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Dear Friends:


hen Governor Scott Walker defeated a recall effort in Wisconsin, he changed American history. He was the first governor to win a recall election. Most Badger State residents formed their opinions of their governor long ago. The majority of citizens saw Scott Walker as a hero trying to reign in the costs of government employees, so their lavish benefit compensation packages would be more in line with what the average Wisconsin taxpayer receives in benefits. However, Leftist activists claim the taxpayers’ victory was all about the Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United (CU) case—never mind that the Wisconsin state law established the rules for the recall election. The Citizens United case changed nothing in the state-wide contest. In addition to my responsibilities as president of Young America’s Foundation, I am also a founder and a continuous director of Citizens United. The Citizens United case was about whether the Federal Election Commission could criminalize CU’s work in publishing a film critical of Hillary Clinton. The deputy solicitor general argued the government could ban books and potentially send offenders to jail. When Solicitor General Elena Kagan re-argued the case before the Supreme Court, she unsuccessfully tried to downplay the Obama administration’s censorship plans. Fortunately, the Court rejected such encroachments on our freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights. Yet, the Left claims that the Citizens United case allows “well-to-do” Americans to use their resources to advance their beliefs without monetary restrictions. They claim this is dangerous because it may allow one side to have more resources than the other on important state and national issues. For the sake of the argument, let us ignore the Left’s huge advantage in funding, especially when one includes the spending of union bosses. Let us ignore that the Obama campaign enjoyed that funding advantage in 2008, and no Leftists were upset about it at the time. Let us assume for the moment the Left is sincere when it claims there should be “no imbalance.” Then, ask your favorite Leftist why she does not apply the same principle to our classrooms where the Left has a stranglehold on spending. How can any campus Leftists say, with a straight face, that one side of a discussion should not have a funding advantage? Isn’t that precisely what happens every day across America as Leftists scheme to protect and expand their monopoly over academia? The next time you hear a Leftist screed about Citizens United, usually inaccurately and without any factual understanding of the actual case, ask if he feels the same way about the Left’s near monopoly of funds on campus! Sincerely,

Ron Robinson President

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Walker, Duffy, Reagan, and Schweizer Headline West Coast Leadership Conference By Katie Taran, Conference Director


YAF Poll Results: Most Professors Don’t Rank Reagan Among the Top Ten Presidents By Kate Obenshain, Vice President and Ron Meyer, Spokesman


Johnson, Cain, Steele, Mattera, Moore, and Others Reach Hundreds at Freedom Conferences By Katie Taran, Conference Director



Looking Out for the Next Generation: Making the Tough Choices Now

Reagan Ranch Board Of Governors

The Conservatives: New YAF Film Stars Levin, Malkin, Williams, Goldberg, Crowley, Moore, and Schweizer

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 Mark Larson Al & Bette Moore Governor Bill Owens Doug & Pat Perry Thomas Phillips Dr. Robert Ruhe & Lee Shannon Fred & Ruth Sacher Richard & Jane Schwartz Craig Shirley Owen & Bernadette Casey Smith Barbara S. Waddell

Alumna Ying Ma Advocates for Free Markets and Freedom By Jessica Jensen, Editor


Rancho del Cielo, Ronald Reagan, and the United States Secret Service By Danielle Fowler, Assistant Curator


YAF Makes Activism Easy By Patrick X. Coyle, Vice President


A Supporter’s Legacy: To Preserve Freedom and Free Enterprise By Jason Barbour, Director of Development

Vol. 33

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No. 2

Summer 2012

Governor Scott Walker enjoys time at the Reagan Ranch prior to his speech at the 2011 West Coast Leadership Conference. In this Issue: Governor

at the Reagan Scott Walker’s Speech


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Stephen Moore Shares Economic Insights at the Reagan Ranch Center Phyllis Schlafly Headlines Reagan Ranch Roundtable Author Peter Hannaford Reflects on Reagan’s Early Years La Reina High School YAF Members Visit Rancho del Cielo Congresswoman Bachmann Speaks on Foreign Policy

Libertas, the Latin word for liberty, is a publication of Young America’s Foundation which 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 Publisher: Ron Robinson; Editor: Jessica Jensen; Publication Design: Jonathan Briggs; Assistant Editors: Amy Brooker, Cheri Cerame, Patrick X. Coyle, Danielle Fowler, Nicole Hoplin, Jerry Norton, Ana Lightle, Chris Miranda, Meredith Ramsey, and Caroline Rushing; California event photographers: Jacqueline Pilar, Kevin Steele, and Jensen Sutta; Washington, D.C. event photographer: Spencer Anderson. This document and all herein contents, images, stories, graphics, and design, fall unto copyright © 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 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.

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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

By Governor Scott Walker

By Kate Obenshain, Vice President


Young America’s Foundation Board Of Directors

National Journalism Center Board Of Governors Thomas Phillips Chairman Jerry Norton Executive Director Kellyanne Conway Terry Eastland Rich Lowry Alex X. Mooney Matt Robinson Tom Winter

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Wall Street Journal Economist Stephen Moore Headlines Road to Freedom Seminar In hIs March 20, 1981, address at cPac, President Ronald Reagan paid his respects to the economists and philosophers who influenced him and the Conservative Movement, stating:

The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore addresses Foundation students and supporters in the David Louis Bartlett Outreach Center at the Reagan Ranch Center.

Intellectual leaders like Russell Kirk, Friedrich Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Milton Friedman, James Burnham, Ludwig von Mises—they shaped so much of our thoughts…

University of Texas - Austin students (from left) Cassandra Wright, Adriane Purdom, and Lauren Pierce meet like-minded friends and learn about the economists who influenced Ronald Reagan’s ideas and values.

Taylor Sandbeck from Thomas Nelson Community College participates in a question and answer session with a Road to Freedom Seminar speaker.


Through our Road to Freedom Seminars, Young America’s Foundation ensures that students learn about these great men and how their ideas shaped President Reagan’s values and beliefs. The Reagan 100 Road to Freedom Seminar brought together 40 students from 29 different campuses to learn about these economists and philosophers and how their ideas can be applied to current issues. The seminar began with a banquet featuring Dr. David Newton, professor of entrepreneurial finance at Westmont College. Additional lectures featured Foundation alumna and current Hoover Institution Visiting Fellow Ying Ma (see “Alumni Profile” on page 31), Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute President Michelle Easton, and Hoover Institution Research Fellow Tibor Machan. Ma discussed the relationship between economics and foreign policy. Easton reflected on her experiences as a Reagan administration appointee and shared insights into the more personal side of President Reagan, and Dr. Machan wrapped up the sessions with a speech titled “Liberty Versus Stimulus.” Foundation Vice President Patrick Coyle later addressed the young leaders, providing information and resources on how to be a top campus activist. Also during the program, Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal editorial board member, headlined a special Wendy P. McCaw Reagan Ranch Roundtable breakfast for the conference attendees and community members. The Road to Freedom Seminar concluded with remarks from Dr. Lanny Ebenstein who spoke about Hayek, Friedman, and von Mises and how they influenced President Reagan. Program participants also visited President Reagan’s beloved ranch—Rancho del Cielo.

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Phyllis Schlafly Shares Insights on Ronald Reagan eagLe foruM founder, author, and long-time Conservative Movement leader Phyllis Schlafly addressed Foundation supporters, students, and Eagle Forum Founder Phyllis Schlafly speaks on the current state of our nation’s education system during Young America’s Foundation’s monthly Reagan Ranch community members at the Wendy P. McCaw Roundtable luncheon at the Reagan Ranch Center. Reagan Ranch Roundtable. After her introduction by President’s Club member Sandee Beckers, Mrs. Schlafly emphasized the importance of teaching today’s young people about Ronald Reagan and his lasting accomplishments. She commended the Foundation on doing just that, stating, “It is great that Young America’s Foundation is building this history here [at the Reagan Ranch Center], at the Ranch, and through its contacts with the college campuses.” Mrs. Schlafly also shared her thoughts on President Reagan and his accomplishments including his decision to cut taxes in 1981, his support of the missile defense program, and his victory over the Soviets. Getting into the heart of her remarks, Mrs. Schlafly discussed the state of the education system in the United States, pointing out that today’s students know all about global warming but nothing of the Founding Fathers. Following her speech, Mrs. Schlafly signed copies of her book, The Flipside of Feminism, and visited Rancho del Cielo with her son, John Schlafly.

Author Peter Hannaford Reflects on Reagan’s Early Years durIng a sPecIaL reagan ranch center gaLLerY eVent, supporters and community members enjoyed a fascinating journey through Ronald Reagan’s Illinois roots with close Reagan associate and author Peter Hannaford. Hannaford, who served as a top aide to Governor Reagan, discussed his latest book, Reagan’s Roots—The People and Places That Shaped His Character. Hannaford addressed the values that shaped Reagan’s early childhood and guided him throughout his life. He explained, “Reagan is thought of as a Californian, a Westerner, but the values that guided him all his life are straight out of the land where he spent the first 21 years of his life: northwestern Illinois. The characteristics associated with him— self-reliance, self-confidence, modesty, optimism, loyalty, tolerance, determination, good humor, and reverence for God—all came from his teachers, clergy, role models, the circumstances of his youth, and, especially, his parents.” The author referenced Harold Bell Wright’s That Printer of Udells—a book found on the bookshelf at Rancho del Cielo and also highlighted in the Reagan Ranch Center’s Exhibit Gallery— which influenced Reagan as a boy in Dixon. Following the event, Hannaford signed books and reminisced with other Reagan associates in attendance. Reagan associate Peter Hannaford discusses his latest book, Reagan’s Roots, during a special Reagan 100 Gallery Event at the Reagan Ranch Center. Young America’s Foundation | Libertas | Summer 2012

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La Reina High School YAF Members Visit Reagan Ranch Center and Rancho del Cielo MeMbers of La reIna hIgh schooL’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter toured the Reagan Ranch and the Reagan Foundation Vice President Patrick Coyle (left) and Program Officer Ana Ranch Center as part of their first formal activity. Lightle (right) welcome La Reina High School activist Isabella Foxen to the As the Foundation reported in late 2011, administrators Reagan Ranch Center. at La Reina—an all-girls Catholic school in Thousand Oaks, California—barred the chapter’s leader, student Isabella Foxen, from forming a club on campus. At the time, Isabella was told by the principal that the school “did not feel the club fostered a balance[d] political perspective” and the school “currently [did] not have a proposal for an organization that would present the liberal point-of-view.” Yet, the school was eager to welcome a Green Party candidate to speak on “ecofeminism” at an on-campus event, and it also supported students forming an environmental club called “The Green Team” as well as a “Human Rights Campaign.” Despite the school’s censorship, Isabella continued to move forward with her plans to start a YAF chapter. Following their first meeting, the group traveled to Santa Barbara to visit Rancho del Cielo. The students toured the exhibits at the Reagan Ranch Center and enjoyed lunch at the Ranch, where the group heard from President Reagan’s close friend and Secret Service agent, John Barletta. Following the special visit, Isabella wrote, “Thank you for all the work that the Foundation did to make today amazing. The girls all had a great time, and they can’t wait for the next meeting.” The Foundation continues to work with Isabella, her parents, and local supporters to demand that the school recognize the YAF chapter at La Reina High School and not treat Isabella and her club members as second-class students.

