Libertas Fall 2010
The official publication of Young America's Foundation. Issue 31.2
Fall 2010 Inside: • Celebrate Reagan 100 • Senator Jim DeMint Reflects on His Reagan Ranch Visit Vol. 31 • No. 2 November 3, 2010 Ron Robinson Foundation President Dear Friend, Massive citizen involvement, led by the “Tea Party” Movement, changed public policy dramatically in 2010. To date, this increased public activism mostly aims to thwart the massive expansion of the Federal government. These newly activated citizens often remark that the 2010 elections “are the most important in our lifetime.” Perhaps. Yet, I suspect all future elections and public policy debates will become much more important to the average American whether we like it or not. Why? Government now controls so much more of our lives. The Obama Administration has taken over your car company, your health care, the whole student loan business, and even seeks to decide your salary. Obama’s driving mindset assumes big government knows best, especially when government is driven by envy and coveting the income of successful wage earners and investors. Americans now have less freedom to make their own decisions about their own lives. Politicians in Washington will make more decisions for you. This ensures greater divisiveness and dissatisfaction. Yet, if anyone thinks this trend began in Washington in 2008, or will be reversed by one election, they are mistaken. Barack Obama’s own experience reveals where Washington’s rulers get their arrogance, ideology, and methods: in our schools. Barack Obama adopted the core beliefs of modern day socialists while a student at Columbia and Harvard and as a lecturer at the University of Chicago. Obama’s latest Supreme Court selection, Elena Kagan, is a great example of the new elite following Obama from academia into government. Kagan proved her reliability as a totalitarian-in-training beginning with her socialist writings at Princeton and later as an administrator at Harvard. Kagan dutifully fought to prevent Harvard Law students from deciding whether or not to meet with military recruiters on campus. She ripped down flyers that exposed disagreement with her decision. Kagan was a perfect selection for Obama’s solicitor general when, in her very first case before the Supreme Court, she sought to criminalize a film critical of Hillary Clinton. You see, our schools today are dominated by leftists, like Obama and Kagan, even though those schools are funded by average Americans. By the time these college administrators get to Washington, they are well trained in trampling on the rights of those who might have another point of view! Our schools are the breeding grounds for Washington’s new rulers. The college campus is a place where conservative thought isn’t welcome, the faculty tenure system freezes out alternative viewpoints, free speech is stifled, racial preferences determine hiring and student recruitment, and members of the military are treated as second-class citizens. Most conservatives are submissive, marginalized, or kept off campus in the first place. Little wonder, then, that President Obama speaks on a college campus once every twelve days. It is the one place he is sure to find politically correct accomplices ready to suppress any opposition. No reform will be safe in Washington as long as our schools remain hostile to freedom’s cause. As long as socialists control our children and their educations, freedom will remain in jeopardy. Sincerely, Ron Robinson President C ontents 8 13 Phillips, Reagan, and Rohrabacher Headline Reagan Ranch High School Conference More than 200 participants enjoy a jampacked weekend of pro-freedom speakers and ideas. Young America’s Foundation Board Of Directors 24 The Art of Rhetoric Taught by Goldberg, DeMint, Thiessen, and Others Young leaders gather on Capitol Hill to learn how to communicate more effectively to advance their ideas through words and wisdom. By Roger Custer, Conference Director By Lauren Scirocco, Sarah T. Hermann Intern Scholar President George W. Bush Shares White House Stories with Students An Unforgettable Cruise: Normandy on D-Day and Thatcher in London Young America’s Foundation sponsors the 43rd President’s address at Harding University. 25 By Jessica Jensen, Editor Participants in Young America’s Foundation’s 2010 European cruise visit the beaches of Normandy and meet with Lady Margaret Thatcher. By Nicole Hoplin, Director of Foundation Relations 14 Alumni Profile: Marc Thiessen’s Powerful Advice Foundation alumnus, Presidential speechwriter, and best-selling author Marc Thiessen shares how he got his start in the Conservative Movement and advice for today’s students. 29 By Roger Custer, Conference Director Celebrate Reagan 100! 16 18 John Stossel, Steve Forbes, and Mitt Romney Engage Business Students The Foundation’s new Free Enterprise Lecture Series teaches future business leaders about the benefits of free enterprise and dangers of socialism. By Patrick X. Coyle, Vice President Help Young America’s Foundation celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth in 2011 by securing Freedom’s Future today! By Kate Obenshain, Vice President Williams, Schweikart, Folsom, Buchanan, and Others Teach Freedom to the Next Generation High school students travel to Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania and are energized to fight for freedom. By Lauren Scirocco, Sarah T. Hermann Intern Scholar 30 Steve Moore on Ronald Reagan’s Successful Economic Policies The Wall Street Journal’s senior economics writer discusses what he learned from Ronald Reagan and the importance of reaching campus audiences today. By Paul Conner, National Journalism Center Intern 34 Senator DeMint Reflects on a Day at the Reagan Ranch Learn what this conservative United States Senator discovered during a trip to his hero’s home. By Senator Jim DeMint, South Carolina On the Cover: Young America’s Foundation student activists from the University of California – Santa Barbara (from left to right) Kenny Diaz, Lea Uebelhart, Nick West, Ashley Willits, and Kristin Till advance freedom on their campus. (Cover image designed by Tara French.) Ron Robinson President of the Board Ronald Pearson Vice President of the Board Frank Donatelli Secretary and Treasurer of the Board T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr. Wynton C. Hall Thomas L. Phillips Peter Schweizer James B. Taylor Kirby Wilbur Reagan Ranch Board Of Governors Frank Donatelli Chairman Judge William Clark Co-Chairman Edwin Meese Co-Chairman Governor George Allen John Barletta Dr. Suzanne Becker Lisa M. Buestrin Robert Cummins Becky Norton Dunlop Robert Giuffra, Jr. Timothy S. Goeglein Ambassador Patricia L. Herbold Eric & Nicole Hoplin Marty Irving Harold Knapheide Al & Bette Moore Governor Bill Owens Doug & Pat Perry Thomas Phillips Dr. Robert Ruhe Fred & Ruth Sacher Lee Shannon Craig Shirley Owen & Bernadette Casey Smith David E. “Gene” Waddell Also in this Issue: Join the Celebrations of Ronald Reagan’s 100th Birthday! • Attend a Reagan Ranch Getaway Weekend and Visit the Place That Meant the Most to President Reagan – page 32 • Visit Ronald Reagan’s Ancestral Homeland and Cruise the Emerald Isles with Young America’s Foundation – inside back cover Libertas, a publication of Young America’s Foundation, highlights the programs, events, students, staff, and supporters of the Foundation. You may contact Libertas and Young America’s Foundation by writing to: Young America’s Foundation, National Headquarters, 110 Elden Street, Herndon, Virginia 20170; calling 800-USA-1776; or visiting http://www.yaf.org. Libertas Fall 2010 Publisher: Ron Robinson; Editor: Jessica Jensen; Publication Design: Jonathan Briggs. This document and all herein contents, images, stories, graphics, and design, fall unto Copyright © 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Young America’s Foundation, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. Any use of Libertas’ content without the written permission of Young America’s Foundation is prohibited. National Journalism Center Board Of Governors Thomas Phillips Chairman Alex X. Mooney Executive Director Peter Barnes Kellyanne Conway Terry Eastland David Gracey Rich Lowry Matt Robinson Tom Winter I N B R I E F Thiessen, Mattera, Robinson, Gingrich, and Others Headline CPAC 2010 More than 10,000 activists—6,000 of whom were students—attended the 37th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C., to hear from leaders of the Conservative Movement, including Newt Gingrich, Governor Tim Pawlenty, Fox News’s Glenn Beck, and more than 150 others. During the conference, Young America’s Foundation— sponsor of CPAC along with Human Events, the NRA, and the American Conservative Union—held several events for students, including a private briefing with Congressmen Darrell Issa and Mike Pence which was Congressman Mike Pence takes questions from the standingorganized with the help of Foundation Vice President room-only audience at a special student briefing hosted by Young America’s Foundation during the 37th annual CPAC. Ron Pearson. The Foundation also hosted the 16th annual Thomas Phillips Student Luncheon, sponsored by the Foundation’s National Journalism Center Chairman and Eagle Publishing Chairman Tom Phillips. The program featured best-selling author, Foundation alumnus, and former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush Marc Thiessen who discussed themes from his new book, Courting Disaster. (See alumni profile on page 14.) The Foundation’s exclusive student events concluded with a sold-out reception for 400 young leaders featuring bestselling author and popular Foundation campus speaker Ann Coulter. On the CPAC main stage, Foundation leaders