When the YALers at Mesa Community College heard about the Constitution Week Activism contests, we were stoked. I mean, who wouldn’t be? $2,000 to promote liberty… Yeah, I said 2. We want it all.
You see, in Arizona, we don’t mess around. What’s one week to 225 years of awesomeness… ‘nuff said. We dedicated this entire week to exemplifying the “Constitutionality of Freedom” in both speech and economics.
How did we achieve this task? Well, that is the million dollar (or should I say $2K) question. How does one group of modern day patriots recreate more than two centuries of eroding liberty?
1. Free Speech
We decided to start off the week with a bang. So on Monday, we set up a Free Speech Wall. The term “wall,” however, does not do this thing a bit of justice. It was a giant 6’ x 24’ Cube of unbridled expression. There was an entrance on one side though, so BOTH sides of this Freak of Freedom were completely covered: That’s 288 square feet of Madisonian Madness!
Over 75% of an NCAA goal post filled with Unrestricted Splendor is cool and all, but we felt like we could do better. That’s why Tuesday through Thursday we rolled out the big guns: megaphones. For three days we let students, and passersby, say anything they wanted through one of two megaphones wandering the campus. We got some interesting responses to say the least. Everything from “Don’t let the liberal media tell you how to think and feel” to “Smoke weed every day,” we were literally frolicking in freedom.
The height of our free speech activism, however, was when we decided to use the megaphones ourselves. Wednesday September 19, just so happened to be MCC’s “Club Carnival,” and you bet your bippy YAL was out there in full force. While students were waiting in queue to get their free toasty subs, compliments of a local sandwich shop called Cheba Hut, we decided to pass out Constitutions. Simultaneously, we educated the students upon the unconstitutionality of the destruction of our dollars, the destruction of our liberties, and just our overall disdain for the destructive monopoly of power we call government.
Turns out, freedom is popular. So popular, in fact, that we were forcibly shut down by the president and his goons for expressing our First Amendment rights to both peaceably assemble and say what we want:
Finally, what is freedom without free t-shirts? On Thursday we let students wear their free speech by creating a t-Shirt to their liking saying whatever, however they wanted.
2. Economic Freedom
When hit with the conundrum of how we could possibly showcase years of counter-constitutional economic tragedy, we broke the mold. In honor of QE3, we decided to let the students experience the dazzling high of money creation only to experience the crippling low once push came to shove. All week we passed out reams of funny money fresh from the press. When someone came up to our table, we gave them some money. When they participated in one over our events, we gave them some more. Make us laugh, give ‘em more! Why not? If we run out, we’ll print some more! Oh, you’re leaving? Take another hundred. If Bernanke can do it, so can we (don’t worry, we didn’t completely steal his thunder: we put him on the $5).
The faces on the bills are as follows:
1) Dave Chappelle as Rick James; 5) Ben Bernanke; 10) Carrot-Top; 20) Paul Krugman; 50) Arnold Swarzenegger via Total Recall; 100) John Maynard Keynes.
With the enormity of our free speech events, we dedicated the entirety of Tuesday to economic freedom (minus the megaphones). We displayed an array of pricing guides spanning every decade from 1923 to 2003, and had a chart with the market prices of about eight commodities from 1912 to 2012. We felt that this would drive the legitimacy of inflation home for the both the non-believers and the previously uninformed.
But how would people get their money? Bernanke, that’s how. We couldn’t keep him from his favorite pastime forever; that’s why we put him in charge of doling out the dough. We crafted an 18” Bernanke head (just slightly smaller than the real thing), and after reading how the Fed was unconstitutional on both sides of the board, the students were allowed to spin his head in the hopes of landing on the biggest cash prize.
You might be wondering what we planned on doing with all this fiat fun. Well too bad, because I’m not telling you.
Just kidding — we sold stuff: we received about thirty items from small businesses and various departments at MCC. On Friday, students came by throughout the day to cast a bid at our silent auction. All the while, we passed out more money (the presses never stop!). Students really saw how the more money passed out, the more they had to pay. The hottest item? A $25 gift certificate to a Scottsdale Sushi bar was bid on over 20 times! It started at $100 and ended at $6,859: the winner bid on it four times throughout the day! Let’s just say he knows quite a bit about the Fed now.
Overall, I feel that it was a good week for liberty and the Constitution in Mesa. We passed out about a box of After the Welfare State, all of our Constitutions, and all the items from all of our activism kits. We signed up about 50 new students, bringing our total to just under 250 since August. MCC YAL is definitely a driving force on campus now. With the recent demise of both the MCC Democrats and the MCC Republicans, we are now the only political club on campus. Check and mate.Published in