Charles Kirk

Age

20

Location

Wheeling High School

Occupation

Founder and Executive Director, Turning Point USA

Twitter

@CharlieKirk11

BIO

Charlie Kirk is the founder and executive director of Turning Point USA, a national student movement dedicated to educating, empowering, and mobilizing young people behind the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government. Since the inception of Turning Point USA in 2012, Kirk has built the organization to include representation on over 380 high schools and colleges nationwide. He has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNBC, and FOX Business News more than 75 times. Kirk is a featured columnist for the Washington Times and a contributor to Breitbart.com.

 

 

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?

Our future is directly under attack by career politicians and self-serving members of the Washington political elite. If our generation does not get involved, we will continue to see our freedoms and liberties taken from us with little or no resistance. Apathy is giving politicians a free pass to tax, borrow, and steal our money and our future. Young people have to get engaged and involved, or we will no longer recognize the country we will be living in.

 

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

As a movement, we must stop talking about entitlement reform, Social Security, Medicare, and other long-term, complex issues. We have to stay relevant and be able to communicate effectively with young people. If our candidates don’t know the difference between MTV and VH1, or Jay-Z and Kayne West, or LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, they should not be running for office.

 

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

I would like to see the conservative movement in a position of power. I would like it to be a movement that embraces innovative thought and unique thinking. Too often we allow old thinking and old methodology to govern the direction of our political strategy. We can get there by listening and empowering rising stars, and launching them into positions of leadership so they can navigate the movement to encourage innovation, new thought, and fresh ideas.

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