La Reina High School students visit the Reagan Ranch Center following their school’s refusal to recognize the Young Americans for Freedom chapter formed by student activist Isabella Foxen.


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Congresswoman Bachmann Discusses the Consequences of Liberal Foreign Policy Young AmericA’s FoundAtion proudlY hosted Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann as part of the Wendy P. McCaw Reagan Ranch Roundtable Series. Nearly 300 Foundation supporters, students, and community members greeted Congresswoman Bachmann at the Reagan Ranch Center. Bachmann’s speech, “Obama’s Arab Spring Turns into Radical Islamic Winter,” touched on the Left’s disastrous foreign policy. By highlighting the success of President Ronald Reagan’s “Peace Through Strength” foreign policy strategy, Bachmann illustrated how catastrophic the current administration’s foreign policy is for the future of our country. Bachmann said, You see, Ronald Reagan believed in, and took seriously, our destiny in our American doctrine of the Declaration of Independence. His foreign policy—his economic decisions—did inspire us to morning in America again, and I believe that the lessons of Ronald Reagan are timeless, and that we too can believe in that same greatness again, and I believe, just as Ronald Reagan knew, that America is the last best hope of mankind on Earth.

Congresswoman Bachmann greets local students prior to her address in the David Louis Bartlett Outreach Center at the Reagan Ranch Center.

Congresswoman Bachmann delivers an informative address on the dangers we could face as a result of the Obama administration’s foreign policy.

After Congresswoman Bachmann’s speech, she visited Rancho del Cielo where she explored the humble ranch home and tack barn and learned about the Secret Service operations while touring the Secret Service Command Post. Before returning to Minnesota, Bachmann was the honored guest at a small gathering of some of the Foundation’s most loyal supporters. During this luncheon, Congresswoman Bachmann acknowledged the importance of Young America’s Foundation’s work and thanked the attendees for inspiring future generations of Americans with Ronald Reagan’s conservative ideas. Congresswoman Bachmann explores President Reagan’s ranch home with her friend, Barbara Meyer. Young America’s Foundation | Libertas | Summer 2012

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Walker, Duffy, Reagan, and Schweizer Energize Students at the West Coast Leadership Conference By Katie Taran, Conference Director Governor Scott Walker visits President Reagan’s ranch home prior to his speech at the 2011 West Coast Leadership Conference.


tudents from 19 states, representing 41 colleges and nine high schools, traveled to Santa Barbara, California, for Young America’s Foundation’s 2011 West Coast Leadership Conference which was held in conjunction with our annual President’s Club weekend for supporters. Author and President Reagan’s son, Michael Reagan, kicked off the program by sharing stories about his father and his love of American ideals. Following Reagan, Foundation Vice President Kate Obenshain described the devastating consequences of the Obama administration’s policies on young people and stressed the importance of embracing Reagan’s timeless principles. The afternoon concluded with remarks by conservative filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon who wrote and directed the Foundation’s student film, Still Point in a Turning World: Ronald Reagan and His Ranch. A screening of Still Point immediately followed, adding to everyone’s anticipation of the next day’s journey to President Reagan’s Rancho del Cielo. Foundation Vice President Andrew Coffin emceed the opening dinner banquet, which featured bestselling author, Foundation alumnus, and board member Peter Schweizer. Attendees were treated to a sneak-preview of Schweizer’s since-released bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, which calls attention to insider trading, conflict of interest, and kickbacks that enriched members of Congress including Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, while being illegal for most other Americans. (Featured on 60 Minutes, in Newsweek, and across scores of media outlets, Schweizer’s work has led to bills in the House and Senate to end this corruption.) The next day student participants returned to the Reagan Ranch Center to hear from more top-notch speakers. Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy, whose participation was secured by Foundation Vice President Ron Pearson, delivered a rousing speech about his commitment to standing up to the establishment. 8

Student Lydia Mazuryk asks a question of a conference speaker during the session held at the Reagan Ranch Center.

Congressman Sean Duffy of Wisconsin inspires the students and supporters attending the Foundation’s annual program in Santa Barbara, California.

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Student Tommy Bjornstrom from Santa Rosa Junior College meets President Reagan’s son, Michael Reagan, during the 2011 West Coast Leadership Conference.

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ongressman Duffy was introduced by his sisterin-law, Leah Campos Schandlbauer, who served as an intern at Young America’s Foundation’s national headquarters in the early 1990s. Congressman Duffy was followed by Bruce Herschensohn, author and senior fellow at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, who discussed the Obama administration’s foreign policy and its devastating implications. While students heard from Congressman Duffy and Bruce Herschensohn, Young America’s Foundation’s supporters enjoyed a morning at the Reagan Ranch where they toured the ranch house, guest house, tack barn, Secret Service Command Post, Guardian Point, and Freedom Wall, before joining the students for a barbecue luncheon on the ranch lawn. Mark Larson, talk-radio host and member of the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors, emceed the special luncheon, and Frank Donatelli, chairman of the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors, introduced the keynote speaker: Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Governor Walker—who has made great strides in making Wisconsin a business-friendly state by confronting the union bosses and making difficult but necessary budget decisions— discussed how leaders must look out for the next generation by making the tough choices now. The Governor also credited President Reagan’s leadership as his inspiration for entering public service. Underscoring the trials our country is facing under the Obama administration, Governor Walker struck a chord when speaking of Reagan’s economic policies: “If we did things more like Reagan, we could go back to economic recovery.” (See page 19 for Governor Walker’s entire speech.) Following the Governor’s address, the student participants enjoyed their tour of President Reagan’s beloved ranch home. Christian Turner of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, noted, “The Ranch is a testament to President Reagan’s humility and perseverance...It is a testament to his dedication to the American people and the tested values we hold so dear.” The student conference wrapped up with a roundtable discussion on conservative activism. Panelists included Foundation Director Kirby Wilbur, Vice President Patrick Coyle, and Conference Director Katie Taran. They shared their experiences and gave practical advice to help the students tackle the issues they face on their campuses. The 2011 West Coast Leadership Conference offered intellectual ammunition and ideas that will continue to impact the student attendees long after the conference is over. Mary-Kate Kelledy of Azusa Pacific University remarked, “I absolutely loved the conference. I feel like it has introduced us to the soul of Ronald Reagan and taught us how we can take his passion for liberty back to our campuses.” Rachel Kramer of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo noted, “The conference gave me the tools and confidence I had been lacking to make a difference and take charge.” 10

Conference attendees learn about President Reagan and Rancho del Cielo during a special screening of the Foundation’s short film, Still Point in a Turning World: Ronald Reagan and his Ranch.

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Students from 19 states and 41 schools explore the Reagan Ranch and meet likeminded friends from around the country.

While at Rancho del Cielo, students John Salazar and Hillary Cherry meet one of the Arabian horses donated to the Foundation by supporter Helen Marie Taylor.

Foundation supporters from around the country enjoy fellowship and conversation at the annual President’s Club retreat held in conjunction with the West Coast Leadership Conference.

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Most Professors Do Not Rank Reagan Among the Top Ten Presidents By Kate Obenshain, Vice President and Ron Meyer, Spokesman


n honor of President Ronald Reagan’s 101st birthday, Young America’s Foundation commissioned a poll through the polling company, inc. to survey college professors’ opinions toward President Reagan and other former Presidents. In February 2011, Gallup conducted a nationwide poll to determine which President Americans believe to have been the “greatest.” President Reagan won overwhelmingly, coming in five percentage points ahead of Abraham Lincoln. President Reagan also topped the list in 2001, 2005, and 2009 and ranked first or second in eight of the ten “Greatest President” polls conducted by Gallup since 1999. Try telling that to professors on our nation’s campuses.

Academic Disdain for Ronald Reagan In Young America’s Foundation’s poll, not one of the 284 professors surveyed listed Ronald Reagan as his or her top choice. Sixty percent didn’t even list President Reagan in their top ten. When asked to grade President Reagan, they gave him a C+. Begrudgingly, these educators admitted that Reagan’s Presidency was successful, but they rated him far lower than most Americans. Popular American opinion of President Reagan is not the only way to evaluate his place in history. However, as underscored by our poll, professors are not only out of touch with the American public, they are out of touch with historical facts. Indeed, when prompted as to what they considered Ronald Reagan’s greatest accomplishment, 17 percent—nearly one in five—of these educated professionals could think of nothing in Ronald Reagan’s eight years in office that merited mention. President Reagan ended the Cold War and generated the greatest period of peacetime economic growth in United States 12

President Reagan, standing in front of the Brandenburg Gate on June 12, 1987, makes his famous challenge: “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

In fact, when prompted as to what they considered Ronald Reagan’s greatest accomplishment, 17 percent—nearly one in five—of these educated professionals could think of nothing in Ronald Reagan’s eight years that merited mention. history. Under President Reagan, the misery index (inflation plus unemployment) fell nearly ten points, and youth unemployment dropped more than five percent. Revenues doubled, and the country pulled out of two economic recessions. Professors cannot say the same about FDR or any other President.

