Resurgent Article: Animal-Style Politics Has No Place in Conservatism

Below is an excerpt:

Animal-style french fries have a rightful place in the United States. Animal-style politics courtesy of Donald Trump do not.

As a native Californian taking refuge in Virginia, I always encourage others to sample and try In-N-Out’s animal-style french fries. (For those unfamiliar with animal-style fries, they are french fries topped with a Thousand Island-style dressing made from ketchup, mayonnaise, and sweet pickle relish.) These fries truly live up to their name: they are messy, but oh so delicious. Although animal-style fries are enjoyed by countless Americans, it’s a shame many are endorsing animal-style politics.

Trump’s “strength” is seen in his relentless pursuit to prey on those who pose a threat him or his empire. He had the audacity to mock a disabled man. He had the gall to criticize a woman’s face. He compared one of his recent endorsers to a “child molester” with pathological tendencies. He trashed a respectable female reporter who dared to ask him a tough question. He threatened a prominent family in Chicago for not appeasing him.  (Need I go on?) Despite unleashing these attacks, he proceeds to bark and howl.

A few days ago, Trump tweeted that rival Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) used a suggestive yet publicly available photo of his wife, Melania, in a SuperPAC ad. He proceeded to say he’ll “spill the beans” on Heidi Cruz

Continue reading at The Resurgent. 

Counter Cultured Article: Stop Cheapening Conservatism

My sister and I have authored a piece up at Counter Cultured about several problems plaguing the conservative movement while offering solutions to these problems. Check it out! Below is an excerpt:

Edmund Burke, the intellectual godfather of conservatism, once opined, “It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.”

The conservative movement is a wonderful thing to be part of. We have had the honor of being involved since 2009/2010 doing our part to advance conservatism to our generation on campus and online. We aim to be ourselves and inspire other young conservatives to speak out by giving them a platform to speak.

Lately, the conservative movement has been devolved into a horse and pony show. Teenagers are being elevated as pundit superstars though they have no real life experience or expert opinion, people are becoming pseudo-celebrities for a tweet or meme, and conservative websites are turning to click bait to make money. Meanwhile, genuine conservative people across America who are making a difference in their communities using their talents and gifts are being ignored.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Update: our article was linked to Newbusters.

New Townhall Column: Make Moral Case for Conservatism

I’ve penned a new article up at Townhall.com today. Below is an excerpt:

The quest to identify and unite behind a conservative leader for president has officially begun.

With 15 months ahead of the most consequential election in our lifetimes, 17 candidates are vying for our support. It is undeniable there are several candidates who stand out and truly represent consistent, principled conservatism. And no—blowhard billionaire Donald Trump isn’t one of them.

The candidate who has a proven record of standing up to the Washington machine, a firm understanding of our values, and proven leadership will and should become our nominee.

American Enterprise Institute (AEI) president Arthur Brooks has authored a new book that beautifully lays out how conservatives – especially the eventual Republican nominee—can make a moral case for conservatism in the public square.

Apparently, it’s been linked to Reddit? That’s pretty nifty.

Continue reading up at Townhall.com.

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Happy 5th Birthday to My Blog!

Hello readers!

On December 24, 2009, I decided to launch a personal blog where I could share my political musings with friends and fellow activists. Little did I know that it would help launch me as a conservative activist and blogger. Thank you to everyone who has read or shared my blog pieces over the last five years. I look forward to writing more about politics, guns, fishing, and other interesting topics! Here’s to many more years of blogging.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Gabriella
All-American Girl for the Restoration of Values

Be Cautiously Optimistic About the 114th Congress

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Last night was spectacular on the electoral front. For those of you insufferable political junkies like myself, it was a good night for freedom, individual rights, religious liberty, and limited government.

We clinched the U.S. Senate with eight new additions — Cory Gardner (CO), Tom Cotton (AR), Joni Ernst (IA), Thom Tillis (NC), Mike Rounds (SD), Shelley Capito (WV), Dan Sullivan (AK), and Steve Daines (MT). Louisiana is expected to go into a runoff where the Republican will win. (Wish Rob Maness stood a chance.) Republicans retained the House of Representatives and grew the majority in that respective chamber.