Ron Robinson, Jason Mattera, Kate Obenshain, Roger Custer, and Patrick Coyle spoke during the weekend about the Foundation’s efforts to reach young people through our conferences, lectures, and Reagan Ranch programs. Foundation Director Kirby Wilbur also emceed the annual Ronald Reagan Banquet featuring Congressman J.C. Watts. Foundation activist (and Another panel featured two-minute activist now program officer) Evan success stories from Foundation student leaders Gassman’s speech at and alumni Katie Poedtke, Chad Ciocci, Alyssa CPAC is broadcast on CCordova, Brian Hackett, Evan Gassman, Danny SPAN, reaching 100 million homes nationwide. Laub, Janie Abel, and others. C-SPAN, reaching 100 million homes, aired this panel and has Young leaders enjoy the broadcast a total of 78 conference segments. Foundation’s annual Thomas Phillips Student Luncheon featuring best-selling author and Foundation alumnus Marc Thiessen. Best-selling author and National Journalism Center alumna Ann Coulter signs copies of her poster for students attending a Foundation reception at CPAC. 4 Young America’s Foundation • Libertas I N B R I E F Michelle Malkin and Ben Stein Headline Reagan Ranch Roundtables Recent Wendy P. McCaw Reagan Ranch Roundtable luncheons at the Reagan Ranch Center featured author, blogger, and Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin as well as author and actor Ben Stein. In front of a crowd of 270 students, supporters, and community members, Malkin heralded the Reagan Ranch Center as a “strong oasis and sanctuary for rightminded people in Santa Barbara” and said that the people involved with Young America’s Foundation gave her “hope for the future.” Looking toward the future, Malkin Best-selling author Michelle Malkin shares emphasized that her thoughts on the importance of limited it is “important government and free enterprise with the Reagan Ranch Roundtable audience. to underscore the founding principles of a constitutionally-limited government and a moral defense of capitalism.” She added that we must send people to Washington who can articulate these conservative principles as well as Ronald Reagan did. Actor and author Ben Stein enlightens students and Subsequent Roundtable speaker Ben Stein’s light-hearted community members during the monthly Wendy P. speaking style contrasted his weighty message and characteristic McCaw Reagan Ranch Roundtable luncheon at the Reagan Ranch Center. monotone. Amidst jokes and humorous anecdotes, Stein admitted that the current administration’s policies “scare [him] to death.” The heart of Stein’s message was one of inspiration for the audience of students and supporters. He emphasized the importance of freedom. The freedom we take for granted, Stein said, is “just a flickering candle in the enormous storm of human history.” He also credited the bravery of our military for making this rare freedom possible and encouraged the audience to visit Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Arlington National Cemetery to see, first-hand, the sacrifices made for the sake of freedom. “The goal is freedom,” Stein reminded the audience. “Everything else good will come if we just give people freedom.” For information about upcoming Reagan Ranch Roundtables, visit www.yaf.org or call the Reagan Ranch Center at 888-USA-1776. Michelle Malkin signs copies of her latest book, Culture of Corruption, for luncheon attendees. Young America’s Foundation • Libertas 5 I N B R I E F American and European Students Learn How to Advance Freedom Young America’s Foundation hosted students from the United States and Europe for a special program at the Reagan Ranch Center entitled Advancing Freedom in the New Era of Socialism. The seminar participants learned how to spread pro-freedom ideas in their countries and on their campuses. John Mantia, a student at Fordham University said, “This seminar energizes serious students like nothing I have ever been to. The confidence it has given me, I am sure will benefit many others.” The seminar included remarks from Andrew Breitbart, founder of BigGovernment.com, who gave a rousing talk on conservatism and new media. Later, Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute addressed dangers of the government takeover of our health care. Ann McElhinney then offered the first of two talks on the active socialism in environmental and green efforts. Students Michael Reagan shares insights about also viewed Mine Your Own Business, a documentary produced by McElhinney his father, Ronald Reagan, with students and Phelim McAleer. gathered at the Reagan Ranch Center. Businessman and Minnesota Congressman (from 2001 to 2007) Mark Kennedy shared his advice on how to build coalitions to tackle problems such as the growing national debt. The participants joined supporters for the monthly Reagan Ranch Roundtable featuring actor and author Ben Stein before traveling to Rancho del Cielo for a tour of Ronald Reagan’s beloved ranch home. The day wrapped up with a speech by President Reagan’s son, Michael Reagan, who shared many of the life lessons he learned from his father. The final day of the seminar included remarks by the Reagan Legacy Foundation’s Larry Greenfield, who discussed the challenges that the Conservative Movement will have to address in the future. Wynton Hall, author, Foundation director, and visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, focused on the effective use of digital media and rhetoric in advancing the conservative message. This seminar was made possible by the generosity of Arthur and Monica Petersen, Peggy Brandon, Steve and Jean Crossland, Brad and Gloria Culbertson, Ray and Barbara Cullin, Dorothy Doumakes, Diana Dwyer, Alex Ebneth, Marilyn Henze, Urve Kiik, Bill and TJ Locker, Arline Miller, Carla Trent, and Al Woodill. (Above) Michael Reagan meets with American and European students participating in a special Reagan Ranch Center seminar, Advancing Freedom in the New Era of Socialism. (Left) Students gather in the Reagan Ranch Center’s classrooms to gain the knowledge and inspiration necessary to promote freedom on their campuses and in their countries. 6 Young America’s Foundation • Libertas Richard and Helen DeVos Honored at Tax Cut Anniversary Celebration I n his book, Ten Powerful Phrases for Positive People, Rich DeVos, co-founder of Amway, owner of the Orlando Magic, and author wrote, I discovered that a visit to the Reagan Ranch is an inspiring reflection of President Reagan’s American spirit and character of rugged individualism, idealism, and hard work…President Reagan recognized that if you reward your ‘can do’ people properly, they will produce more and more, which helps to take care of the ‘can’t do’ people by providing jobs…We need to encourage and support the person with ambition who takes the risks and is willing to work hard to start the type of small business that creates so many of our jobs today. It’s amazing what a little encouragement can do. which were signed at the Ranch, as one of the many ways President Reagan supported free enterprise and limited government. President Ron Robinson offered the invocation followed by the Pledge of Allegiance from Reagan Ranch Board of Governors member and President Reagan’s Secret Service agent, John Barletta. Vice President Kate Obenshain presented Helen DeVos with a bouquet of flowers, thanking her for her compassion and generosity to the numerous causes she supports. Vice President Richard Kimble then introduced the featured speaker, Rich DeVos. In his address, Mr. DeVos conveyed what motivated his involvement with Young America’s Foundation. He said, “I believed in what President Reagan stood for, and it was getting to be in short commodity.” Stressing the importance of remembering and promoting Reagan’s values through Young America’s Foundation, he remarked that President Ronald Reagan’s lasting accomplishments will not be forgotten. After humorous and light-hearted jokes regarding the current administration, Mr. DeVos highlighted the more somber contrast between President Reagan and President Obama’s guiding philosophies. Following lunch, Reagan Ranch Board of Governors Chairman Frank Donatelli presided over the dedication of the Ranch home acre, unveiling a plaque dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. DeVos in grateful acknowledgement of their generous gift to Young America’s Foundation. Entrepreneurs Rich and Helen DeVos, in an act of generosity and foresight, decided to support the Reagan Ranch, a place that meant so much to one of their heroes, Ronald Reagan, with a gift of $10 million to sponsor the Reagan Ranch Home Acre. On the 29th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s Economic Recovery Tax Act, Young America’s Foundation celebrated the dedication of the Ranch home acre and the important legislation that encouraged businesses and “can do people,” including Amway led by Mr. DeVos, to build jobs and jumpstart the largest peacetime economic expansion in our nation’s history. Young America’s Foundation hosted Rawhide Circle and President’s Club members at the Reagan Ranch to mark this special occasion and to hear from Mr. DeVos, a true leader in free enterprise and a generous philanthropist. Vice President and Reagan Ranch Director Andrew Coffin welcomed Members of the Foundation’s Reagan Ranch Board of Governors and team honor Rich and Helen DeVos guests to Rancho Del for their gift to sponsor the Reagan Ranch Home Acre. (Pictured from left: Richard Kimble, Tim Goeglein, Cielo and reflected Ambassador Patricia Herbold, Ron Robinson, Helen and Rich DeVos, Frank Donatelli, Tom Phillips, Nicole on the 1981 tax cuts, and Eric Hoplin, Kate Obenshain, and John Barletta.) Young America’s Foundation • Libertas 7 