Little Love for Our Founding Fathers The people we entrust to teach and write our history books—university professors—have a skewed view of Ronald

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Reagan and his lasting accomplishments, but their disdain for our Founding Fathers is equally alarming. When asked to list their picks for the three greatest Presidents of all-time, professors mentioned Franklin Roosevelt significantly more times than George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison—and four times as often as they mentioned President Reagan. Professors expressed clear disdain for America’s Founding Fathers and our nation’s founding documents. A meager one percent of professors thought the Father of the Constitution, James Madison, ranked in the top three Presidents (compared to 54% for FDR), and only 30% picked Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence. While there are 42 past Presidents to choose from, the fact that Bill Clinton got six times as many mentions as James Madison is disturbing. Eighty-seven percent of professors polled agreed it was important to “pass on analysis and understanding of previous United States Presidents.” But what kind of analysis are they passing on? Three times as many professors identified themselves as liberal than as conservative. We’ve known about the widespread liberalism in academia, but many Americans don’t realize the impact this ideological bias has on their children’s educations. Thirty percent of professors admitted that their ideology plays a role in their curriculum. That number is alarming enough, but, after decades of battling the Left on campuses nationwide, we believe it is actually much higher. Young America’s Foundation wants today’s young people to view our founders as the visionaries they were. They set the stage for the greatest growth in personal freedom the world has ever seen. But, as our poll reflects, that’s not the story most students are learning in their classrooms.

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Freedom Conferences Energize Young Audiences in North Carolina and Wisconsin Cain, Johnson, Mattera, Moore, Buchanan, Steele, D’Souza, and Robinson Headline Regional Programs

Michael Steele meets with Gabrielle Fequiere from Liberty University after delivering an inspiring speech on the importance of standing up for one’s beliefs.

By Katie Taran, Conference Director


n early 2012, Young America’s Foundation held two regional conferences to arm students with the facts and arguments necessary to make the case for freedom. These special programs offered students an alternative to the big government policies of the Obama administration—policies that, despite being celebrated on most campuses, are robbing students of their futures. Freedom Conference: Raleigh and Freedom Conference: Milwaukee (and two forthcoming Freedom Conferences to be held this fall) were made possible by the generosity of the late Russell “Dale” Phelon and his wife, Debra (see related story on page 41). More than 180 students from 40 schools, 20 states, and the District of Columbia gathered at the Doubletree (continued on page 17) 14

Student John Twarog from Canisius College in New York participates in the question and answer session following a conference speaker.

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Bay Buchanan, 37th treasurer of the United States, instructs the young attendees on how to develop their leadership skills.

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(Left) Alumnus and author Jason Mattera discusses his latest NYT bestseller, Hollywood Hypocrites.

(Right) Bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza addresses a packed ballroom in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore highlights the consequences of the Obama administration’s economic policies.

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Senator Ron Johnson energizes the audience at Young America’s Foundation’s Freedom Conference in Milwaukee.

Conference Director Katie Taran welcomes students and local supporters to the opening banquet at the Milwaukee Freedom Conference.

Foundation alumnus Nicholas Hahn meets with former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain during a reception prior to Cain’s address.

Dr. Larry Schweikart speaks on textbook bias and true American history.

Young people from 17 states and 50 schools gather in Milwaukee to learn how they can advance freedom.


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Bestselling author and popular Foundation speaker Jonah Goldberg greets Freedom Conference attendees.

Young America’s Foundation’s second 2012 Freedom Conference draws more than 200 participants from around the country.

in Raleigh, North Carolina, for the first of the year’s four Freedom Conferences. Following a reception, the students enjoyed the opening banquet that included a special video message from Senator Jim DeMint and remarks by Michael Steele. The seventh Lieutenant Governor of Maryland and former GOP chairman stressed the importance of getting involved in the Conservative Movement today. Throughout the weekend students also heard from bestselling author and president of The King’s College Dinesh D’Souza; Young America’s Foundation President Ron Robinson; bestselling author and YAF and NJC alumnus Jason Mattera; Wall Street Journal editorial board member Stephen Moore; bestselling author and professor of history at the University of Dayton Dr. Larry Schweikart; author and Foundation Director Wynton Hall; and activist and founder of The American Cause Bay Buchanan. Less than a month later, the stage was set at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center for Freedom Conference: Milwaukee. More than 220 students from 17 states and more than 50 schools gained a better understanding of why this administration’s big government policies are a big problem for young people and how to effectively communicate this message. Herman Cain, popular Foundation speaker and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, served as the opening banquet speaker and highlighted the importance of preserving the American dream. He urged the crowd to honor our founding principles by upholding the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. “The American Revolution didn’t start out with a poll that said that the majority of Americans wanted to go to war,” exclaimed Cain. “All you need to change this nation is a few passionate patriots that believe in the foundation of this country.” The Milwaukee Freedom Conference also included presentations from Foundation President Ron Robinson and bestselling authors Jason Mattera and Dr. Larry Schweikart on the conservative message, the hypocrisy of Hollywood leftists, and liberal lies in education, respectively. Young America’s Foundation | Libertas | Summer 2012

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In addition, students heard from bestselling author and founding editor of National Review Online Jonah Goldberg, Foundation Vice President Kate Obenshain, Milwaukee talk radio host Charlie Sykes, and Senator Ron Johnson. Senator Johnson struck an emotional chord with attendees when describing the dangers of Obamacare. Sharing a personal example, Senator Johnson discussed how doctors worked tirelessly to save his daughter’s life when she was born with heart complications. He noted that the Obama administration’s blatant assault on freedom inspired him to become a public servant. Young America’s Foundation’s newest short film, The Conservatives, was a highlight at both programs. Featuring Mark Levin, Monica Crowley, Peter Schweizer, Stephen Moore, Jonah Goldberg, Michelle Malkin, and Dr. Walter Williams, the movie served as the perfect complement to the various Freedom Conference speakers, as it underscores how limited government and free enterprise have made America great (see page 27). The young participants left these regional conferences motivated and ready to advance freedom. “I had an amazing time at this conference and learned things I didn’t know before!” exclaimed Raleigh conference attendee Miriah Soliz from Regent University. “I am now prepared to defend my conservative values.” “Young America’s Foundation’s Freedom Conferences provide students with a foundation for conservative activism and the courage to stand up for conservative principles in an overwhelmingly liberal college environment,” remarked Milwaukee conference attendee Katie Johnson from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Young America’s Foundation thanks the Phelon family for their generous sponsorship of these important conferences during this crucial year. 18


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Student Madeline Grendel asks a question of a conference speaker.

Local radio host Charlie Sykes discusses his book, A Nation of Moochers.

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“Looking Out for the Next Generation: Making the Tough Choices Now” Address at the 2011 West Coast Leadership Conference By Governor Scott Walker


t is an honor for Tonette Thirty years ago this past and me to be here today August [2011], President and to share a little bit Reagan signed a true about what is going on in economic recovery act—one Wisconsin. that was not about putting I grew up in a small town more money in the hands of about 7,000 people near of government but rather the state line. About ten putting it in the hands of the minutes away from me was people: the entrepreneurs, Congressman Paul Ryan. the job creators, and the Paul and I grew up about the consumers of America. In same time, and when we were turn, by the end of his tenure, around your age, President 15 million new jobs were Reagan was the President. created, and [we witnessed] In the 1980s, I had the the largest unprecedented honor of going to a program economic growth in put on by the American American history. During a special luncheon at the Reagan Ranch, Governor Scott Walker offers his perspective on the necessary decisions today’s Legion called Badger Boys’ We have a lesson for leaders must make to protect freedom and prosperity for future State. I was then one of two what to do. That is why it generations. young men from our state is so valuable to have young who went to Washington for Boys’ Nation. Three years later, people study the history of our country and, particularly, our I served on the staff as a way to give back to the Legionnaires 40th President. They need to understand that, sometimes, the best way to move forward is to look back at history. President who put on that incredible program. As part of that, we Reagan gave us a great focal point of how to move ahead. got to go to the White House and the Capitol. Prior to When I was asked earlier this year about what the President that experience, I always thought I would go into business. should do, I said “Look back to Reagan.” It is really simple. However, that year, I was inspired to go into public service. I [President Obama] doesn’t need another stimulus; he needs saw the amazing leadership of President Reagan at a time not to put more money in the hands of the American people. He unlike what we face today. Young America’s Foundation | Libertas | Summer 2012

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Address At the 2011 West CoAst LeAdership ConferenCe ––––––––––––––————––––——–—––––––––––––––––– Governor Scott Walker –––––––––––––––––—————————––––––––––––––––

needs to reign in the EPA, the Department of Labor, and other burden—particularly for job creators—easing the regulatory government agencies that run amuck. He needs to repeal environment in our state, passing some of the most aggressive the federal health care mandate because neither the federal TORT reform in the country, and even repealing a state tax on government nor the state government should tell me and my health savings accounts which was another deterrent towards family what to do with health care. If they did things more like free market alternatives to health care. Reagan, we could go back to that kind of economic recovery. I We even took the old Department of Commerce, which firmly believe that. was, in part, about promoting and regulating commerce, and Now, in our state, we started out the right way in that wiped it out. In its place we put a new public-private entity. It regard. Historically, the governor of the state of Wisconsin is called the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, takes the oath of office in the East Wing of the Capitol in and its sole focus is to help the private sector create more jobs the middle of this beautiful rotunda in front of a bust of in our state. We did all that in the first five weeks. Robert La Follette. Robert La Follette, to some, is a champion. There was a reporter from the Associated Press who came In Wisconsin, he was a leader of the so-called progressive in, even before all these other protests about our Budget movement. Repair Bill, and said, “Most governors have not even found I opted [to take] the oath of office in front of our state’s the bathroom in the Capitol. Most lawmakers have not even constitution. I took the oath of office and then gave the emptied out their boxes. Why are you acting so quickly?” Inaugural Address in front of it because I wanted, specifically, I said, “Well, it is simple. When I conducted a job to invoke a passage—a clause that has never been amended, interview to be the CEO of our state government, I pointed never been altered. It is a clause that goes all the way back to out to the people of my state—over the 18 months that I was the second attempt to pass it in the spring a part of that job interview—that we of 1848. The clause in that constitution were facing a fiscal and economic crisis, “We said, at that point, says, “Frugality in government leads and that I had a plan to fix both of those that the best thing we to freedom and prosperity for our things.” I said, “Like a CEO or anyone people.” Let me say that again. “Frugality who has run a small company or big could do to help job in government leads to freedom and company or anything in between, if you prosperity for our people.” face a crisis, you don’t wait a year or six creators create more jobs That was the course that I wanted months or even a month. You start acting was to get government to chart out for the next four years. on it right away.” That is exactly what we And I made note saying that it was not did. out of the way.” just a campaign pledge; it was not a The good news that often does not manifesto. That was something that the get covered by the media is the fact that very ancestors who started our state—the it works. And it continues to work. In people who, back in the spring of 1848, when there was not our first six months, we saw the creation of nearly 40,000 new much left to the Wisconsin Territory, decided that was the jobs in the private sector. Almost half of those jobs were in approach that they wanted to chart for our state. manufacturing—an area that some once said is dying. It is not So, I decided to take a step back and look at those roots and dying in Wisconsin; it’s growing. in turn, chart out a course. I knew that our state, just like our In the end, what we did was create a better environment for country, was facing both an economic and a fiscal crisis that people to create jobs in our state. we needed to act on. I made a pledge that the media brings up to me time and Right after that, I called the legislature into a special session time again. They will say, “Well Governor, how about your focused on jobs—but not on more government spending or pledge of creating 250,000 jobs?” more government programs. Quite the contrary. We said, at I always have to correct them. I always say, “I did not say that point, that the best thing we could do to help job creators that I was going to create 250,000 jobs. I said that I was going create more jobs was to get government out of the way. to create an environment in which the people of my state— In those first five weeks, the legislature enacted our because the people create jobs, not the government—could special session on jobs and focused on lowering the tax create 250,000 jobs or more in the future.” 20

