will never forget.
Sixteen years ago I watched in stunned silence with high
school classmates as Flight 175 crashed into Tower Two of the World Trade Center at 9:03 a.m. It was clear then we were under
attack. To this day, every time I think of the attacks of September 11, 2001 I am overwhelmed with emotion -
both sadness and anger - just as much I was on that day. The pain is very
raw and, undoubtedly, will remain as such for the rest of my life.
In addressing the nation, President George W. Bush spoke for all
of us when he stated:
"Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable
acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires
burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible
sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were
intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed.
Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist
attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot
touch the foundation of America. These acts
shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve."
Americans are a peace-loving people, but we will fight to protect the values
that are rooted in our founding. President Woodrow Wilson pronounced a
century ago, "America is privileged to
spend her blood and her might for the principles that gave her birth and
happiness and the peace which she has treasured." This is still true for
the United States and the many
nations who have joined her in the fight against the scourge of violent
However, it is not enough to only remember the tragic
events of September 11, 2001. To
properly honor the men and women we lost that day in New York, at the Pentagon,
and in a field in Pennsylvania, we must eradicate
those who seek to do us harm and wish to disrupt our way of life - to end our
President Bush's address to the nation was the clarion call
for our generation. It has defined us. Many from our generation have answered
this call in the United States, as well as many
others from around the world, in defiance of terrorism for
the defense of freedom and democracy the world over. Just as the victims
of 9/11 will never be forgotten, nor will the hundreds of thousands of men and
women who answered the call in their honor who have fought, especially those
who have died, to protect our way of life at home and defend the liberty of
people in every corner of the world.
In remembering September 11th we must remain resolute in
our commitment to fulfill the mission to preserve and protect our way of
life with the steadfast belief that our work is focused on a future where our
children and grandchildren can have the opportunity to live in a peaceful world
devoid of radical Islamic terrorism and violent extremism under an umbrella of
a free, democratic, and open global community.
Jason Frederick Emert
Young Republican National Federation
2017 Young Republican National
Convention - Annapolis, MD
Chairman speaks to young American youth leaders regarding the incidents in Charlottesville, VA
Washington DC - The Young
Republican National Federation (YRNF) calls upon young Americans across the
nation and across all political spectrum's to denounce the hatred and
destructiveness occurring in Charlottesville, VA.
Newly elected YRNF Chairman Jason Emert strongly condemned the violence and
hate-filled rhetoric saying, “this bigotry must end. The disease of racism must
be eradicated for good.” He continued calling upon our generation to “stand up
and declare enough is enough.”
Chairman Emert reached out to other youth leaders across the political spectrum
to unite against the un-American promotion of the hateful and backward ideology
that only seeks to divide America.
“I call upon the leaders of our generation as well as those who will shape the
world for future generations to join together in condemning this hateful
division. Our nation was founded on principles of freedom and democracy, and
while political discourse is crucial to our development, hate and bigotry hold
no place in our conversation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who were
injured or have been killed in the unsettling violence.”
We look forward to working as an organization, in partnership with our peers,
to rise above the hate and vitriol to start a conversation to make America better, safer, and
stronger for all.
For those of you who were not in Annapolis,
I was elected as chairman of the Young Republican National Federation over the
weekend. I first want to thank Chairman Emeritus Dennis Cook for his service to
YRNF and the years he dedicated to our organization. Dennis has served
YRNF with distinction and we are all better for it. I am proud to call him a
As a candidate for chairman I visited with dozens of state
federations and traveled thousands of miles across the United
States. I listened to the concerns of Young
Republicans and put forth a plan for a better organization. The results of the
election for chairman proved that our message hit home with the vast majority
of Young Republicans. I am humbled and honored to have the awesome
responsibility to lead the Young Republican National Federation these next two
Nevertheless, I understand that with these results come great expectations. Our
team has already taken the initial steps to becoming a better
organization to our membership that is more responsive, more professional, more
effective, and more influential. With President Trump and Republican
leadership at a high water mark in Congress and state capitols around the
nation, Young Republicans and all Republicans expect our organization to be
better than ever before. We won't let you down.
Already our team has hit the ground running. We are working on multiple
deployments in races in Virginia
and New Jersey. We are building
out a long term program to build and grow Republican majorities at all levels
of government. We are taking the steps necessary to be the premier organization
for developing Republican leaders that will protect the American Dream for our
generation and generations to come. And, we are not even through the first week
of this administration!
Needless to say I am excited about what the future
holds for the Young Republican National Federation. As such, I have made it my
mission to visit every state chapter during my term. This weekend I will be
attending the Oklahoma Young Republican State Convention and the Texas Young
Republican State Convention. Next week, I will be at the Arkansas Young State
Convention. So, if there's an upcoming event you would like me to attend,
please do not hesitate to ask. I plan on being active and visible in
championing our organization over the next two years.