Folsom, Reagan, Rohrabacher, Conservative College Leaders, and Others Energize Audience at the Reagan Ranch High School Conference By Roger Custer, Conference Director M ore than 200 participants, including students from 52 schools in 19 states, enjoyed a jam-packed weekend of pro-freedom speakers and ideas at the fourth annual Reagan Ranch High School Conference in Santa Barbara, California. During the conference, Young America’s Foundation also launched our sixth annual list of “Top Conservative Colleges,” (see page 12) with representatives from seven of the colleges headlining the program’s opening banquet. The college presidents and leaders discussed the advantages of attending a conservative college. Foundation Vice President Andrew Coffin led a panel discussion with Dr. Richard Jewell from Grove City College, Dr. Jerry Davis from College of the Ozarks, Dr. Gary Quinlivan from Saint Vincent College, Dr. Graham Walker from Patrick Henry College, Dr. Jim Carr from Dr. Burt Folsom, a regular member of the Foundation’s Harding University, Charles McKinney from Thomas More conference faculty, delivers an energizing address based on his latest book, New Deal or Raw Deal? College, and Jon Daly from Thomas Aquinas College. The conference continued with a talk from President Reagan’s son, author Michael Reagan. A discussion of the religious views of the Founding Fathers followed, led by Foundation Director and Washington State Director of Americans for Prosperity Kirby Wilbur. John Barletta, President Reagan’s close friend and Secret Service agent, also shared memorable stories about his time with the President at the Ranch. The students visited Rancho del Cielo to learn more about the life and principles of Ronald Reagan, and it made an impact. Laura Andrews from Leesburg, Virginia, wrote, “I loved seeing and touring the Ranch. It is amazingly beautiful, and I learned so much about the modesty with which Reagan lived. Visiting the Ranch meant a lot because for someone who wasn’t even alive when Reagan was President; it really helped me understand him and his values and morals.” Islam scholar and best-selling author Robert Spencer also spoke about the importance of knowing our enemy in radical Islam. He compared the threat posed by radical Islam today to the Cold War and the battle against communism. The conference included Hillsdale College professor and author Dr. Burt Folsom’s rousing criticism of Roosevelt’s New Deal, based on his new book, New Deal or Raw Deal?, and a discussion based on Folsom’s earlier book, The Myth of the Robber Barons. He was followed by Dr. Actor and author Joseph Phillips emphasizes the Laura Freberg, a professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, who addressed importance of standing up for one’s conservative the discrimination conservative students face on campus and how values and principles. 8 continued on page 10 Young America’s Foundation • Libertas Dr. Jerry Davis from the College of the Ozarks (right) speaks during a panel discussion featuring representatives from seven of the Foundation’s “Top Conservative Colleges.” Pictured from left: Charles McKinney, Thomas More College; Jon Daly, Thomas Aquinas College; Dr. Gary Quinlivan, Saint Vincent College; Dr. Graham Walker, Patrick Henry College; Dr. Jim Carr, Harding University; and Dr. Richard Jewell, Grove City College. Reagan Ranch High School Conference attendee Christian Turner from Colorado Springs, Colorado, engages in the question and answer session with a leading conservative speaker. Young America’s Foundation • Libertas 9 High school students from 52 schools and 19 states explore Ronald Reagan’s ranch, Rancho del Cielo, during the fourth annual Reagan Ranch High School Conference. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher delivers a motivating speech for students and Foundation supporters in the David Louis Bartlett Outreach Center at the Reagan Ranch Center. Foundation Director Kirby Wilbur offers thoughtprovoking insights about the faith of our Founding Fathers. Student Grace Olson from Danville, California, introduces herself at the Reagan Ranch High School Conference. conservative young people can actively advance their values and ideas at their schools. Actor and author Joseph Phillips emphasized the importance of standing up for conservative values. Phillips also noted that our nation’s founding principles are what define him as an American—not the color of his skin. 10 Young America’s Foundation • Libertas Congressman Dana Rohrabacher from California addressed the conference during a luncheon which was combined with the monthly Reagan Ranch Roundtable for Foundation supporters and community members. The event was organized with the help of Foundation Vice President Ron Pearson. Congressman Rohrabacher recounted his involvement with Reagan’s early Emma Langston, Bailey Austerman, Kristen Dennis, and Avery Smith enjoy a tour of President Reagan’s adobe ranch home, stopping by a closet which still houses some of the President’s clothing and cowboy hats. Young America’s Foundation Vice President Patrick Coyle educates the young audience on how they can advance their conservative ideas on their campuses and beyond. Robert Spencer, best-selling author and director of Jihad Watch, warns of the enemy we face in radical Islam. Madeline Foy from Wisconsin visits the Reagan Ranch and greets Jet, an American Quarter Horse, now residing at Rancho del Cielo. Sean Pringle from Pismo Beach, California, meets with retired Secret Service agent and President Reagan’s close friend, John Barletta. efforts and his time as a speechwriter in the White House. The conference concluded with activism advice from Foundation Vice President Patrick X. Coyle. Young America’s Foundation thanks the Richard and Barbara Gaby Foundation for sponsoring this program for the third consecutive year. The young attendees, many participating in their first conservative event, returned home excited about the new ideas they learned and the friends they made. “I have had an amazing experience at this conference,” said Brendan Madigan of Baltimore, Maryland. “From learning about conservative colleges to visiting the Reagan Ranch, I surely will never forget my time here.” Young America’s Foundation • Libertas 11 The 2009-2010 Top Conservative Colleges List Y oung America’s Foundation is pleased to recommend the nation’s top conservative colleges to prospective students with our sixth annual “Top Conservative Colleges” list. The Foundation publishes this each year as a resource for parents and students seeking conservative options in higher education. The 2009-2010 “Top Conservative Colleges” list includes: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Christendom College College of the Ozarks Franciscan University Grove City College Harding University Hillsdale College The King’s College Liberty University Patrick Henry College Regent University Saint Vincent College Thomas Aquinas College Thomas More College Wisconsin Lutheran College Institutions selected for this list proclaim, through their missions and programs, a dedication to discovering, maintaining, and strengthening the conservative values of their students. These colleges offer an alternative to the liberal status quo because they allow and encourage conservative students to explore conservative ideas and authors. Commenting on the list, which was also featured on Foxnews.com (see below), Young America’s Foundation President Ron Robinson explained, “Given the liberal bias in higher education today, it is critical that we make these recommendations. We want conservative students and parents to be well informed before they make this important decision.” These schools offer coursework and scholarship in conservative thought and emphasize principles including smaller government, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values. Furthermore, they avoid trends in higher education by continuing to study Western Civilization instead of straying toward the study of Marxism, feminism, sexuality, postmodernism, and other distractions that do not give students a complete understanding of our country, culture, and Founding principles. The complete list with information on each college and why it was selected can be found at http://www.yaf.org/ topconservativecolleges.aspx. Young America’s Foundation features Thomas More College among the displays of the “Top Conservative Colleges” recognized at the Reagan Ranch High School Conference. 