An Open Letter to Conservative Maryland Millennials: Hold the Line
By Nick Braughton
If you want to make a meaningful difference in your community or state, you don't have to wait until you’ve found a job and own a home. You don’t even need to be old enough to vote! There are a lot of ways to get involved right now, even if you're in college, high school, or middle school!
In fact, now is a better time than ever to get involved. If you’ve been watching the news, you’ve probably heard that there is a "Blue Wave” that is about to hit our country and state. The "Blue Wave" is the political game plan that Democrats are leading in several important districts across the U.S., which means Republicans may lose their majority in the House and Senate, as well as several other seats down the ballot. States with major elections, like Maryland, are targets for Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, so it’s up to us, the Millennials, to hold the line against the “Blue Wave."
On the other hand, it’s important to remember that the same news outlets that are predicting a “Blue Wave” also said Hillary Clinton was going to be your president… and we all saw how wrong they were in 2016. What the media fail to mention is that the “Blue Wave” may be increasingly unlikely as people like you are rushing to support the party during this critical election year.
Governor Hogan and the Maryland GOP need our help to win elections across the state, and there are many ways that you can influence this election and protect your community from the dangerous liberal policies that are sure to follow if we lose the governorship.
I have seen first-hand in my home state of New Jersey just how dangerous it is to lose the gubernatorial election. Since the NJ election, the new governor’s tax hikes have pushed small businesses and citizens out of the state in search of work or better opportunities. We have extended education financial aid to illegal immigrants, so taxpaying citizens will now fund their education. Our state is even on a path to becoming a sanctuary state where illegal immigrants are protected from law enforcement.
But even with these dangerous new laws, the governor is working to take away our guns, so we can no longer protect ourselves in our own homes. Let my experience in New Jersey be a warning: If you fail to act now, the progress made by Governor Hogan and conservatives in Maryland will not only be reversed, but the economy and personal safety of Marylanders will suffer just as they did under former governor Martin O’Malley.
Fortunately, Marylanders can still fight back - and it is up to us to hold the line against the “Blue Wave.” Governor Hogan and several conservatives who have fought hard to protect the state from the irresponsible actions of Democrats in the statehouse are up for reelection this year - but they can’t win alone. They need our help with their campaigns to spread their message and hold Democrats accountable for their mistakes.
You may think that as a student your efforts won't matter, but I know firsthand that they do. As a sophomore at the University of Maryland, I have already worked in several capacities for the party, from my current role as campaign manager for the Dwight Patel for State Senate Campaign to data director of the New Jersey Republican Party.
I can honestly say that my efforts are making a difference. I have seen how every door I knock on, phone number that I dial and minute that I spend on our campaigns helps more and more concerned citizens understand why their votes matter, and why supporting a Republican candidate is a vote for an improved quality of life, a stronger economy, and a safer community.
Mark my words: Your decision to volunteer will boost our prospects during this crucial election year, especially since leftist activists around the country are planning to make Maryland a target of their scurrilous tactics.
No matter how old you are, if you are interested in making a meaningful difference in your community during this crucial election year, volunteer - even just a little bit of your time - to a Republican campaign.
There are many ways for you to get involved this summer and fall:
- Vote Republican and encourage your friends and family to vote Republican too!
- Volunteer for your local or state Republican Committee
- Volunteer for a Republican campaign (contact the Montgomery County GOP)
- Follow and share campaign messages on your social media accounts
- Register your friends to vote, and if your friends go to colleges outside Maryland, sign them up as absentee voters. Contact the Montgomery County GOP for more information: Click Here for Election Information
- Join the Young Republicans, College Republicans, or Teenage Republicans
Together, we can help Governor Hogan and our Republicans #HoldTheLine!
Dwight Patel for State Senate