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Address At the 2011 West CoAst LeAdership ConferenCe ––––––––––––––————––––——–—––––––––––––––––– Governor Scott Walker –––––––––––––––––—————————––––––––––––––––

Governor Scott Walker addresses more than 250 supporters and students during the 2011 West Coast Leadership Conference at Rancho del Cielo.

Several months after we came into office and the reforms took place, the people who create jobs, both in our state and around the country, took notice as well. Within the state every year, our statewide Chamber of Commerce surveys job creators. Every year they ask them questions like, “Where do you think the future of the state is headed?” Last year, ten percent of our job creators thought Wisconsin was heading in the right direction. Several months after our reforms went into place, do you know what that number went up to? Eighty-eight percent. Eighty-eight percent think that Wisconsin is heading in the right direction, and a solid majority believed that we were going to have more jobs in the next 12 months. On top of that, we picked up more attention around the country as well. Historically, there are all sorts of ratings out there. One is done by a publication called Chief Executive Magazine which surveys some 500 CEOs from across America and asks them to rank [the best states for business].

In Wisconsin, we do not often talk about that because we are usually somewhere between 40 and 50 in those rankings. Two years ago, we were 43. Last year we were 41. Several months after our reforms went into effect, they conducted that same survey nationwide. We went from 41 to 24—up 17 spots. That was the fastest increase of any one state in the country, and the fastest increase in the history of the CEO survey. Some of that particular survey was conducted after we introduced our Budget Repair Bill, and I went back and asked the publisher about that [rating]. They said that it was not only the things that we did during that special session to make a better, business-friendly environment. One of the things most frequently invoked by job creators who said they were interested in coming to Wisconsin was that we were actually willing to take our challenges. We were actually willing to take on the excessive benefits that, for too long, we had both on the state and local level. [We were willing to] do something to balance our budget that was not about a one-time fix or Young America’s Foundation | Libertas | Summer 2012

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Address At the 2011 West CoAst LeAdership ConferenCe ––––––––––––––————––––——–—––––––––––––––––– Governor Scott Walker –––––––––––––––––—————————––––––––––––––––

Governor Walker and his wife, Tonette, gain inspiration from their visit to President Reagan’s beloved ranch home.

grabbing federal stimulus money. [It] was about structural, long-term changes to improve our state’s future. That was something that job creators told us was solid and made them want to invest in our state and bring jobs there. A lot of times, I get asked, “How are things in Wisconsin?”After I spend a few minutes speaking about how great the Packers are, I say, “Well you know, the reforms are working—not just in creating a better business environment but also in making the government, in general, work.” When I introduced the Budget Repair Bill, it was a bill that was pretty simple. It got all sorts of interpretations across America, but it basically said, if we are going to take on the $3.6 billion dollar budget deficit (which I inherited from my predecessor and the previous legislature) for the next two years, I need to do something more than just move things around, because I am not going to raise taxes. I knew the worst possible thing you can do in an economic meltdown is raise taxes. 22

I did not want to cut core services. I still wanted to have a good school system—public and private and otherwise. I still wanted to have good schools in our state. I wanted to make sure that those who were truly needy at least got temporary help until they got back up and moved forward. So, I was not going to devastate the things that were expected—legitimate roles of the government. I said, “The way you have to tackle that is to attack the things at the core.” In Wisconsin, the overwhelming percentage of our state budget is aid to our local governments. The largest part about local government is wages and benefits. If you do not tackle that, you cannot tackle anything else out there. Now, the interesting thing is I got accused of attacking public workers. Every year the National Governors Association (NGA) gets together, and governors in both parties meet at the White House. I was certainly looking forward to attending, but during that year’s meeting, I had 14 state senators who were outside of the state.

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Address At the 2011 West CoAst LeAdership ConferenCe ––––––––––––––————––––——–—––––––––––––––––– Governor Scott Walker –––––––––––––––––—————————––––––––––––––––

During that particular time, I was in Wisconsin because I it is teachers, firefighters, police officers, or folks who work in felt that I needed to be there and set the example. I kept telling legitimate areas of government—you are not going to hear me those state senators to come back. After the governors all had chastise the people who legitimately go into public service. lunch at the White House, my friend, Governor Chris Christie, But the reality is, during a time when their neighbors, called me up and said, “Walker, you won’t believe this, but on either side, are certainly, at a minimum, matching their the President just ripped you and me at lunch. He said some paycheck or their 401k, and when their neighbors all across governors are attacking public servants, and that is not the Wisconsin are paying 20 or 25 percent for health insurance right thing to do.” premiums, it doesn’t seem particularly ridiculous for me to Now, every night I would hold a press conference at 5:00 say, “At a minimum, [government employees] should pay and p.m. because I got tired of the filter. I wanted to talk directly to match your pension and pay as little as 12.6% for their health the people of my state, and that night [of the NGA meeting] insurance.” the President talked about Wisconsin. So I thought, “I am The good news is we got through. We got [our bill] through going to address this head on.” despite $5 million being dropped on us back in February and [During my remarks that evening,] I said, “I’ve heard what March [2011] to try and stop the bill, despite an attempt to the President said today, and let me be perfectly clear. I know pull back on a Supreme Court seat that was up on April 5, that the President of the United States must know—he must 2011, despite all the legal attempts that were tried through the know—that federal employees do not have collective bargaining Circuit Court and ultimately the Supreme Court in our state, for wages and benefits. I know he must know that. And I know and despite spending some $44 million attempting to recall six that the President of the GOP state senators this United States must know past August. With each and that the average federal every step, my faith in the employee pays 28 percent voters and the people of for their health insurance our state has been affirmed premiums, which is twice by the fact that they what I’m asking from understand that actions state and local employees. speak louder than words. Because I know that the Today, the facts show President of the United that our reforms are States would not get his working in Wisconsin, and talking points from the big they can work elsewhere government union bosses around the country. Let in Washington because me share with you a few that would not be worthy examples. President Reagan’s close friend and Secret Service agent, John Barletta, of the President of the For all the talk in shows Governor Scott Walker one of the original Ranch maps now United States.” March [2011], the first preserved in the Secret Service Command Post at Rancho del Cielo. I think that Sean of September came, and both of our sons—just like public school students all across our Hannity ran that about 50 times on his television show state—went back to their high school in Wauwatosa where we that night. After that, the President stopped talking about live. The schools, in almost every case, were the same or better. In Wisconsin and anything to do with what we were doing. But it fact, property tax bills in Wisconsin are the same or lower in most really exemplified how out of whack some of the attacks were. places because our reforms are working. I have 300,000 people who work in state and local You see, how they are working is not just through public government in Wisconsin, and since the day I introduced that employees—myself included—making a little bit more of a bill, you have not ever heard me say anything ill of those men and women who choose to have careers in public service. Now, pension and a little bit more of a health care contribution. (Although, these contributions are less than what the average I would like to have fewer layers of government, but for those middle-class taxpayer in our state is paying.) The bigger, more who legitimately choose to go into public service—whether Young America’s Foundation | Libertas | Summer 2012

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Address At the 2011 West CoAst LeAdership ConferenCe ––––––––––––––————––––——–—––––––––––––––––– Governor Scott Walker –––––––––––––––––—————————––––––––––––––––

effective thing is that collective bargaining is no longer standing on businesses. Governor Mitch Daniels and I proceeded to in the way of both state and local government. The only jump into the Chicago media market this year and say, “In a thing I had an issue with is that, in the public sector, collective year, they are going to be back because they have not taken on bargaining is not a right. It is an expensive entitlement. the tough challenges yet.” In the private sector, there is obviously a balance there. I was wrong. It was not a year; it was six months later. Historically, at some point, unions had a place because of Illinois had a multi-billion dollar deficit. They have talked work rules, long hours, and things like that. Those were all about laying off thousands of public employees. They have issues. But in the public sector, who are you protecting yourself shut down seven different state facilities. They have shown that from? You are protecting yourself from the government. The you cannot just push the problems off because they are going government is already there. Who is to get worse. protecting the taxpayers? Wealth, jobs, and employment have “The changes that we That is what we are called to do in all left the state of Illinois, and in many of this, so what we are doing has been a cases, these jobs came to Wisconsin. provide are not just about very realistic approach. We made long-term structural money. They are about We have empowered both the state changes—changes that I believe think and local governments to save money, more about the next generation than making sure that, in the but not just through pension and health about the next election. Changes that will care contributions. When we made these ultimately ensure that the next generation limited and few areas in changes, our schools, more than anything, of leaders in our state inherit a state which government does play that is much better off than the state we saved the most because many of them, through collective bargaining, were forced inherited earlier this year. That is really a role, we do it better. ” in their contracts to purchase their health what this is all about. insurance through something called WEA The changes that we provide are Trust. It was an organization that was not just about money. They are about an entity of the teachers’ union. Well, we got rid of collective making sure that, in the limited and few areas in which bargaining for that. Ultimately, school districts could go out and government does play a role, we do it better. negotiate in the free market. We had story after story of school The best thing here is not just the money saved or the districts—even small districts—saving hundreds and hundreds balanced budget. It is the fact that now, in every level of of thousands of dollars. Some even renegotiated existing plans. government in our state, we can make hiring decisions based Appleton, which is south of Green Bay, saved $3.1 million. on merit. We can hire, fire, and staff based on merit. We can Oshkosh, over the next three years, is going to save $3.7 million. pay based on performance. This, to me, ultimately means Probably the best example of savings due to the reforms that our schools, local government, and state government happened in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. They took a $400,000 deficit can put the best and the brightest in our classrooms and in and turned it into more than $1.5 million surplus. They used government positions all across the state. That is true reform. that money to hire more teachers, decrease classroom size, and That has a lasting legacy. actually set money aside for pay based on merit. …Earlier this year, I had a chance to sit down for dinner In the end, our reforms have saved money and allowed our with a guy that I had admired for many years—Phil Gramm. local governments, schools, and state government to act more Phil Gramm used to be a United States senator from Texas. like things are acted upon in the private sector—to purchase Now, he is a great conservative champion, but 30 years ago things off the free market, to set money aside for merit pay. Phil Gramm was a Democrat in the House of Representatives. What I like the most, the best long-term implication, is not If anybody is from Texas, you know that a Democrat years ago just what it does to balance the budget. in Texas was probably more conservative than half of the GOP There were other states that had deficits. You look almost in America. But needless to say, he was still a Democrat. all across the country. There were more than 40 states that had President Reagan signed the Economic Recovery Tax Act deficits as of last year. Some states, like Illinois, chose to raise in August of 1981, and Phil Gramm was the author of that taxes. They raised it 67 percent on individuals and 46 percent budget that essentially made sure that those tax cuts—which 24