12 Young America’s Foundation • Libertas Foundation Sponsors President George W. Bush at Harding University By Jessica Jensen, Editor M ore than 4,000 students and community members gathered at Harding University to hear from President George W. Bush during a speech sponsored by Young America’s Foundation. President Bush discussed the difficult decisions he had to make during his Presidency, admitting the most difficult was to move forward with the troop surge in Iraq when others encouraged him to pull troops out. “I just couldn’t do it in good conscience...I believed we could succeed. I knew it looked hopeless. But I believed it... And it worked. And it’s going to work,” noted the 43rd President of the United States. During his 45-minute address, President Bush also offered advice to the student audience, saying, “If you don’t know anything, don’t be afraid to ask. Surround yourself with people you can trust, and create an environment in which they’re willing and encouraged to give you a straight-up opinion.” Young America’s Foundation has a long established partnership with Harding University. Since 1993, the Foundation has assisted—through financial or logistical support—the American Studies Institute in bringing conservative speakers to campus. Through this partnership, Harding students have heard from Foundation speakers including Ben Stein, Sean Hannity, Walter Williams, Dinesh D’Souza, Jim Dobson, General Tommy Franks, Steve Forbes, and others. The Foundation also recognized Harding University Harding University as one of the President David Burks introduces top conservative President George W. schools in the Bush to the students nation (see related and community members attending story on page 12), the President’s and the school’s speech. American Studies Institute regularly sends its students to Young America’s Foundation’s conferences and seminars. President George W. Bush speaks to more than 4,000 attendees during a speech sponsored by Young America’s Foundation at Harding University in Arkansas. Young America’s Foundation • Libertas 13 A l u m ni S p o t l i g h t From Student Activist to White House Speechwriter –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––—— By Roger Custer, Conference Director the Soviet Mission to the United Nations in New York City protesting the martial law crackdown on the Solidarity movement,” recalls Thiessen. “I wanted to be involved in the struggle for human freedom for as long as I can remember.” Thiessen did not waste any time getting involved in freedom’s cause, becoming a campus activist at Vassar College during Best-selling author and Foundation alumnus Marc Thiessen the Reagan years headlines the annual Thomas Phillips Student Luncheon at and attending CPAC in Washington, D.C. Young America’s thunderous applause and Foundation National Conservative standing ovation greeted Student Conference in the midMarc Thiessen upon the 1980s. “When I went to Vassar,” says conclusion of his luncheon Thiessen, “no one assigned me to read remarks. Students attending the Friedman or Hayek or Russell Kirk. annual Thomas Phillips Student It was only through Young America’s Luncheon during the 2010 CPAC Foundation and other conservative in Washington, D.C., enjoyed a student organizations that I was remarkable speech about topics never exposed to these ideas.” taught on their campuses (see related The lack of conservative ideas story on page four). The best-selling motivated Thiessen to become author and recent White House editor of the Vassar Spectator, the speechwriter discussed his book, conservative alternative newspaper Courting Disaster, and the reasons on campus. Through that role, he for using interrogation methods to became acquainted with William F. keep our country safe and win the war Buckley Jr. and later interned in the on terror. But exactly who is Marc Reagan White House. Thiessen, and how did he arrive at Shortly after college, the passion that point? for freedom continued to burn for Marc Thiessen started his journey Thiessen, and he came to Washington as a young man, visiting his mother to work in the Conservative in Poland when the country was Movement. He joined a public affairs oppressed by Soviet rule behind the firm and then became spokesman Iron Curtain. for the legendary Senator Jesse “I remember marching in front of Helms. The aspiring young man then A 14 Young America’s Foundation • Libertas worked for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as a speech writer at the Pentagon. That experience prepared him to join the speechwriting team of President George W. Bush, and in 2008, he was named the President’s chief speechwriter. In that role, Thiessen was tasked with writing a speech acknowledging and defending the CIA’s interrogation program. As a result, he was given special access to classified materials including techniques, intelligence, names, and other details that kept the U.S. safe from terrorist attacks. He also had personal contact with the interrogators who were with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other highprofile al Qaeda terrorists when they finally revealed valuable information. Thiessen reports, “Those of us who had access to the intelligence could not respond to the lies spread by the Left because the answers were classified… “When I went to Vassar,” says Thiessen, “no one assigned me to read Friedman or Hayek or Russell Kirk. It was only through Young America’s Foundation and other conservative student organizations that I was exposed to these ideas.” Then-Presidential speechwriter Marc Thiessen offers remarks to young leaders attending the special briefing at the White House during the 2008 National Conservative Student Conference. and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His advice for Young America’s Foundation students and alumni: “Read, read, read. The strength of our Movement lies in ideas. Be a happy warrior, and proceed with confidence.” The truth is that these men are not torturers but heroes who stopped the next 9/11.” In explaining why he wrote Courting Disaster, Thiessen says, “I spoke up for these men to clear their names, to restore the good name of our country, and to warn Americans that we are in peril of another terrorist attack without this [interrogation] capability.” Along with his successful career, this prominent Washington insider also has a young family. He met his wife, Pam, when she was a legislative aide to then-Senator John Ashcroft, and he was working for Senator Helms. They now have four children, including four-year-old twin girls. “My family is the greatest blessing God has bestowed on me,” says Thiessen. Today, this Foundation alumnus is a columnist for the Washington Post ————————————————— Are you an alumnus of Young America’s Foundation’s programs? Be sure to register with our alumni network to receive Foundation updates, event invitations, and more. For more information visit http://www.yaf.org/ Alumni.aspx or call 800-USA-1776. Marc Thiessen signs copies of his best-selling book, Courting Disaster, for student attendees at the 2010 CPAC. Young America’s Foundation • Libertas 15 Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s Birth By K at e Ob e n s ha i n , V i c e P r e s i d e n t O n the eve of the 100th anniversary of President Reagan’s birth, a time to celebrate the achievements of one of the greatest, most beloved Presidents in our nation’s history, Freedom is on the precipice. We are witnessing an unprecedented attempt by leftists in power to bring about the complete reversal of the Reagan Revolution. Everything Ronald Reagan fought for has been rejected by the most liberal administration we’ve seen in our nation’s history. Their goal: to eradicate President Reagan’s ideas and lasting accomplishments and weave socialism into the very fabric of our American society. We at Young America’s Foundation are not about to sit back and let that happen, and Reagan 100, our celebration of President Reagan’s 100th birthday, is the perfect 16 Young America’s Foundation • Libertas opportunity to bring about a resurgence of President Reagan’s vision—and to instill that vision in the next generation. We know that in the battle for Freedom’s Future in our country, young people are the battleground. The leftists in power are pursuing this key group with undisguised intensity, and they have been very successful in their efforts. Barack Obama understands the importance of young people in establishing a movement. He regularly—with more intensity than any President before—goes to campuses to inculcate young people with his socialist ideology. On average, he’s visited one campus every 12 days since taking office. Like Obama, President Reagan understood the importance of reaching and inspiring young people. He said, “There is a flickering spark in all of us that if struck at just the right age, will light up the rest of our lives.” He also understood that Freedom itself is never more than one generation away from extinction. At the end of his administration, he knew, even though Freedom was once again flourishing, it could be fleeting. He said, “Our spirit is back, but we haven’t reinstitutionalized it. We’ve got to do a better job of getting across that America is freedom—freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise. And freedom is special and rare. It’s fragile and it needs protection.” Most college students today were not alive when Ronald Reagan was President. They do not remember how he and his policies restored America’s economic vibrancy and her position in the world. Together, we must inspire this next generation with an understanding of just how significant President Reagan’s successes were, how he achieved them, and how relevant those lessons are today. During Reagan 100, Young America’s Foundation’s mission, in partnership with our supporters, is clear: Bring President Reagan’s ideals and vision to life for the next generation, and reinstitutionalize Freedom though the Reagan Ranch, the Reagan Ranch Center, and the programs of Young America’s Foundation, so that it will never again give way. Rather, Freedom will be firmly established as the beacon by which our country and its future are guided. We will achieve this mission through a series of celebrations and dynamic programs for young people and new leaders that focus specifically on bringing President Reagan’s vision to life. We will accomplish our goals by raising significant resources to ensure that the Reagan Ranch, the Reagan Ranch Center, and Young America’s Foundation are central forces for permanently reestablishing Freedom’s Future in our country. During his lifetime, we knew Ronald Reagan would be Freedom’s defender. Now that he is gone, defending Freedom falls to us, and we at Young America’s Foundation are ready. We know that our mission is bold, but so was President Reagan’s. Freedom’s Future and President Reagan’s vision are worthy of our boldness, courage, and our steady determination—and dependant on our success. We look forward to working with you, as we approach Reagan 100, to achieve it. —————————————————————————— For more information on how you can support our Reagan 100 efforts, please call 800-USA-1776. Young America’s Foundation • Libertas 17 Williams, Folsom, Buchanan, Moore, and Schweikart Headline High School Conferences in Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania By L auren Scirocco, Sarah T. Hermann Intern Scholar W hile many high school students spend their summers by a pool or playing video games, the young leaders attending Young America’s Foundation’s summer high school programs received a healthy dose of conservative ideas at two separate conferences held in Washington, D.C., and Grove City, Pennsylvania. 