Here are some of my election tweets:

Here are some tweets about key Senate races:

And some tweets of mine about Republican seats picked up in blue states like Maryland and Illinois:

How do you win? By not feigning conservatism:

Now for my comments about the Virginia U.S. Senate race:

…and some comments about Virginia’s political future:

Townhall.com’s Katie Pavlich wrote in her Hill column yesterday that Republicans can’t be complacent:

Republicans will no longer have the excuse that their party holds only a third of the power in government. Will Republicans take action to stop Obama’s executive abuse when they have the ability, power and options to do so? Will they have the courage to rein him in? To restore balance? Or will they instead sit around for the next two years and complain about an out-of-control president, or cave in the name of “bipartisanship” to Obama’s harsh words and criticism?

A Republican takeover of the Senate would be a rejection of Obama’s abuse of power, a rejection of his agenda and a strong signal that executive overreach must be stopped.

New senators, you have a big job to do. The balance of power must be restored. Don’t let the voters down.

What’s the takeaway from last night? Be cautiously optimistic about the incoming 114th Congressional class. Just because Republicans won, don’t give them a pass and don’t let them off the hook. If they flirt with the idea of amnesty, more spending, or fail to stop Obama’s thirst for executive power, they will lose handily in 2016. (Remember what happened in 2006 when we lost the Senate? Don’t screw this up, Republicans.) Crony capitalism and big government have plagued this country for too long–and both sides have engaged in it. Democrats can pass for American Bolsheviks, while some Republicans can pass for statists. Americans have had enough of the status quo. Want to make a real impact? Clean up house and stay true to your constituents. Our country is in disarray, so don’t even think you can get away with lining your pockets anymore.

To newly elected Republicans: Welcome to the Potomac! Now do your best not to lose your soul here.

CPAC 2014: #MakeDCListen Style

Yesterday concluded the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C.

The lavish  Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor played host for a second year in a row. Unlike most D.C. area residents, I took immense joy in the 10-minute drive across the Potomac. This year marked my third CPAC conference, and the second time I attended on behalf of the company I work for.

The rush and heyday of these political conferences certainly give us seasoned political junkies a natural high. High-profile speakers, cool swag, a nice location, and plenty of events/parties leave attendees satisfied. It’s interesting how much CPAC has changed in the last few years…

Here’s a quick rundown of my thoughts on this year’s conference:

The Good

Big reunion – CPAC is a great event for reunions with activist friends. I certainly enjoyed seeing hundreds of people I know from  D.C. and outside the D.C. area. Given how busy life is, people rarely get the chance to be around so many like-minded people. CPAC is perfect for reuniting with new and old friends.

Unparalleled networking – If you come to CPAC, expect to network with big wigs and get your name out there. This is a great opportunity to land an internship or job in the D.C. area. Don’t take it for granted.

Blog Bash – Hands down, Blog Bash is the best party at CPAC every year. I’ve had the pleasure of attending it since 2012. One can’t go wrong with a piano bar! Definitely attend one if you haven’t already.

The Bad

Recycled, uninspiring speakers –  Apart from Senators Cruz, Lee, Paul, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, and a few others, I–along with countless others–found much of the speakers lineup to be  unexciting. This led many of us to jokingly (and seriously) classify the conference as “Squishfest.” Establishment Republicans aren’t going to lure in new people to the cause. Fresh conservative faces will.

Media everywhere – It’s an election year, and the general election is roughly two years away. The horse race is about to commence–brace yourselves.

Hypersexualizing CPAC – Apparently, the hook-up scene is the most newsworthy topic from CPAC to write about. Really?! Media outlets – especially one in particular – need to stop sensationalizing this. (What happened to maintaining personal responsibility?) DC is a morally bankrupt place — ask those of us who live here and abstain from such. Stop reporting on this crap and focus on important issues, like, saving the country from impending financial collapse.

What are some personal highlights from this year’s CPAC?

Hanging out with the lovely Dana Loesch:

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Meeting Senator Rand Paul (R-KY):

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And ensuring that all conservatives #MakeDCListen:

Having fun at the Jobs Growth booth. #MakeDCListen

Until next year, CPAC? We shall see.