I’m Daniel Schmidt — a 15-year-old high school sophomore from Nashville, Tennessee.
In my freshman year of high school, at the age of 14, I made an unprecedented decision: to found a hard-hitting, fact-based conservative commentary outlet.
I have always been greatly engaged in politics. Ever since I could read, I have been extremely interested in government, history, economics, world affairs, and anything else that affected the contemporary world in significant ways. Events that normally did not attract the attention of kids my age — presidential debates and inaugurations, speeches by world leaders, and political conventions — would encapsulate my attention for hours.
I have also always found myself to generally lean conservative; upon early age, I was taught to prioritize the values of individual responsibility, liberty, and equity. Those are values that should be universally present in equal amounts in both sides of the political spectrum, but unfortunately, they are not.
With that in mind, I founded The Young Pundit in the summer of 2018. Besides my interests in politics and current events, I established The Young Pundit for several other reasons:
First: There is a common belief among many that young people have an extreme lack of knowledge of current events and the actual facts regarding these events, and to be fair, I can see where that belief stems from. I have witnessed the lack of knowledge of contemporary issues in my own school, and it is frightening. I wanted to show the same people with that belief that a 15-year-old can actually formulate and articulate his own opinions rather than get them from his parents, and that a teenager can actually possess a large knowledge of ongoing political events.
Second: There is an astonishing lack of coverage of certain topics in the mainstream media. Many stories that I read online are barely, if ever, talked about in the mainstream media, and they should be front-page headlines. On top of that, many stories that are issued out by these media giants either deliberately leave out certain facts to spread an agenda or outright publish incredulously incorrect information.
Third: There is a large absence of fact-based opinion in today’s society. Mainstream political beliefs nowadays are typically not based on facts and evidence but on emotions and feelings, and that is terrifying.
Fourth: I have always thoroughly enjoyed expressing my own opinions and thoughts, and I have been told by many that I should create an outlet to express my own ideas and share what I believe is not being reported on enough. Group-think is incredibly dangerous nowadays, and I want to invalidate it as much as possible.
In addition, my ideal career once reaching adulthood would be to work as a political journalist or commentator at a reputable news organization. I created The Young Pundit to allow me to gain exposure to the journalism and political scene.
A lot of pundits and political commentators have also inspired me to create The Young Pundit. Individuals like Andrew Breitbart, Tucker Carlson, Mark Steyn, Matt Drudge, Ben Shapiro, and many others have issued in a new era of expressing opinions that go against mainstream thought.
Through The Young Pundit, I truly hope that readers will find something that has unfortunately been missing for years. With a principal focus on promulgating hard-hitting, fact-based conservative commentary on contemporary political events, The Young Pundit strives to promote positions supported by facts, statistics, and evidence.
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