YoungCons.com was created by David Rufful and Josh Riddle in their freshmen dorm room at Dartmouth College in May 2009.
With the release of the website, Josh and David created and released a conservative music video titled “Young Con Anthem,” which went viral on YouTube and landed the two Ivy Leaguers on The O’Reilly Factor, Real Time with Bill Maher, Fox & Friends, Huckabee, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The Huffington Post, Playboy Magazine, Daily Kos, Power Line Blog, MTV and many other nationally syndicated radio stations, major web outlets and national television programs.
David, who is a Rhode Island native, and Josh, who is from Colorado, were both recruited to play division one college basketball at Dartmouth. They committed to Dartmouth in October 2007.
Without any outside funding or support, David and Josh have built one of the largest websites in the world, in terms of unique visitors and page views, through their hard work and determination. They have received the recognition and praise or people like Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Allen West, Megyn Kelly, Bill O’Reilly, Mark Levin, Michelle Malkin, Greg Gutfeld, Mike Huckabee, Gretchen Carlson, Frank Pastore and many others.
In April 2014, Josh and David partnered with Aaron Windeknecht, the “Comical Conservative” and Founder of Konnect LLC. YoungCons.com has been profitable throughout its entire history. Josh and David maintain ownership control of the website.
As defenders of freedom in our constitutional republic, it is our mission and duty to steer the country away from the false promises of progressivism and advocate a smaller government of moral absolutes and individual responsibility.
In a technological era driven fiercely by the mainstream media, we believe that those who vocalize a true conservative message are slanted as intolerant, racist, bible and gun clinging, corporate fat cats who could not care less about the environment nor the well being of their fellow man. Young Conservatives offers articles and videos that prove otherwise. We have a mission to spread the love and logic surrounding true conservatism.
In a day where conservatives are seen as close-minded and archaic, Young Conservatives bring a new perspective to a long-standing philosophy. Our generation will — one way or another — make decisions that will directly affect a rapidly aging and needy population and an exploding, unsustainable national debt.
We feel the moral obligation to intervene against those who abandon our founding principles and embrace the comfortable, but deceptive ideals of moral relativism, victim identification and outcome equivalence. Instead of sinking into the assemblage of the self-satisfied, Young Conservatives challenges the hearts and minds of Americans with content that exposes the false promises of progressivism and the utopian state. This problem is real, and the fight for freedom has begun. What are you doing about it?
Joshua Riddle is the Co-Founder and CEO of YoungCons.com, which reaches over 75 million page views each month and 25 million unique visitors each month. YoungCons.com is regularly ranked among the Top 100 U.S. Desktop Websites and among the Top 25 U.S. Mobile Websites, according to Quantcast.com.
Josh is a graduate of Dartmouth College where he studied American politics. Josh is a former editor of the preeminent conservative college newspaper, The Dartmouth Review. Josh is a former division one college athlete for the Dartmouth men’s basketball team. Josh was named a Rockefeller Center Leadership Fellow and has served as producer to The Laura Ingraham Show. He has written on a number of policy issues as a contributor at Ricochet.com as well as a new media associate for Acculturated.com and PowerLineBlog.com.
Josh has appeared on several nationally syndicated radio stations, major web outlets and national television programs, including Huckabee, The O’Reilly Factor, Fox & Friends, The Strategy Room, The Big Picture, TheBlaze TV and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.
David Rufful is the Co-Founder and President of YoungCons.com, which reaches over 75 million page views each month and 25 million unique visitors each month. YoungCons.com is regularly ranked among the Top 100 U.S. Desktop Websites and among the Top 25 U.S. Mobile Websites, according to Quantcast.com.
David is a graduate of Dartmouth College where he studied American politics and Arabic. During his sophomore summer, David served as Editor-in-Chief of The Dartmouth Review. As a senior, David was elected Captain of the Dartmouth men’s basketball team by his coaches and teammates. David played in the most games in Dartmouth history (114). He was selected to the Ivy League All-Academic 1st Team in 2012 and twice named Ivy League Rookie of the Week. Beyond basketball, David finished 2nd place among thousands of entries in TheBlaze’s documentary film contest, The Pursuit of Truth.
