Happy 30th Freedomversary, Mom and Dad!

On January 9, 1986, my parents landed in the United States after a two-month stint in Italy following their escape from Soviet-occupied Lithuania in October 1985. 30 years later, they still love America more than ever before–despite malcontents in power positions trying to undermine her.

For this occasion, my sister and I wanted to surprise our parents with a gift they would cherish forever to mark this special occasion: lunch at a fancy waterfront near an airport (Reagan National) to give them a nostalgic reminder of how they arrived here–by plane. What better way to mark their arrival to the U.S. than this?

People get confused about our country of origin when we say Lithuania is our ancestral homeland. They think my sister and I were born abroad, when in fact, we were born stateside. (Fun fact:I was the first person in my immediate family to be born in the U.S.! I wear that as a tremendous badge of honor.) That makes my sister Anna Maria and I proud first-generation Americans!

I often share my family’s story to give others a sense of who I am. For without my family and my Lithuanian heritage, I wouldn’t be the young conservative activist and outdoor enthusiast I am today. My family’s struggles in the former USSR taught me many valuable lessons about appreciating faith, family, freedom, and free enterprise. They lived the socialist, Marxist nightmare many Democrats desire to implement here. They know firsthand America is the last beacon of freedom on earth.

My parents came to this country virtually penniless and with more limited English speaking capabilities. America was a strange new land for them. After picking up valuable skills, assimilating, settling in, and getting citizenship, they realized their potential and fulfilled the American dream. My dad owns a construction company, while my mom spent many years in corporate America working as a technological consultant. They are the best Americans I know. Imagine that–folks who lived behind the Iron Curtain to tell the tale AND become naturalized, red-blooded Americans? Only in America.

I’m proud of my legal immigrants parents and happily share their story. I wish more politicians would share these kinds of immigration stories instead of stories that appeal to crony capitalists and big government statists.

On this 30th Freedomversary celebration of my parents’ arrival to the United States, I want to reflect by thanking my wonderful parents–who’ve been married for nearly 34 years–for coming here and allowing us to be born here. We love you and will continue to cherish you forever!



Counter Cultured Interview with Demetrius Minor

I have my interview with young conservative author and preacher Demetrius Minor up at Counter Cultured today. Below is an excerpt:

GH: Tell our readers a little bit about yourself and why you’re a young conservative.

DM:  I’m a 30 year-old preacher, blogger and writer for IJ Review. My godfather, Bishop Samie Conyers, told me in 2000 that just because I was black didn’t mean I had to vote Democrat. After doing my own research, I came to the conclusion that I was a social and economic conservative.

At the age of 28, I found out for the very first time that I was adopted. It was revealed to me that due to some poor life choices, my birthmother didn’t have the financial nor the emotional means to raise me in a stable household. However, she didn’t allow her decisions to rob me from being adopted from a loving family who loved me enough to consider me one of their very own.

God used both my biological and adopted parents to preserve my life so that I can fulfill my God-given purpose.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Happy Constitution Day!

On this day in 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed. (Still a momentous accomplishment!)

However, it’s becoming increasingly alarming how few people truly cherish the freedoms and rights guaranteed to them by this sacred document. Too many people, especially fellow Millennials, complain about “privilege” and being “systematically disadvantaged” by scapegoating this founding document. They bemoan America for being evil, racist, and oppressive all the while ignoring countries actually mired by tyranny or countries that have recovered from tyranny. For example, what other country allows its citizens free speech or the right to keep and bear arms? The right to privacy? The former USSR didn’t. Cuba doesn’t. North Korea doesn’t. Heck, most European countries’ constitutions don’t offer rights comparable to ours. Ours is incomparable to the rest of the world. Why else have so many people come here in search of a better life?

Yes, there are people currently in government who are defiling the Constitution–and sadly, they exist in both parties. Those who seek to control us by means of governmental control are foes, not friends, of liberty. (Be weary of any candidate who fails to discuss how important this document is.)

You hear me say or write this often, but I’m truly grateful and honored to have been the first person in my immediate family born in this country. I couldn’t imagine growing up with or being subjected to the USSR Constitution. Glad my parents afforded my sister and I the opportunity to not be subjected to it, but instead, be born and raised in a country genuinely vested in freedom.

Talk is cheap; let’s hope our political leaders start to respect and/or continue to reaffirm their dedication to this sacred document.

Happy Constitution Day!

Catch Me at Jackson Hole Summit!


Back to the Wild West I go? Looks like it!

I’ve been invited to blog/write about the Jackson Hole Summit, an event hosted by American Principles Project, Heritage Foundation, Atlas Network, Young America’s Foundation, and other organizations. It’ll be held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, from August 27-29, 2015.

