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We are group of young millennials who have positions within prominent political outlets. Our time with these organizations has given us confidence in the desire of many Americans for something new.  Join us today, and together we’ll make this new century one we can all be proud of.

For Baby, #AnotherBoy, and Millions More: Why I’m Speaking Out about Miscarriage and Abortion

Little fingers, on a little hand, on a little arm … A leg in the bottom corner, the heart amidst the remains, but no brain—it was “blasted out with the water.” “Was that crack the little bits of the skull?” “Mmhmm … I just want to see one leg. Here’s a foot …” “It’s a baby.” And then, the now infamous declaration: “Another boy!” These are not scenes from the latest slasher film, though graphic content warnings did precede the fourth undercovervideo released by the Center for Medical Progress. This is the footage of a Planned Parenthood team picking through the remains of an aborted baby to show the alleged buyer harvested body parts. This is the video that must shift the Planned Parenthood controversy away from legality to morality. The body parts of a first-trimester baby are sifted through with as much respect for life as an eighth-grader has for the frog he dissects in biology lab. Good people know that killing and dismembering an innocent human is evil. Yet many continue to defend the funding of Planned Parenthood because they believe and perpetuate the lie that abortion is not the killing of a human. When faced with the injustice of killing an innocent life, they look away, hiding from the truth and calling death by another name. Having carried life in my womb, I cannot look away. I cannot cloak reality in another name: Early pregnancy loss is death, and willful termination is killing. The “Products of Conception” and our Culture of Silence Judging by her article in The New Republic, Dr. Jen Gunter would argue that I simply... read more

How to Maintain Independence

“Revolution,” much less the American Revolution, should not be thought of as a one-off. There is a reason the root word is “revolve.” Like a rotating wheel, America is in constant, cyclical flux. Every generation experiences the friction, as we can see even by trolling social media this week. As one meme going around quips, “my feed looks like the Confederates blew up a Skittles factory.” There always has been and always will be vacillating polarization. In fact, it will sound something like the beginning of a Dickinson novel. Conservatives will say something about American Exceptionalism, coupled with a note about how we need to “take America back!” Liberals, in contrast, will decry our history and sing praises to the “progress of the new order.” Both sides need to step back for a second and reflect. Eighty-nine years ago today, on the 150th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, President Calvin Coolidge celebrated America’s birthday in her birthplace, Philadelphia.  In many ways, Coolidge could be writing to us today, almost a century later. His thoughtful speech is worthy of reading in its entirety, but Coolidge’s central point is one particularly poignant today, in the aftermath of the Baltimore riots, the Supreme Court’s recent decisions, and an overall shift in understanding of American liberty. “Amid all the clash of conflicting interests, amid all the welter of partisan politics, every American can turn for solace and consolation” in our Founding documents. The celebration of the Fourth of July is fundamentally the day we set aside to reflect, “reaffirm and reestablish” the principles of “unerring logic” that we wish to conserve. We cling... read more

Being of Our Being

“We will not deny to any man either justice or right.” – Magna Carta, 1215 If you visit the National Archives in Washington, DC, you will find massive doors, impressive high ceilings, granite and marble, and (usually) a reverent ambiance. Inside the somber dark sanctuary you will find the Constitution of the United States lit in the center, with the Declaration of Independence to the left and Bill of Rights to the right. It is moving. When I lived in Washington, it was about the only tourist attraction I would visit on a semi-regular basis. A year or two ago while I was in London, I bumbled into the British Library just to see what was there and was amazed to find many fascinating artifacts from original manuscripts of the greats – from Mozart to Charles Dickens. Little did I know there was a side room with a little sign pointing to a hall with the Magna Carta. I went down the aisle and was shocked to find, with not much fanfare, multiple ancient copies of the Great Charter in this dark room. Americans – as with most any democracy – have less reverence for old things, compared to our European counterparts. We value comfort and efficiency more, as Alexis de Tocqueville points out in Democracy in America. I know the Magna Carta and our Constitution aren’t completely comparable (Magna Carta is not exactly a constitution), but I was pleased to find how reverently we Americans treat the Constitution, as I was pleased to hear of the great celebrations in Britain today on this, the 800th anniversary of the signing of... read more

Christmas is not over: the joy of giving continues

It’s December 31st. The presents are opened, the stockings are emptied, the leftovers are in the refrigerator, and the family gatherings have ceased. We’re all gearing up for New Year’s celebrations – has it really been almost a week since Christmas? Some of us are even glad that Christmas this year has finally passed. The stresses of the holiday season have been at their worst this year, some might say. The time has come for a long nap until the holiday circus begins anew less than a year from now. But don’t take down that lighted tree quite yet. Christmas is not over. In fact, it has hardly begun. Liturgically-speaking, Christian tradition tells us that December 25th is only the first day of a season that runs until the Baptism of the Lord, a few weeks more. Christmas is not merely a one-day celebration of a birthday of a 2,000-year-old baby: it is a season in which Christians renew their faith through remembrance of the greatest gift to mankind from its Creator. What, though, can we learn from this celebration and remembrance that might fuel our lives for the coming year? Many things, surely. Consider one of my favorite lessons. A popular holiday tradition for many families during the last decade has been seeing the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) live in concert. With their 2014 debut of a new act based on their second album, The Christmas Attic, they continue to awe audiences with the brilliance of visually striking and musically impressive shows. Their method is simple: write a simple story that is relatable to a wide audience, set that story in... read more

