Alison Howard

Alison Howard

Age

25

School

Liberty University

Occupation

Communications Director, Concerned Women for America

Twitter

@alisonhoward1

BIO

Alison Howard is the communications director at Concerned Women for America (CWA), where she manages internal and external communications projects relating to the sanctity of life, the defense of families, education, religious freedom, American sovereignty, fighting sexual exploitation, and supporting Israel. Howard has been featured on Fox News Channel, The Blaze, The Christian Broadcasting Network, World Magazine, NPR, and other media outlets. This year, she took on executives from Planned Parenthood in the national media and spoke in defense of traditional marriage at the National March for Marriage in Washington, D.C.

 

 

Why is it important that at this particular point in time, right-of-center youth become involved publicly, whether in politics, media, their communities, or another capacity?

It’s important that right-of-center youth get involved, because we can’t build knowledge and a movement overnight. Youth are our future, and you have to instruct them in the philosophies that make up a good governance system, explaining why we think like we do, knowing they will grow up and set the policy for future generations. Youth may not love “politics,” but they must realize that public policy affects everybody. We have a lot of successes at every level of government proving that conservative governance works, and the more quickly we highlight those things to the youth, the better chance we have of securing the future of our country. Politics is downstream of culture, and they are not mutually exclusive. He who controls the culture, controls the country.

 

What must elected officials and others in positions of leadership do to make a right-of-center message resonate with the Millennial generation?

You have to go to them on their turf. Officials and those in leadership positions need to be leaving no stone unturned in all types of communities. You’ve got to go out there — and you’ve got to listen. You’re elected to carry out the will of the people, so sit and listen on their turf and find out what their concerns are. Wait to pontificate policy until you return to Washington, where you can then work to address the concerns of those people.

I’d also encourage more legislators and leaders to tell their own stories. Storytelling is wound into our DNA, instilling values, preserving cultures, and building legacies. Growing up joining my family in feeding the homeless and volunteering in the community, I got to hear stories of people’s lives, what choices they wish they had made, and what they wish they’d known. Those make more of an impact on a person’s perspective than any policy push ever will.

 

Where would you like to see the conservative movement in 10 years — and how can it get there?

I hope to see the conservative movement en vogue. I’d like to see it popular with different people, different backgrounds, different religions, and different races moving toward a movement of smaller government, lower taxes, and all principles for which we advocate.

Too often we allow the media to dictate the terms. They focus on how we are different; the leaders of our movement need to focus on how we are the same. There’s always going to be differences. But in order to build a movement you have to have leadership that focuses on similarities and how we agree. I would hope in 10 years, our movement will be full of people whose first or second time voting in a presidential election revealed to them the significance of governance, as this administration has left young people feeling deceived and exploited.

The saying holds true: if you don’t have a seat at the table, then you may be on the menu. I think there is a growing wave of tension that will drive today’s youth to assess the disparity between what they were promised and the current reality. The gap between the “haves” and the “have nots” has grown under this president’s watch; we’re making less money with fewer opportunities, and I do believe that in 10 years you will have plenty willing to say they lived through these failed policies and will work hard to not repeat them again.

Thirty Under Thirty – 2014

Polititainment

Colbert mocks Kasich til the bitter end
John Kasich will suspend his campaign, but is doing so after weeks of losing. He not only trailed behind Trump in the delegate count, but also Marco Rubio, who dropped out five weeks ago. “It’s like the old saying, quitters never win, but they still beat John Kasich,” Stephen Colbert said during Tuesday’s The Late Show.  Kasich’s Super PAC […]
Heidi addresses Zodiac Killer theory
The crazy conspiracy theory that Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer has gained attention from Cruz’s wife. “Well, I’ve been married to him for 15 years, and I know pretty well who he is, so it doesn’t bother me at all. There’s a lot of garbage out there,” she told Yahoo! Heidi also believes such material is […]
Presidential Trump is drowsy
Donald Trump has given America a glimpse of how he’ll lead as president: in a drowsy state of mine. In the latest installment of “On the Road to the White House,” Stephen Colbert discussed Super Tuesday 4 on Wednesday’s The Late Show. Tuesday will eventually be known as “Day 1 Year Zero of Before Trump Time,” Colbert claimed. In […]
Minaj dedicates song to Trump, Biden
During her Tuesday night TIME 100 Gala Performance, Nicki Minaj gave a shout-out to Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Washington Examiner reports that Trump, unfortunately, was no longer there at the time of the performance: “I’m very political, and I would like to dedicate a song, just in the spirit of unity, to Joe Biden and Donald […]
Hillary panders to every demographic
Thanks to Hillary Clinton, Stephen Colbert learned that African-Americans commonly carry around hot sauce, he admitted on Monday’s The Late Show. Hillary recently appeared The Breakfast Club radio show, where she answered she always carries hot sauce with her. When an interviewer said people would say she was pandering to black people, she asked “okay, is it working?” “I […]

