Conservative millennials must hold elected officials accountable.
That was the message Angela McGlowan, a political analyst for Fox News, delivered to a group of millennials attending the annual CPAC dessert party hosted by the Network of enlightened Women, also known as NeW.
“It’s up to you. I enlist you to have a contract with Congress,” McGlowan said. “Because Congress works for you. We’ve become lazy and let these people run amok.”
McGlowan noted that while many are quick to criticize former President Barack Obama’s political decisions, Republicans in Congress have not delivered their promises, such as repealing Obamacare.
Bipartisanship is possible. For example, Republicans in Congress initiated a revolution during Democratic President Bill Clinton’s presidency by balancing the budget and moving people previously dependent on welfare into the working force, McGlowan said.
In contrast, Congress has not made progress like the “Contract with America” reforms of the 1990s. As a result, millennials must remember elected officials are public servants and work for the people, McGlowan said. Instead of permitting Congress to tell Americans what to do, McGlowan said Americans must demand changes from elected public servants.
“If something is not right, it’s up to us to right the wrong,” McGlowan said.
Change is possible, but action is needed.
“I enlist you to enlist young people to vote, because you do have something to hope for,” McGlowan added. “You do have everything to gain, but also, everything to lose.”
McGlowan stated that seemingly small measures of activism, such as letter writing, can make a significant difference. She cited her experience as an undergraduate student at the University of Mississippi, where she lobbied school administrators through letter writing to help African-American students receive books for their courses.
But even in taking small stands on issues, McGlowan reminded students to remain safe, noting the increasing intolerance directed at conservative campus activists recently.
McGlowan also reminded millennials the American dream is still intact and that “you owe America more than she owes you.”
“In America, you have a fighting chance,” McGlowan said. “Once you make it, once you get there, you owe back.”
McGlowan also discussed how women in politics, such as Kellyanne Conway, Michelle Malkin and herself, paved the way for future conservative women, including NeW members. She recounted that these conservative pioneers together took the heat from critics and ultimately became friends.
“You guys decided to actually start your own organization,” she said to NeW members. “It’s great to have a sisterhood of conservative women,” she added.
McGlowan is the CEO of Political Strategies & Insights, a government and political strategy consulting firm, and was the first black female to run in Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District. She also is the author of “Bamboozled: How Americans Are Being Exploited by the Lies of the Liberal Agenda.”