18 More than 100 high school students from across the country kicked off their summer vacations by attending the Foundation’s 13th annual Gratia Houghton Rinehart National High School Leadership Conference outside of Washington, D.C. The three-day program enabled some of the country’s brightest conservative youths to interact with like-minded peers and Young America’s Foundation • Libertas hear from top conservative leaders. The conference commenced with a trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where Foundation Director Kirby Wilbur provided the young conservatives with a detailed account of the Battle of Gettysburg. Alyssa Reinicke of El Cajon, California, noted, “I wish all students could attend the Gettysburg tour. Mr. Wilbur knows so much about Gettysburg; you almost feel like you were there during the battle.” The students enjoyed the opening dinner banquet featuring Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio who gave his opinion on the three main challenges facing America: terrorism, the ever-expanding national debt, and “the values debate.” Senior Editor of National Review Ramesh Ponnuru delivered an engaging speech on the negative aspects of diversity, tolerance, and multiculturalism, while Vice President of Focus on the Family and Reagan Ranch Board of Governors member Tim Goeglein provided advice on public service and encouraged the students to take action. American Cause President Bay Buchanan gave a motivational speech on standing up for the rights of unborn children. Kristen Gawlik of Closter, New Jersey, said, “Bay Buchanan really inspired me to do whatever it is I can possibly do in the pro-life movement.” Kirby Wilbur discussed the importance of Judeo-Christian values during the founding of America, and Young America’s Foundation Vice President Kate Obenshain taught students about Young America’s Foundation • Libertas 19 1 leadership and the Founding Fathers. Young America’s Foundation alumnus and Human Events Editor Jason Mattera provided an entertaining, in-depth perspective on how liberals brainwashed young people during the 2008 Presidential election. Always popular Hillsdale College professor Burt Folsom taught the young leaders about the history of 20 entrepreneurship in the United States and also discussed the failures of President Roosevelt’s New Deal. Another Young America’s Foundation alumnus, Citizens United Foundation President Dave Bossie, offered a first-hand account of his group’s Supreme Court case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute Young America’s Foundation • Libertas President Michelle Easton discussed the follies of feminism and the importance of promoting conservative women. Young America’s Foundation Vice President Patrick Coyle equipped the students with ideas on how to successfully spread the conservative message at their schools. Young Britons’ Foundation Development Director Mark Clarke informed the students of the failed 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 7 10 13th annual Gratia Houghton Rinehart National High School Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C. 1) National Review’s senior editor, Ramesh Ponnuru, engages the high school audience in a discussion about the consequences of multiculturalism. 2) Rebecca Hagelin, author of 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family, discusses what today’s youth can do to advance traditional values in our nation. 3) Obama Zombies, the best-selling book written by Foundation alumnus and Human Events Editor Jason Mattera, is the topic of Mattera’s address at the Gratia Houghton Rinehart National High School Leadership Conference. 4) Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio shares his thoughts on the major challenges facing our nation today. 5) Foundation alumnus and Citizens United Foundation President Dave Bossie reports on his organization’s Supreme Court case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. 6) High school conference students receive pocket-sized copies of the United States Constitution provided by Young America’s Foundation’s supporters. 7) Lauren Clark from Mesa, Arizona, participates in the question and answer session during the National High School Leadership Conference. 8) Conference attendees enjoy a sunset tour of the national monuments in Washington, D.C. 9) Focus on the Family Vice President Tim Goeglein encourages the high school audience to get involved in public service and advance their ideas in their communities. 10) Sarah T. Hermann Intern Scholar Caroline Rushing introduces a conference speaker during the three-day program. liberal policies in Britain which have led to the expansion of the British government and the decline of individual and property rights. Best-selling author Rebecca Hagelin addressed the harsh reality of the moral decline in America and what young people can do to rebuild the moral foundation of the country. During the last night of the conference, students enjoyed a tour of Washington, D.C., where Kirby Wilbur discussed the importance of many of the national monuments. As a group, students sang the “National Anthem” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to show their patriotism. They were quickly told to stop by U.S. Park Police, but continued on, nonetheless. The students returned home inspired to advance freedom in their communities and spread the ideas they learned at this annual conference. Student Emily Cummins from Minnesota noted, “This conference has really helped me grow as a young conservative. Being surrounded by likeminded people my age has been very inspiring…My conservative beliefs have been strengthened in these past few days.” Young America’s Foundation • Libertas 21 1 A few weeks later, another group of high school students enjoyed a similar Foundation program at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania, made possible with a generous gift from the Irene E. Witkowski Agrawal Foundation. The Northeast Conservative High School Conference, also drawing students and supporters from across the 22 country, began with a dinner banquet featuring the president of Grove City College, Dr. Richard Jewell, who discussed the rich history of the school and why students would benefit from attending the institution—named one of the 2010 “Top Conservative Colleges” by Young America’s Foundation. The following day, Dr. Burt Folsom —who also addressed the high school Young America’s Foundation • Libertas gathering a few weeks earlier—discussed American capitalism and the destructive consequences of FDR’s New Deal. Best-selling author, historian, and professor Dr. Larry Schweikart entertained and educated attendees with his presentation based on his book, 48 Liberal Lies About American History. Entrepreneur and local radio talk show host Glen Meakem spoke of 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 7 10 Northeast Conservative High School Conference 1) Foundation Vice President and frequent Fox News guest Kate Obenshain delivers an energetic speech on the need for true leadership. 2) Laurel Recsetar from Phoenix, Arizona, participates in the speaker question and answer session at the Northeast Conservative High School Conference. 3) Students attending the conference at Grove City College enjoy a late-night breakout session where they discuss current events and other hot topics with Foundation team members. 4) Grove City College Professor Dr. Paul Kengor—author of several books including The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism—shares the true dangers of socialism. 5) Professor and economist Dr. Walter Williams, a regular presence at Foundation programs, discusses the fundamental importance of the free market. 6) High school students from around the country meet like-minded friends and hear from leading conservative speakers at the 2010 Northeast Conservative High School Conference in Pennsylvania. 7) Dominic Morell from Grand Island, New York, learns how he can advance his values and ideas at his high school and in his community. 8) Sarah T. Hermann Intern Scholars Kiana Dunn and Giovanni Tomasi welcome high school conference participants to Grove City College. 9) Foundation Director and regular conference faculty member Kirby Wilbur offers a true American history lesson not taught in most high school classrooms. 