A couple of weeks ago, I discovered I enjoyed interviewing people and posting answers about their lives on my blog. I started with some of the primary actors/actresses from “God’s Not Dead.” Now I hope to share several entries from Conservatives who work diligently to wheel America back to the Right. Please take a moment to become more acquainted with Gabriella Hoffman
I don’t know much more about you than your Twitter Bio which reads, “Dangerously conservative. Northeast Regional Field Coordinator @LeadershipInst. Angler. Blogger. Gun girl. First-generation American. These are my spicy tweets.” Could you tell us a bit more about yourself? For starters, where are you from?
I’d be happy to! I’m originally from Orange County, CA but currently reside in Northern Virginia. I’m a young conservative blogger and grassroots activist. My parents are Lithuanian immigrants who came to this country 28 years ago and my sister is Anna Maria Hoffman, founder of the blog Counter Cultured. As you may know, I come from a very conservative family. My parents and other relatives faced a lot of hardships in Soviet-occupied Lithuania, so subscribing to leftist ideas was heavily frowned upon in our house. Some call my upbringing “indoctrination” –which is quite laughable—but I’m happy it laid the foundation for my conservative beliefs.
Where did you graduate from college?
I graduated from UC-San Diego in June 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science and Minor in History. During my time on campus, I wrote for the conservative paper and ran a conservative club. Off-campus, I worked on radio for The Rick Amato Show when it aired on KCBQ 1170 AM, was involved in local San Diego Tea Party groups and the local Eagle Forum chapter.
What are some of your interests outside of politics?
Aside from politics, I thoroughly enjoy fishing, shooting guns, traveling, mushroom hunting, reading, going to concerts, hiking, baking/cooking, and spending time with family. Politics can be draining, so it’s important to be well-rounded!
Could you explain a bit more that statement, “First generation American?”
I was the first person in my immediate family to be born in the U.S.
Your Twitter Bio shares, “Northeast Regional Field Coordinator @LeadershipInst.” Tell us more about this position.
Leadership Institute is a 501©3 nonprofit organization based out of Northern Virginia. It was started by renowned conservative activist Morton Blackwell. I’ve been working there since August 2012 as the Northeast Regional Field Coordinator.
And what is your role there?
My job entails working with students in the Northeast as a liaison, essentially. I help students start/expand campus conservative groups, expose liberal bias, and equip them with resources to help bring right-leaning views to campus. I love helping fellow young conservatives; it’s very rewarding!
Your website, thegabriellahoffman.com‘s header reads, “All-American Girl for the Restoration of Values.” What “Values” matter most to you as a Conservative woman?
I’m a firm believer in sound conservatism, allowing for free markets and values to work in concert with one another. I’m a firm believer in free enterprise, limited government, traditional values, and a strong national defense. I reject the notion of victimhood and believe in self-reliance. Big government is antithetical to faith, freedom, and free markets.
Recently you appeared on a panel on a Blaze TV program hosted by Dana Loesch. Tell us about that experience.
I met Dana Loesch in summer 2012 at FreePAC Dallas. She’s tough, honest, and principled—qualities every young woman should emulate. She’s very accomplished in many respects-proving that women can be successful conservative activists, wives, and mothers.
It was an honor to appear on her show! Several of my friends joined me on the show, which made the experience more enjoyable. There are so many smart, articulate, bright young conservative women out there—our voices need to be heard! It was a fun segment, especially when Glenn Beck made a cameo appearance. I was grateful for the opportunity to come on and share my perspective!
Do you see signs that there could be a Conservative resurgence in America, and if so, what do you consider to be some of those sign posts?
It’s a tough hill to climb, but conservatism can make a comeback. Our movement shouldn’t be discounted. Conservative women are speaking out, young people have had enough of Obama’s lies, and many others are rejecting paternalistic government. The Left fears us. That’s why they resort to childish antics whenever they challenge us. If we stand tall and arm ourselves with facts, we can outlast them and pivot this country back in the right direction.
What can Americans do that aren’t as involved in the political arena as yourself but still want to do their part to right this Country’s ship?
Americans need to stay engaged in the political process by holding their elected officials accountable. We have to stop electing candidates who betray us when they’re elected to office. Most, if not all, of the laws enacted during the Obama administration have miserably failed. Slowly but surely, people are waking up—especially with the botched Obamacare roll-out. More principled candidates are running for office. Grassroots activists are more competitive now. More people have an unfavorable view of big government. There’s a lot to celebrate, yet there’s a lot to be done. We must remain vigilant.
What drives you to work for the “Restoration of Values?”
This country affords us many opportunities and freedoms unseen throughout the world If we lose freedom here, where do we go to? America is truly the last beacon of hope. My family came to this country to pursue the American dream, and we’re doing our best to live it. It would pain me to see this country adopt the same collectivist policies that plagued my family’s homeland. History does repeat itself. I’m doing my part to stop this country’s slip into statism; I hope others do their part too!
Looking down the road, what political aspirations do you have for the next several years?
A lot of people I interact with in person or online say I should run for office. I’m flattered by the encouragement, but am not interested in doing that. I don’t have any desire to run for office. (However, I do plan to identify and cultivate constitutional conservative candidates to run for office.) My niche lies in blogging and grassroots activism. Too many people don’t know how to articulate conservative values correctly, so I hope to fill that void. I want to help people market conservatism better. My sister and I plan to start an organization together to better educate people about the ills of communism, all the while promoting conservatism. Stay tuned!
I want to offer a special thanks to Gabriella Hoffman for allowing us a closer look into her life. Obviously this Country needs more young Conservatives like her. You can follow Gabriella on Twitter @Gabby_Hoffman and be sure to check out her website thegabriellahoffman.com