Joseph “Tex” Dozier

Age

27

Location

University of Chicago, BA in Political Science

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.

Thirty Under Thirty 2015

Hillary: We elected someone who admitted sexual assault to the presidency

Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is doing her part to condemn Donald Trump for...

OSU magazine: Your Halloween costumes are only offensive if you're white

A student magazine at the Ohio State University has published a guide for students to determine if their Halloween...

Dartmouth shutters its Gender Research Institute

The Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth GRID is closing its doors Established in the GRID's original goal was to...

Millennials should stand up to end FISA

The device you’re reading this on whether it’s your phone your computer or your tablet undoubtedly has hundreds if...

University of Mississippi to rebuild Confederate statue despite student protest

The University of Mississippi is replacing a Confederate statue on campus which was damaged by a pickup truck last...

Georgetown’s student newspaper begins documenting “bias incidents”

The official school newspaper of Georgetown University is teaming up with ProPublica to begin documenting and reporting incidents of...

Barstool's anti-PC policy is a smart move in today's political climate

Those who love sports and edgy humor are familiar with the popular website Barstool Sports which is basically a...

Students aren't sure if First Amendment protects hate speech: Poll

A majority of students on college campuses do not know that the First Amendment protects hate speech according to...

UF professor: “I know some people probably want to punch the conservative”

In a Facebook post University of Florida student Emily Washler described an exchange between her and her liberal professor...

Viral "white privilege" video proves cultural differences, not white privilege

Leftists are circulating a two-minute video around the internet to teach people about white privilege In actuality it does...

CSUF student council condemns Milo Yiannopoulos invite, plans counter-protest

The Cal State Fullerton CSUF College Republicans are set to host Milo Yiannopoulos for a campus-wide event on Halloween...

South Park rips Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg over Fake News

Before season aired in September South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker made it a point to not...

The left is cannibalizing itself over Weinstein allegations

Allegations of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct have sent shockwaves across the country And reports of his behavior must have...

Does race impact your views on the NFL protests? These sociologists think so

With the ongoing feud between President Donald Trump and the NFL protesters who use the national anthem as a...

UF President “shocked” to learn that he must uphold the First Amendment

After flip-flopping on whether or not white nationalist Richard Spencer can speak at the University of Florida University President...

"Wear a Hijab Day" takes over University of Illinois

A student organization at the University of Illinois is hosting a week-long group of festivities on the Urbana-Champaign campus...

Facing record low enrollment, Boy Scouts will allow girls to join

Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that they will begin allowing girls to join the association....