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Joseph “Tex” Dozier

Age

27

Location

University of Chicago, BA in Political Science

Occupation

General consultant and strategist, JTD Strategies

Twitter

@JosephTexDozier

BIO

Joseph “Tex” Dozier is a consultant and professional “fixer” for corporate, electoral, and non-profit clients. Nicknamed the “Winston Wolf of Public Affairs,” Dozier has over a decade of professional experience, ghostwriting on multiple projects, and 70+ campaigns and initiatives to his credit ranging in scale from local, statewide, to international. During college, he interned for Congresswoman Kay Granger, contributed to the Sam Adams Alliance, and was a Stevanovich Fellow at the Cato Institute. Always having an entrepreneurial itch, Dozier then founded JTD Strategies to continue to empower grassroots politicos, to provide innovative public affairs and relations advising, and to advance liberty from small towns to international capitals.

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?

Millennials possess an unrealized level of political capital; we comprise a third of the electorate. Privacy, student loans, education reform, internet control, taxpayer debt, social security’s (in)solvency, health care quality — these are highly relevant current issues that Millennials are remiss to ignore for our future wellbeing. By 2025, millennials will make up 75% of the workforce, and over 65% say they want to take the plunge as entrepreneurs. Fiscal policies enacted today will have a dramatic effect on millennials for many tomorrows. In part, owing to government’s shortcomings and to the lack of leadership from our elected officials, over a third of our millennial peers (this is excluding all of those statistically counted students in dorms) are now living in their parent’s basements unemployed and broke with a hefty amount of student loans to pay back. We owe it to our peers and to our country to flex our demographic muscle and to not be a written-off generation — to positively impact our culture and our community.

If not for others, do it for yourself. Get involved now to lay a foundation to build upon and reap exponentially in the future. We live in the post-Bowling Alone America where there is an abundance of opportunities for Millennials to step up. We are not entitled to tomorrow, and you can only affect so much change as an armchair activist or an apathetic accuser. So Millennials should get involved today.

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

Millennials are independently minded, believe in an efficient and transparent government, and have harnessed technology and market-based innovations for their betterment. As a Harvard Institute of Politics study noted, Millennials highly value volunteering and entrepreneurship compared to previous generations, while harboring great mistrust in government. Sounds like an opening for a center-right message.

Look at the issue-based messaging and approach of groups that see the writing on the wall like the Libre Initiative and Generation Opportunity. Because of the short-term focus of campaigns, it will take the continual and increasing efforts of outside organizations like these to galvanize and grow the Right while helping politicians stay in tune to issues facing the younger generation.

Politicians shouldn’t try to be something they are not when communicating to young voters — they’ll smell the political BS a mile away. Cut down the rhetoric and make direct appeals. Party leaders should embrace, support, and even incentivize passionate Millennials stepping up to run for office at all levels of government. Politicians and leaders seem to have accepted the sensationalist and condescending media angles that disparage Millennials instead of focusing on the positive and on building bridges. It’s time to give Millennials the respect and due diligence every voter deserves.

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

A proactive and principled movement — ethnically, socially, culturally, and economically diverse — united with an optimistic message of individual empowerment, effective governance, free-enterprise innovation, and American values founded upon our Constitutional liberty and an equality of opportunity for all. A movement that has grown up from its internal, isolationist politics that has recognized and respects the ever changing face of our American melting pot, and that has learned that knowing you’re Right doesn’t convince someone that you’re right. A movement politically built from the ground-up with responsive, organized data operations and with substantial, granular engagement locally while beating back the Left by being a movement of ideas and vying not just for the minds but also for the hearts of Americans.

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