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 my interview with conservative activist, Gabriella Hoffman!
Why did you get involved in politics?
I got involved in conservative politics because of my parents. My mother and my father are Lithuanian immigrants who escaped from Soviet communism 27 years ago. The Left’s policies remind them too much of the Old Country, so conservatism came naturally to them. Their stories and perspective on life really brought me to conservatism. Both sides of my family suffered immensely in the former Soviet Union. I’m in this fight to honor their memories and remind people that freedom must be safeguarded for future generations to come.
How did you get involved?
In 2006 when I was 15, I started writing a column in a local Orange County, CA community paper, The Coto Voice, called “Teen Beat.” I maintained this column for three years. I primarily focused on topics ranging from volunteering in high school to upholding traditional values. After I graduated from high school and moved onto college, I began to write about politics for The California Review, the conservative paper at UC-San Diego. From there, I went onto running a YAF chapter and hosting David Horowitz on campus- an event which landed on national news. After the event garnered a lot of attention, I started working for The Rick Amato Show as an Executive Assistant and landed a coveted role at Eagle Forum of San Diego as the Director of Youth Outreach. I also started blogging for various websites and publications.
What issues have you been focused on since you became active?
I’m a firm believer in sound conservatism (social and fiscal conservatism), and I also believe in strong national defense. During my time at UC-San Diego, I heavily focused on support for Israel (I have family there and support a healthy U.S.-Israel relationship) and exposing militant leftists on campus. I also exposed radical feminism and openly condemned the Vagina Monologues. Now, I concentrate on a plethora of issues ranging from traditional values to Israel advocacy to media/leftist/campus bias to free enterprise.
Do we need a culture shock in the U.S.? If so, why and how do we achieve it?
Indeed this country needs a culture shock. Thanks to Cultural Marxism, moral relativism is now widely accepted. The hypersexualization of culture in today’s society greatly affects dating, marriage, friendships, behavior, and conduct in society. This trend is taking over this country, and its casualties are both young men and women. In order to counter this, parents must invest time in their kids’ lives and not allow them to be influenced by government bureaucrats. Young people must also stand up to political correctness and challenge it. Getting involved with groups like Rebooting America or blogs like Acculturated and Counter Cultured will provide this much-needed culture shock. Our side must tap into pop culture, produce quality work, and beat the Left at its own game.
How do you feel the culture/society around you affects your political life, and vice versa?
Due to the Sandra Flukes of the world and lack of self-respect out there, I cannot help but advocate for more personal responsibility and conservatism. Our society has gone downhill, and I feel compelled to bring light to the cultural decay taking place before our eyes. We cannot tolerate casual hook-ups, rampant abortions, and welfare policies, especially when they incur damage and come at the expense of our tax dime. As a conservative, I feel compelled to do my part to remedy society and encourage people to be personally responsible, accountable for their actions, and cognizant of history. Additionally, we cannot allow society to become largely dependent on government for basic sustenance…Talk about demoralizing. As a result, my worldview and political beliefs go hand-in-hand. Conservatism is a lifestyle. As conservatives, we must practice what we preach and encourage long-standing traditions and freedoms.
What issue poses the most danger to today's young people, and why should teenagers care about it?
Revisionist history is arguably the greatest threat to young people today. Our generation is taught to reject free enterprise, embrace moral relativism, and accept government handouts thanks to sub-par education. Most young people today are also taught to admire Stalin and immortalize brutal dictators like Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, and Mao Zedong. That being said, young people aren’t taught real history anymore. Diversity courses, gender studies, and other useless majors dominate university programs. Revisionist history purposely castigates conservatism while favoring Marxist-Leninism and socialism. Our generation should reject this and question their professors’ motives.
What issue is most incorrectly portrayed to young people?
The Left holds social issues hostage and often paints conservatives as “Nazis” for their support of traditional marriage, the right to life, and most conservative issues. Nazi is short for National Socialist. Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism beautifully debunks this claim and exposes leftists for disseminating this lie time and time again. Hitler and other National Socialists weren’t conservatives. They were socialists. As someone who had family members killed by Nazis, I find the comparison disingenuous. Many others would agree. Again, revisionist history comes into play here.
Why is it important for young people to do their own research and form their own opinions rather than listen to the media?
Intellectual curiosity greatly defined this country, and it must continue to thrive in our movement. Great innovators, thinkers, and scholars that were born here or flocked here were driven by individual pursuits to start businesses, inspire this nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage, and launch great movements. Young people should be curious about the world around them. They cannot allow leftist professors and news commentators to shape their viewpoints. Our generation has to read more history books and classic novels while dismissing garbage TV and celebrity gossip.
Members of our generation should strive to be independent-minded. The socialist and even Marxist views professors or opinion makers who proselytize daily should be challenged. Young people should seek alternative viewpoints. They should read books by Milton Friedman, William F. Buckley, Russell Kirk, Arthur Brooks, Phyllis Schlafly, Thomas Sowell, Michelle Malkin, and other reputable conservatives. Stun leftists with facts and call them out whenever they lie or distort history.
What are some of your favorite movies?
I’m a sap for romantic comedies and dramatic films. Movies that come to mind are Meet Joe Black, The Notebook, Under the Tuscan Sun, and A Walk to Remember. I also enjoy the film adaptations of classic books like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Count of Monte Cristo. I also enjoy James Bond films and other action/adventure movies.
What types of music do you like?
I’d say that my taste in music is very eclectic. I love classical music, Latin, electronic dance, country, pop, folk music, and R&B. Since I moved to the Commonwealth of Virginia, I’ve grown especially addicted to country music.
Where do you hope to be in ten years?
Within ten years, I hope to continue working on becoming a political commentator, blogger, and grassroots organizer for conservative issues. I also hope to be married with kids in that time. (I sincerely
look forward to the day I become a wife and later a mother.) I also plan to collaborate with my sister Anna Maria Hoffman, creator of the blog Counter Cultured, to form a nonprofit geared towards educating Americans about the dangers of communism and collectivism. Oh, and I will still expose leftists and their faulty arguments one tweet, Facebook status, or blog post at the time!
What are some of your hobbies outside politics?
I enjoy fishing, shooting, shopping, traveling, baking/cooking, reading, writing, marveling art, playing tennis, and mushroom hunting.
Name three individuals that you feel should be leaders in the GOP moving forward.
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, radio talk show host Mark Levin, and syndicated columnist/activist Michelle Malkin.
If you were stranded on an island and could only bring three items, what would you bring and why?
I’d bring a fishing rod, gun, and a positive attitude. The fishing rod would allow me to catch fish for consumption. The gun would offer me protection. And finally, the positive attitude would keep me going until I’m rescued.
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?
Young people growing up in conservative households should listen to their parents and keep conservatism alive for future generations. Young people growing up in liberal households should evolve on their views and become conservative.
Connect with Gabriella at www.TheGabriellaHoffman.com or on Twitter @Gabby_Hoffman!