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Jack Kemp and Bill Roth and others pushed through—were permanent. That night with Phil I said, “You know, I love hearing stories about President Reagan. What was it like? You were in the House. You were a Democrat, but you were working with the White House.” He said, “It was interesting. As much as we lift up the President, everything did not come up easy. You had a split Congress. You had a U.S. Senate that was, most of the time, controlled by the GOP, but the House was still controlled by Tip O’Neill and the Democrats.” I asked, “So how did you get that passed?” He said, “Well, we did a lot of different things. But at one point, the White House was kind of exacerbated with some of the Democrats and what was going on.” Phil said they suggested that the President bring some of the Blue Dog Democrats over to the White House to have a little chat and maybe try to persuade them.

So, the President invited these members of Congress to the White House, and he did not say a whole lot during the meeting. The first congressman got up and said, “I would like to go ahead and do this. It sounds like the right thing to do. We have got to go down the right path. We have got to do something to fix the economy and move forward here. But I’ve got this special constituency in my district that needs to have something fixed. I need to have the bill amended to account for that special constituency.” According to what Phil told me that night, that must have opened up the flood gates because every member after that got up and told a similar story. It went around the circle and got to the last person who said the same thing. The President, in typical Reagan fashion, paused for a moment, listened, and said, “I appreciate you all being here. I have listened intently on what you all have to say. You all made it very clear that you think this is the right thing to do—that it is the right way to move this country forward, but I also heard

(From left) Ambassador Patricia and Robert Herbold are joined by Governor Scott Walker, Reagan Ranch Board of Governors Chairman Frank Donatelli, Foundation President Ron Robinson, and Foundation Vice President Andrew Coffin during a special dedication of Rancho del Cielo’s Guardian Point Acre sponsored by the Herbolds. Young America’s Foundation | Libertas | Summer 2012

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Address At the 2011 West CoAst LeAdership ConferenCe ––––––––––––––————––––——–—––––––––––––––––– Governor Scott Walker –––––––––––––––––—————————––––––––––––––––

you say that, in order to get it to the point where you would from your payroll.” We are letting the people make that choice vote for it, you have to have a change so that it takes care of a for themselves. special constituency in your district. I don’t know about all of …In November 2010, the majority of people in the state you, but I’m a little confused. I thought that the reason that we said they wanted to chart the course that I laid out, and we’ve were coming here tonight was to talk about what was in the done something remarkable. We actually did what we said best interest of the American people.” And then he walked out we were going to do. We enacted those things, and we did it the door. rapidly because we saw the crisis before us. That is something After that really long, awkward pause, one of the members that needs to be done, not just in Wisconsin, not just in who had probably been there longer than anybody else said, “I Madison, but in Sacramento and in Columbus and in Austin don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m with the President.” and in Indianapolis and in state houses all across America. It was not just that and moments like that, but a lot of My last plea to you is to help us spread the word on this. work from the White House staff We saw the positive results of those brave and others that ultimately saw [the souls who stood up and made sure that “Because I believe—I Economic Recovery Tax Act] through. President Reagan’s budget and those tax really believe—as President We know, between the tax cuts that were cuts were made permanent. We saw how originally signed here [at the Reagan it took courage to do that. Reagan brought up so many Ranch] and those which were included I believe that what we are talking in permanency in that budget, we know about in Wisconsin and what others are times, that America’s best the results. You all know it as students of talking about across America is one of days are yet to come. But we those defining moments in American Reagan. [It resulted in] the longest period of economic growth in American history; history. I think back, not just to President need to make sure that the 15 million new jobs were created. Reagan, but to more than 200 years ago I tell people this all of the time. The to when our Founders stood at that hall next generation inherits a President knows it. Washington knows it. in Philadelphia. When they charted out country—state by state— They are looking for a plan to get us back a course for America, they thought more on the road to recovery. It has already about the futures of their children and that’s better than the one we been charted. We do not need to reinvent their grandchildren than they thought it. We just need to go down that path about their own political futures. That is inherited before.” again. We need to go down the path that what made America great. President Reagan so adamantly pointed All throughout our history, we out to us a generation ago. have had women and men who are Now, earlier this year, I invoked a little bit of that [Reagan leaders. Who, in moments of crisis—whether economic or message] when we were discussing our Budget Repair Bill fiscal or political or military or otherwise—knew that we are and what was at stake. At the time, I felt a little guilty because a country founded by exceptional people who knew we could I thought it was a little too melodramatic to compare it to be an exceptional country if we thought more about the next what President Reagan did back a generation ago. But as I generation than we did about our own political futures. have watched what has happened not only in Wisconsin but That is what is at stake. That is what is before us. That is in other states across the country, I do not think I can be why we are talking about it and will continue to talk about melodramatic enough. it for days to come. Because I believe—I really believe—as …What really is at stake is not a debate over whether a President Reagan brought up so many times, that America’s pension or healthcare payment is made. It is not about any of best days are yet to come. But we need to make sure that the those things. What it is about is power. next generation inherits a country—state by state—that’s The other thing we did in that bill was to empower every better than the one we inherited before. public employee in my state to be able to make a choice about ————————————————————————— whether he or she wants to be in a union or not. That’s true Program Officer Ana Lightle and Sarah T. Hermann Intern free choice. We say, “We will no longer deduct union dues Scholar Stetson Fry transcribed these remarks for publication. 26

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young America’s foundation Produces new Student film Starring Mark levin By Kate Obenshain, Vice President


oung America’s Foundation’s latest film, The Conservatives, stars best-selling author and renowned radio host Mark Levin. A 28-minute film, it also features some of the biggest names in the Conservative Movement including Michelle Malkin, Dr. Walter Williams, Peter Schweizer, Dr. Monica Crowley, Jonah Goldberg, and Stephen Moore. The Foundation created The Conservatives to inspire young people to get involved in the Conservative Movement, start Young Americans for Freedom chapters, host speakers

on their campuses, and counter the intellectual lock the Left has on our schools. Produced by Steven K. Bannon, The Conservatives is being shown at all Young America’s Foundation’s conferences, including our Freedom Conferences. High school and college students will also be holding screenings at their individual schools all across the country in the fall, as they recruit new members to join their ranks. Mark Levin is the perfect conservative superstar to motivate and inspire students. Not only is he known as one

“I love my country. I love our society, but what I revere is my Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.“ — Mark levin

Young America’s Foundation’s new film, The Conservatives, features Mark Levin, Michelle Malkin, Dr. Walter Williams, Peter Schweizer, Dr. Monica Crowley, Jonah Goldberg, and Stephen Moore.

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“The larger the role of the public sector and the government in our lives, the less control we have. The larger the government, the smaller the citizen.” — Michelle Malkin

of the most articulate defenders of liberty in the country, but he also identifies with the struggles young people face today. In The Conservatives, he shares his own experiences, noting, “I remember when I was a teenager and history teachers were trying to pass off history in sort of a propaganda way. And I just knew, intuitively, this can’t be right….It was this constant tear down. So I resisted that.” Of his time in college, Levin recalls, “I was surrounded by leftists everywhere. And I mean leftists—Marxists, socialists, all kinds of names I never even heard of before. They’re going on and on about what a hateful country this is…while they’re

wolfing down chocolate chip cookies in the cafeteria.” It was during these high school and college years that Mark Levin developed his passion for advancing conservatism—exactly the spark this movie will strike in young people’s lives. Levin took it upon himself to go around his professors, seeking the truth on his own through reading and studying. He discovered that everything he was hearing, “whether from professors or many of my fellow students…was wrong. Dead wrong.” He shared what he was learning with anyone who would

“The legitimate role of government in a free society is to stop one person from violating the property rights of another person.” — Dr. Walter Williams


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“Capitalism is the greatest collective enterprise in the history of humanity—the most successful cooperative endeavor ever conceived of by humanity.” — Jonah goldberg

listen. He learned that “America is a great country, not because of the federal government. America is a great country because of the American people….In this society, you can pursue your dreams and your interests whether somebody wants you to pursue them or not.” Too often, conservatives are on the defensive, merely responding to the attacks of the Left, as we saw with the Occupy Wall Street protests. At Young America’s Foundation, however, we believe that our positive, successful ideas— particularly those promoting free markets, individual liberty, and limited government—will bring young people to our side.

Levin champions those ideas in The Conservatives, saying, “Free markets [are] the only system that creates wealth for most people. No other system can. No other system will.” The Conservatives boldly takes on the leftist ideas being forced on our students by the current administration. Levin notes that, while President Obama is determined to “fundamentally transform the United States,” he is limited by “what the Constitution allows him to do, nothing more, nothing less.” Levin also challenges the leftist obsession with equality of outcomes, saying,

“The Founding Fathers realized that the beauty of America was in the individual—not in the state.” — Monica Crowley, Ph.D.