Politics, Millennials, and the Promise of Christmas

One of Charles Dickens’ most beloved characters reforms his churlish ways only after confronting his past, present and future on the night of Christmas Eve. And though discomforting, we Americans would ourselves benefit from reflecting, like Scrooge, on our past and present this Christmas season to understand better what is yet to come. We see as through a glass darkly; only time will tell how 2014 will be remembered and mythologized by later historians. But at least one social trend will likely blacken the pages of future school textbooks: that now, midway through the second decade of this new millennium, the millennial generation has begun to disengage from society, and from political life in particular. The roots of this trend were long in the making and made news as early as January of this year. At that date, millennials confessed disillusionment with the Obama administration, which had not brought about the hope and change promised in 2008. By March, the National Journal reported that millennials were disappointed with government in general, and not just with the president. Their statements and actions suggested “a waning belief that the government can actually get things done, and a growing belief that America most draws its strength from entrepreneurship.” As the year progressed, the data kept mounting. An April poll by Harvard University “found millennials have less trust in government than ever before,” and in July the New York Times, interpreting a report from the Pew Research Center, argued that younger Americans “possess less faith than their elders in the power of government to combat injustices and pursue noble collective enterprises.” Finally, solid... read more

Detroit and the trouble of chasing revenues

In the popular mind, discussions of poverty and income inequality tend to register as “liberal” issues. It’s understandable: Conservatives, too often addressing poverty though a rising-tide-lifts-all-boats understanding of markets, have time and again missed valuable opportunities to explore root causes of poverty and offer strong solutions. Take Detroit, for example. This city has been on slow decline for decades, and, in July 2013, it became the largest city in America to declare bankruptcy. This was a predictable result. The unemployment rate hovered just below 15 percent for years before leaping up to 25 percent after the 2008 recession – more than double the national unemployment rate’s highest point. Even for those who are employed, the situation is bleak; Detroit has a median income of $26,955, less than half of the median income nationwide. It hasn’t always been this way. During the first half of the 20th century, Detroit was a rapidly expanding metropolis, home to the prospering auto industry and the fourth largest city in the country. Since then, Detroit lost half its population and racked up billions in debt. While some of the initial loss was the inevitable result of changes in automobile production, much of it could have been prevented if city leaders had acted differently. In the early years of the auto industry, production was centered in Detroit, and the growth of this industry was the principal driving force behind Detroit’s prosperity. Around the middle of the century, however, automakers began to shift production out of the city. Detroit’s auto factories, in use for decades, were becoming obsolete. Rather than upgrading their existing factories, many executives decided to build entirely new plants elsewhere. This was... read more

5 reasons why the new Congress will matter to millennials

Last week, I shared my optimism about the new Congress moving our country in the right direction. On that same day, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., published a thoughtful editorial in the Wall Street Journal, laying out a vision for Congress over the next two years and assuring readers that “our priorities” will be “your priorities.” We must remember, of course, that this is politics. U.S. politicians often say they will do much more than they can possibly deliver, and, at times, they stray far from campaign promises. This might be an issue of integrity or exaggeration; it could also be ignorance and lack of awareness. Still, their position alone merits consideration of the proposals. As many millennials begin to enter the workforce, they echo the sentiment of Boehner and McConnell who say Americans are “frustrated by an increasing lack of opportunity.” To address this, the two make a series of promises to focus the 114th Congress on addressing this opportunity crisis. Here are five reasons why these promises matter to millennials: “…renewing our commitment to repeal Obamacare” Excessive regulations accompanying the Affordable Care Act are hurting the jobs market. As regulations increase, overburdened employers are unable to create new jobs. Many need to reduce the number of people they employ simply to stay afloat. Repealing the ACA will return us to a state of less regulation, but work will still be needed to continue reforming business regulations so that small business owners and entrepreneurs have the flexibility they need to create jobs and prosper. “… authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline… the Hire More... read more

Colorado Small Businesses Need Better Health Care Solution

While politicians and pundits continue to debate the merits of the Affordable Care Act, Colorado voters have expressed concern for how the law will tangibly affect their lives and businesses. So far, the results aren’t encouraging. For instance, P.J. Rosendahl, General Manager and partner of a small manufacturing company in Denver, CO, has just received some daunting news. “We got notice that our health insurance costs were going to increase by 11 percent,” he said. Luckily in Rosendahl’s case, an 11 percent increase won’t drive him out of business, but it’s forcing him to brainstorm new ways to offer his employees the healthcare they deserve while still remaining profitable. “We provide company health insurance for our employees, but we’re looking at other avenues,” he explained. “Whether it’s a cafeteria program, whether it’s a health savings account, whether it’s individual private healthcare, we’re not sure which direction we’re going to head with Obamacare” as the new law of the land. Rosendahl admitted that the Affordable Care Act does have positive features, such as the inclusion of individuals with preexisting conditions, but other problems it creates may well outweigh these small benefits. And though he wants to give his employees the best deal possible, he’s struggled to find a ready solution. “I’m trying to look at what the best avenue is, not only from a cost savings standpoint for us, but also in terms of benefiting the employees,” he said. Rosendahl is not alone. His story is one anecdote of many, putting a human face to a growing problem. Other people across the state and nation are similarly experiencing the negative effects... read more