Julia Porterfield: As a young person, why are you interested in politics?
Ryan Neugebaur: I have been interested in politics since the 2004 elections when I was 10 years old. I learned early on that politics inhabit almost every aspect of our lives; mostly through legislation that will impact our taxes (whether they are higher or lower), job and housing markets, and our overall national defense and well-being. Furthermore, at 12 years old I read the novel All The King’s Men which was about a corrupt politician, and it made me even more interested in the political process because I felt that it was my duty as an American citizen to be aware of corruption and expose it where it may exist.
JP: Why is it important for millennials to be involved and informed about current events and politics?
RN: It is important for EVERYONE to be knowledgeable about current events and politics; however, it is extremely important for millennials to do so because we are the future, and as Hitler said: “He who owns the youth, gains the future,” therefore, we as millennials have to make sure we are in total awareness of what is going on and who is “pulling the strings” so that we will be better able to fight back when necessary, and merely so we can exceed in life. It goes far beyond just “knowing and understanding the system” but also is about being able to live your life to the fullest; both spiritually and financially. If you aren’t aware that congress is passing some bill about cutting back on funds, and yet, you plan on taking a trip to D.C. for a tour of the White House (a simple example to make a point of course), and upon arrival, discover it has been “cut,” you would have wasted time and money for nothing. The same goes with knowing what is being considered so that you can contact your congressman if you disagree with it, so that you make it known that their constituents are against it.
JP: What can we as young people do to counter act the lack of information and knowledge among people our age?
RN: As young people, we understand that the vast majority of individuals our age are not interested in political matters nor much of anything outside popular culture and themselves. It is unfortunate that we are living in the “era of the self” where everyone is more interested in themselves on a rather materialistic level, rather than on the importance of their future and the future of the country and society in which they reside. However, the way in which we can counteract that attitude/mindset is to show how the areas that they ARE interested in are impacted by “politics,” which will then get them more excited to speak out. By showing how the government has ruined the educational system; enslaving college students with loans and inflating the value of a college degree, as well as showing them how the government is trying grow in power and take away (threaten..currently) fundamental freedoms such as freedom of speech on the internet through legislation like SOPA. I believe the Ron Paul revolution is a good example of how our generation can stand up and fight against tyranny and government corruption; speaking out with true fiscally conservative principles and a love for liberty. The information is out there, it is just about hitting on the right points of interest to stimulate for the interest in ALL areas and aspects of politics.
JP: Where on the political spectrum do you classify yourself?
RN:I classify myself as an Independent (not conservative or liberal). I cannot base myself off of one ideology; despite having conservative principles. As an Independent, I don’t align myself with any one ideology, political party/faction, or formal consensus. Instead, I hold a combination of views from conservatism (socially and fiscally), libertarianism, and classical liberalism. In fact, many people call me a classical liberal, but I still hold firm on my stance of being an Independent. I support strong fiscal conservatism, strict constitutionalism, and non-biased positions. I am someone who does not enjoy too much “group think” where you are held to thinking “with the group,” but instead to think independently and base my positions on logic and facts.
JP: The mainstream media has taken over the GOP/Tea Party/Conservative messaging in order to portray all of these groups as crazy, old school, etc. The GOP is doing nothing about it, and letting the MSM continue with this character assassination. How do we take our messaging back?
RN: In order to “take our message back,” we have to first detach ourselves from the very entity that is pulling us down: the GOP. What is the point of being a Republican? The party is far different from its small government mindset that it held over 30 years ago. It is not “conservative” anymore but instead “neoconservative.” It has based itself off of ‘secretly’ supporting entitlement programs and has raised taxes under Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. Therefore, disassociation is the key first step to “taking our message back.” The second is what you might expect: speaking out loud and growing support.
JP: Who is your favorite person in Washington today?
RN:I, currently, no longer have a “favorite person in Washington.” That man was Dr. Ron Paul. Justin Amash, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz all have excited me and disappointed me, but at the end of the day haven’t done much of anything that has really gained my attention. So, actually, I cannot honestly say I have a “favorite person in Washington.”
JP: Favorite President?
RN: My favorite president would have to be John F. Kennedy. He was one of the only presidents in the past two centuries who truly spoke out about government corruption and attempted to weaken and oust it (hence creating an executive order to restrict the FED and put the Treasury in charge of our currency). He was a loving man who cared about the “family” and wanted the very best for this country; something that you can’t say for most. As far as one of my favorite presidents of all time, Thomas Jefferson would have to be my all-time number one for being the founding father who was the main author of the Declaration of Independence.
JP: What is your favorite social issue?
RN:I don’t have a “favorite social issue” but the two that I am most passionate about are Gun control and Abortion. I believe firmly in protecting the country’s right to bear arms and protecting life. Abortion is murder, and although I do not agree with allowing it at any stage (as a Catholic I CANNOT support contraceptives), I know that that is coming from my religious perspective and not my legal perspective, so my legal stance is to get the acceptable stage down as low as possible, as well as ending the government funding of Abortion. I have recently developed strong “middle ground” positions on same-sex marriage and have become well-established on those views with an extensive article on them.
JP: What is the difference between current day young Conservatives and older generations of Conservatives?
RN:Current day conservatives are a lot more divided than older generations, and to a point are not really conservative at all. The many that I see claiming to be conservative hold views that show that they are more “neoconservative,” or better said “Liberal Conservatives,” which of course makes no sense, but that is the point. Older generations could not fiscally nor politically support the War in Iraq, but yet under George W. Bush many did. Therefore, it has been something that I think goes beyond “generations” (as I have seen people of all ages holding these views), but rather it has to do with the evolution of politics through liberalization.
JP: What is your biggest fear for America’s future?
RN:My biggest fear for America’s future is for it to be further socialized through liberalism to the point of the government becoming a total fascist state that kills its citizens for not obeying it. Therefore, to put it simply, I fear government tyranny. Never the less, I will fight back however I can.
JP: Who do you like for 2016?
RN:I can’t quite say who I like for 2016, as I believe it is still too early. I can say, quite confidently, that I could not, at this point, put full support towards any of the Republican or Democratic contenders, and to a point don’t plan on doing so. I have been looking more and more into the Free Energy Party which is looking to get either Dr. Ron Paul or Judge Andrew Napolitano to be their candidate (but have their main speaker Dave Parker for default), and they are signed up for the 2016 election. I am no longer choosing the “lesser of the two evils” as was stated by most conservatives in this last election, but rather “not choosing any evil at all.”
JP: What do you think will happen in the ’14 midterm elections?
RN: 12. Based on the past congressional elections, I believe the current setup is going to stay. I see the House remaining under Republican control (albeit the Republicans gaining or losing 5-10) and the Senate remaining under Democratic control (albeit the Democrats gaining a few). Nothing is going to change with the playing field we have before us. I believe the key to ‘somewhat’ dealing with this problem would be to have terms like the president. That way, there would be less “lobbying” and selling out the American people to big bankers, wall street oligarchs, and corporate plutocrats, and the representatives would actually value their jobs. It would also keep out the monopolizing of house and senate seats that people like John McCain and Sheila Jackson Lee have done.
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