Young Americans for Liberty

Thomas Massie, Justin Amash to Participate in War On Youth Town Hall

YAL War on Youth Townhall

The current prevailing political trends have been failing the predictions of their original proponents.

Higher minimum wages and the implementation of health care mandates that force companies to spend more to maintain employees on the payroll are just a few of the many policies that have been linked to the many difficulties that teens and young adults have been facing in the past decade.

The current job market for teens is the toughest on record and the type of solutions that are now being supported by the Obama administration do nothing to solve the problem but aggravate it. Once higher minimum wages kick in, the current administration’s solution will prove to be yet another impediment to the entry of inexperienced or young individuals with little or no experience in the workforce.

Because these policies lead to constant harassment that young Americans are forced to struggle with daily, Congressmen Justin Amash (R-MI) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) will be participating in a “War on Youth” town hall, which will take place in Arizona.

The Glendale Community College chapter of Young Americans for Liberty will host the event. If you can’t make it, YAL will be broadcasting the event live online on April 3, at 7 p.m. EDT or 4 p.m. PDT.

Viewers can send in their questions to both congressmen by using the hashtag #WarOnYouth.

In Memoriam: Andrew Kaluza, 1987 - 2014

Andrew Kaluza and Ron Paul

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

— John Donne, “Meditation XVII”

The “liberty movement” lost one of its own over the weekend with the untimely death of Andrew Kaluza, 27, in a tragic car accident.

Friends and acquaintances took to Facebook and Twitter to sing his praises.

Lucas L., who attended the University of Texas at San Antonio with Kaluza and joined the Young Americans for Liberty chapter Kaluza founded, remembered:

I met Andrew Kaluza during my first semester of college at UTSA. I remember I was just an awkward, shy kid when I walked into my first YAL meeting. At first I was so intimidated by the group because they were all much smarter than me and more well-versed in liberty. I remember how Andrew immediately made me feel welcomed. He would stand at the front of the room and lead the discussion. He encouraged debate and wanted everyone to feel like their opinion mattered. Andrew is very much responsible for inspiring me to continue learning about liberty. The truth is that he inspired a lot of people. I will deeply miss him and his relentless optimism and kindness. I will never forget how he and the rest of UTSA’s YAL made me feel like family. Here’s to you Andrew, may you rest in peace.

Ashton J., who served alongside Kaluza in Students for Liberty in Texas, fondly remembered:

#IAmUnitedLiberty: James Maier’s dedication to liberty has forged lifetime friendships

James Maier

Note: This is one in a series of profiles of UL contributors and friends and how they became involved in the “liberty movement.” Share your story on Twitter using the hashtag #IAmUnitedLiberty.

I was raised in the stereotypical conservative household with two parents who worked stable jobs and who were voracious talk radio listeners. My dad worked in television and my mom worked for the local school district as a payroll clerk. Ever since I can remember, my dad always had Rush Limbaugh on in the car or in the house and I distinctly remember my parents always complaining about the Clinton administration from a very young age.

In grade school, I was the odd one. While other students in elementary school were reading fiction books, I read history; generally, about the War Between the States and later, the Second World War. My interests in history that started out at the age of seven later developed into an interest in politics. I read Newsweek and The Week, eagerly awaiting the next issue to be delivered by the mailman.

As far as politics was concerned, I took after my parents’ views on the world, adopting the conservative Republican mindset and in middle school, reading books by Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and Michael Savage — commentators whose radio shows I also listened to religiously when I could. I also had teachers who encouraged me to stay strong to those beliefs, even when the majority of the other students who even cared about politics in middle school tended to be liberals.

Today in Liberty: Rand Paul smacks down Obama’s neocon foreign policy, House passes Massie NSA amendment

“Talk is cheap…except when Congress does it.” — Cullen Hightower

— Rand Paul smacks down Obama and neocon foreign policy: In an editorial at the Wall Street Journal, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) cautions the Obama administration and lawmakers from choosing sides in, what has become, the Iraq civil war. But something he mentioned in the piece deserves some attention. “Saying the mess in Iraq is President Obama’s fault ignores what President Bush did wrong. Saying it is President Bush’s fault is to ignore all the horrible foreign policy decisions in Syria, Libya, Egypt and elsewhere under President Obama, many of which may have contributed to the current crisis in Iraq. For former Bush officials to blame President Obama or for Democrats to blame President Bush only serves as a reminder that both sides continue to get foreign policy wrong. We need a new approach, one that emulates Reagan’s policies, puts America first, seeks peace, faces war reluctantly, and when necessary acts fully and decisively,” Paul writes. “Too many in Washington are prevented by their own pride from admitting their mistakes. They are more concerned about saving face or pursuing a rigid ideology than they are with constructing a realist foreign policy.” Basically, both sides are to blame for the foreign policy mess that we’re in today, and there’s really no getting around that.

YAL activists sue university for violating their First Amendment rights

Merritt Burch and Anthony Vizzone

Merritt Burch and Anthony Vizzone, student activists associated with Young Americans for Liberty, were stopped by administrators at the University of Hawaii-Hilo from passing out copies of the Constitution to their classmates, and now they’re suing the school for violating their First Amendment rights:

The complaint alleges that on January 16, 2014, plaintiff Merritt Burch, who is president of the UH Hilo chapter of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), and a fellow student YAL member were participating in an outdoor event where student groups set up tables to distribute literature. Observing other students walking around and handing out items, Burch and her friend walked out from behind YAL’s table to likewise hand out Constitutions and YAL information cards. A UH Hilo administrator ordered Burch and her companion to stop approaching students and get back behind their table, dismissing Burch’s protest about her constitutional rights.

