By Jolie Stuart-Davis
Monday kicked off this year's Freedom Week for conservatives
everywhere. This is my second year participating in Young America's
Foundation's campus initiative and I am very proud to support
freedom at Penn State.
Freedom Week commemorates two important dates: The fall of the
Berlin Wall and Veteran's day.
Looking back at the fall of the Berlin Wall helps students, many
of whom were not yet born, learn how Ronald Reagan brought freedom
to 300 million people trapped behind the Iron Curtain. Yet most students will likely not learn the value of freedom in today's
classrooms. It is up young people everywhere to stand up for
freedom and for those who fight to defend it.
We remember those who paid the ultimate price to ensure our
freedom and to liberate others from oppression.
Monday we commenced the week by setting up our mock Berlin
Wall on campus and passing out fliers. I started out skeptical
about the affect we could have on campus, but all that changed with
A young man came up to us asking about the wall and we handed
him a poster about "Progressive Social Movements" leading to the
death of millions of people and he walked away. Five minutes later
he came back and commented on the information we were passing
out. He said, "it is very sad to see my country at the top of this
list. In China, people worship Mao, but I didn't realize he killed
so many people."
He went on to describe how Mao Zedong is essentially deified in
China, comparing their current view on Mao to how the Germans once felt
about Hitler. He thanked us for educating him and other
Together, we can show others what freedom is and why it must be
Jolie Stuart-Davis is a member of Penn State Young Americans for Freedom.