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Benji Backer

Age

16

Location

High school student

Occupation

Contributor to RedState and FreedomWorks

Twitter

@BenjiBacker

BIO

Benji Backer is a 16-year-old conservative speaker and activist from Appleton, Wis. In April of 2012, he started the Fox Valley Youth Republicans Club, which currently has over 215 members. Backer has spoken on Tea Party Express Tours through Wisconsin, AFP’s Defending the American Dream Summit, Franklin Institute’s School Choice conference, and many other fundraisers and conservative rallies. He writes for many online blogs and news sources, including FreedomWorks, and is frequently on the radio, including appearances on the Laura Ingraham Show, the Dana Loesch Show, and The Blacksphere. Backer has also been featured on CBS, USA Today, Fox News Channel, and on other local TV and radio stations.

 

 

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?

In my opinion, a politically educated and active youth means a victory for conservatives in nearly every major election. After all, it is our generation and generations to come that have the most to lose if our nation’s leaders do not step up and do what’s right for this country. Unfortunately, our nation’s leaders are not hearing the youth — especially on the conservative side — loud enough to make those changes.

Our generation has a lot more power in politics than we think we do. As a group, we need to use that clout to our advantage more frequently by educating and motivating others to become active and, as an end result, sending a strong message to Washington.

 

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

If the conservative movement’s leaders do not have a message that resonates with our generation, we will not be able to win major elections. In 2012, one of the main reasons we fell to the Democrats was because of how badly we lost the youth vote. If we hope to succeed and take our country back this year and in 2016, conservatives need to take the youth vote. The primary way to accomplish that goal is to have our leaders take a stand for our generation.

 

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

We’ve heard it from leaders — from the tea party, Republican Party, and conservative movement alike — stick to the message and educate people. I truly believe that an overwhelming majority of American independents, and even liberals, would become conservatives if they realized what our movement really stands for. I believe that if we educate to that point, we will have majorities in the House, the Senate, and a conservative president in the next 10 years.

Thirty Under Thirty – 2014

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