadership Institute. (Slightly premature and over the baby’s parents’ and grandparents’ dead bodies)

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Get Ready for the March for Life

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Photo Credit: March for Life (Facebook)

Today marks two months until the 41st annual March for Life in Washington, DC. The march will be held on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014, at the National Mall.

It is the premiere pro-life event in the country. Most recently, the event attracted over 500,000 people from all 50 states.

This January, I was able to attend my first march. It was a beautiful and uplifting event. I highly recommend everybody attend it.

If you plan to come, be sure to RSVP here. Hope to see you there!

New Counter Cultured Column: Terry McAuliffe Wants Virginian Women to Submit to Big Government

I’ve penned a new column at Counter Cultured just in time for Election Day here in Virginia. My family and I will be voting for Ken Cuccinelli for Governor, E.W. Jackson for Lieutenant Governor, Mark Obenshain for Attorney General, and Brian Wolfe for Fairfax County Sheriff.

Below is an excerpt from my column criticizing Terry McAuliffe’s misogynist views and crusade for big government:

Tomorrow is Election Day here in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Many of you have seen me comment, tweet, and write about the gubernatorial race in great detail. (Disclaimer: I’m a Ken Cuccinelli supporter and have been since he launched his campaign in Summer 2012.) This race is important for our state, and its outcome will have an impact nationwide.

A win for Cuccinelli is a win for freedom; a win for McAuliffe is a win for big government.

Much to the dismay of Terry McAuliffe and his surrogates, Ken isn’t an extremist or a woman-hater. On the contrary, Ken is pro-woman–more pro-woman than McAuliffe could ever claim to be.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

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!

Run for the Unborn: Why Private Charity Best Uplifts People

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Anna Maria (L) and I (R) had a great time running/jogging in the 4th Annual “Run for the Unborn” in Leesburg, VA.

This morning, my sister Anna Maria and I participated in our very first 5K run to benefit a local pregnancy crisis center in Leesburg, VA.  This race marked the 4th Annual “Run for the Unborn.” Although it was hot and humid, we had a great time jogging to support a cause we believe in.

When individuals desire to better their communities, the best method is through private charity.  Find a cause you believe in and voluntarily give back.  Don’t rely on the government to provide for general welfare; instead, discern carefully and give people a hand up.

“…[T]he government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”
-James Madison