Breaking News

NOMINATIONS OPEN -- Red Alert Politics 2017 "30 Under 30" List

Caitlin Poling

Age

28

Location

Ashland University (B.A.) and Georgetown (M.A.)

Occupation

Director of Government Relations, Foreign Policy Initiative

Twitter

@CaitlinPoling

BIO

Caitlin Poling serves as the director of government relations at the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), a non-profit organization that aims to educate and engage U.S. decision-makers, journalists, and the public on the critical importance of U.S. global leadership. At FPI, Poling manages outreach to Capitol Hill and efforts to provide foreign policy briefings to congressional candidates. She writes on Africa and counterterrorism issues, and her work has been published in U.S. News and World Report, e-International Relations, and The Huffington Post. She was featured in Diplomatic Courier’s “Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders” in 2013. Prior to joining FPI, she worked in the House of Representatives, most recently serving as a legislative assistant to Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS).

 

 

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?

Right now, I think that there’s a growing tide of isolationism in this country, and it’s key for youth to become involved and learn how to counter that narrative. The Republican Party broadly has historically been known as the party of national security, but I think as a movement we’ve been straying away from that message. A strong America that can stand up for our allies and against enemies, support democracy and human rights worldwide, and maintain security of the global commons to allow for free trade and a more prosperous economy is needed in this world. Having youth equipped to get that message out — not just in Washington, but also in their communities — is key to maintaining public support for the strong America that the world needs.

 

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

Conservative Millennials are generally open minded to a spectrum of social and cultural issues and would rather see policymakers focus on hard-hitting issues that affect them — such as the economy and keeping America safe. Among many youth, the Republican Party is often seen as the “party of no,” because individual accountability and fiscal responsibility can be a hard sell. Elected officials should do more to explain and promote the underlying principles for these policies, which are the core values that make conservative solutions the best for our nation. Finally, I think we have some work to do in getting up to speed on using new media to get our message out.

 

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

I’d like to see the conservative movement return to the fundamentals: a strong national defense, individual liberty, and fiscal responsibility. Working in the foreign policy realm, I’m most concerned with countering the growing sentiment of isolationism in the United States. When the United States turns its back on the world, it doesn’t become a safer place — threats tend to metastasize in power vacuums. When the United States does not lead, other nations will swoop in to fill the void. I don’t think that Americans would want to live in a world in which countries like Russia or China call all of the shots. We need to see our elected officials step up to implement policies on these issues. And we need support from activists, individuals, and organizations. I’d like to see the movement focus less on the issues that divide us, and more on what we can do as a united front.

Thirty Under Thirty – 2014

No, Tucker, Google should not be regulated by the government

Following the firing of James Damore by Google for sending a -page company-wide memo critical of the company's politics...

Loyal Trump aide (and millennial) Hope Hicks: Youngest White House Communications Director ever

At just years old Hope Hicks has accomplished more than most career politicos and she's only been involved in...

Farmer fined $1 million for plowing his own field

A California farmer agreed Tuesday to pay million for plowing federally protected wetlands on his wheat field according to...

Corporate activism: Millennials want companies to engage in politics

When millennials spend four years living on college campuses that cater to every whim they graduate and find themselves...

Stop comparing Republicans to Nazis: It only helps the alt-right

The events that unfolded in Charlottesville are unquestionably acts of terror committed by white supremacists and neo-Nazis The beliefs...

Arkansas professor in hiding after Twitter misidentifies him as a white nationalist

Twitter users have begun a campaign to publicly identify and shame individuals who participated in the white supremacist rally...

Blame identity politics for the Charlottesville riots

We can all agree that the events in Charlottesville Virginia were unacceptable from every possible perspective White supremacists and...

University of Florida president says "No" to Richard Spencer

After declaring a commitment to free speech just four days ago University of Florida UF President Kent Fuchs announced...

Bernie blames Trump for Charlottesville, yet no one blamed Bernie for GOP baseball shooting

Liberals and progressives have been quick to condemn the violence in Charlottesville on Republicans conservatives the alt-right the KKK...

NCAA's new sexual violence policy: All athletic personnel will be trained in prevention

The National Collegiate Athletic Association NCAA has been making incremental reforms to their sexual violence policies for the last...

Students complain a picture of 'oppressor' Mike Pence makes them feel 'unsafe'

Scripps College students said they feel unsafe after another student posted a picture with Vice President Mike Pence on...

It won't "erase racism": Largely black group organizes to stop removal of confederate statues

After the violence that took place in Charlottesville Virginia over the weekend there's been a new push from liberals...

The craziest college classes being offered this fall (and why they're worthless)

As summer comes to a close and college students head back to campus life the indoctrination of young minds...

Conservatives are dominating the podcast game

It’s long been said that talk radio is for conservatives now it seems that conservatives are dominating the podcast...

KKK expert: A 'lack of policing,' not politics, is main cause for rise of white supremacists

Charlottesville Virginia is a small quiet city that houses nearly people Home to the University of Virginia one of...

Viral and fake: Reporter tweets photoshopped image of Trump posing with white supremacist

A fake photograph showing President Donald Trump with an alt-right leader known as Millennial Matt went viral on Friday...

"Abolishing Whiteness" to become a new course at Stanford

Progressive absurdity has found its way into the syllabus of a brand new course at Palo Alto’s prestigious Stanford...

NY Times glorifies communism: Sex was better in the USSR

The New York Times wants everyone to know that the Soviet Union was just a better place for women...

LeBron James blames Trump for Charlottesville violence

NBA superstar LeBron James has developed a reputation for being a tenacious beast on the basketball court but is...