While Planned Parenthood and Democrat women in Congress claim to speak for all women, these young women have something to say about that. Contrary to popular belief, those groups do not speak for all young women— many young women my age have views that are quite the opposite. Below is an interview with Missouri college student Amy Lutz.
Why did you get involved in politics?
-- I got interested in world events after 9/11 when I was ten years old. It was the first time I actually felt connected to the world around me. Collective grief tends to do that. I began to watch the news constantly and my passion grew from there. In high school, I took part in public speaking competitions which gave me the debate bug and I knew that I had to talk about my interest in politics publicly. Once I got into college, I joined the College Republicans and never looked back!
How did you get involved?
-- The first group I joined in college at Saint Louis University was the College Republicans. I originally started out a simply a devoted member. I volunteered for events and religiously attended meetings. Then, after Obamacare was passed, I translated my passion into blogging and that's really where I got started. I wrote several pieces for the College Republicans website and my own personal website. Eventually, I joined the staff of The College Conservative (I'm now and Assistant Editor) and eventually started blogging for The Blaze, The Young Cons, and the HotAir Greenroom. In College Republicans, I rose to become Vice Chair, then Chair of the organization as well as Vice Chair of the Missouri Federation of College Republicans.
What issues have you been focused on since you became active?
-- I am mainly focused on the issues of illegal immigration and Constitutional debates. The Arizona immigration law was one of the first things that got me blogging, so I've been interested ever since. I'm also a history major, so any issue that has to do with interpreting the Constitution I find very interesting.
Do we need a culture shock in the U.S.? If so, why and how do we achieve it?
-- I do believe we need a culture shock. People in the US have become complacent in dealing with areas in our culture where we are lacking a moral compass. This makes people and things in pop culture which do not comply with the current culture against the grain. To achieve a culture shock we must promote artists, actors, films, etc. that have a basis in morality and avoid those that do not. In no way am I suggesting we start any sort of boycott, but we have to make freedom marketable again, and that's the way to start.
How do you feel the culture/society around you affects your political life, and vice versa?
-- Culture is the basis of all political activity. The people we elect and the laws that are passed reflect the culture we live in. It's tough to be a conservative activist when the ideology you preach isn't necessarily mainstream, but it also makes it fun. It's a challenge and I know that by changing the culture and fighting for conservative values, we can truly make a difference.
Name three individuals that you feel should be leaders in the GOP moving forward.
-- Dana Loesch, Susana Martinez, Paul Ryan
Should younger generations be taught the same values as those before them, or should they be given the opportunity to create their own "identity" in that area?
-- I think parents should instill basic moral values in the children while still giving them the freedom to experience the world on their own. I would hope that people would still maintain the strong morals the received from their parents, but it's up to each individual to develop their own character and create a worldview that is all their own.
What issue poses the most danger to today's young people, and why should teenagers care about it?
-- I think that young people should be primarily focused on our national debt. At some point, we're going to have to do more than institute band aid solutions to solve our debt problems. With this current administration, it looks like that solution is going to be higher taxes. Much higher. The burden will fall heavily on young people who are already suffering with high unemployment.
What issue is most incorrectly portrayed to young people?
-- I think all social issues are marketed very poorly to young people. In the past election, we saw the Republican party called the "party of rape," or the "anti-women party." Conservatives need to figure out better ways to market social issues if they want to affect an ever-liberal young demographic.
Why is it important for young people to do their own research and form their own opinions rather than listen to the media?
-- I think it's important for people to do their own research rather than listen to anyone, not just the media. Yes, it's important to learn values from parents and trusted advisers, but it's still important for people to understand why they believe what they believe. If young people are not able to stand up for their values in an educated way, they will be restricted to listing off bullet points and denied true understanding of current events.
What are some of your favorite movies?
-- Any of the Batman movies, Phantom of the Opera, Lord of the Rings, Inception, Gone with the Wind, Pride and Prejudice.
What types of music do you like?
-- I like all types of music, but I usually stick with soft rock or pop. I'm a 90s girl at heart.
Where do you hope to be in ten years?
-- In 10 years, I hope to be doing a lot of what I'm doing now. I love blogging and speaking about political issues. Professionally, I hope to be in political activism, journalism, or broadcasting.
What are some of your hobbies outside politics?
-- Reading, tennis, playing with my hamsters, baking.
If you were stranded on an island and could only bring three items, what would you bring and why?
-- A Bible. I'm a devout Christian so I'd hate be anywhere without the word of God
-- A lifetime supply of chocolate. Seriously, what girl can refuse that?
-- My book collection. I love to read, so I'm sure that would give me plenty to do.
Connect with Amy at www.YoungFederalist.com or on Twitter @AmyLutz4!