Again, thank you for entrusting me with this great responsibility to lead
the YRNF and develop the next generation of Republican leaders. As we begin
this journey together, please follow along and connect with me on Twitter
Jason Frederick Emert
Young Republican National Federation
EJ Wilder, Young Republican National Federation's
Education Committee Chairman, and the YRNF Celebrate Black History Month
Black History Month, the annual celebration of the role which African Americans
have played and will continue to play in the history of the United
States, was originally ‘Negro History Week’ which was
celebrated during the second week in February which contained the
birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick
Douglas. Seeing the need to expand the history beyond just a
week, in 1976, President Gerald Ford dedicated the entire month of February to
this celebration honoring the history which is our American history.
Our country has progressed a great deal since 1976, even more since 1776, yet
we know we still have mountains to climb in healing the relations which have
been soured since well before the end of segregation in 1964. This is not to
say we haven't achieved a lot in regards to the lives and rights of African
American. It is important during this month we remember how far we have come
and how far we can go, for all Americans, when we work together.
The successes of African Americans run deep within the Republican Party. Many
great African American Senators, Representatives, and other leaders have seen
great success within the party. Senator Tim Scott, Representatives Will Hurd
and Mia Love, several former cabinet level appointees, as well as a host of
other former members of congress, and RNC leadership and staff members are men
and women of color who have led as Republicans. And perhaps more importantly,
thousands of up and coming African American leaders, Party members and leaders
throughout our American communities.
As we progress through this century, history and the country will increasingly
turn to the millennial generation to lead the way. Our generation will be
tasked with continuing the momentum in bettering our nation regarding our
education system, healthcare, the economy, criminal justice reform, and race
relations. I am confident my generation can do just this. We must find a Better
Way to help unite America
and enable Americans.
We must make sure children in all communities
have the opportunity to succeed at every stage of their lives, from early
childhood through college. We must ensure individuals have the control and
increased choices to pick the healthcare plans that meets each person's needs,
and not a plan which is mandated. One-size-fits-all has never been the American
We need a workplace in which it is easy for the American worker and student to
excel. We need to look at who we incarcerate, why we incarcerate them, and what
we can do about breaking the cycle of life-long incarceration. We need to
foster an overall American environment where every citizen can live the life
they choose without the intervention of government be that the dinner table,
boardroom, or place of worship.
And we shall endeavor to honor the achievements of African American not only
during this February, but all months, because Black History is American History
and our futures are bound together
Emmanuel “E.J.” Wilder is
National Committeeman for the North Carolina Young Republicans and Chairman of the YRNF Education Committee.
August 10, 2016
YRNF Congratulates Speaker Ryan on His
Chicago, IL --
The YRNF would like to congratulate Speaker Paul Ryan on his primary
victory last night in Wisconsin.
Speaker Ryan faced an unorthodox opponent funded with money from outside Wisconsin. Instead of
stopping to the lowest levels of campaign tactics, Speaker Ryan waged a
campaign of positive ideas and solutions, in the same fashion in which he
leads Congress. Speaker Ryan was rewarded by the voters of his district by an
Following the Speaker’s win, YRNF Chairman Dennis Cook said, “Speaker
Ryan set an example for the rest of us to follow going into November. Instead
of attending a victory party tonight, Speaker Ryan held a press conference
where he took the opportunity to talk about the Party's agenda for the
"Republicans are offering a Better
Way to fix this country's big, pressing problems,"
said Speaker Ryan. "This is how we turn this passion of the moment, into a
hard won future. Through ideas. Through inspiration. Through inclusiveness.
Through an agenda that we can be proud of. Through an agenda that can unite
"Speaker Ryan, first elected to Congress at 28, is proof that Young
Republicans are leaders who can truly make a difference for our country,”
continued YRNF Chairman Dennis Cook. "We look forward to working with
Speaker Ryan and the other office holders and candidates as they embrace
the Better Way
policy agenda in the fall, and into the next legislating session."
Houston, TX: The following is an op-ed by YRNF
Chairman Dennis Cook (IL) and Co-Chairman Chris Carmona (TX) ahead of the
YRNF’s Summer board meeting Houston, Texas this weekend
Friday, when the Bureau of
Labor Statistics (BLS) released the latest employment numbers, most
people paid attention to the overall unemployment, where no change occurred, as
well as to the number of jobs added to the economy. However, other numbers tell
a more important story.
