I bet you don’t know anyone like Hannah Cowan.
A passionate pro-lifer, huge fan of Ronald Reagan, and a girl who tends to attract a lot of feminist hate-mail. Hannah Cowan is one teenager who’s got her head screwed on right.
Not to mention, she’s hilarious on Twitter.
She’s one of the few politically informed teenagers that I have met on twitter. As you already know, it’s hard to find teenagers who have more than a rudimentary understanding of the political world.
Every time I find another highly informed teenager I praise God, because America’s not dead yet.
Once you read her interview, and promptly follow her on Twitter you’ll get an understanding of why America needs more young people like her.
Hopefully this will encourage you to become more politically aware. Or, help someone else begin their political journey.
But, before you get to the meat of the article, let me outline my reason for doing these interviews.
What’s the Point of These Interviews?
Besides the point that you get to meet new, and to be honest, freakin’ awesome people?
That’s one reason for it all, but it’s not the main one.
It’s safe to say that the majority of Americans are politically apathetic. You know it, I know it, Obama knows it.
If you and I are going to fix America, the apathetic crowd needs to be reached. They need to be drawn into the political world. They need to realize how much it affects them. They need to realize how much of a difference they can make.
But it’s hard at times to reach them. Yet, you have plenty of Americans who have become politically informed. What’s up with them?
Hopefully by looking at a few of their stories, you can see a connection. A connection that’ll help you reach your friends, neighbors, and coworkers.
Plus, it’s always interesting to hear a story about how you got involved in politics.
Let’s hear Hannah tell hers…
A Few Questions with Hannah Cowan About Her Political Journey
Who are you? And what are you known for?
So, who am I? I’m tempted to give my favorite answer, “I don’t know.” I’ve trembled on this question for some time now, answering it, and deleting it over and over again, never quite being satisfied!
Any answer describing who I am that does not account for God is inaccurate and not worthy as a guiding principal of my life. I am an image of our creator, a unique reflection of a special part of him.
What am I known for? I guess that really depends on who you ask! I’m sure the kids I graduated with say something about me being an overachiever, and my twitter followers would say something about my witty tweets! All I know, is someday I want to be known for making a difference!
How old were you when got into politics?
I grew up in a very political home, so I’ve always been pretty informed!
But it wasn’t until 7th grade that I truly started taking involvement!
I started by working strongly with the pro-life movement, and as I grew and matured, I broadened my political aspirations beyond social issues! It wasn’t until my senior year of high school, that I decided I wanted to make a career out of politics.
What attracted you to politics?
Believe it or not, it was the Obama administration. Watching the conservative values I grew up and my first amendment rights to express them go under attack by not only the society but also by the government, made me realize my involvement was imperative if I wanted my children to enjoy the same freedoms I take for granted every day.
Was there any person (family member, friend, mentor) who helped you get into politics?
A lot of people! Family especially!
In 6th grade, I wanted to make a cook book for my mother that had recipes from each state! I wrote all 50 governors asking for a recipe! Sarah Palin was one of the very few who responded! Her letter really stood out to me. It had a number of recipes, along with some personal messages, advice, and even a coloring book!
Upon receiving the letter, I was completely mesmerized by Sarah Palin. I even cut my bangs and bought fake glasses just so I could look like her!
If I were to have never received that letter, I often wonder if I would still be chasing my presidential dreams today.
What was your process for becoming politically informed (did you read a lot of books, etc)?
Once I decided politics was a passion of mine, everything I did was with the purpose of becoming informed!
If it wasn’t a school requirement or an action that was going to advance my political knowledge, I wouldn’t participate! I gave up music stations for talk radio and non-fiction stories with sappy teenage love for fiction books with political agendas!
Did any of your friends or family give you a hard time for taking an interest in politics?
The grief will never end. If I had a dollar for every time someone said “She’ll never be president,” I could pay off the national debt! Buy hey, it hasn’t stopped me yet!
Did you find it unusually difficult to educate yourself about political issues, principles, and the like?
Of course, you can never 100% rely on anything anymore! I always look into more than 1 or even 2 sources, and then form my opinion accordingly.
What did you dislike the most about it all?
The division and intolerance! Differing political opinions doesn’t mean we must be enemies!
Author Rick Warren once said…
“Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”
I couldn’t agree more!
If you could’ve have done something different what would it have been?
Not let my political aspirations control so much of my life! I wish I would have had a hobby outside of politics throughout high school!