10) Grove City College President Richard Jewell welcomes conference participants to his campus—one of the Foundation’s 2010 “Top Conservative Colleges.” the importance of an entrepreneurial spirit in American business. Distinguished economist, author, and professor Dr. Walter Williams and best-selling author Jonah Goldberg headlined two dinner banquets for the student audience and local Foundation supporters. Other speakers included Kirby Wilbur, Foundation Vice Presidents Kate Obenshain and Patrick Coyle, Grove City professor Dr. Jeff Herbener, Grove City professor and author Dr. Paul Kengor, and Carnegie Mellon University professor and author Dr. Kiron Skinner. After attending the Northeast Conservative High School Conference, Olivia Martin of Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania, said, “Prior to this conference, I was just a conservative teen. Now, however, I am an informed, articulate, impassioned conservative who is ready to stand up for what she believes in. I know I will make a difference!” ————————————————— For more information about Young America’s Foundation’s upcoming high school and college programs, visit www.yaf.org or call 800-USA-1776. Young America’s Foundation • Libertas 23 Young Leaders Learn the Art of Rhetoric on Capitol Hill DeMint, Fund, Thiessen, and Others Inspire Students and Professionals By Lauren Scirocco, Sarah T. Hermann Intern Scholar A group of up-and-coming young Times bestselling author conservative leaders had the unique Marc Thiessen (see related opportunity to participate in an story on page 14) provided intense training session to enhance attendees with insight on the their rhetoric skills and prepare for their speechwriting process. He also life-long involvement in the Conservative discussed his book, Courting Movement. Through a generous gift Disaster: How the CIA Kept and the vision of Foundation supporter America Safe and How Barack Caesar Arredondo, Obama Is Young America’s Inviting the Next Foundation hosted Attack. our Mastering President of Conservative the American Rhetoric Seminar Cause Bay in Washington, Buchanan Senator Jim DeMint offers his thoughts on D.C. discussed how defeating Obama’s socialist policies for young The event to communicate leaders at Young America’s Foundation’s Mastering was coordinated principle— Wes Siler, University of Virginia Conservative Rhetoric Seminar on Capitol Hill. by author, based solutions speechwriter, on domestic Fascism, and also gave advice on how to and Foundation policy and entitlements use humor to win conservative arguments. Director Wynton Hall who discussed the effectively. Ms. Buchanan told the group In addition, Wall Street Journal columnist significance of rhetoric and taught the to always respect the arguments of the and Foundation alumnus John Fund attendees how to incorporate effective other side and learn the facts necessary to reminded the attendees that they have speechwriting techniques into their back up their beliefs. more power to influence media than any presentations. Hall also hosted a seminar Presidential rhetorical expert Dr. other generation. session entitled, “Mastering Digital Martin Medhurst guided the young Each participant used the information Communications,” where he taught leaders through the history of modern they learned throughout the rhetoric the importance of using 21st century Presidential speeches, taught the ten seminar to give prepared remarks which technology to “define your brand.” principles of conservative Presidents, were then critiqued by Mr. Hall and Dr. President Bush’s top speechwriter, and discussed the origins of conservative Medhurst. Foundation alumnus, and New York rhetoric. After attending the program, Wes The group also enjoyed a Siler from the University of Virginia special breakfast—organized wrote, “The seminar was four of the with the help of Foundation most productive days of my life. I have Vice President Ron Pearson never before experienced such intensive —at the U.S. Capitol Visitors training, leadership development, and Center with Senator Jim conservative education packed into one DeMint who offered his week with some of the most dynamic insights on the dangers of the and inspiring conservative professionals. U.S. deficit and how to get I feel more prepared to articulate my America back on the right conservative beliefs with humor, wit, and track. conviction.” During a dinner banquet, Young America’s Foundation thanks New York Times best-selling Mr. Arredondo for making this inspiring Young professionals and students learn how to author Jonah Goldberg program possible and advancing freedom effectively communicate their ideas to their peers and spoke on his book, Liberal for generations to come! in their communities. “The seminar was four of the most productive days of my life.” 24 Young America’s Foundation • Libertas Normandy on D-Day and Thatcher in London: An Unforgettable Cruise By Nicole Hoplin, Director of Foundation Relations O n June 6, 2010, our nation marked the 66th anniversary of D-Day and mourned the brave soldiers who lost their lives protecting freedom during that fateful World War II battle. On the 40th anniversary of those Normandy landings, Ronald Reagan visited Omaha Beach and the surrounding areas to mark that occasion, saying, “These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. And these are the heroes who helped end a war…” Participants in Young America’s Foundation’s 2010 European cruise remembered the anniversary of D-Day on the actual beaches of Normandy. They placed white flowers at the base of the tombs of those soldiers who valiantly sacrificed for our country and freedom’s future. Travelers also saw the famous Pointe Du Hoc, where a plaque now marks Ronald Reagan’s 1984 visit: And the American Rangers began to climb. They shot rope ladders over the face of these cliffs and began to pull themselves up. When one Ranger fell, another would take his place. When one rope was cut, a Ranger would grab another and begin his climb again. They climbed, shot back, and held their footing. Soon, one by one, the Rangers pulled themselves over the top. And in seizing the firm land at the top of these cliffs, they began to seize back the continent of Europe. continued on page 27 On the 66th anniversary of D-Day, troops dress in period uniforms to pay their respects to those who sacrificed their lives at Pointe du Hoc. Young America’s Foundation • Libertas 25 U.S. Army Rangers from the 2nd Battalion scale the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc during the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. 1 4 3 2 5 The Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument, with its 30-acre battlefield site, sits atop the cliffs as they look today. 6 I t was a moving day, to be sure, but it would be one among many stirring memories made on this special cruise. The more than 100 participants visited historic sites in Spain, Portugal, France, and England. Together, they conversed about current events, shared ideas for conservative victories, strategized on how best to reach young people, enjoyed discussing Ronald Reagan and the ideas of freedom, and rekindled and developed friendships with old and new friends alike. The distinguished speakers on board the cruise included 75th U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese and his wife, Ursula; Hillsdale College historian and free enterprise expert Burt Folsom and his wife, Anita (see sidebar on page 28); National Review editor-at-large and author John O’Sullivan; columnist and author Tony Blankley; Foundation President Ron Robinson and his wife, Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute President Michelle Easton; Foundation Vice Presidents Richard Kimble and Andrew Coffin; and Reagan Ranch Board of Governors member Eric Hoplin. During educational sessions on the cruise, they each provided remarks on topics ranging from current events in the U.K. to Ronald Reagan’s fight against communism to the state of the Conservative Movement today. After eleven days at sea, the travelers reached London. There, Lady Margaret Thatcher spent an evening greeting the participants during a formal reception at the famed Simpsons-in-the-Strand restaurant in London. Supporters of the Reagan Ranch have long followed the relationship between President Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher. We are so fortunate to have Lady 1) More than 100 supporters of Young America’s Foundation and the Reagan Ranch spend eleven days at sea on board the Silver Cloud. 2) Eric and Nicole Hoplin stand near the monument where Ronald Reagan gave his famous “Pointe du Hoc” speech in 1984. 3) Attorney General Ed Meese addresses a “session-at-sea” during the annual cruise program. 4) On D-Day, Reagan Ranch Board of Governors member Gene Waddell walks among the marble crosses marking each life lost during the Normandy invasion. 5) From left to right: Gene Waddell, Lynda Davis, Betsy Coffin, and Leah and Bob Traut gather at a dinner featuring Member of the European Parliament Daniel Hannan. 6) From left to right: Donn Dears, D.J. D’Ewart, Larry and Rosemarie Helminiak, and Don Dick enjoy the company of like-minded friends at dinner one evening at sea. 7) Tony Blankley and his wife, Lynda Davis, take a break from a shore tour in Cadiz, Spain. 8) Lady Margaret Thatcher meets with members of the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors and Young America’s Foundation’s leadership team. From left to right: Nicole and Eric Hoplin, Michelle Easton, Betsy and Andrew Coffin, Ron Robinson, Richard Kimble, Lady Thatcher, Diane Kimble, Gene and Barbara Waddell, and Bette and Al Moore. 8 7 President Reagan meets with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher outside the Oval Office on August 17, 1987. 1) Lady Thatcher greets Bette and Al Moore Thatcher with us still to remind us of during a reception in her honor at the famed the importance of Ronald Reagan’s Simpsons-in-the-Strand restaurant. 2) accomplishments. As she noted during Member of European Parliament Daniel the President’s memorial service in Hannan gives an inspirational speech about 2004, “We here still move in twilight. the greatness of America and the need to But we have one beacon to guide us that protect liberty. 3) Hillsdale Professor Dr. Ronald Reagan never had. We have his Burt Folsom, Bob Bourcier, Ken Kalbfell, and Donn Dears socialize during the example.” reception with Lady Thatcher. 