Caiden Cowger

Age

17

Location

Buckhannon-Upshur High School

Twitter

@CaidenCowger

BIO

In 2010, at the age of 12, Caiden Cowger first began hosting his show, The Caiden Cowger Program. His show now airs on several radio stations around the county, and was picked up by iHeartRadio in 2014. In 2012, he founded CowgerNation.com, which is a conservative news and opinion website, dedicated to exposing the activities of the left. The following year, he launched Cowger Network, which is a conservative television news channel distributed by Roku, Inc. One month later, he formed a digital radio station, featuring right-of-center talk show hosts from around the United States.

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 in other capacities?

I believe that millennials, especially teenagers, can be greatly influenced politically by their peers. It is essential for young conservatives to get involved in politics, and work to inform their coequals of the issues concerning this nation, and present them with conservative solutions. In educational environments, liberal students tend to be more vocal than conservative students. This can result in right-of-center pupils being hesitant to express their ideas. It is important for young conservatives to make their voices heard, and strive to awaken the millennial generation.

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

One of the biggest problems is that many young people have the mentality that they should live in the present, without focusing on the future. Unless an issue arises that affects them at that present time, they are not concerned. That is why progressives have used social issues to capture their vote. Considering that premise, rather than avoiding social issues, conservative elected officials should discuss the substance behind their beliefs. Rather than running from the issues, they should try to persuade others to their way of thinking. I believe that it can be done. When you lose the culture, you lose the heart and soul of America. The second task that elected officials must accomplish is to make the millennial generation realize that every decision — financial or otherwise — affects their future, well-being, and livelihood. That is the biggest challenge that conservative politicians face.

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

In 10 years, I would like to see the conservative movement combating liberalism on every front. The biggest factor is activism. Liberals have used activism to get what they want, in some cases without any opposition. The biggest problem that conservatives face is that we are not as active as we should be. For every conservative cause, we should be combating the liberal left, and not hesitant in doing so. Activism is the reason why small progressive minorities, such as the LGBT movement (3 percent of the population), have been so successful. When Phil Robertson was attacked for expressing his religious beliefs on the topic of homosexuality, conservatives banded together and stood behind him. Mr. Robertson was reinstated on A&E. If we did that on every issue, we would be unstoppable. I believe that if conservatives would start speaking up and defending their values, this nation would return back to the founding principles and become overwhelmingly conservative.

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