College activist group introduces “Giant Debt Pong”

War on Youth

Young Americans for Liberty, a college activist group with some 500 chapters and 162,000 members, has rolled out a new educational tool to teach young people about how policies pushed by the Obama administration and some Republicans are robbing them of opportunity.

What the group has done is taken beer pong, a drinking game ordinarily reserved for college parties and spring break, and put a brilliant new spin on it as part of its “War on Youth Activism Kit.”

Young Americans for Liberty’s version of the game, “Giant Debt Pong,” gives student activists a chance to teach their fellow classmates about their $150,289 share of the national debt. Students who participate in the same will need to hit six buckets labeled with “solution stickers” that they have to hit to pay off their share of the debt. These policies are part of what the group calls the “War on Youth.”

Giant Debt Pong

But it’s not as easy as it sounds. Included in the “War on Youth Activism Kit” is a Barack Obama Fathead that a Young Americans for Liberty activist will use to try to knock away your attempt to rid yourself of your share of the national debt.

Young Americans for Liberty is encouraging student activists to “[u]se this opportunity to make the connection between the disconnect the government has with our generation,” through the Obamacare, warfare state, cronyism, and other misguided policies that are tantamount to generational theft.

Today in Liberty: Senate Republicans help pass debt ceiling hike, January Obamacare numbers released, YAL launches PAC

“Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else; hence the exercise of the natural rights of each man has no limits except those which assure to the other members of the society the enjoyment of the same rights. These limits can only be determined by law.”John Stuart Mill

— Senate raises the debt ceiling: While fiscal conservatives in the Senate threatened to slow down the process, a handful of Republicans gave Democrats the votes they needed to raise the debt ceiling until March 16, 2015 without any statutory cap. The cloture motion passed by a vote of 67 to 31. The measure passed on a 55 to 43 vote. By the way, as of the close of business yesterday the national debt stood at $17,258,792,658,336.62 ($17.258 trillion).

Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul talk liberty at YAL conference

Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee

How awesome would it have been to be in the room for this? So much liberty and energy in one place. In case you missed it or haven’t heard, Young Americans for Liberty hosted an excellent roundtable discussion with Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul before a group of enthusiastic, young conservative and libertarian activists:

Sen. Ted Cruz gave a nod to the “wacko birds in the house.” Sen. Mike Lee, to cheers, said, “We’re not accustomed to that kind of welcome in Washington.” And Sen. Rand Paul could barely get a word in edgewise before “Stand with Rand” cheers drowned out everything else.

Paul, Cruz and Lee — three of the senate’s most vocal champions of a libertarian-leaning approach — appeared onstage together Wednesday night at a conference sponsored by Young Americans for Liberty, a Ron Paul-linked organization. There, to resounding cheers and catcalls, they made no secret of their issues with their GOP colleagues in the Senate as they made overtures to the youthful audience.
In a wide-ranging panel discussion at a hotel in Arlington, Va. that touched on issues including foreign aid (which received boos), the debt, Social Security and national security, the three senators were often as critical of their own party as they were of the Obama administration.

Here’s the video of the event:

Gitmo Numbers

From our friends at Young Americans for Liberty and @bonniekristian

$800,000: Annual cost to tax-payers of maintaining one prisoner in Guantanamo Bay.

166: The number of prisoners currently in Gitmo.

86: The number of prisoners currently in Gitmo who have been cleared for release but not actually released.

46: Detainees scheduled for indefinite detention without charge or trial.

15: The age of arrest of the youngest Gitmo detainee ever, Omar Khadr, who was “tortured and refused medical attention” because he would not confess.

15: The number of prisoners under the age of 18 who have been kept at Gitmo.

9: The number of inmate deaths at Guantanamo Bay.

6: The number of those deaths suspected to be suicides.

2009: The year Obama was supposed to close Gitmo.

Dick Armey steps down as FreedomWorks tailors message to young voters

Dick Armey

After yesterday’s press conference with more than 100 activists who spoke with reporters about this year’s election and 2014, there has been more news coming from FreedomWorks. Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, who has served as chairman of the grassroots organization since 2003, has resigned his post due to issues over what direction FreedomWorks should take going forward:

In a move not publicly announced, former Rep. Dick Armey, the folksy conservative leader, has resigned as chairman of FreedomWorks, one of the main political outfits of the conservative movement and an instrumental force within the tea party.

Armey, the former House majority leader who helped develop and promote the GOP’s Contract with America in the 1990s, tendered his resignation in an memo sent to Matt Kibbe, president and CEO of FreedomWorks, on November 30. Mother Jones obtained the email on Monday, and Armey has confirmed he sent it. The tone of the memo suggests that this was not an amicable separation. (See Armey’s email below.) Armey demanded that he be paid until his contract ended on December 31; that FreedomWorks remove his name, image, or signature “from all its letters, print media, postings, web sites, videos, testimonials, endorsements, fund raising materials, and social media, including but not limited to Facebook and Twitter”; and that FreedomWorks deliver the copy of his official congressional portrait to his home in Texas.

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