In July, 94,333,000 of our fellow Americans were not in the labor
force. The number of the long-term unemployed – those who are jobless for
27 weeks or more – did not change in July. But the problem goes deeper than
employment numbers, to an economy that is still struggling, and an economy
waiting to be unleashed. Young Americans, those within the age range to join
our Young Republicans organization, are often most directly impacted when
people cannot find work, or when people give up on looking for work.
Economic writers such as Greg Ip
are even suggesting to people thinking about retiring to reconsider,
writing in the Wall Street Journal, "The economy needs you more than you
know." What does this do for the young people either looking to move up or
looking for a first job to begin building a career? What does this mean for the
young couple who wants to buy a home and begin a family, but struggles simply
to find the opportunity for the employment that will get them where they
We are six years removed from this administrations so-called Recovery Summer.
We are thirty years removed from the last major reform to our tax code. Our tax
code should be built for growth, both in the economy and for the future
population of our country.
Many things, beyond just the unemployment measures need to be part of a larger
discussion as we move toward the November election and part of our next
100 Days agenda. Investor's Business Daily editorialized
last week, "It’s time for the government to come up with a new
jobless measure which more accurately depicts what's really going on in the job
market today." We agree.
Here's the bottom line: If some of these problems are not solved or addressed
now, we will see Washington grow even more bloated than it already is.
Local municipalities, cities and states will see themselves caught up in the
undercurrent and will have no recourse but to turn to Washington, and when
Washington is the place eventually holding all the power, freedom and liberty
are diminished for young and old alike.
Have you tried to start a small business? Not everyone has, but the amount of
rules and regulation to go from an idea to actually “open for business” is
breathtaking, and can only get worse if we do not begin to institute real
When it comes to the economy, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for
everyone. This week, the Young Republican National Federation will be gathering
in Houston, Texas for our quarterly meeting. As part of this meeting,
we will be putting service into practice in one of Houston's less fortunate parts of town. We have been
able to partner with a local ministry to provide supplies to families with
children as the kids get ready to go back to school; while the ministry
provides some guidance, some hope and some counseling.
The economy affects people in different ways. In this instance, a local
ministry is helping families in need. This ministry is connected to the people
it serves, and even more broadly, it is connected to the community that
surrounds it. In most cases, the ministry can provide for personal and
emotional needs, in ways no government entity can. When the economy leaves
people behind or makes it difficult for some to get by, we should have a
mechanism there to help, a springboard if you will. We, as a nation, are
capable of this, and it is what we do as we watch out for our neighbors. We can
also do some commonsense things right now that will start solving problems that
a stagnant economy cannot even begin to address.
This year, and moving into next session of Congress opening in January 2017,
the Republicans are advancing a Better Way
policy agenda developed by Speaker Paul Ryan and Ways and Means Chairman
Kevin Brady among others. The ideas within a Better Way on
the economy, jobs and tax reform are vital enough to our country that they
merit not only now and through to Election Day, but into the next
legislative session to be implemented.
Young Americans deserve a Better Way. Young Americans are counting on a Better Way. It is time we start advancing it.
About YRNF: The Young Republican National Federation,
headed by Chairman Dennis Cook and Co-Chairman Chris Carmona, is an official
auxiliary organization under the RNC. YRNF represents Republican voters between
the ages of 18 and 40 across America. The national youth wing of the GOP includes members of both
state and local chapters of the Young Republicans.
For any questions inquiries or more
information about YRNF please contact Chief of Staff Clayton Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chairman Cook Statement On Donald Trump’s Choice Of Governor
Mike Pence As His Running Mate
CLEVELAND - Young Republican National Federation (YRNF)
Chairman Dennis Cook released the following statement on Donald J. Trump’s
selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate:
selection of Governor Mike Pence is a strong addition to the our ticket,” said
YRNF Chairman Dennis Cook. “A solid conservative in Congress and now as Governor
of Indiana, Governor Pence's policies have led to the longest period of
uninterrupted job growth in Indiana’s history. The number one consideration when
choosing a Vice-President is someone who could step into the role of President
and lead without hiccup and that is what Donald Trump has done with his choice
of Governor Pence. Mike Pence, as a Governor of a midwest state, understands
flyover country, he understands the working man and woman and has worked to
improve their lives in Indiana. We look forward to hearing from both Governor
Pence and Donald Trump in Cleveland this week and taking the battle to the
liberal Clinton machine this November at the ballot box."
Day is a reminder to us all that our freedom has a cost. The men and women who
have died for our freedom paid a debt which cannot be repaid.
gather with friends and family over the weekend, remember these men and women
were husbands and wives; brothers and sisters; sons and daughters; and, mothers
and fathers. Our nation is more secure and the world is freer because of their
I am reminded of what President George W. Bush so eloquently
said: "Their sacrifice was great, but not in vain. All Americans and every free
nation on earth can trace their liberty to the white markers of places like
Arlington National Cemetery. And may God keep us ever grateful.”
