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    11/7/2012 1:52:45 PM Posted by Patrick Coyle

     Picking up the Torch

    By Kate Edwards 

    The result yesterday was not what many expected, but similar to four years ago, we must regroup and know that the Conservative Movement is much larger than winning an election. Our goal is winning an entire generation and encouraging them to embrace freedom. With the Youth Misery Index at an all-time high and students graduating college unable to find jobs, we now have an opening with young Americans that we've never had before. We must not abandon high school and college campuses but continue to deliver the conservative message to America's youth.  With leaders including Governor Scott Walker, Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Nikki Haley, and many others, I have confidence that the Conservative Movement will continue stronger than ever before.

    The American people deserve a clear contrast; principled leaders who stand up for their convictions. They deserve leaders who show that taking risks and sticking to core conservative principles will be rewarded. Governor Walker's balancing of the budget and labor reforms in Wisconsin are a perfect example of the type of courage we need.

    You did not control what happened last night, and we cannot change the result. What can we do to mobilize as a Movement? Get back to our core values and beliefs.

    Now, more than ever, is the time to re-energize and do something to create change on your campus. If you host a conservative speaker or start a YAF chapter, you may find that your activism is the only conservative message students are hearing and seeing at your school. And without you, they wouldn't hear it at all.

    We must focus on what is right in front of us. Young people are receptive to the left's ideas because they are not exposed to any other opinions. Liberal professors are spouting their ideologies at a time in most young adults' lives when they are evaluating their positions on issues. A conservative activist helps bring our ideas into the liberal stronghold of academia, getting the conversation started outside of the classroom that will help them question the philosophy they hear inside the classroom.

    President Obama's views were in part shaped during his years at Occidental College, and the liberal professors who taught him there. A conservative activist at his campus would've had much more success in changing his ideologies then, than we can now that he is President of the United States. Campus activism matters.

    As Ronald Reagan said, "remember your very title----you are Young Americans for Freedom. That is your mission above all others. You are most important in this particular moment of history, because so many of your peers have listened to false prophets and demagogues. Consider very carefully the long struggle that lies ahead….weigh the alternatives, and use your strength wisely."

    Stay active! Young America's Foundation stands ready to back you up every step of the way. 

    Kate Edwards is a Program Officer for YAF Chapter Services.

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