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2:10 PM The Leadership Institute's Steve Sutton is giving his famous "four boxes" lecture. You can almost see the minds being blown.
Also, free cell phone charging at the Koch Institute table! Love it. Brandon is so famous, too:
1:04 PM After lunch, we've got tons more awesome speakers, including FreedomWorks' Julie Borowski! If you're not familiar with Julie's super popular YouTube videos, check out this one she recently made about the war in Iraq:
12:49 PM Group photo! The liberty movement is alive and well at Young Americans for liberty. Here are more than 300 of our top activists—we're thrilled to have them all with us at this fantastic event.
12:41 PM And selfies BY Ed! Also lunch, which is burgers.
12:28 PM #SelfiesWithEd
12:20 PM Setting up for the group photo! We'll share the real thing soon.
11:41 AM Mike Rothfeld—speaking on "The Real Nature of Politics"—is generating his usual controversy among #YALcon14 attendees. Follow it on Twitter here.
10:04 AM Jack has started speaking: "Free market capitalism and technological innovation are not your enemy, as any young person with an iPhone can attest."
The outlet Jack edits, Rare, has also added another article about #YALcon14's opening events with Rep. Justin Amash on Wednesday night:
An Amash spokesman told Rare that the bill was a “sham” and did nothing to rein in the NSA. Thomas Massie chimed in on the subject as well, relishing the awkward town halls that happened all over the nation after Snowden went public. Watching politicians who supported NSA at these town halls, Massie said, “[was] like watching NASCAR for the wrecks.”
Attendees have buckled down for another busy day of learning.
9:58 AM In the meantime, we're catching up on some of the awesome tweets from last night and this morning on the #YALcon14 tag on Twitter. Even if you don't have your own Twitter account, you can keep an eye on this tag for live updates from many of our 325+ attendees.
9:43 AM The main room is filling up fast as we get ready for the third day of the YAL National Convention. This morning we'll first hear from Jack Hunter, who cowrote Sen. Rand Paul's The Tea Party Goes to Washington and is now the editor of Rare.
It takes dedication to a cause for students to give up a part of their summer vacation, dress up in a suit, and go off to Virginia for days of political lectures—and these convention attendees did not lack fervor.
4:53 PM Gearing up for a big night featuring our friends at Reason Magazine, FreedomWorks, and Fox's The Independents.
8:03 PM And that concludes Day 1 of #YALcon14! See you bright and early tomorrow morning, activists. For those at home, keep an eye on our live feed—we'll be streaming select portions of the training tomorrow (and updating here at the YAL blog, too.)
8:00 PM Jones: "Get off the internet and get in the streets." Amash: More people agree with your principles than you know. Speak with confidence.
7:35 PM Conversation turns to NSA spying—why the disconnect between citizens and the establishment GOP? Amash: "When we destroy our Constitution and undermine liberty, it makes our country more dangerous." Massie says reps who opposed Amash's anti-NSA amendment were slaughtered in townhalls in their home districts.
7:26 PM Rep. Sanford recounts the organic development of the liberty movement and how different Congress is now since the lonely days when only Ron Paul supported liberty on the Hill. Amash echoes, says the House Liberty Caucus has grown massively, is not monolithic but is fighting for liberty and building its membership.
7:21 PM BIG applause from college students for Walter Jones' support for ending the war in Afghanistan, bringing the troops home.
7:20 PM Warmongers have hijacked MY party, says Rep. Labrador. Massie thinks 2014 elections will bring another half dozen members to the House Liberty Caucus
7:13 PM "I learned what true government was, quite frankly, from my friend Ron Paul," says Rep. Walter Jones at #YALcon14. Rep. Raul Labrador explained that he wondered if he was in the wrong party because of foreign policy disagreements, but decided warmongers have hijacked
Part of millennials’ apparent support for big government is tied to the generation’s larger disconnect with the political rhetoric that has shaped the national narrative since the end of World War II. This trend is probably a result of two things. First, that millennials simply don’t fully understand what some of these terms mean, and second, that the prevailing discourse has started to lose relevance for this new generation after the end of the Cold War. Rather than flocking to one party or another, millennials are identifying asindependents more than their predecessors did and tend to view their party choice as thelesser of two evils.
Twenty-five percent of millennials identify as liberal, compared to only 14% of Americans over 30. However, most millennials are basing their choices onsocial issues, which they prioritize over economics when making political judgments. When we investigate liberal millennials, the report shows that only about a third of respondents describe their own liberalism in both social and economic terms.
Knowing millennials’ strong social liberalism, you might not expect the dramatic flips toward economic conservatism that emerge when the costs are clear. But when we look at millennials’ underlying values, it’s easier to understand why
Suppose you decide to buy a used car from a guy on Craigslist. You’ve found the car you want, and you’re going to buy it outright. It’s only $4,000, and you decide to pay cash because it will be more convenient for both of you. So, on the day of the sale, you get the money and go to purchase the car.
On the way there, you roll through a stop sign. Bad luck—a cop saw you. He pulls you over, and while he’s writing up a ticket, catches a glimpse of your bank envelope in the passenger seat. Suddenly, he asks to search your car. You don’t have anything to hide, so what’s the harm, right?
The next thing you know, the officer is thumbing through your twenties. He grills you on why you’re carrying this much cash. It’s suspicious, he says. A check would have been easier if you’re really just buying a car.