David has appeared on several nationally syndicated radio stations, major web outlets and national television programs, including The O’Reilly Factor, TheBlaze TV, Huckabee, Fox & Friends, The Strategy Room, and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.
Aaron Windeknecht is a Partner at YoungCons.com as well as the President and Founder of Konnect LLC. Aaron has organically grown several of the largest Facebook pages in the world since 2013, including “The Comical Conservative,” which boosts over 1.6 million followers and reaches 30 million people each week.
Aaron oversees social media growth and development at YoungCons.com. At Konnect, Aaron works with established political figures, celebrities and other high-profile clients to grow their brands and monetize their online presence. With cutting-edge services, Konnect develops and executes a specific strategic development plan for each client that transforms their growth in social media, website traffic, ad optimization and much more.
Prior to Konnect, Aaron Windeknecht worked on multiple presidential campaigns, congressional races and numerous campaigns up and down ballot. He spent three years working in fundraising at Campaign Headquarters in the heart of Iowa. Aaron is a winner of 2014 Pollie Award for “Best Use of Social Media” and has been published in Campaign and Elections Magazine.
Michael Cantrell is an Editor and Contributor for YoungCons.com. He has over 8 years of professional experience. He is dedicated to using his skills to uphold conservative principles and defend liberty to the best of his ability. Michael believes wholeheartedly in the Constitution and the principles it was created from and seeks to communicate these eternal truths through engaging pop culture. Michael is also an avid comic book fan and loves movies, music, and television. But most of all, he loves Jesus.
John S. Roberts
Before becoming an Editor and Contributor at YoungCons.com, John worked in the Financial Intelligence Unit for American Express, and was also a political campaign specialist. He is an avid consumer of all things politics and sports, and is a major fan of boxing, college basketball, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Arizona Cardinals. He is proud to be an unapologetic Catholic conservative American, and has no problem being politically incorrect at any given time. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Arizona State University. Email: [email protected]
Andrew Mark Miller
Andrew Mark Miller is an Editor and Contributor at YoungCons.com. a Pasadena, CA based writer with a B.A. in History from Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles. He has worked on several national and local political campaigns in three different states and most recently was a copywriter for a 2016 GOP presidential campaign. Andrew is the co-founder and editor-in-chief at SmallGovReport.com and is also a senior political writer at CommDigiNews.com. You can yell at him or tell him how great he is on Twitter @andymarkmiller.
Jordan Riddle is the Head of Business Development at YoungCons.com. Jordan studied Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Hannah Bleau is a Contributor at YoungCons.com and a graduate of Flagler College where she studied political science and journalism. She’s a former editor of her college’s online publication, former intern at the Daily Caller and a writer and editor for Chicks on the Right. Hannah’s a native Floridian, but New Englander at heart. She’s an avid New England Patriot’s fan, whoopie pie lover and Ronald Reagan fan girl.
Derryck Green is a regular contributor to the National Center for Public Policy Research. His research includes, economic policy, culture and race, abortion, religion, and immigration. He is a writer and blogger whose work has appeared in- and cited by- newspapers and online media across the country. Follow him on Twitter, @DerryckGreen.
Bethany will be a sophomore at the University of Texas at Dallas this fall. She is studying international political economy and Spanish, and will complete an international management master’s degree at UTD as well. Bethany also writes for the Leadership Institute’s Campus Reform and has contributed to the Colorado Christian University 1776 Scholars Blog. She has interned with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and the Leadership Institute, and has volunteered for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and Rick Santorum’s Patriot Voices. Along with her political activism, Bethany golfs for her school’s NCAA team and enjoys traveling. Follow Bethany on Twitter: @bethanysalgado
Alicia Powe is a Contributor for YoungCons.com. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center, Townhall and Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is a New York, NY native and currently resides in Washington, D.C. Follow Alicia on Twitter, @Alicia_Powe.
Yehuda Remer is a Content Specialist at YoungCons.com. Born in La. Lived in Israel. Life-long history enthusiast. Believer in Chivalry. Serious and Dedicated. Fun and Personable. Passionate about love and romance. Open. Kind. Thinker. Pushed to tell the true story. Explorer of beauty. Gorilla Friendly. John Wayne devotee. Gun Junkie. Troop supporter. American.