Nation mourns with thanksgiving for each one of their sacrifices.
Young Republican National
Republican businessman Donald J. Trump surpassed the necessary delegates needed
to earn the Republican Party's nomination for president. The Young Republican
National Federation (YRNF) congratulates Mr. Trump and the Trump campaign on
this milestone. Our primary process was a showcase of the best and brightest of
our party and was a hard fought contest to determine the leadership of our party
for the presidential election.
Trump’s nomination comes as the likely Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton cannot
seem to pull away from the septuagenarian socialist Bernie Sanders. Not to
mention, Mrs. Clinton continues to find herself embroiled in the controversy
over her illegal use of a private email server during her lackluster time as
secretary of state. Mrs. Clinton has repeatedly lied to the American public and
her impending nomination should cast doubt upon the entire Democratic Party.
such, there are many things for our party to fight for this year and having all
freedom loving conservatives uniting for that purpose is crucial to ensure
success. We must fight to retain the United States Senate and House of
Representatives, as well as protect the incredible gains we've made in state
legislatures the last decade. We have great candidates from all corners of the
country. Many of these candidates are young republicans who bring our
generation’s fresh perspectives and innovative conservative solutions to the
bureaucratic stagnation that persists at all levels of government. Our mission
as an organization is to fight for these people and we will not abandon our
cause or our party in this most crucial election year.
YRNF is committed to electing Republicans across the country and developing
future leaders of our party and the nation. We appreciate the countless members
of the YRNF who have put this organization ahead of self-interests for the
successful advancement of the conservative movement over these last few years.
It is exactly because of these individuals we have the foundation built to
emerge victorious in 2016.
Young Republican National Federation 2016 Summer
May 9, 2016
Houston, TX – The YRNF will descend upon Houston,
TX in August to hold its 2016 Summer Quarterly Meeting. Although Texas is
traditionally looked at as a safe red state, the city of Houston has long been
controlled by the progressive left. With local races being a heavy
concentration this upcoming fall, there is no better place to host our Summer
meeting than an urban hotbed that is ripe for conservative change.
thrilled to bring the national body to my hometown of Houston this summer,” said
YRNF Co-Chairman Chris Carmona, “Most people truly don’t understand the inner
city initiatives which Republicans have been implementing over the last few
years in trying to turn these areas from blue to red, and I hope that having the
meeting in Houston will shine a light on some of those successes.”
Southern Hospitality of Texas will be on full display, along with local and
statewide office holders this August. We will be rolling out registration, hotel
info, and a tentative agenda in the next few weeks, so please be sure to stay
connected to the YRNF app and Facebook Event page.
For press inquiries or more
information about YRNF please contact Chief of Staff Clayton Turner
The Young Republican
National Federation, headed by Chairman Dennis Cook and Co-Chairman Chris
Carmona, is an official auxiliary organization under the RNC. YRNF represents
Republican voters between the ages of 18 and 40 across America. The national
youth wing of the GOP represents members of both state and local chapters of the
Young Republican National Federation Statement on Election
May 5, 2016
Washington, D.C. – The YRNF is composed of
politically active leaders in states and territories across the country and
represents the present as well as the future of the Republican Party. With races
upcoming at the local level from City Council to State Representative, the YRNF
is focused on the down ballot foundations which are the future of the Republican
The importance of ensuring the liberal progressive agenda of
Hillary Clinton is never implemented means the U.S. Senate and House must
continue to be led by a Republican majority. We will not allow liberals like
Chuck Schumer a free pass on the road to picking up where Harry Reid left off in
the U.S. Senate. The Supreme Court, the American economy and the safety of our
nation are all at stake.
The Young Republican National Federation looks
forward to supporting and electing Republicans throughout the U.S. most
especially those Young Republicans who are seeking elective office
themselves. We must ensure future generations of young Americans are not
controlled by liberal progressive policies which have failed in the past and
continue to fail around the world.
From New Hampshire to Florida, Nevada
to Ohio, Republicans face a tough 2016 map, but our efforts to elect Republicans
will be fierce and our work with local and national candidates will be to ensure
the future of our country, our Party, and our families. The Country is at stake
and we will endeavor to give our full measure of devotion to electing leaders
dedicated to conservative policies and upholding of
For press inquiries or
more information about YRNF please contact Chief of Staff Clayton Turner (email@example.com) at 205-540-3264, or Communications
Committee Chairman, Katrina Jørgensen (Katrina.Jorgensen@yrnf.com) at 817-881-8199.
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