David Pasch

Age

25

Location

Vanderbilt University

Occupation

Communications Director, Generation Opportunity

Twitter

@DavidPasch

BIO

David Pasch is the communications director at Generation Opportunity, an organization advocating for economic opportunity for 18-29 year olds through less government and increased freedom. In this capacity, he is charged with refining the organization’s broad mandate into specific messaging campaigns and promoting viral content, including the acclaimed “Creepy Uncle Sam” ads that encouraged young people to opt out of Obamacare. Prior to joining Generation Opportunity, Pasch served in a variety of roles on former Sen. Rick Santorum’s (R-Pa.) 2012 presidential campaign.

 

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?

My generation is the most creative, entrepreneurial, and civic-minded in our nation’s history, though we’re more likely to channel our ambitions away from the political arena than previous generations. Unfortunately, today’s right-of-center youth have so little faith in government institutions that we’ve ceded much of the political and media space to the left. There’s no endeavor more vital and no cause more worthy than engaging our peers and mobilizing them to fight to free the future.

 

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

If our elected officials and thought leaders want to reach young people, they can start by actually talking to them. While some have done a commendable job embracing new media and engaging on issues that we care about, it seems that all too often politicians only care about our generation when they need volunteers to knock on doors or to make phone calls for their campaigns. If you want our support, they need to treat us like the savvy consumers and voters that we are and give us the respect we deserve.

 

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

Whether we want to admit it or not, there’s an ugly perception out there that Republicans and conservatives just don’t believe in helping people. I think it’s shameful, for example, that many politicians on the right refuse to talk about poverty. We need to provide a positive vision of how smaller government can foster greater well-being for all. There’s so much negativity out there, and while it’s an important to draw a stark contrast with the failed policies of our opponents, ultimately being opposed to anything and everything without providing a positive vision is not a winning long-term strategy.

However, that doesn’t mean we should shy away from a fight. Our policies of personal responsibility and individual empowerment are the most efficient and effective means for improving people’s lives and we shouldn’t be afraid of engaging in that conversation.

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