William Upton

Age

27

Location

Northwestern

Occupation

State Affairs Manager, Americans for Tax Reform

Twitter

@wupton

BIO

Will Upton is a state affairs manager at Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), where he focuses on state-level tax policy issues, educating on the need for pro-growth, revenue-neutral tax reform. He works to build broad-based coalitions to achieve the goal of tax reform. Previously, he worked for Richard Viguerie’s ConservativeHQ.com and at The American Conservative magazine.

 

 

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?

We have reached a point in which our future as youth is not reflective of that of our parents’ generation. The role and scope of government has changed drastically. The growth in government has added debt and uncertainty to our future and our children’s future. Now, more than ever, we need to engage the broader conversation about just how big our government should be, how services should be paid for, and how we can ensure a secure and sound future for ourselves.

 

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

Our political leaders should not be afraid to treat Millennials as adults. Our generation is capable — though some may not believe it — of having the hard conversation about the direction of our country. Do not be afraid to engage in the nitty-gritty discussion of policy, whether it be economics, taxes, life, transportation, energy, or whatever piques interest.

 

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

I would like to see a robust and vigorous conservative movement in 10 years. One with fresh ideas and concrete solutions for continuing to reform our tax code and invigorate our economy. How do we get there? We have to embrace the tradition of conservatism as a bold way forward while always being conscious of the past. We have to learn from our mistakes, broaden our coalition, and point to our successes. The political Left panders, blames, and divides. We have to be a unifying force.

Thirty Under Thirty – 2014

Democrat threatens GOP lawmaker after he calls ICE on illegals

Tempers flared in at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Monday afternoon when a debate over tightening immigration...

"Day of Absence": Students try to remove all white people from campus

Following the election of Donald Trump liberals attempted to hold day-long protests to show just how important immigrants and...

To my liberal college: Thank you for turning me into a conservative

I think government taking care of those without health insurance is noble I think Wall Street is greedy I...

The battle for American Catholic voters

In light of President Trump’s recent visit to Vatican City one thing has become increasingly clear Democrats want the...

Conservative millennials are the Free Speech Movement's only hope

Campus free speech showdowns have recently received an overwhelming amount of media exposure This is not because First Amendment...

'The Simpsons': White House staffers hanged, Trump talks with ghost of Nixon

Mocking the latest Trump-Russia news such as reports claiming Trump asked former FBI director James Comey to stop investigating...

Conservatives defend Maddi Runkles after school shames her for getting pregnant

Maddi Runkles is about to graduate high school with a GPA Her school Heritage Academy won’t let her walk...

Mark Zuckerberg's commencement speech was surprisingly conservative

Mark Zuckerberg the baron of Facebook and the father of social media took some time outside of his busy...

Baseball's best millennial slams participation trophies

He's got hipster hair a beard and an MVP trophy Baseball's most successful millennial -- the guy who coined...

2017's top free speech violations the mainstream media ignored (so far)

Vice President Pence is only one of four conservatives to give a commencement address this year at one of...

Ben & Jerry’s weighs in on gay marriage by refusing to serve two scoops of the same flavor

Unbelievable weight is being thrown behind the push to legalize gay marriage in Australia
Ben amp Jerry’s is...

People can now donate to help Mark Zuckerberg run for president in 2020

Mark Zuckerberg is not running for president Despite traveling across the country to red blue and purple states taking...

Trump (channeling Rihanna) to NATO: B---h betta have my money

President Trump created an awkward moment when he called out NATO leaders to their face during a Thursday speech...

Movie theater hosts women-only 'Wonder Woman' screening to raise cash for Planned Parenthood

DC Comics' Wonder Woman is hitting theaters next week and to commemorate the first live-action superhero film starring a...

Body-slammed reporter fantasized about punching conservative teenagers

It was a rough night for Ben Jacobs of The Guardian on Thursday After receiving national attention gaining tens-of-thousands...

We're hiring...

Red Alert Politics is hiring for two positions starting immediately.
Contributors Editor, Red Alert Politics...

Sen. Ben Sasse explains why tuition and healthcare are so expensive

Senator Ben Sasse has authored a book that is virtually non-political nor policy-related Instead the Nebraska Republican’s first book...

Tone-deaf celebrities share cringeworthy foreign policy advice

Celebrities say and do a lot of awfully stupid things and for some odd reason society often calls upon...