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2016

Ron Paul is voting Libertarian or independent
Supporting Donald Trump or Ted Cruz would be unthinkable to Ron Paul, who rejected the candidate roll of the Republican Party on Tuesday. Paul will vote in the election, he told CNN, but it will not be for Trump. “I see him as a very, very strong authoritarian,” Paul said. “I think he’s misdirecting the […]
Could Indiana be a preview for November?
Tuesday’s primary provided Trump not only with a win, but the nomination, as Ted Cruz dropped out Tuesday night and John Kasich announced he would do so on Wednesday. Trump won nearly all demographics and exceeded predictions by winning with 17 points, at 53.3 percent of the vote. Hillary Clinton was leading early in the evening and had a […]
Can a third party still draft Ron/Rand Paul?
After Ted Cruz’s precipitous campaign collapse and sudden drop out last night, many depressed Republicans — especially young Republicans — are trying to figure out who to vote for in November. Despite the RNC’s efforts, #NeverTrump still has a following; they just don’t have a candidate. Many of their activists have been strategizing how to draft […]
What Trump must do to win millennials
Many Republicans are celebrating that they have a nominee, but Donald Trump has about as much chance of winning the presidency as Gov. Jim Gilmore did of winning the GOP nomination — unless Trump fixes his (extremely) high negative ratings with millennials. His latest national poll numbers put his disapproval ratings in this groups higher than […]
Indiana proved the #NeverTrump movement is dead
It’s over, it’s done, leave the gun, take the cannoli, put Chris Christie in a dress, and make him sing. Indiana finished off the #NeverTrump movement. CNN exit polls showed Trump won big. He won with men by 23 percent, women and millennials by 4 percent, Gen-Xers and boomers by 6 and 18 points respectively, college […]

Policy

Georgia governor vetoes campus carry bill
Georgians will have to hope for better luck next year if they wish to carry guns on campus. Republican Governor Nathan Deal vetoed House Bill 859 on Tuesday, which would have allowed permit holders 21 years old and over to carry guns on campus. The bill contained exceptions for residence halls, Greek houses, and sporting events. In […]
The minimum wage unites Americans, but for a price
When confronted with minimum wage increases, small business owners avoid laying off workers, but they pass off higher prices to consumers. As one ice cream shop owner told Here & Now on WBUR, the minimum wage has unintended effects. “I probably have to raise prices, and if I increase prices, my concern is that it […]
Campus gun bill passes in Tennessee
A campus gun bill passed in Tennessee, but it neither applies to students nor pleases opponents. Senate Bill 2376 was returned on Monday without Governor Bill Haslam’s signature, who would have liked campuses to have more control, The Tennesseean reported. “I have long stated a preference for systems and institutions to be able to make their own decisions regarding security issues […]
Govt. to spend $1.3 billion on Gen-Y illegals
There’s finally a portion of Generation Y receiving more financial aid than the more entitled baby boomer generation. Unfortunately, all of these millennials are unauthorized immigrants. The Washington Examiner reported that the Obama Administration has budgeted $17,613 for each of the 75,000 Central American teens expected to cross the border illegally this year. Thats $2,841 more […]
NYC offers millennials jobs, low wages
Defying the persistently weak job creation facing young Americans, New York City has emerged as the top place in the country for millennials to find full-time employment. According to two independent studies, one conducted by New York-based consumer finances service company Bankrate, and one released by the New York City comptroller’s office, the Big Apple offers the best circumstances […]