Dear David: Use Your Gap Year to Inform Your Opinions

David Hogg is taking a gap year. Here's my advice on how to fill that year.

CNN has reported that David Hogg will be taking a “gap year” between his graduation from high school later this spring and the start of his college career. I applaud this decision. I hope, though, that David uses his year off to inform his opinions rather than inform us about his opinions.

One of the best pieces of advice I can give any young person seeking a career in politics is: have a “real” job first. Go be a soldier, sailor, or airman before you seek to decide what “appropriately reciprocal force” is. Spend a few years living in an efficiency walk up scrounging every cent you can just to pay rent, before you pontificate on housing initiatives. Provide healthcare, or be a teacher, in the dusty, abandoned, coal towns of Appalachia before becoming an advocate for (or against) the welfare state. Start your own business. Fail, at least twice, at a job—any job. Serve coffee on the midnight – 6am shift at an interstate truck stop and listen to the stories of the long-haul truckers and migrant workers.

David, I applaud your enthusiasm for encouraging people to vote. But, before you travel to Anniston, Alabama; Boulder, Colorado; or Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a get-out-the-vote worker, learn about why people should vote. Learn, please, what motivates the average citizen. Learn, too, the differences between an “average” citizen in Miami and one in Salem, Oregon. Better yet, go work registering and encouraging voters in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Ukraine. See what it is like in countries without 240 years of democratic self-rule.

I promise that you, and the country you seek to serve, will be better off. Take your gap year, by all means. Just, please, don’t spend it flitting from one TV station to another.

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MarkBerwind
MarkBerwind

Camera Hogg should find a bunch of new friends, at the least. The ones he is hanging around with seem to be infecting him with a bunch of Marxist propaganda. That's a sign he isn't as smart as he thinks he is. Something else he could do is go out and get a real job, or join the military. If there ever was someone who needs it, he is it.

Cbkitys
Cbkitys

I think he should go down to Venezuela and spend some time down there seeing what his political system has done to that country!!!! Maybe spend some time in some of the immigrant neighborhoods where those folks are grateful to be in America and listen to their stories of how the old country treated its citizens!!!

FloridaMan
FloridaMan

When I left high school, I ended up putting over 2,000 miles down on trips from Florida to San Antonio, Madison and Lawton, Oklahoma before I got my first "real" job with a pay check. And I'd do it all again before I spend a whole year campaigning for some politician. Take a road trip, get a real job, sit on your couch and play Halo. Don't spend a whole year working on a mid-term. It's not worth it.

Jules
Jules

What can be funnier than watching a lefty try to restate distaste as fear? I know it's a beloved tactic of the Left but really, give it a rest. No one is afraid of Davey Hogg, though I do think that with his dead eyes and mask-like face he could be a good casting choice for a scary movie. We already know he takes direction well. No, he has just realized that it takes time to be a radical leftist revolutionary leading the masses to cast off the shackles of freedom-----wait, that didn't sound right. Oh well, give him time. It's going to take a while for him to figure out how many ways he can attack personal liberty and the Constitution without, you know, looking like he is against personal liberty and the Constitution. In the meantime he needs to start squeezing tennis balls---that tiny little fist shoved into the air isn't very impressive, even as a faint echo of Leftist heroes who have gone before him. I would have advised him to stay in school and take some math classes. so he could understand the difference between the pittance contributed by the NRA to political causes, while taking no government money at all, compared to the money Planned Parenthood contributes to help elect Liberals, while gobbling at the government trough. And a class or two on the inevitable failures of the system he is being groomed to support, with its economic miseries and loss of personal liberty, would have been a good idea, were he to let it sink in.

pilot83
pilot83

He needs the USMC boot camp to become a real man.