Event organizer Steve Lonegan, Director of Monetary Policy for the American Principles Project, says the goal of the event is to draw attention to the problem of central banking in the current day: “The policies of the Federal Reserve are undermining economic growth. Under Obama’s Fed, income inequality has increased dramatically. Our conference serves to highlight conservative, limited government solutions that will allow every American to prosper—not just the wealthy and powerful.”

Policy experts will discuss the need to reform monetary policy among many things.  I’ll blog about monetary policy and how it’ll effect Millennials for Counter Cultured and for Townhall.com.

This will be my second time in the “Equality State,” having gone with family nearly 10 years ago on vacation. Can’t wait to soak in some gorgeous views of the Grand Tetons once again!

LIKE Jackson Hole Summit on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Hope to see you in Jackson Hole, WY in a week and a half!

New Counter Cultured Article: Johns Hopkins Student Battles Campus Leftists

Yesterday we published an interview with John Hopkins student Andrew Guernsey up at Counter Cultured.

Here’s an excerpt:

The First Amendment is under siege in our country today. From articulating support for natural marriage to being politically incorrect, respectful disagreement over issues and intellectual diversity are strongly discouraged today.

One college student, Andrew Guernsey, has gone out of his way to challenge the “tolerance brigade” at Johns Hopkins University following its student government’s decision to bar Chick-fil-A from campus. As a result, this incident has garnered a lot of media attention. Andrew penned an op-ed in National Review and subsequently appeared on Fox & Friends to discuss why campus statists are wrong to suppress campus free speech. 

I recently interviewed Andrew to learn more about what happened on his campus and how he has played a role in fostering a discussion of socially conservative ideas with his peers.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Ted Cruz First Candidate to Announce Bid for the Presidency: Why It’s A Good Thing


Last night, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) formally announced he’s running for President of the United States.

He addressed Liberty University. (Watch his speech here.)

Below are some of my tweets from his TedTalk at Liberty:

Now, naysayers have suggested that his campaign will be a flop because he doesn’t own the domain TedCruz.com. (He does have ownership of TedCruz.org, however.) Though this is a bit disconcerting, it’s nothing major to worry about. Clarification on this can be found at Twitchy.

Not that my opinion counts for much, but this could be very interesting–in a good way. Without a doubt, Cruz is a viable candidate. He’s smart, he cares about this country, he understands the importance of gauging young people, and he can duke it out on the cultural battlefield. Can he win the primary? Possibly. Regardless of who you may or may not be supporting this early in the race, it’s important for serious contenders to come about and mute passé ideas belonging to those in the party who are out of touch. It’s important for a candidate to unite conservatives and libertarians while espousing our ideas in an articulate manner; they must also champion true limited government in the face of crony capitalism/big government. ‪#‎DisruptDC‬ ‪#‎MakeDCListen‬

What will the senator bring to the table? Below are some points:

1) He’s smart and doesn’t need to read from a teleprompter.

2) He’s a sound conservative and is liberty-minded. (Fiscal, social cons can gravitate to him.)

3) He excites the grassroots.

4) He gets conservative policy and is consistent in the U.S. Senate.

5) He’s not an Obama reincarnate in Republican cloth. (Solicitor General of Texas, anyone? Accomplished lawyer much?)

6) He’s against big government. (See his opinions on Export-Import Bank, subsidies, NSA spying, Common Core, high taxes, bloated government departments, etc.)

7) He can rally conservatives, libertarians, independents behind a banner of faith, freedom, and free enterprise. (Few can actually do this.)

I can list more positive qualities about a Cruz bid for the presidency at a later time. Even if he doesn’t advance too far in the primary – though it’s plausible he could – his presence in the 2016 field will make squishes like Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and others squirm. It’ll help narrow down what is expected to be a crowded field.

What do you think about Cruz’s presidential bid? Is it good or bad? Please remain civil in the comments section. Thanks!

New Counter Cultured Article: Interview With Jordan Bosstick of Miss American Made


Today I published an interview  I conducted with my friend Jordan Bosstick of San Diego, California for Counter Cultured. Jordan is a fellow young conservative from Southern California. She is also a business owner who manages two blogs – one fashion, the other political. Below is an excerpt from the article:

We are happy to resume our interview series “Counter Cultured Chats”! There are so many bright, successful counter cultured Millennials out there–why not profile them? Previously, we interviewed libertarian activist and vlogger Julie Borowski. Today, we are profiling Jordan Bosstick of Miss American Made.

Jordan is a young conservative based out of San Diego, California. She also owns Volkalize, a social networking website that fosters political debate. Her other website- Miss American Made– has garnered a lot of attention for promoting American-made products. Below is our interview with Ms. Bosstick!

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.