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  • Thanks for the Shout-Out, Chris!

    2/13/2013 4:37:10 PM Posted by Katie Taran


    By: Katie Taran 

    Following Obama's State of the Union address last night was a response by Senator Marco Rubio.  But following Senator Rubio's response was an unconventional "shout-out" to Young Americans for Freedom by the one-and-only Chris Matthews.

    Referencing Rubio's speech, Matthews declared:tinkertoys

    "It was almost like a YAF-er convention speech, Young Americans for Freedom speech, from the 1950s.  There was no originality to it. It was basic. Again, it was Tinkertoys. It was a kid's presentation of a philosophy reduced to maybe the 9th grade level. I'm sorry, that's what it was."

    There's just one thing, Chris.  Young Americans for Freedom didn't exist in the 1950s.

    Young Americans for Freedom was founded in 1960 at the home of William F. Buckley, Jr. in Sharon, Connecticut, and spawned the very movement you detest.

    Its alumni include the gentleman responsible for ushering in the greatest peacetime economic expansion in history (President Ronald Reagan, Honorary National Chairman of YAF), and many other public servants.  Other alumni are the founders of conservative organizations like Michelle Easton of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, the presidents of conservative organizations like David Keene of National Rifle Association of America, the pioneer of political direct mail, Richard Viguerie, and talk-radio host Mark Levin, just to name a few.  These patriots have made careers out of exposing others to the ideas you hate, and guess what?  There are thousands of young people bringing up the ranks ready to fight leftist stalwarts like you on their campuses and in the media, and you've just inspired them.

    What was obviously meant to be insulting actually turned out to be quite complimentary.  Associate a speech by a rising star in the Conservative Movement with the premiere youth outreach organization of the Conservative Movement (Tinkertoys, aside)? Thanks Chris.

    Marco Rubio is in good company.

    Katie Taran is the conference director for Young America's Foundation.



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