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“One of the cancer cells of the American economy, the reason that we’re not growing, the reason that we’re not creating jobs, the reason that so many young people can’t find a career is because the government is crowding out the private enterprise system.” — Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal

You don’t have liberty if you have pure equality. Because what’s the point of liberty? We’re all unique, different human beings with different DNA. And you want a society that respects that. What the Founders meant by equality was that we all have unalienable rights….Conformity, uniformity, that is not the same as liberty and equality as the Founders meant. And that is the sure prescription for totalitarianism.

But conservatives, according to Levin, “defend the nature of

the individual, the nature of man, and individual sovereignty.” These ideas will be revolutionary to many young people who are force-fed a steady diet of leftism, or worse, on their campuses. Young America’s Foundation, through great champions of liberty—including Mark Levin and others— seeks to reach open-minded young people, who have not yet formulated their philosophies, as well as conservative students who want to take their activism to new heights. Levin concludes, “You can spread the message. Our message is the better message. You’ll have more of an opportunity to persuade more people than you think.”

“There is a huge difference between being pro-business and being pro-free market. And principled conservatives are pro-free market.” — Peter Schweizer


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Alumna Ying Ma Advocates for Freedom, Individual Responsibility, and Free Markets By Jessica Jensen, editor

Libertas: What was your earliest involvement with young America’s foundation? —————————————————————————— Ying Ma: I was a staff member of the Cornell Review, a bi-weekly conservative publication at Cornell University, and I wanted to bring conservative speakers to campus. Young America’s Foundation was right there to offer speaker suggestions and event-planning guidance. With the Foundation’s help, I ended up hosting or co-hosting a number of conservative speakers including Phyllis Schlafly, Linda Chavez, Christina Hoff Sommers, Lt. Col. Oliver North, and others. Libertas: What do you remember most about the speakers you hosted on campus? —————————————————————————— Ying Ma: Phyllis Schlafly was our first speaker and the one whose visit I remember the most vividly. Because of Phyllis’s decades-long crusade against the idiocy and excess of radical feminism, many of the feminists on campus protested her visit by showing up at the lecture dressed as men. They thought they were taking a stance for gender equality, but they just looked like one giant freak show. During Phyllis’s speech, the cross-dressers took to interrupting her remarks with shouts and profanity. In front of dozens of protestors who appeared ready to rip her head off, Phyllis smiled, kept her cool, articulated her points civilly but forcefully, and tore her opponents’ arguments to shreds. She was the definition of grace under fire and was truly inspirational.

Libertas: you attended two of the top schools in our nation (Cornell and Stanford law School). What, if any, challenges did you face as a young conservative at these schools? —————————————————————————— Ying Ma: [Ideologically] speaking, Cornell was much, much better than Stanford Law. Certainly, both schools

Foundation alumna and Hoover Institution Visiting Fellow Ying Ma offers her insights on foreign policy and the economy at Young America’s Foundation’s 2011 Road to Freedom Seminar at the Reagan Ranch Center.

suffered from a fair amount of political correctness and exhibited a lot of intellectual intolerance, but the Cornell community was much more down to earth, and the university served as home to many more conservatives, centrists, and sensible liberals than Stanford Law did. For the most part, at Stanford Law, the politics was much more shrill, the faculty and administrators were much more complacent, and the student body was much more closedminded. Regardless, I did face similar challenges as a conservative student at both schools. One: I had to be quite assertive about seeking out conservative viewpoints if I didn’t want to settle for the prevalent ideology propounded by the school. Two: I had to develop some thick skin and a stiff spine because it could get quite unpleasant disagreeing with your fellow students and your professors on a regular basis. The leftists often took these disagreements very personally; even if I did not. Three: I had to figure out how to persuade other conservatives to speak up and join the fight. At both Cornell and Stanford, I ran conservative student organizations, so finding new recruits was part of my job. It was always tough, but it was also rewarding and worthwhile. Young America’s Foundation | Libertas | Summer 2012

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Libertas: What advice would you give to current college activists, especially those at very liberal colleges? —————————————————————————— Ying Ma: Don’t be intimidated. Battling liberal dogma can be a daunting task, but conservatism and all that it represents—free markets, individual liberty, and limited government—deserve a robust and thoughtful defense. Don’t underestimate your ability to provide that defense. Libertas: What books would you recommend today’s young conservatives read? ————————————————————— Ying Ma: I would recommend The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom, A Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America by Shelby Steele, and Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea by Irving Kristol.

Ying Ma: The core message of my book is that freedom is complicated, and it offers no guarantees for success, but despite all of its flaws, freedom is worth choosing. Unfortunately, the welfare state, along with its bankrupt ideology and political correctness, stands squarely in the way of the realization of freedom’s full potential. Regardless, America is still a land of boundless opportunities, and even those of us who hail from less-than-ideal circumstances can succeed without racial preferences and the soft bigotry of low expectations.

Libertas: In that same interview, you said, “Ultimately, everyone, no matter his race or ethnicity, needs to take responsibility for his own actions.” How do you think we can best convey this important message to today’s young people who are coming of age in the era of Ying Ma’s book, Chinese Girl in the racial preferences, government hand-outs, and Ghetto, is a personal Libertas: In an interview with FrontPage ever-expanding government? memoir reflecting on Magazine, you described your book—Chinese ————————————————————— her journey from China to an American ghetto Girl in the Ghetto—as “a story about a little Ying Ma: That’s a huge challenge. The welfare and how she prevailed. girl’s journey from the insidiousness of Chinese state distorts economic incentives, makes its authoritarianism to the horrors of inner-city citizens dependent on the government rather America” where she “discovers crumbling schools, unsafe than on themselves or on their families and communities, streets, and racist people.” What lessons do you hope a and corrodes the social fabric of this country. Racial young person reading your book would take away from preferences only add to that corrosiveness. this autobiography? One way to convey the right message to young people is —————————————————————————— to [seek out] the right leaders and enact the right policies.

About Ying Ma Ying Ma (馬穎) is a policy advisor at the Heartland Institute and writes regularly about China, international affairs, and the free market. Her articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal Asia, the Los Angeles Times, National Review Online, the Weekly Standard, and other publications. She is the author of Chinese Girl in the Ghetto. Ms. Ma has practiced law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, managed corporate communications at—the first Mainland China-based Internet company to list on the Nasdaq Stock Market—and served on the first professional staff of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. In 1998, Ms. Ma served on the staff of an American religious leaders delegation appointed by former


President Bill Clinton and invited by former Chinese President Jiang Zemin to visit China and discuss religious freedom. In 1996, Ms. Ma worked as the Bay Area Outreach Coordinator for Proposition 209, a ballot initiative that ended public racial and gender preferences in California. Ms. Ma received a B.A. in government, magna cum laude, from Cornell University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. While at Cornell, she served as the president of the Cornell Review and hosted several Young America’s Foundation speakers on her campus. In law school, she served as the president of the Stanford Chapter of the Federalist Society. Ms. Ma is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Ying Ma addresses a packed hall during a Young America’s Foundation lecture at Furman University.

For instance, someone like Congressman Paul Ryan reminds us each day by his words and deeds that America can have less debt, higher economic growth, and more economic freedom. Additionally, education is key. It’s unfortunate that the adults at America’s universities teach their students to love the nanny state, but it just makes the work of Young America’s Foundation that much more important.

that because China has dumped a massive amount of government money into promoting economic growth and modernization, the United States must do the same here. In reality, Chinese-style state intervention comes with a steep price tag and severe infringements on liberty, but China’s American admirers know little about—or at least prefer to be willfully blind to—these jarring costs.

Libertas: you recently wrote, “Many U.S. observers in the grip of Chinese authoritarian chic forget that China’s vast economic expansion resulted from the introduction of more economic freedom, not less.” Could you briefly describe the phrase, “Chinese authoritarian chic”? —————————————————————————— Ying Ma: It refers to the phenomenon in which biggovernment types in the United States are simultaneously seduced by the sizzle of China’s economic growth and envious of the rapid completion of its large-scale, stateplanned projects. Lots of prominent figures—from President Barack Obama to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman to trade union leader Andy Stern—have been afflicted with pining after Chinese authoritarian chic. Speechless before China’s meteoric global rise and frustrated with America’s economic woes, they have decided that the solution is to fawn all over and freak out about China at the same time. They frequently argue

Libertas: you addressed the foundation’s road to freedom Seminar at the reagan ranch Center. your speech title was “The Dark Side of Chinese Capitalism.” What were one or two key points you hoped to impart on this young audience? —————————————————————————— Ying Ma: First, I’d like people to remember that China’s vast economic expansion resulted from the introduction of more economic freedom, not less. Second, even after decades of reform, endemic state intervention continues to impose massive inefficiencies on the Chinese economy and prevent the realization of the market’s full potential. What this means is that China’s experience, both past and present, does not provide support for those Americans who clamor for a more expansive government in the United States. For those who would like to read more on this topic, I would encourage them to visit my website, Young America’s Foundation | Libertas | Summer 2012

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In 2011, during the 100th anniversary year of Ronald Reagan’s birth, Young America’s Foundation supporter Mary Dell Pritzlaff stepped forward with a special gift to preserve the United States Secret Service (USSS) Command Post Acre at Rancho del Cielo.

Through Ms. Pritzlaff’s generous support, Young America’s Foundation not only made vast improvements to the USSS Command Post structure but also learned more of the USSS history at the Reagan Ranch. Without Ms. Pritzlaff’s vision and perseverance, this special building would not be

The Secret Service Command Post’s “ready room” is depicted in this Polaroid, one of only four known photos of Rancho del Cielo’s Command Post taken during Presidential years.

what it is today. Young America’s Foundation is grateful for Mary Dell Pritzlaff’s sacrificial gift to sponsor this important piece of Presidential and Reagan Ranch history.

