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Monday, August 16, 2010

Young Americans for Liberty Convention

The Humble Libertarian blog went relatively quiet this weekend as I attended Young Americans for Liberty's National Convention in Washington DC. The things I observed and experienced these last four days have given me a renewed hope in the future of our country. Here were dozens of students- our nation's most dedicated to the cause of liberty- receiving professional political training and learning how to mobilize to win.

Gone are the days when advocates of limited government quietly discussed their views in isolated pockets of academia or libertarian public policy institutes. Behind us are the times when libertarians complained that their ideas should succeed simply by virtue of being right. These students are ready to mobilize to take our ideas to the mainstream and to achieve electoral victories that will set our country on the path to unprecedented liberty, peace, and prosperity.

For the last four days, I met, interacted with, and learned from the future leaders of America. True love- even on a biological level- is necessarily diffusive, which is to say that it bears offspring. Ron Paul's revolution in libertarian thought and action has done just that, and at YAL's National Convention this week, I got to meet the young men and women who have risen to meet Ron Paul's challenge to take back our liberties from a tyrannical Washington Establishment.

Whatever the electoral results of his presidential bid in 2008, Ron Paul's campaign was a political victory because it awakened and mobilized that irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.

No political candidate in recent history has influenced so many people so profoundly as Ron Paul. There is no Young Americans for the Status Quo or Young Americans for the Establishment. As Jack Hunter, one of the convention's speakers, said: "There is no Mike Huckabee Brigade. There is no John McCain Movement. There is no Mitt Romney Army.

But there is a Ron Paul Revolution."

Nobody actually wanted John McCain to be president, and no one actually wants Mitt Romney to be either. Republicans just didn't want a Democrat to be president, and couldn't explain- in clear policy terms- why their RINO of choice would actually make a good leader.

But in Ron Paul, Americans found a living Thomas Jefferson or George Washington, a man of rock-solid principles who in 20 years as a Congressman has never voted to raise taxes, never voted for an unbalanced budget, never voted to raise congressional pay, never taken a government-paid junket, never voted to increase the power of the executive branch in any way, and has not participated in the lucrative congressional pension program.

That kind of politics is possible, and with the hard work of the young men and women I met this weekend, we can fill Congress with such principled patriots. We can stop and reverse the growth of Washington DC's size, role, and influence over our lives. We can take our country and our freedoms back.

I'm excited to share and to use the awesome things I learned this weekend to advance the Internet activism and education that we're doing here at The Humble Libertarian.

W. E. Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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