From today's surprise announcement of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's resignation to the #ShirtStorm flap over an ESA scientist's choice of clothing to the Republican electoral sweep and the ongoing battle with ISIS forces in the Middle East, the last quarter of 2014 has been a spin cycle for pundits and politicians alike. Navigating the gauntlet of current events in an age of hyperbole and hasty critics has never been easy, but a new generation of sharp, young news personalities are rising up to pick up the standard. One of those emerging voices to note is Colorado-based Kaitlin Hamilton, a graduate of Hawaii Pacific University and a new writer for CDN who is sure to drop piranhas in the media fishbowl of Beltway politics.
Legendary for her witty quips, and penchant for outspoken, take-no-prisoners style of opinoneering, I asked Hamilton to discuss her new column and to share a few thoughts about current events. Be sure to also check out her new Twitter at @GooseCDN_ for updates and follow her Instagram at @goosey91_ for the latest updates!
|Kaitlin Hamilton is a new writer for CDN and|
brings a Millennial perspective to politics,
modern culture, sports and news.
Kaitlin, you just started a new column at CDN which explores a lot of issues for women and younger millennials called "Talk to Me Goose." Tell us a little bit about some of the topics you've written about so far and what kinds of things you think need more attention in the news today.
Well I have only written three articles so far. I'll be getting into a lot of political pieces. As well as sports, dating, travel, and many other topics. I have an opinion on pretty much everything so you'll be hearing a lot from me.
I'm sure some of your new readers across the nation are curious to know, how did you get the nickname "Goose"?
It started years ago and I don't even remember when it started but I'm pretty much a great wingman.
Speaking of Goose, they say that a sequel is in the making for Top Gun and some of the rumors say the main character may even be a woman this time. What do you think about that?
Why mess with something that is already perfect? I'm not one for sequels usually.
As a female writer, what do you think about the latest controversy where another female columnist took to Twitter during the European Space Agency's comet landing and publicly condemned one of the scientists because of the shirt he wore, going so far as to call the scientist out as an "asshole." The scientist ended up tearfully apologizing for his shirt on international TV and people remembered him more for the shirt than his accomplishment in landing a probe on a comet. Do you think that this kind of response was justified or are people going too far in being offended? Are priorities right in something like this?
I think it was just something to get fired up about. I don't see the issue. It was a shirt! He wasn't speaking about degrading women or anything. I don't know, I just think it was dumb and uncalled for. There should have been more focus on his accomplishments than what he wore.
|President Obama's challenge for the remainder of his term will|
be addressing China's surge as an economic and military power.
(White House photo)
How do you feel about the recent "Republican wave" that swept the nation in the November midterms? Your state in particular was one of the Democratic strongholds but flipped from blue to solid red. What do you think these changes mean for young people like yourself?
I'm quite happy with the results. I've seen a lot of people my age complaining about the results but they didn't even vote! So I think it might get them out there for the next election.
They say that young voter turnout was really low this year. What do you think is behind the lack of interest in voting?
Millennials are so used to everything being electronic and easy. Getting to the polls is part of the issue. I also think a lot of people don't think their vote matters, which it obviously does if you look at the voter turnout this year. I also don't think a lot of people pay attention, they think only the presidential election matters.
What do you think are some of the priorities the new Congress needs to address?
I think first and foremost they need to put party differences aside and figure out a way to work together.
Do you think that elections are becoming too much like professional sports rather than leadership where people are focusing more on the contest between parties rather than the long term reform of America and the good of the nation?
I absolutely think that! Especially with younger voters. I notice people arguing on social media all the time for their party but they don't know why they are siding with that party. The government doesn't set a great example either, they need to work together despite their differences.
|Significant reductions in U.S. forces, combined with increased|
military operations in the Middle East leave a question mark
for the future American security. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Do you think America is getting better or worse these days? It seems like while our country is falling behind countries like Russia, China and India which are surging in military power and economic might. As an example, in 2006 the U.S. was theworld's largest exporter of weapons. Today Russia is number one exporter. Combined with Russia's recent announcement that it would put nuclear bombers onpatrol in the Gulf of Mexico, this has a lot of people in D.C. worried. Do you think America is in trouble?
Unfortunately I think America is getting worse. Instead of solving issues everybody is playing the blame game. It's like this on all sides of the government, again too focused on the other party to accomplish anything.
What do you think about Sarah Palin? If she ran for president, would you support her? She's been speaking about the dangers of Russia since 2008, but people made fun of her foreign policy beliefs.
I think she has been right about a lot of things and people weren't willing to listen. I think her unusually bubbly personality makes people think less of her which is unfortunate because she is right about a lot.
Last but not least, what would you say are the most important things that millennials should learn from your new column?
Millennials will be able to learn a lot from me I think. I haven't been able to get into a lot of topics just yet but I hope to be a writer that's easy to relate to. Whether you agree with my political standings or not I hope it encourages you to do your own research and really understand what you stand for. Hopefully my lighter articles will make you laugh or smile and the others will educate you.