“Who is the real revolutionary?” asks a new poster being distributed by Young America’s Foundation to celebrate this week as the fifth annual Freedom Week. Below this headlining question sits two pictures- one of Che Guevara and the other of Ronald Reagan. The latter was a United States President who singularly transformed the dynamics of the Cold War and formed a foundation of cornerstone ideals for the future of the conservative movement. His ideology, as the poster presents, “freed 425,574,877 people”. But who was Che Guevara? “His ideology murdered 100,000,000 people.”
Young America’s Foundation reminds us that "Che Guevara trained and motivated the Castro regime's firing squads that executed thousands of men, women, and children.” Yet, despite these horrific acts, Che Guevara is often touted as a figurehead of “revolutionary thought” by academic elitists and Leftist “thinkers” on college campuses.
In 2003, Young America’s Foundation founded Freedom Week as an initiative designed to help students “advance conservative ideals, honor America’s soldiers, and expose the Left’s antiquated ideology on their campuses.” This week, thousands of students from over 120 colleges and universities across the country will celebrate Freedom Week with events, speeches, and dedications that will make this year’s movement a nation-wide assault on liberal indoctrination and slanderous teachings.
As a nation at war and a people looking forward to our next commander-in-chief, this year’s Freedom Week activists will especially remember our United States men and women in uniform on Veterans’ Day, as these soldiers labor for the maintenance of liberty overseas. Military recruiters are facing increasing opposition from college and university administrations, professors, and leftist student groups looking to block their positive message of service and sacrifice from reaching those students who may be “easily persuaded.” Fortunately, their treacherous tactics aren’t going unnoticed, with Young America’s Foundation exposing their agendas and holding them accountable to the students and American citizenry they attempt to disenfranchise.
As the rally behind these Reaganesque principles continues, students will also serve to commemorate an oft-ignored milestone on campuses in Ronald Reagan’s accomplishments for the cause of freedom: the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989. How many of you marked the anniversary of this monumental victory with speeches and dedications- even moments of silence for the victims of communism- on your college campuses? Perhaps the lack of toasting over Reagan’s triumph by college and university professors is a testament to the pervasiveness of socialist thought that’s permeating classrooms today.
How do you and your fellow classmates plan to celebrate Freedom Week and what has its principles meant to your own perspective on current affairs?
Freedom Week is a big event for us here at the George Washington University. As the only Young America's Foundation student chapter, we strive to lead through a positive example of bringing conservative values that revolve around the principles of freedom and liberty. We have planned numerous events, not only for this week, but also for the rest of the year. Today we organized a life-size replica of the Berlin wall and prominently displayed it in the middle of our campus. We will also be hosting conservative author Dinesh D'Souza in the near future.
Do you anticipate any negative reactions or counter-actions to your plans from other students or faculty?
Attending a liberal university in the nation’s Capitol means that you have to deal with radicals more often than others may be accustomed to. I'm sure we will get negative reactions from students that would rather idolize a murderer like Che Guevara over a hero like Ronald Reagan.
The military is very well respected on our campus. We have a strong ROTC program that is surprisingly well-supported by the administration.
Why do you think collectivist ideas are so pervasive on college campuses? Have you ever had a chance to enroll in a class that assigns books by Nobel Laureates such as Friedman or Hayek?
The indoctrination of collectivist ideas often times stems from professors that have hidden leftist, radical pasts. Our academia is full of "progressives" who have always decried capitalism and free markets. I have had professors that don't impose their political views on their students, but you must seek out the right professors to have a balanced class that assigns both Lenin and Milton Friedman. Usually that’s not the case.
What has the support of Young America's Foundation meant to you?
It has truly been a blessing. Unlike other school's that must heavily fundraise, we focus on bringing a conservative presence to campus. In the past, we have hosted speakers such as Newt Gingrich and John Ashcroft. We are fortunate that “YAF” picked GW to be the first student chapter in the nation because it affords our students so many opportunities. From providing us with speakers and conferences to conservative materials, the possibilities through working with YAF are boundless and we thank its many supporters.
To find out more about the efforts of Young America’s Foundation, please visit their website at www.yaf.org. To receive your free Freedom Week poster, please visit http://www.townhall.com/blog/g/55198816-6b05-4bab-830c-5b949eb8a6a7.