My Journey to Liberty

This is my first post as a new blogger for Young Americans for Liberty and I’m ever so excited. I wanted to do a “about the blogger” type post, but figured it would be too similar to many bloggers’ first post, so I decided to change it up a bit. I wanted to write a post introducing myself, as this is my first post, and also to write a post of how I came to believe in the mission and ideology of Young Americans for Liberty. Then it hit me — I’ll write about both.

I’ve kind of always wanted to think that I was more center-minded in the realm of politics than aligned with only the right or left. I voted for the individuals who I believed shared my opinions, and I would blame political parties for a current administration’s failures. However, I wasn’t as educated on political platforms as I should have been, and eventually, my whole world and belief structure would change.

A few years ago, I stumbled on two quotes from two important people in history which launched that change. First, Margret Thatcher said, “Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.”

Second, Ronald Reagan said, “You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well, I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down.”

Both of their words stirred something in me. I realized that voting from the heart — while well-intentioned — was part of the problem if it wasn’t grounded in informed decisions. No longer did I believe in the middle-of-the-road philosophy that I held for most of my life; instead, I began to focus on Reagan’s up vs. down viewpoint.

In the 2012 Presidential election, I rallied behind candidate Ron Paul. I have known of him since his run in 2008, but that was before I was as active in politics as I am today. As regretful as that is, as the saying goes, better late than never. In this case, I was heartbroken when Ron Paul decided to drop from the presidential ticket, but I didn’t want to lose hope. Unknown for me, the chance at restoring America’s greatness was closer at home than expected.

A few months later, while on campus at my local university, I got stopped by a gentlemen who asked me, “Do you love freedom?” to which I replied, “Of course I do!” He told me that he was with Young Americans for Liberty and what the organization was all about. Excited that I could help bring some political activism on campus, without hesitation I signed up for the initial meeting — and the rest, as they say, is history. 


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