Rancho del Cielo, Ronald Reagan, and th Young America’s Foundation Restores Important Part of Reagan Ranch History By Danielle fowler, Assistant Curator


fter the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901, Congress directed the Secret Service to protect the President of the United States. Today, protection remains a key mission of the United States Secret Service, and Young America’s Foundation is honored to preserve a small, but significant, part of the USSS’s history at the Reagan Ranch, Rancho del Cielo. The Foundation cannot accurately share the history of the Western White House without revealing the history of the Secret Service at the Ranch as well as the agents’ unique relationships with President Reagan. During and after his Presidency, Secret Service agents protected President Reagan at his ranch retreat in the hills above Santa Barbara, California. Their vigilant presence allowed Ronald Reagan the luxury of leaving Washington to visit his beloved “Ranch in the Sky” for brief periods of time. The Ranch, however, proved to be unlike any other assignment that these agents had encountered (or would encounter again), as they protected the Commander-in-Chief on 688 open acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Valley. It was at the Ranch where the President enjoyed some of his favorite—but potentially dangerous activities—including horseback riding, chopping wood, and clearing brush. Upon arriving at Rancho del Cielo, Secret Service agents quickly realized that this assignment was especially unique due to the character of their protectee, President Ronald Reagan. President Reagan personally welcomed each new agent to Rancho del Cielo. 34

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President Reagan meets with a shift of special officers and special agents at the Reagan Ranch in 1987.

nd the United States Secret Service Special agents protect the President on his 688-acre Ranch using one of the earliest models of Humvees created by AM General.

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He would also visit with the agents between activities, inquiring about their families and other details about their lives. The President even enjoyed afternoons in the Secret Service Command Post where he would watch football games with the off-shift agents. (He often brought his own microwaveable popcorn to enjoy!) President Reagan understood and respected the role and purpose of the USSS agents at the Ranch. USSS Agent John Barletta—now a member of the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors—notes in his book, Riding with Reagan, that the President would not leave for his afternoon Ranch activities until the “afternoon boys” (afternoon shift) arrived. USSS Agent Ron Bodigheimer echoes these sentiments: “He understood what our job was. He understood the relationship between the agents and what our needs were…He made himself available to us as far as being able to protect [him]… He was a gentlemen at all times.” USSS Agent Bob Caughey notes, “Of all the assignments I had as a special agent in the U.S. Secret Service, this was the most challenging and rewarding in my 28-½ year career.”


n preserving the Reagan Ranch, Young America’s Foundation ensures that future generations understand President Reagan’s accomplishments and values. The Secret Service Command Post plays an important role in this mission. It not only shares key components of the Presidential history of the Ranch, but it also offers visitors a glimpse of Ronald Reagan’s character and humility. Foundation supporter Mary Dell Pritzlaff also wanted to give life to this rich history through her sponsorship of the Secret Service Command Post acre at Rancho del Cielo. She understood that preserving the building was important, but

The newly restored “Gun Room” in the Command Post is complete with replicas of the original firearms used by the Secret Service agents at Rancho del Cielo.


preserving the history was vital to better understanding the character of President Reagan. Subsequently, through Ms. Pritzlaff’s generous support, Young America’s Foundation’s goal of the Command Post restoration became twofold: preserve the structure of the Command Post while conveying to visitors—and young people, in particular—the special relationship between the USSS agents and President Reagan. The project began with structural improvements to the building. The Navy Seabees built the USSS Command Post and many other support buildings on the Ranch in 1981. Following the guidelines of the President, the Navy Seabees constructed temporary structures that could be easily removed following the Presidency. President Reagan had observed former Presidents using their Presidency as a way to improve their private retreats, and he did not want that to be said of his property. In 1989, the Seabees removed all the buildings and infrastructure with the exception of the USSS Command Post which remained to support the Secret Service in postPresidential visits. In 2011, through Ms. Pritzlaff’s generous support, Young America’s Foundation began structural repairs to address issues that would have prevented long-term preservation of this 1980s prefabricated building. Initial improvements included ceiling reinforcement, rebuilding of roof tresses, sealing roof leaks, and replacing dropped ceiling tiles and light fixtures. While the building was undergoing repairs, the Foundation team brainstormed ways to better convey the history of and relationship between President Reagan and the Secret Service. The project began by seeking out those involved and by gathering their stories.

The Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club and Motorola Corporation helped Young America’s Foundation acquire replicas of the original communication equipment used by the Secret Service agents at the “Western White House” in the 1980s.

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Several former USSS agents, Navy Seabees, and others shared their stories, providing the most accurate and thorough history of the Secret Service at the Ranch to date. Like a puzzle, each story added a new piece of history that was previously missing. Through these accounts, interviewees also identified artifacts and produced photographs and documentation. Young America’s Foundation also located and acquired items for the Command Post to bring these stories to life. Unlike the other buildings on the Ranch property, the Command Post was empty when the Foundation acquired Rancho del Cielo in 1998. It was in desperate need of artifacts to help share this important history. Thankfully, several USSS agents stepped forward and donated original items they used when serving the President at the Ranch. USSS Agent Barbara Riggs, one of the designated riders that rode horseback with the President, donated her leather shoulder gun holster, belt holster, and a microphone and earphone device used for direct communication with the Command Post. USSS Agent and Ranch Range Master Frank Pericola gifted his jacket worn while on duty at the Ranch. John Barletta, President Reagan’s longest serving Secret Service agent, assisted with this project from beginning to end, providing contact information for key USSS agents and arranging meetings with several of these agents. He spent time with the Foundation team making certain that no details were overlooked. Mr. Barletta also donated a USSS riding saddle, his riding clothes, and several office items including his rolodex, framed certificates, and photographs. He also produced the only known photograph of President Reagan in the Command Post. Several other agencies stepped forward to assist with the Command Post interpretation. Local law enforcement replicated all the original firearms for the gun room, including a long barrel

and short barrel Remington 870 shotgun, the UZI submachine gun, and the Smith & Wesson .357 revolver. Navy Seabees built an exact replica of the gun cabinet used to store the firearms. The local Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club also worked with USSS agents to identify and acquire replicas of the Command Post radio and video equipment—including a donation of highly sophisticated radio equipment—from Motorola Corporation. Young America’s Foundation’s team located and acquired the original Humvee used by the Secret Service at the Ranch. The vehicle has been restored to its original 1980s model condition. Prior to the restoration of the Command Post, Reagan Ranch visitors would only make a brief visit to the then-empty Command Post. Today, the building is an important part of Ranch tours for students, supporters, and special guests. Several rooms are completely outfitted with artifacts. One special room even includes an exhibit where guests can listen to USSS agents share their stories of their time protecting the Commander-in-Chief. This important Reagan Ranch restoration project was made possible through the generosity and selflessness of many who wanted to help preserve Ronald Reagan’s lasting accomplishments and character for future generations. As John Barletta notes, “What brought them together is Ronald Reagan… He was our best protectee in the Secret Service.” Young America’s Foundation is especially grateful to Mary Dell Pritzlaff for her vision and generous sponsorship of this important project. Today and for years to come, young people and all Reagan Ranch visitors will know the vital role of the Secret Service at the Ranch and have a better understanding of the man these brave men and women so loyally served.

Special Agent John Barletta’s desk in the Command Post is outfitted with many original items—graciously donated by Barletta—including his gloves, rolodex, and hat.

(From left) Retired Secret Service Agent John Barletta, Congressman Sean Duffy, Mary Dell Pritzlaff, Governor Scott Walker, Tonette Walker, Rachel Campos-Duffy, and John Pritzlaff gather near the plaque recognizing Ms. Pritzlaff’s sponsorship of the Command Post Acre at Rancho del Cielo.

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Campus Initiatives “Our campus is apathetic, so we don’t know how to motivate other students.”

Some of the campus activities referenced in the Campus Conservative Battleplan have become the largest student-led initiatives in the country. The 9/11: Never Forget Project, which “Our club is unsure of what activities helps students create a flag memorial to remember the 2,977 to organize.” victims killed by Islamists, included the participation of 300 campuses on the tenth anniversary of the attacks. One student, Sarah Telle from Marshall County High School in Kentucky, took her onservative students often activism to a new level by bringing share these common the Never Forget Project to all ten concerns when considering schools in her county during the ways to advance their ideas two weeks leading up to the tenth on campus. anniversary of 9/11. She organized To address these concerns and a program featuring videos and more, Young America’s Foundation photographs from 9/11 along with offers a myriad of activism resources to speeches from policemen, firefighters, help today’s students make an impact and local first responders. on their campuses. Telle attended the Foundation’s Young America’s The hallmark of our tools is our National High School Leadership Foundation’s campus lecture program which helps Conference where she was inspired to Campus Conservative Battleplan and students host prominent conservative start a YAF chapter and subsequently Conservative Guide to Campus speakers, such as Steve Forbes, Michelle make sure today’s students—many of Activism provide today’s students with Malkin, Karl Rove, Andrea Tantaros, whom were not even born ten years ago— important advice on how they can and Jonah Goldberg, at their schools. understand what happened on effectively advance freedom. Young America’s Foundation was also September 11, 2001. the first organization to offer compelling Young America’s Foundation’s No More conservative-themed posters for students to hang in their Che Day and Freedom Week are additional initiatives which dorm rooms and on their campuses. help students remind their classmates about the failures of Today’s student activists also have access to: collectivist governments and the thugs who championed those 1) Young America’s Foundation’s campus initiatives ideas. During Freedom Week, students tear down mock Berlin 2) Step-by-step activism guides Walls, encourage their schools to celebrate the anniversary of 3) Resources to organize and grow their own Young the fall of the Berlin Wall, and honor America’s veterans. Americans for Freedom chapters The American Flag Audit and the GPA Redistribution To accomplish our mission, we make activism easy. Petition are two new initiatives gaining popularity among 38

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1. Florida State University students stand near the mock Berlin Wall they constructed during Freedom Week. 2. Student Sarah Telle stands near the 9/11: Never Forget Project display she created as part of a special program she brought to every school in Marshall County, Kentucky, to make sure today’s students understand what happened on September 11, 2001. 3. UCLA students place American flags near an entrance to the Rose Bowl as part of their school’s 9/11: Never Forget Project flag memorial. 4. Members of YAF at The George Washington University distribute information about the real Che Guevara as part of Young America’s Foundation’s No More Che Day initiative. 5. Secretary Condoleezza Rice reaches 3,500 students during her speech—part of Young America’s Foundation’s Wendy P. McCaw Lecture Series—at Harding University. 6. Fox Business News’s John Stossel meets with YAF chapter members at Marquette University following his campus lecture sponsored by Young America’s Foundation. Young America’s Foundation | Libertas | Summer 2012

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campus activists nationwide. The audit encourages students to ask their professors if they would like to display a free American flag in their classrooms or offices. The conservative club announces (through a press release, display, or other method) how many faculty members accepted or declined the American flag. With the GPA Redistribution Petition, students ask their classmates whether they believe they should redistribute the GPAs of higher performing students to those who are struggling academically. Of course, students generally oppose this because they work hard for their good grades. The campus activists then ask their peers if the same policies should apply to income. Many leftists, who would rather not redistribute their own grades, often don’t know how to respond. Students at Carthage College filmed their peers’ responses to the petition, and their video quickly went viral. Young America’s Foundation provides posters, buttons, flyers, and other resources for any campus activist who wishes to organize these and other initiatives. Our website,, also offers many free, downloadable resources.

wing activities, they may only draw more attention to the Left’s program. The Battleplan helps clubs organize events that proactively advance conservatism, often forcing the Left to respond to the conservatives. High school student Grant Strobl, who started a YAF chapter following his attendance at the Foundation’s National High School Leadership Conference, noted that the Battleplan taught him “how to keep the conservative message present on campus—countering the definite liberal bias.” Strobl also said the Battleplan inspired him to create flyers highlighting the hypocrisy of how the media treats conservative women. Not surprisingly, his school’s administrators refused to allow these flyers to be posted, but with the Foundation’s help, the flyers were featured on, the Daily Caller, Yahoo News, and elsewhere.