4) Barbara Having the opportunity to thank Cameron and Hillsdale College’s director Thatcher for her role in expanding of the free market forum, Anita Folsom, enjoy a new friendship during an freedom was a rare occasion. “It was evening reception. certainly a very special moment. We were honored to be able to meet her in person,” said one supporter of the experience. Conservative Member of the European Parliament 2 Daniel Hannan keynoted the dinner banquet following the Thatcher reception at Simpsons. His riveting remarks about the loss of personal liberty in the U.K. and its disastrous consequences foretell America’s future if we continue on our current path of increasing regulation and encroaching government. Also joining the travelers for dinner in London were Members of Parliament Conor Burns and Chris Kelly, Young Britons’ Foundation Chief Executive Donal Blaney, former member of the Scottish Parliament Brian Monteith, and member of the Board of Trustees for the Institute of Economic Affairs Linda Whetstone. Young America’s Foundation is planning to commemorate Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday in 2011 with a cruise to the Emerald Isles. (See information on page 35.) The Crystal Cruise will take place July 22 to August 2, 2011, and includes speakers such as economist Dr. Walter Williams, Reagan biographer Steven Hayward, and 75th U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese. To join the next cruise, call or email Nicole Hoplin at 800-USA-1776 or 3 email@example.com for a detailed brochure. 1 4 “A Tremendous Two Weeks!” B y B u r t a n d A n i ta F o l s o m Lady Thatcher with From first to last, what a tremendous two weeks! Barcelona Anita Folsom was a beautiful beginning, and cruising on the blue Mediterranean was pure pleasure. Enjoying the scenery and the lectures on board with like-minded travelers in the Young America’s Foundation group enhanced the experience tremendously. Exploring Spain and then Portugal gave us opportunities to visit historical sites that we have taught about many times. What a privilege to commemorate the Normandy landings by walking on Omaha Beach on the 66th anniversary of D-Day. The American cemetery near Omaha Beach was a solemn reminder of the price of freedom and the debt we owe to those who paid it. And capping off the trip was our reception in London with Lady Margaret Thatcher. An unforgettable night! Lady Thatcher with Burt Folsom 28 Young America’s Foundation • Libertas New Lecture Series Brings Free Enterprise to America’s Business Schools By Patrick X. Coyle, Vice President I n the short time President Obama has been in power, the government has taken over or has a stake in the auto industry, student loans, health care, and our financial institutions. The Russian Communist paper PRAVDA had an eye-opening article about the administration’s policies, noting, “Marx would be proud of what Obama is doing in the United States and around the world.” The chairman of the Business Roundtable, an association of top CEOs that has been close to the Obama administration, recently accused the President and his allies in Congress of creating an “increasingly hostile environment for investment and job creation.” Ivan G. Seidenburg, CEO of Verizon Communications, echoed this sentiment, noting, “By reaching into virtually every sector of economic Governor Mitt Romney inspires life, government business school is injecting uncertainty into the students at Emory University. marketplace and making it harder to raise capital and create new businesses.” Given our President’s regular negativity toward big business and free market ideas, it is not surprising that today’s students are skeptical of the ideas of limited government and free enterprise. A Rasmussen survey showed that 33 percent of young people prefer socialism over capitalism, and 30 percent are undecided! To stop this disturbing trend, Young America’s Foundation, through the generous support of the Richard and Barbara Gaby Foundation, has launched the Free Enterprise Lecture Series to introduce students at America’s leading business schools to prominent entrepreneurs and free market experts. These speakers share their expertise and promote the free market system as a catalyst for economic solutions to common social problems. The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore (see related story on page 30) launched the lecture series by speaking at UNC—Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Moore addressed the Obama administration’s failure to effectively solve the economic crisis and how President Reagan improved the economy by lowering tax rates. Greatness. Every major media outlet in Atlanta, including the Atlanta JournalConstitution, covered the program. Steve Forbes also spoke for the lecture series at Fordham University. Speaking to a crowd of 1,000 students, Forbes explained that he wrote his latest book, How Capitalism Will Save Us, because capitalism has been attacked, misunderstood, and even defined as immoral. “One of the worst things that Congress has ever done is define economics as the allocation of scarce resources,” Forbes told the young audience. “That has Steve Forbes promotes free market dismal science written ideas at Fordham University. all over it. It’s not about the allocation of scarce resources. In free markets, it’s about the creation of resources and about turning scarcity into abundance.” John Stossel, host of the Fox Business Network show Stossel, promoted America’s free enterprise system during his lecture at The George Washington University. The best-selling author noted, “The Founders had John Stossel shares the importance of free enterprise with it right…we need limited a capacity crowd at The George Washington University. government. Capitalism has lifted more people out of the UNC activist, John Eick, wrote mud than most systems. Capitalism is afterwards, “Mr. Moore delivered win-win, but people don’t see that.” relevant and informative lectures about ——————————————————— the history of the United States’ economy Young America’s Foundation and what needs to be done to improve thanks the Gaby Foundation for its the current economic situation.” continued support and for making the Governor Mitt Romney headlined the Free Enterprise Lecture Series possible. lecture series with a speech to 1,200 at To bring a free market speaker to your Emory University. He discussed his career campus or business school, contact in business as well as his latest book, Patrick X. Coyle at 800-USA-1776 or No Apology: The Case for American firstname.lastname@example.org. Young America’s Foundation • Libertas 29 N a t i o na l J o u rna l is m C en t er An Interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore ––– By Paul Conner, National Journalism Center Intern T he desk in Stephen Moore’s office is piled high with fading copies of the Wall Street Journal and a few stray editions of POLITICO and Newsmax. Three abstract paintings hang on the wall behind his computer monitor, where he intently studies unemployment statistics released by the Department of Labor on a hot afternoon in late summer. (Unemployment among young people this year is the highest on record since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking such figures in 1948.) By the looks of it, Moore is a busy man. He is a member of the editorial board and a senior economics writer at the Wall Street Journal, and just before his sit-down for an interview with Libertas, he was at the Fox News studios recording an interview about the state of the job market. Moore is also the author of six books, including End of Prosperity—a book he calls “a great history of the last 40 years.” With all his responsibilities, Moore finds time to speak several times a year on college campuses through Young America’s Foundation’s Free Enterprise Lecture Series (see related story on page 29). “I think it’s encouraging to see so many conservatives on college campuses,” Moore said from his office in downtown Washington, D.C. “When I went to college at the University of Illinois in the early ’80s, there was a lot of apathy, and conservatives were like endangered species. Now, we’re seeing a resurgence of conservatism.” Moore spoke at the University of North Carolina-Chapel 30 Young America’s Foundation • Libertas The Wall Street Journal’s senior economics writer, Stephen Moore, addresses National Journalism Center (NJC) interns at the NJC office in the National Press Building. Hill’s business school earlier this year and at Ripon College in Wisconsin in late spring. Moore is also a regular speaker at the Foundation’s college and high school conferences each summer and frequently addresses the National Journalism Center’s internship classes. Prior to his work at the Journal, Moore served in the Reagan administration as research director for President Reagan’s Commission for Privatization. “I didn’t really appreciate how great a president Reagan was until long after,” Moore said. “The more time goes by, the more you realize what a great historical figure he was. When I worked with him in the ’80s, it didn’t seem like a big deal, but now, it’s one of the things I’m most proud of.” “[Reagan] believed in the power of markets and the power of competition,” Moore continued. “He also had a boundless optimism that through hard work and perseverance, we can all get ahead.” In 2006 and 2008, Mr. Moore celebrated President Reagan’s lasting accomplishments as the featured speaker (Clockwise from top left) Stephen Moore delivers an energetic speech for the National Journalism Center interns and NJC Academic Director Dr. Stephen Bird (pictured