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Why YAF voted to expel Ron Paul from Young Americans for Freedom

In September of 1960 — “a time of moral and political crisis” — nearly 100 of America’s top conservative and libertarian activists gathered at the home of William F. Buckley Jr. in Sharon, Connecticut. There, they laid out the timeless truths and principles that would govern the nation’s first conservative/libertarian activist group — Young Americans for Freedom.

Fifty years later, the Sharon Statement still stands tall as the most concise and definitive declaration of conservative and libertarian principles since the Bill of Rights. Written as an inclusive “umbrella” document, it was designed not only to guide and define us, but to include as many in the great fusionist tent as possible. It was Buckley’s philosophy, as well as YAF’s, that the American right — a unique political movement in the world then and now — is an essential fusion of fiscal conservatism, traditional values and national security. It is this ideal of fusionism that YAF upholds so proudly.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) was a member of YAF’s national advisory committee for many years, but no more. He has betrayed the principles of the Sharon Statement, and the oath he swore to uphold as a member of the United States House of Representatives. And he has done this time and time again.

Young Americans for Freedom and others on the right have stood silently by as this once great hero of conservative America fell from grace. It is time that ends.

Though a fusionist document, the Sharon Statement Paul has professed to subscribe to pulls no punches in clearly stating:

THAT we will be free only so long as the national sovereignty of the United States is secure; that history shows periods of freedom are rare, and can exist only when free citizens concertedly defend their rights against all enemies…

 

THAT the forces of international Communism [in 2011, read: expansive totalitarianism] are at present, the greatest single threat to these liberties;

 

THAT the United States should stress victory over, rather than co-existence with, this menace; and

 

THAT American foreign policy must be judged by this criterion: does it serve the just interests of the United States?

The oath Ron Paul took for his office is even more straightforward: he must defend the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

The United States, the West and those who love liberty around the planet are under siege by an enemy as dangerous as they are driven. Radical Islamism has declared war on everything — and everyone — that we stand for and cherish. This insidious foe believes that the West is doomed, that our civilization and its allies must be destroyed, and that Allah has commanded that they give life and limb to ensure that a twisted and totalitarian form of Sharia law reigns over the entire planet.

To this end, Islamists have systematically and ruthlessly murdered Americans from Mumbai to Baghdad; from London to New York City. You would think there are few who need be reminded of the fate of Jewish reporters in Afghanistan or Marine peacekeepers in Beirut. You would imagine that there are few who need to be reminded of the fate of our sailors aboard the USS Cole or our embassy staff in Tehran. Someone who forgets the thousands who perished at the hands of Islamists in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania on September 11th is, as YAF California Chairman Jordan Marks says, “delusional.” But when that person leads a near army of starry-eyed, rabid followers, it becomes terrifying.

  • President John Adams

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  • President John Adams

    What a disgusting illustration of ignorance!

    One does not need to look far to discover the source of our woes, for there are sheep such as yourself bleating out their propaganda on television sets across the world even as I write to you now.

    Though it may be unpalatable to you, I feel that some necessary corrections are in order.

    1) “THAT we will be free only so long as the national sovereignty of the United States is secure; that history shows periods of freedom are rare, and can exist only when free citizens concertedly defend their rights against all enemies…”

    Freedom is indeed rare, and our most dangerous enemies have always been found not in the sands of some far away land, but here among us.

    2) “THAT the forces of international Communism [in 2011, read: expansive totalitarianism] are at present, the greatest single threat to these liberties”

    Such rhetoric is eerily reminiscent of the Salem Witch Trials of the late 17th century, or the Red Scare of the 20th century. Do you ever stop to actually contemplate the madness with which you think to justify your reasoning? Only a simpleton could believe that we are under attack for ‘being free & prosperous’. In fact, this notion alone discredits anything else that might pass from your lips.

    3) “THAT the United States should stress victory over, rather than co-existence with, this menace”

    We shall have victory indeed. This revolution is taking place every day in the minds of patriots across this fine land. I would be remiss if I did not again warn you of the path that you now walk, that you might be spared the crushing weight of history.

