In 2017, I published “The American Ritual of Thoughts and Prayers,” I tried to make sense of the strange ritual we engage in immediately after a mass shooting event or extreme gun violence incident. Like clockwork, we rinse and repeat the same scenario with hollow conviction and a fake sense of duty. The performance we all engage in is pathetic. …


I started the year 2020 like many, with visions of clarity, alignment, and ambition, and I am ending 2020, celebrating my 35th Birthday, feeling drained but content with where I am in life.

I have slogged through the strange crucible of pandemic-living, relationship straining circumstances, and a professional life that no development course or self-help book could have ever prepared me. 2020 was a year that tested many, both literally and figuratively. I am writing this blog posting to my future self because I know that I am prepared for coming after this year. I opened my 2020 journal and…


I would like to personally thank the Pinellas Democratic Party and the Pinellas County Young Democrats for your trust in me during my tenure in leadership. My service to our community and the Democratic Party does not end here as I know that there is more work to be done.

As a leader, I recognize that elections matter, elections have consequences, and elections have winners and losers, and for that, I wish my successor, Vice Chairman Jeff Cox, all the best, for his success is all our success. I also want to send a warm congratulations to State Committeewoman Lucinda…


Chairwoman Barbara Scott and Vice Chairman Johnny Boykins, First Presidential Debate in Miami, Florida

To my fellow Pinellas County Democrats:

I know many of you know me as I have served as Vice Chairman of the Pinellas Democratic Party for the last two years. Many of you don’t know me and have not heard my personal story. My name is Johnny V. Boykins, and I am asking you to Re-Elect me Vice Chairman of the Pinellas Democratic Party on December 7, 2020.

I am a native son of Pinellas County, the grandson of a letter carrier and seamstress, and the son of a single mother who would ultimately become the first person in our…


We are the generation of governmental failure and we are the generation that can fundamentally change our destiny by running for political office, joining community boards and commissions, and speaking out in industries where we are now in the ranks of leadership. We must do it, for the sovereignty of the living generation.

This previously appeared on the Pinellas County Young Democrats Blog

An open letter to my fellow Millennials:

Take a moment and step away from your webinar teaching your company elders on how to use the video conferencing program. Take a break from arguing with your Boomer and Gen X grandparents and parents on the merits of listening to public health officials. Put down your phone and step away from the Tik Tok videos you are watching but no worries, I know the Gen Z app is addicting. We are living in an era that is unprecedented yet increasingly familiar. …


The Warning

President Donald J. Trump warned all of us of where we would end up when he delivered his first address to the nation as President of the United States. In his “American Carnage” inaugural address, President Trump described this dystopian and dark America. We now know that President Trump is the American carnage.

The Record

In the President’s remarks, he stated that “mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities,” but the reality is he has trapped mothers and children in cages at the border and in detention centers around the country. He stated that “rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones…


This article was previously posted to the Pinellas Young Dems Blog.

The political collective of pundits, editorial boards, op-ed contributors, cable news broadcasts, and social media “political philosophers” are all lamenting about the dysfunction and dissolution of the Democratic Party, due to our increasingly crowded presidential field. The political collective is regularly asserting that the Party is in disarray. The political collective is wrong because it forgets that at the end of the day, “all politics is local,” as remarked by the legendary Democratic Speaker Tip O’Neill proclaimed.

The increasingly crowded presidential field is something that Democrats should embrace. We…


The era of the political gatekeepers is officially over. Consider this an obituary. Millennials can no longer afford to “wait our turn” or “get in line” or “pay our dues” or whatever cliché that is directed our way. Our futures depend on the gates opening up, or we will dismantle the barriers altogether.

Our Future Depends On It

In the year 2057, I will be the current age of the President of the United States and dealing with the effects of climate change, environmental degradation, and infrastructure atrophy. …


The coalition that makes up the Democratic Party should embrace the youthful pressure disrupting the status quo within the liberal establishment and progressive left.

Embrace The Disruption

The rank and file order of the political left is changing. The coalition that makes up the Democratic Party should embrace the youthful and leftward pressure disrupting the status quo within the liberal establishment and progressive left. Millennials or the “the kids” that are often referenced in the news media are not kids anymore. …


It is clear that President Donald J. Trump is incapable of making a completely factual statement or having an honest moment. President Trump is incapable of telling the truth. President Trump is so self-absorbed that he lacks the self-awareness required to tactfully execute the most basic duties of the office of President of the United States.

One year ago, I published “The Fabricator-in-Chief is Incapable of Telling the Truth,” all of it still rings true today. The President of the United States is a pathological liar and revels within lies with an amorality that borders immorality. …

Johnny V. Boykins

Husband. Security Professional. Recovering Politico. Veteran. Bow Tie Aficionado. Chef. German Shepherd Dad.

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