right). The Wall Street Journal writer highlights the importance of the free market for Young America’s Foundation conference attendees. Moore headlines the Foundation’s 25th anniversary celebration of the 1981 Economic Recovery Tax Act at the Reagan Ranch Center. Moore signs copies of his latest book, End of Prosperity, for students attending the Foundation’s National High School Leadership Conference. at the Reagan Ranch Center and Rancho del Cielo on the anniversary of the signing of 1981 tax cuts—legislation signed by President Reagan at Rancho del Cielo. “The Reagan Ranch is a landmark to commemorate these ideas,” Moore said. “This is where the 1981 Economic Recovery Act tax cut was signed into law—thus unleashing 25 years of prosperity and jobs.” Moore has also been an outspoken critic of President Obama’s economic policies, calling the accumulated debt “fiscal child abuse” and “disgusting.” “It’s a hard world out there, and Barack Obama is not making it any easier by destroying jobs and destroying our future,” Moore said. “I think the $3 trillion debt that we’ve rung up under President Obama is a crime against future generations.” Today’s young people are keenly aware of the economic uncertainty facing their generation and our nation, and Stephen Moore’s dedication to reaching students with the importance of free market principles is needed now more than ever. Of Stephen Moore’s address at The George Washington University, Foundation student activist Giovanni Tomasi noted, “He offered excellent insight into the current economic crisis. At a time when the Left distorts free market logic to force a socialist agenda upon our society, Mr. Moore eloquently and definitively disproved leftist lies with pure facts and reason. His insight into the current state of our economy is a must for any individual who seeks to truly understand the financial crisis.” —————————————————————————— Paul Conner is a senior at North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina. He participated in the National Journalism Center’s 2010 summer program where he interned at The Daily Caller in Washington, D.C. —————————————————————————— To bring Stephen Moore to your campus, contact Patrick X. Coyle at email@example.com or call 800-USA-1776. For more information about the National Journalism Center, call 202-628-1490. Young America’s Foundation • Libertas 31 celebrate Ronald Reagan’s 100th Birthday in the place that meant the most to him “From cast a spell N saw it, the first day we Rancho del Cielo over us. o place before or since has ever given Nancy and me the joy and serenity it does.” – Ronald Reagan 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of President Reagan’s birth. To join the nationwide celebration commemorating his 100th birthday, Young America’s Foundation President Ron Robinson and his wife, Michelle Easton, will host a series of exclusive weekend getaways at Ronald Reagan’s beloved ranch in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. You’ll be one of a very select group of people who have spent time at the Ranch, including Margaret Thatcher, Ed Meese, George H. W. Bush, Mikhail and Raisa Gorbachev, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip and, of course, Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Your Reagan 100 Retreat Weekend will be an experience you will never forget! Accommodations: Your getaway weekend includes luxurious accommodations at the stunning, oceanfront Biltmore Four Seasons Resort. This classic West Coast resort blends the glory of historic California with the Four Seasons’ finest service in the heart of the “American Riviera.” During the Reagan Presidency, the senior White House staff and Cabinet secretaries stayed at the Biltmore. Reagan Ranch Visit: The centerpiece outing of this exclusive weekend is our VIP private visit to Ronald Reagan’s Rancho del Cielo. You will visit the small adobe home, still fully furnished just as the Reagans left it, as well as the guest house and tack barn. Your day at the Ranch will also include a gourmet lunch on the lawn just outside the main house. You’ll dine alongside Lake Lucky, under the shade of the willow trees that Ronald Reagan planted himself. Santa Barbara Sites: A trolley tour will take you along quaint streets to some of the must-see historic sites of the city, including the 19th century Santa Barbara Mission. For dining, a special treat is planned in the heart of Santa Barbara. As a guest in the private dining room of the Wine Cask, Santa Barbara’s most highly acclaimed restaurant, you’ll enjoy a five-course menu featuring the chef ’s custom creations made with regional ingredients. R e a g a n 1 0 0 R e t r e at We e k e n d Itinerary Friday • Reagan Ranch Roundtable Luncheon (past speakers at the Reagan Ranch Center have included Speaker Newt Gingrich, Senator Jim DeMint, actor Ben Stein, bestselling author Michelle Malkin, and others) • Reception and dinner (Biltmore Four Seasons Resort) Saturday • • • • • Breakfast (Biltmore Four Seasons Resort) Tour of the Reagan Ranch Center Exclusive visit to and luncheon at the Reagan Ranch Trolley tour of historic Santa Barbara Reception and dinner (Wine Cask) 10 “I would rate the weekend as a ‘ ’…it was truly a When you arrive in Santa Barbara, your every need will be met based on an all-inclusive price including: • Complimentary transportation to the Biltmore Four Seasons Resort (from Santa Barbara airport) • Reagan Ranch Roundtable Luncheon featuring a notable conservative leader • Two-night, five-star accommodations at the historic, oceanfront Biltmore Four Seasons Resort • VIP visit experience at Ronald Reagan’s “Western White House,” Rancho del Cielo • Behind-the-scenes tour of the new Reagan Ranch Center and Exhibit Gallery • All meals including two luncheons, two receptions, two dinners, and a full breakfast • Trolley tour of historic, downtown Santa Barbara including the 19th Century Santa Barbara Mission memorable occasion.” – John and Janet Beck, Mequon, Wisconsin Reagan 100 Retreat Weekend Dates: February 18 to 20 • March 11 to 13 August 12 to 14 • September 16 to 18 • October 21 to 23 All-inclusive weekend price: $2,163 per couple (excluding airline travel) Space is Limited (Five couple limit per weekend) Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. reserveyour space today. Please call Jason Barbour at (336)286-1701. Meeting Ronald Reagan B y S e n at o r J i m D e M i n t Students and supporters line up to meet with Senator DeMint and receive copies of his book, Saving Freedom, at a Foundation event at the Reagan Ranch Center. Senator Jim DeMint motivates students and supporters at a special breakfast at the Reagan Ranch Center. I n my mind, Ronald Reagan was always a great President, but after visiting the Reagan Ranch, I know he would have been a great friend, too. I never had the chance to meet Ronald Reagan in person. I came to Washington years after he left the White House. By that time, he was more of an icon than a real person. I knew him as the man who won the Cold War and defeated communism. His photo was in homes, offices, and museums all around the country. He was a legend. It wasn’t until I walked the same dusty paths he walked and stepped inside his home that I realized he was also a regular guy. Even though he was the leader of the most powerful nation in the world, he preferred to do chores himself rather than calling on a handyman to do it for him. He laid the stone patio, piece by piece, outside his home. He chopped up used telephone poles to build fences around the property. Rather than purchasing a king-sized bed for his and Nancy’s bedroom, he pushed two small, twin-sized beds together and bound them with plastic ties. If you walk down a horse trail that provides a striking view of the distant Pacific Ocean, you’ll see an old rock where the President carved his and Nancy’s initials inside a heart. 34 Young America’s Foundation • Libertas Senator DeMint is inspired by his journey to Ronald Reagan’s Rancho del Cielo. The most striking thing about visiting the Reagan Ranch, however, is the sense one gets with how comfortable Ronald Reagan was with himself. For many people, especially those who achieve great recognition and fame, it’s a very hard thing to be alone. They’re constantly seeking approval, praise, and consultation from others. Not Ronald Reagan. When he had to make a tough decision, he often retreated to his Rancho del Cielo—“The Ranch in the Heavens”—to think. It’s where he talked to God. He once said, “Riding on one of the tree-lined trails, or gazing up at the western skies, well, there’s no better way I know of to sort out a problem.” The Ranch is where Ronald Reagan became real to me. Before I came to Santa Barbara, I knew many things about Reagan’s political life but little about how much he loved God, his family, and this beautiful nation. Ronald Reagan was always a man I wanted to know. After visiting his ranch—now protected and preserved by Young America’s Foundation—I feel like I do. Dr. Walter Williams Steven F. Hayward Attorney General Edwin Meese III Ron Robinson Michelle Easton Young America’s Foundation Libertas magazine www.yaf.org NON PROFIT ORG US POSTAGE PAID HERNDON, VA PERMIT NO 6551 Vol. 31 • No. 2 Fall 2010 National Headquarters F.M. Kirby Freedom Center 110 Elden Street Herndon, Virginia 20170 800-USA-1776 CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED C hildren from the Santa Barbara area visit the Foundation’s 9/11: Never Forget display organized by students from the University of California – Santa Barbara to remember those murdered by radical jihadists nine years ago. Pictured from left: Peter Coffin, Maya Ortiz, Liza Coffin, Ruby Kilpper, Maggie Coffin, and Victor Ortiz.