The Potential of YAL

Students for Ron Paul was the largest youth movement behind any Republican candidate on 2008. We started over 500 chapters in all 50 states and recruited over 26,000 students to join the campaign. Even as the nominee, John McCain couldn’t compete with our organization and enthusiasm.

The message of liberty rings with our generation. The freedom to live as you see fit, the importance of personal responsibility, and the benefits of the free market are appealing. As Congressman Paul says, “Freedom is popular.”

Since the presidential election, the Republican Party has had to take a long, hard look in the mirror and determine what it means to be a Republican again. It faces the decision of expelling limited government conservatives and libertarians from the Party or including us in the debate and resorting back to its roots.

The first step in answering this dilemma occurs at the RNC Chairman Candidate’s Debate hosted by the American’s for Tax Reform (ATR) on January 5th @ 1pm ET.

ATR has launched a website to gather input and questions from the grassroots. Currently, the highest voted question asks, “In light of the success of the Ron Paul presidential campaign attracting large numbers of young activists to the conservative cause, what specifically will you do to ensure they become Republicans?”

The fact that this question is #1 presents an enormous opportunity for YAL. We have the potential to launch a youth movement dedicated to liberty and the Constitution that directly affects our country right now. The importance of this upcoming Spring semester can not be overstated, and you have a very important role to play.

If you have not started or joined a YAL Chapter on campus yet, what are you waiting for? Gather your liberty-minded friends, start a Facebook group, meet the chapter requirements, and get active!

Organize for liberty now, so the answer to their question is clear: recognize the importance of YAL chapters across the country and engage them with candidates that stand for liberty.

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