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Red Alert Politics accepting nominations for 2016 “30 UNDER 30” list 

Caleb Bonham

caleb bonham

Age

27

School

Colorado State University

Occupation

Editor-in-Chief, CampusReform.org

Twitter

@CalebBonham

BIO

Caleb Bonham decided to pursue a career in media and politics after being inspired by listening to the Rush Limbaugh radio show. His first big hit came while pursuing a career as a lobbyist, after a video he made mocking Sandra Fluke supporters at an Obama rally went viral online. Bonham went on to host the YouTube series “The Caleb Bonham Show” and recently moved to the Washington, D.C., area to take the position of editor-in-chief of Campus Reform. He is a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel and still hosts his award-nominated YouTube series.

 

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 because we need leaders — young conservatives with hearts to serve and the courage to stand against progressive and liberal bullies. Right now, diversity of thought is crumbling in the classroom, individual responsibility is mocked on social media, and materialism is glorified in entertainment despite indisputable hypocrisy among the media elites. With all the technology at our fingertips, the opportunity for young conservatives to make a difference and bring accountability and change has never been greater. All it takes is a young leader with the strength of their convictions.

 

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

Be honest and open with the issues and actually answer the questions asked. Elected officials and others in positions of leadership need to abandon the talking points, speak from the heart, and stop being afraid of offending some people. If you are honest, hopeful, and reasoned with your message, it will resonate. The people you offend in the process were probably going to attack you anyway.

 

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

I want to see the conservative movement less involved in politics and more involved in culture. The politics of power will always be corrupt. Conservatives need to connect with people in ways that are not overtly political, be it through movies, television, or music. Our content must be entertaining first and enlightening second.

Thirty Under Thirty – 2014

Polititainment

The Late Show 2016 commencement speech
Rather than travel to a handful of college campuses, Stephen Colbert gave a commencement speech on Monday’s The Late Show. It’s college commencement week, “the time of year when the highly educated think to themselves,’what side does the little tassel-y thing go on,'” Colbert said.  As Tony Stark is not real and can’t give a commencement speech, […]
Oliver's viral rant bashes DNC system
  John Oliver takes a harsh view of the primary process for his most recent Last Week Tonight, but, as he explains his reasoning, it’s not hard to see why. For both parties, there have been questions about the winning candidate earning fewer delegates than competitors. That includes Louisiana, where Trump won. “The thing is, I […]
Hillary and Bernie return for SNL finale
It seemed only fitting to have Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders (played by Kate McKinnon and Larry David) on for the Saturday Night Live season finale. The last Cold Open for the season had Hillary and Sanders discussing the state of the Democratic primary at a Los Angeles bar. “Well bartender, I’ve done it, I’ve won the nomination. I […]
Did Trump fat-shame Chris Christie?
Recently, Donald Trump appeared at a fundraiser for Chris Christie’s campaign debt. Christie had endorsed Trump in February, which Stephen Colbert noted for Friday’s The Late Show amounted to how Christie “stood behind him  wishing for the sweet embrace of death.” Trump also spoke for Christie at Thursday’s event, noting that neither of them are eating Oreos […]
Drake invited to Drake University
For his upcoming tour, Drake will be performing in Des Moines, Iowa, home to the Drake University. And the university couldn’t help noting the connection, Entertainment Weekly reported. The university released a statement on Friday about the tour dates, full of references to the rapper’s music: Drake University students have lobbied for years to #BringDrakeToDrake, and we’re eager […]

2016

Sorry Hillary — Voters are sick of interventionism
At least in foreign policy, the major party candidates have ignored the sentiments of the American people. Despite the warmongering of Hillary Clinton’s record and Donald Trump’s rhetoric, a Pew survey found that “the public remains wary of U.S. international involvement.” Americans aren’t moving to a non-interventionist or isolationist habit of mind, but they’re still […]
HuffPo publishes the dumbest article this election
The dumbest article this election cycle is here with Rebecca Bohanan’s “Unpopular Opinion: The Bernie vs. Hillary Battle All Boils Down to Sexism” for xoJane. “Do you personally know even one straight white man backing Clinton this election?” Bohanan asks. The answer is yes, plenty. Bohanan can’t relate, as she writes that “I don’t know any straight […]
YouGov poll confirms millennial bump for Trump
A new Economist/YouGov poll confirms the trend we picked up on this week: Donald Trump has caught up to Hillary Clinton in the polls, thanks in large part to millennial voters. A head-to-head poll from ABC News showed a 36 percent swing with millennial voters. Trump trailed in March by 39 percent, but now only […]
Don't believe Trump or Bernie: neither can fix USA
No American political myth has power quite like a presidential candidate’s promise to save the economy and create jobs. No American political myth is as absurd and cynical, either. The executive branch, like the rest of the government, is reactionary. It doesn’t lead changes in society so much as it responds to society, then tells […]
Liberal students protest Hillary at UC-Riverside
To some students, Hillary Clinton is apparently such an evil “war criminal” that she does not have a right to campaign at their university. About 30 protesters gathered outside Hillary’s event at the University of California-Riverside, Highlander News reported. Despite their disruptive presence, the protesters considered themselves the victims. “As people of color under attack, what […]

Policy

Let's rethink how guns are sold to women
I walk into a sporting goods store, my hand on the door handle. I take a deep breath and prepare myself for what I’m about to experience. Walking into these stores is all the same. I have employees stare me down, trying to figure out why I’m near a gun counter. I’m a woman, after […]
ICE creating transgender unit for illegals
Federal immigration authorities plan to construct a separate unit for housing transgender detainees in a new facility that is currently under construction in Alvarado, Texas. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the facility, called The Prairieland Detention Center, is expected to open in November and will house 700 detainees with 36 beds reserved […]
Immigration: At worst, a small negative job effect
The economic effects of immigration, even on low-skilled Americans, cannot be blamed for the economic decline of the middle class or the working poor. “Immigration has at most only a small harmful effect on the native-born. If this were biology or astrophysics, that would be that — the media would accept the scientific consensus, until […]
Study: How to combat obesity? Smoke
The dramatic decline in smoking rates helped lower lung cancer and cardiovascular disease, but it’s also correlated with a rise in obesity. In health as in economics, there are no solutions — only tradeoffs. “It’s not unreasonable to think that the two might be at least somewhat related,” according to The Washington Post. Charles Baum, […]
DC: Congressional Republicans reject federalism
For Republicans, limited government and federalism becomes top-down control for the District of Columbia. Republicans want to pass a bill in the House of Representatives “that would block the District of Columbia from spending locally raised tax revenue without congressional approval” and squelch financial independence for the city, according to The Washington Post. President Obama […]