We have the pleasure of featuring “A Problem We Can Fix” in our anthology, Forging Freedom. The story appears in the section, Ancestors & Inspirations: Essays, Accounts, and Creative Nonfiction.
I’m a college student and political activist at George Mason University. I’ve been active and interested in politics since 7th grade when I had fun debates with my liberal history teacher.
I currently host a political talk show, “Take it to the Hill”, on WGMU. I hope to transform the GMU student body into a more politically active and aware group of people, while also spreading the ideas of individual rights, freedom, and liberty to my fellow students.
Tell us about your story in Forging Freedom.
My story in Forging Freedom has a really simple, but extremely important message. I wrote about how I organized a food drive at a local grocery store and with just a little preparation, we had great success. I didn’t write the story for accolades or a pat on the back, I wanted to inspire others to do the same. We don’t have to wait for the government to help members of our community in need, we can do it on our own! The first step in eliminating our wasteful welfare system needs to be helping each other, whether it be finding a job or finding food, neighbors helping neighbors is the solution that produces results. Of course there are already charities out there that do great work in helping others, but I hope to inspire others to get involved in their community on a deeper level. WE the people are the answer, not a government-run welfare system. Helping each other through community is an important step in preserving liberty.
What’s the strangest place you’ve ever been?
A college campus! There are so many different people from so many different backgrounds, it’s really quite remarkable. The culture is really unusual, it’s hard to explain. Most days I love it here, but some days I wonder what I’m even doing here. I just put my trust in God and do my best to follow his path for my life. I really believe he has a purpose for me being on campus here at George Mason University.
If you were to be stranded on a desert island, what non-survival item would you bring along that you couldn’t live without?
I love this kind of question! I’m going to exclude the Bible from my answer, because I count that as a survival item! Probably a laptop with some sort of capability to connect to the internet! I’ve got to read the news, check Twitter, write blog posts, etc! I’d certainly get great stats if people knew I was blogging from a desert island that I found myself stranded on, haha!
What book or author has been most inspirational for you, and why?
The Bible. It’s basically a playbook for life. It gives me the motivation, inspiration, and direct I need for every day of my life.
Are you working on any other projects at the moment?
YES! I’m actively working on “Take it to the Hill”, my talk show on WGMU. It’s really fun being able to debate politics with one of my best friends on the radio! Our goal is to reach all of the GMU campus and then keep expanding from there! It’ll hopefully be a never ending project! Please check out our page on Facebook: Facebook.com/TakeItToTheHill . I’m also working on a book….the same book I’ve been working on since last year, so don’t expect that to come out anytime soon!
What question do you wish we had asked?
I wish you would have asked me what my dream job is! I have two answers: 1. If working FOR someone, I’d love to be a talk show host and writer for TheBlaze! They have a fantastic organization down there in Texas and I’d love to be a part of that awesome media movement. 2. If working for myself/running my own organization, I’d love to still host my talk show for fun, but at the same time run a charity organization that focuses on getting homeless people jobs and homes. I’d love to have a group that teaches folks skills and then helps them find a job, but also takes care of them during that process. We’d get them out of the welfare system and into the American job market!
Finally, where can we find you? (blogs, website, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Forging Freedom was published September 17 on Constitution Day. The book features fiction and non-fiction stories from authors around the world.
Written by veterans, entrepreneurs, citizens, and writers from all walks of life, the book contains fictional tales of freedoms lost and won, essays on the current state of freedom throughout the world, and stories of freedoms imagined in a distant future or whimsical world.
“The contributors of Forging Freedom come from all walks of life, but are bound by their burning passion for liberty,” Michelle Malkin, author, blogger, and small business owner, “Read this book. Share these stories with your children. Keep the flame burning!”
Reason Magazine’s Katherine Mangu-Ward called the anthology, “A fun, fast, and fascinating read for anyone who loves liberty.”