Young Americans for Freedom

Young America’s Foundation can also help students start their own Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapters on their campuses. This can be especially helpful for students on campuses where there are no established conservative clubs. Activism Guides YAF chapters bring together Whether a club is just conservative students to Fox News covers Young America’s Foundation’s GPA beginning or has been in advocate for individual Redistribution Initiative at Carthage College where activists existence for decades, many freedom, free enterprise, limited asked their peers if they would sign a petition to redistribute GPA student leaders struggle government, and traditional points from the top ten percent to the rest of the student body. to maintain involvement values. They also provide among their membership and a visible presence for the draw more students to their organizations. Young America’s Conservative Movement, energize other conservative students, Foundation’s Conservative Guide to Campus Activism and the and encourage them to get involved to advance their ideas. Campus Conservative Battleplan are two indispensable books Even at schools where a conservative club currently exists, every student leader should own. students have found value in broadening the conservative The Conservative Guide to Campus Activism provides network at their schools. While other clubs may focus on one students with ideas on how to build and maintain their or two specific issues, YAF clubs ensure conservative ideas have organizations, how to market their clubs and activities to their a permanent presence on campus. campus communities, how to utilize new media, and how to “For anyone who identifies as a conservative, joining a YAF avoid common activist traps. Readers will find advice from key chapter is the best way to get involved,” says Trevor Carlsen, conservative leaders including Erik Erickson, Ann Coulter, Ann YAF chapter chairman of the University of San Diego. “YAF is McElhinney, and others. the conservative organization that makes the issues the focal In addition, the Campus Conservative Battleplan provides point of discussion. YAF engages students in campus activism specific activism ideas that clubs can organize each month of and provides a conservative voice on campus.” the school year. From YAF chapters, campus initiatives, and speakers to our The Battleplan also helps clubs avoid being merely breakthrough activism guides, Young America’s Foundation reactionary to the Left. Leftist campus initiatives often garner provides today’s students with the resources they need to build very little support. If a conservative club attacks these leftthe Conservative Movement at their schools and beyond. 40

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A Supporter’s Legacy: To Preserve Freedom and Free Enterprise for Future Generations By Jason Barbour, Director of Development

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terminal illness. Although the health-related news of the call patriotic Americans achieve their philanthropic goals, our was devastating to hear, I was amazed by Dale’s focus in our team meets with amazing people who love this country and discussion. He did not want to talk about himself and his understand the importance of educating the next generation. personal challenges; he wanted to talk about doing something In the spring of 2002, I met one such person whom I will for others. never forget. His name was Dale Phelon, and we first met He reiterated that he supported many different causes, when he was visiting Ronald Reagan’s Rancho del Cielo in Santa Barbara, California. During that day with him, it became clear that Dale greatly admired President Reagan and all that he stood for: limited government, free enterprise, and individual freedom. It was also evident that he had a heart for educating young people. As Dale has said on countless occasions, “Young people are our future.” This passion for freedom and educating our youth was most clearly demonstrated, not only in what he said, but also in what he did. Dale was an ardent defender of America’s freedom and our precious liberty. He knew that we could not just expect freedom to be miraculously passed down to future generations. Dale promoted his conservative vision for the future of our country through his generous Dale Phelon spends time with his wife, Debra, and one of their Andalusian horses in 2012. support of endeavors, programs, and non-profit organizations but reaching young people was of the utmost importance nationwide. We may never know how many lives Dale for the future of our country. He was eager to meet at the inspired, touched, educated, and changed by his thoughtful headquarters of his successful company in Aiken, South philanthropy, but we know his impact is felt today and will Carolina, to discuss ways to educate as many students as continue to be in the years ahead. possible in the very near term. Over the past decade, our team has witnessed the amazing In the visits and discussions that followed, Dale and generosity and passion Dale had for educating young people his wife, Debra, decided to sponsor Young America’s through his support of Young America’s Foundation, but what Foundation’s 2012 Freedom Conference Initiative, a strategic he did over the last year was truly amazing. series of four regional student conferences in North Carolina, It started with an unexpected phone call last November Florida, Ohio, and Wisconsin. when Dale informed me that he had been diagnosed with a Young America’s Foundation | Libertas | Summer 2012

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(Above) Students participate in the question and answer session at Young America’s Foundation’s Freedom Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina—the first of four Freedom Conferences sponsored by Dale and Debra Phelon. (Left) Dale Phelon (pictured in 2011) defended freedom through his generous support of Young America’s Foundation and other endeavors nationwide.

Dale explained his goals for these programs in a letter to the Foundation: It is vital that our young people understand the conservative principles of individual freedom, limited government, and free enterprise. Our country is in peril. Our leaders have failed to responsibly honor and uphold a fundamental component of American strength and prosperity: the free enterprise system. If we do nothing, American business[es], government, and families will be led by people with little regard for free enterprise—a system which contributes so vitally to America’s progress and success. I know Young America’s Foundation recognizes this threat, and with this gift, I hope you may begin an aggressive but thoughtfully considered approach to right this threatening trend. Unfortunately, Dale passed away three days before the start of the first Freedom Conference in North Carolina in March, but his legacy continued there and at the most recent Freedom Conference in Wisconsin (see related story on page 14). The impact of Dale Phelon’s selfless sacrifice can best be described by a thank you letter written to Debra Phelon by a student who attended the Freedom Conference in Wisconsin: Words cannot adequately describe my appreciation for your unbelievable generosity. This conference has been, without a shred of doubt, one of the greatest events in my life. I will forever cherish the precious experience I’ve received from the conference, and I give you my solemn vow that I 42

will never stop fighting for liberty until the day I’m called home to meet my Lord. History will forever remember your monetary sacrifice in the name of liberty and conservatism. You may not be remembered in a book, but you will be in my heart, and the hearts of everyone who attended the conference. God Bless You. — Alexander Hagen, Ripon College In the time of his greatest challenge in life, Dale was thinking of his country’s future and students like Alexander more than himself. What a tremendous legacy and example he leaves for us all! In early March, I was with Dale for the last time—fittingly, at the place we first met, Ronald Reagan’s ranch in California. He wanted to visit one more time with his beloved wife, Debra, and a small group of his close friends. Two weeks after that visit, Dale sent Young America’s Foundation his final letter, in which he quoted his hero, Ronald Reagan: You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, as least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done. Dale did all that he could do for our country. We will continue to see the dividends of his investment in young Americans in the days and years ahead, as these impressionable young people become our nation’s future leaders.

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Freedom Is the God-Given Right of All His Children: Make it Your Legacy Freedom is on the precipice in America. The Left is winning key battles to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” They know—as President Reagan did—that young people are the key to the long-term success of their agenda. That’s why the Left is launching the most expensive, most comprehensive, and most targeted effort in American history to win over young people. You can join forces with Young America’s Foundation to counter the Left’s infl uence and pass on Ronald Reagan’s freedom philosophy. Even though Ronald Reagan is no longer with us, there is still one place where young people can come face to face with all that Reagan stood for: hard work and its rewards, perseverance, humility, hope, love of family, and love of country. Our students tell us they are not only better educated about Ronald Reagan after visiting the Ranch, but they are also more committed to protecting America’s freedom. Ronald Reagan’s words inspire young leaders to embrace and strengthen the freedom movement. He said: Freedom is not just the birthright of the few, it is the God-given right of all His children. You can help protect future generations’ God-given right to freedom by remembering Young America’s Foundation in your estate plans. Updating your plans to refl ect your priorities enablesyou to control your legacy. If you die without a will, the government will decide how to distribute your estate for you—and take its share! Federal death tax rates the year you die may be 55% or more. The law has been in a state of fl ux for years because leftists want your money. Giving a bequest to Young America’s Foundation reduces the size of your taxable estate. There is no tax on gifts to Young America’s Foundation. Tell your attorney to make freedom your legacy by adding this language to your will: I give, devise, and bequeath to Young America’s Foundation, tax identifi cation number 23-7042029, 110 Elden Street, Herndon, Virginia 20170 (insert percentage, amount or nature of gift, or remainder of estate) to be used for educational purposes. You will be honored on Freedom Wall at the Reagan Ranch for your legacy gift. Please call Kimberly Martin Begg, Esq., director of planned giving, at 800-USA-1776 to request a free information packet or if you have any questions.

National Headquarters, F. M. Kirby Freedom Center, 110 Elden Street, Herndon, Virginia 20170, 800-USA-1776, ˜ e Reagan Ranch Center, 217 State Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101, 888-USA-1776

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Summer 2012 Volume 33 • Number 2

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“Right now American business and industry are in the deepest trouble they have ever been in our Nation’s entire history. A large percentage of people in this country today lay all their troubles at the door of business. The word profit is synonymous with evil as with the term ‘private property’ and therefore personal freedom, freedom of choice for everybody is in danger. Profit, property, and freedom are inseparable; you can’t have any one of them without the other two.” — PRESIDENT REAGAN’S REMARKS DURING THE 1974 YOUNG AMERICANS FOR FREEDOM CONFERENCE IN SAN FRANCISCO

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