April 9, 2018
James T. Kirk, also known as “Captain Kirk”, earned the distinction as the only student in the Starfleet Academy to overcome the Kobayashi Maru test. Kirk prevailed in what was considered a no-win situation.
Two weeks ago, I had the honor of addressing the thousands of young (and not so young) folks who marched up to the Texas Capitol demanding something that until now has seemed unwinnable: common-sense gun regulation. It was quite an amazing sight to see. And it looks like the young leaders who organized the march and rally have figured out how to beat the Kobayashi Maru. They are changing things when it comes to guns.
It’s clear that the adults have failed these young people. And those young people are now telling us to pay attention. We need to listen with their ears, feel with their hearts. We need to let them show us the way.
Ambassador Andrew Young, a civil rights icon who also served as the mayor of Atlanta, said in a recent interview that “these young people are going to be involved in the redemption of America, from poverty, from war, from violence. That’s the key to the future.”
I believe Ambassador Young is absolutely right.
That’s what you learn at the Kirk Watson Campaign Academy.
The Campaign Academy is a six-week comprehensive training in the workings of campaigns. We spend all day, every day covering key campaigning topics, from canvassing to getting out the vote. The Academy Fellows hear from distinguished speakers who are professional experts on topics ranging from campaign nuts and bolts, politics, policy and media. They get to meet candidates up and down the ballot. And by the end of the Campaign Academy, students will be able to create and execute a campaign plan.
The deadline to apply is April 15.
It’s not James T. Kirk’s Starfleet Academy, but it is all about the future.