    4) “THAT American foreign policy must be judged by this criterion: does it serve the just interests of the United States?”

    And what truth could be more self-evident than this? For far to long has our approach to foreign policy been a blight on the people of all nations, causing near irreparable damage to our once great name, and ushering in an age of global hatred… hatred for a nation that was once the world’s shining beacon of hope.

    Your betrayal has not gone unnoticed. May history reward you accordingly.

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  • Manhatt10

    “The United States, the West and those who love liberty around the planet are under siege by an enemy as dangerous as they are driven. Radical Islamism has declared war on everything — and everyone — that we stand for and cherish. This insidious foe believes that the West is doomed, that our civilization and its allies must be destroyed, and that Allah has commanded that they give life and limb to ensure that a twisted and totalitarian form of Sharia law reigns over the entire planet.”

    Okay. Mr. Bedford has been reading too many superheroes comic books.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Morgan/100001145644566 Daniel Morgan

    YAF sounds like a bunch of old time Communists during the 1930′s purging the ranks of “traitors to the cause,” and “enemies of the state.” Joseph Stalin must be looking up from Hell with a smile on his face.

  • Jeff 1123

    Young Americans for Foolishness

    Challenge to YAF: open your books and prove that you have more than 200 dues-paying members. YAF is nothing more than a paper tiger compared to the more than 100 chapters and tens of thousands of members of Ron Paul’s Young Americans for Liberty.

    http://www.amconmag.com/blog/2011/02/15/young-americans-for-foolishness/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peter-Gemma/1256095377 Peter Gemma

    Ron Paul is excluded from “conservative movement” … Founding Father’s advice about entangling alliances ignored? These are reasons #744 and 749 that YAF is irrelevant.

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  • krjohnson

    Chris Bedford and YAF have their hearts in the right place, but their heads are all wrong. Nobody, including Ron Paul, disputes the fact that there are those in this world that want to kill us, there always has been and there always will be. The question is how to deal with them.

    Ron Paul, as most libertarian-conservatives do, believes that a defensive strategy is the best. That we should not disengage from the world economically or diplomatically, but use military force only when provoked militarily. Preventive wars and propping up dictators only leads to more hatred. You may be able to defeat a country with guns, but you can’t defeat an ideology with guns.

    Ron Paul supported retaliation against Al-Queda following 9-11. They attacked us and we had every right to defend ourselves. However, Al-Queda is no longer in Afghanistan. And, regardless of how evil you think Saddam Hussein was, they were never in Iraq prior to our invasion of that country.

    Should we hunt down terrorists that want to kill us, wherever they are? YES! Should we remain vigilant against all threats to our country? YES! But that does not require our military to have a perpetual presence in about 150 out of about 200 countries on the planet! We’re broke!

    And as for all of the pain and suffering in Iran, Egypt, Israel, etc: There will always be suffering in this world. Just look at Africa and all the backwards dictatorships there. Just look at how many people in Africa are dying of malaria, of starvation, of genocidal wars, and of AIDS. We cannot solve it all with some utopian foreign policy. To paraphrase what John Quincy Adams once said, America should be the well-wisher of freedom everywhere but the vindicator of only her own. We cannot afford to police the world, and all it does is bring more hatred upon us.

    Let’s have a humble foreign policy, where people across the world look at what we’ve done and want that for their own country. Where they make change for themselves. That is the only way this can work.

    • samac

      YAF is a once proud organization that is now a joke.

      Apparently, a front for “neocons” seeking to rear their ugly, incompetent heads again? Between this and Rumsfeld bouncing around, and talking about running for president… Peoples’ memory isn’t that short guys.

      Ron Paul, as the only Republican to vote against the wasteful, foolish, counterproductive invasion of Iraq, is a unique profile in courage among conservatives.

      His foreign policy boils down to great conservative Calvin Coolidge’s advice, “The business of America is business”.

      And a corollary, the business of America is NOT invading other countries so that a bunch of chickenhawk idiots can feel powerful and important in their cushy government sinecures.