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A Letter from Morton this Memorial Day

Please let me take a moment with you to remember our fallen soldiers and what their sacrifice means on this Memorial Day.
 
Thanks to our armed forces, you and I possess many precious freedoms in America.
 
I’ve been to dozens of countries around the world.  Yes, some of those countries are fairly safe and have modern amenities.
 
But many others are not.
 
Some are crime-ridden or war-torn.  And some have a citizenry who have over the years fallen asleep and given away their...

Never Too Young – Teen Eagles Soak Up Activist Training
Never Too Young – Teen Eagles Soak Up Activist Training

'You do not have to wait until you are 18 to make a difference -- you can start today.'

This Spring, fifteen Tennessee Teen Eagles students, and parents landed in Washington, DC for a long-awaited trip-of-a-lifetime.

Teen Eagles is affiliated with Eagle Forum, founded by conservative pioneer, Phyllis Schafly.

After a year of studying history and politics, these bright students arrived to see history for themselves. 

The Leadership Institute is Hiring
The Leadership Institute is Hiring

Just when you think it couldn’t get worse, liberal college professors and administrators find new levels of shamelessness and fury.

Their commitment would be impressive -- if it were not so dangerous.  That is why the Leadership Institute is hiring field reps to level the playing field on college campuses.

Here is just one example of how hostile colleges have become for conservatives.  Former University of Missouri communications professor Melissa Click was caught on camera yelling profanity at police officers and blocking a student reporter (the irony!) during on-campus protests.  She yelled for “muscle” to physically push the student out of the way. Last month, she was fired by the university's Board of Curators in a 4-2 vote.

What I learned at the TV Workshop
What I learned at the TV Workshop

I confess that I wasn’t too sure what I was getting myself into when I found myself in the front row of the Leadership Institute's monthly On-Camera TV training.

All I knew was that if I’d known I would be on camera, I would have worn more makeup.

Trying not to panic over my impending doom, I...

Online Advocacy and Activism as a Tool for Action

In the digital era, videos that are really popular "go viral."  This is true of online petitions as well - they spread quickly across social networks and a viral petition takes on a life of its own.

For activists, this is a Godsend.  Petitions have historically relied on word of mouth and community bonds to gain traction (and signatures). Today, it’s easier than ever to rally thousands of individuals who share a given point of view and will show their support through signatures and sharing alike, substantially multiplying the impact.

Unfortunately, the Left has dominated the medium through sites like Change.org, which has gathered more than 100 million users in support of primarily liberal causes. That success has fueled a myth that the tactic of online petitioning is one that only “progressives” can or want to use. But conservatives are increasingly realizing the benefits — and necessity — of incorporating online tools into modern activism efforts.

Win America Back – through campaign powerhouses
Win America Back – through campaign powerhouses

“I got involved in politics because of Barack Obama’s election,” said Matt Krause.  “I have four kids.  I didn’t want to be the generation that didn’t leave a better country to my children and grandchildren than those who came before me.”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard conservatives tell me a story similar to Matt’s.  But I’m encouraged more Americans every day wake up to the danger our country faces and take action.

Matt Krause took the Leadership Institute’s Future Candidate School and won election to the Texas House of Representatives.

What You Missed at CPAC 2016
What You Missed at CPAC 2016

Each year, the Conservative Political Action Conference is a gathering of conservative leaders looking to network, advance conservativism, and learn from some of the greatest minds in the movement.

This year, speakers like Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina rallied conservatives together.  Above the stage read “Our time is NOW,” taken from Ronald Reagan’s CPAC speech in 1981.

At the conference, Leadership Institute sponsored, staffed, and organized of 5 conference events, including the job fair and boot camp training sessions.

The Conservative Internship Search: Capitol Hill vs. Non-profits
The Conservative Internship Search: Capitol Hill vs. Non-profits

As a recent graduate of Georgetown University, I was blessed to have four years in the city of limitless internships, Washington D.C.  However, not all students are lucky enough to attend college in the nation's capital.  Fortunately, many universities have semester-long exchange programs, externships, or summer opportunities.  

During my undergraduate years, I participated in two non-profit internships and three congressional internships.  If you do not have a few years to shop around for an internship then my experiences may help you narrow your search.

A Different Type of Activist
A Different Type of Activist

What do you think of when someone says that they’re an activist?  Do you picture scenes like supporters sign waving at the annual March for Life? Do you remember watching demonstrators on the steps of the Supreme Court waiting for a controversial decision come to mind?

Meet Jason Jones.

Jason is a conservative, pro-life activist who uses filmmaking to spread his message. His goal is to navigate through (and counter) morally challenged Hollywood.  Known for films that promote a humane society, Jason is the president and founder of Movie to Movement, a project of his larger organization HERO (Human-Rights Education and Relief Organization).

Future Candidate School: Training Conservatives to Win
Future Candidate School: Training Conservatives to Win

If you knew the formula for winning, would you run for office?

In January, thirty-four individuals attended the Leadership Institute’s Future Candidate School.  Some of them were declared candidates in their state or local races.  Others were planning congressional runs and the remaining few had just begun to contemplate a run in the future.

If you haven’t considered running for office, you should. Running doesn't require thirty years of political experience or a few million dollar donors willing to sponsor you.  With the right tools and training, anyone can learn to win at LI's Future Candidate School (FCS).

For four days, attendees focus on building a base, raising funds, identifying voters, and recruiting volunteers.  The faculty roster included political consultants, media coordinators, fundraising gurus, and even a current US. Congressman.

The intensive training also focused on personal and political preparation for a career in elected office.

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