“I’m going to have to confiscate this,” he finally concludes. You immediately protest: “On what charge? Am I being arrested? Can I call my lawyer?”
Nope. You’re not being arrested, and you can’t call your lawyer. In fact, you’re not being charged with any criminal activity.
This is called civil asset forfeiture—and you’re never going to see a dime of that money again.
“Civil asset forfeiture” sounds like some obscure legal thing. It’s not. In fact, it’s probably the biggest threat to private property you’ve never even heard of.
Once your property has been confiscated, the burden of proof is on you, not the police, to show that you didn’t get it from any criminal activity.Even if you personally are cleared of all charges, that may not matter.As the Philadelphia City Paper reports, “Technically, it’s the property—not its owner—that’s being accused of criminality, which means the property can be subject to forfeiture whether or not its owner is ever convicted of a crime.”
In other words, they don’t have to charge you. They don’t have to present any evidence of illegal activity. In fact, you have no right to a lawyer and won’t get a day in court.In some jurisdictions, you actually have to pay thousands of dollars just to be able to contest the seizure.
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I'm excited to announce my participation in Voices of Liberty, Ron Paul's latest initiative to spread the message of freedom! Through Voices of Liberty, users will engage with and become involved in the biggest stories from throughout the liberty movement.
The contributors so far include Ron Paul, Gary Johnson, Jesse Ventura, and Tom Woods. It is truly an honor to be included among them!
Dr. Paul’s presidential runs were significant in that they provided the liberty movement with a united front. I am glad to see that Voices of Liberty will now be extending that front well beyond Dr. Paul’s campaigns. In politics ideas are important, but ideas mean nothing if we do not present them in an organized, appealing, and convincing manner — thus my participation in this new endeavor. By combining voices from throughout the liberty movement, we should be able to create something truly special.
Check out the rest of my first post here, and learn about the other Voices here!
The 2013-2014 academic year saw our YAL chapter exceed expectations and reach new heights that I never believed possible when I, along with my friends Jacob and Caitlin, started our chapter over two years ago. When I entered the liberty movement I never knew I would become a leader, let alone the President of anything.
My purpose with this blog post is twofold: (1) to report to our friends in the movement the great successes of our YAL chapter this year as well as over the course of its first 2 years, and (2) to relay from the bottom of my heart how grateful I am for the YAL National team, as well as my own team which stood by me for two years to make what we have done and will do at SUNY Albany possible.
For those who do not know, me my name is Skyler DeAngelo, and I am the founder and president of SUNY Albany Young Americans for Liberty. Nearly four years ago I began my journey through college with long hair and a lack of a solid direction...that is until I found Ron Paul.
Invigorated by his run for President, my friend Matt Wimpelberg and I founded SUNY Albany Youth for Ron Paul and under my leadership, we obtained over 1,000 signatures for Ron Paul to come to campus but were stopped by the campus administration -- which was going to charge us $4,500 to use its facilities to host him.
That was almost three years ago! Now (long hair gone aside), our Youth for Ron Paul chapter has become an alive and robust YAL that over time has become a mainstay on campus. The best part is that the movement at SUNY Albany is only growing with two new groups started this year and more to come!
Michelle Obama, too, is a frequent target of criticism. Her dresses cost too much. She eats her food too quickly.
And earlier this month we hit a new low, with multiple nationally-known commentators tactlessly suggesting (based on her appearance) that the First Lady is actually a man.
There were even complaints when Michelle Obama Skyped into the Oscars, despite the fact Laura Bush and Ronald Reagan both participated in Oscar ceremonies during their own time in the White House.
The current obsession is President Obama’s decision not to visit the United States’ southern border to—let’s be realistic—do photo ops while making some vague comments about immigration policy.
Now, I’m far from a fan of the President—but this critique just doesn’t make sense. It especially doesn’t make sense after all the aforementioned complaining about the cost of his other trips.
Ironically, Texas Governor Rick Perry, who did go to the border, managed to squeeze in an awful lot of photo ops despite declaring, “I’m not interested in photo ops.” He even tweeted the photos…on multiple Twitter accounts. If that’s not a photo op, I don’t know what is.
But here’s the thing: None of this truly matters.
And spending time talking about this kind of frivolous stuff distracts from the very real abuses of liberty and power the Obamas impose on us when they’re not on vacation.
Our Documentarian Ashlee Casper got in touch with Community Gardens in Troy to set up a charity event for us to volunteer. We got up at 5 a.m. to go help them strip their new building for remodeling!
We punched out ceiling panels and pulled down insulation.
This event was a reminder that there are people out there who do charitable things voluntarily, and that government assistance is not the way to help those in need as it only keeps those people down. Private charity is a movement to help those in need without forcing it to come out of the wallets of those who cannot afford it.
After a year of hard work and striving for this, we were proud to announce that we hosted the annual New York State Convention right here at SUNY Albany! Months of planning went into this convention to ensure that we went above and beyond our expected numbers.
Hundreds of phone calls were made to other YALers across the country to confirm our attendees for the convention featuring Jeff Frazee, Christopher Doss, economics professor Steve Horwitz, among many others including a legislative panel. We even had a Skype call from Dr. Ron Paul!
The convention kicked off with Christopher Doss highlighting some key points of grassroots training.
Ron Paul skyped in with us and between everyone in that room, we probably got #itshappening trending on Twitter.
Partnering organizations tabled around the perimeter of the ballroom and we beat our goal of 120 people with 143! Hard work really does