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Young Americans for Liberty hold first interest meeting

On April 2, 2013

The Young Americans for Liberty hosted the chapter’s first interest meeting Tuesday in Corbly Hall.

Caitlin Grimes, the chapter’s founder and president, said Young Americans for Liberty, is a liberty based political activist group.

“Our main ideas are true liberty, freedom from interference from the government, small government and free markets,” Grimes said. “We aren’t here to push it in anyone’s face though. We want to educate people, do activist projects and get involved in local, state and federal government.”

Grimes said the group plans to be very active on campus, by hosting an activist event in the coming month, going to the national convention in Washington, D.C. and possibly starting a libertarian newspaper.

“We just finished ‘Generation of War,’ which was to educate students on how much the war has cost us because last week was the tenth birthday of the War on Terror,” Grimes said. “We had ‘pin the drone on the war zone’ activity, basically just to show that it isn’t just Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan that have been affected. Almost every country in the Middle East that has a base has been invaded or bombed by the U.S.”

Young Americans for Liberty is the continuation of Students for Ron Paul, which was a division of Ron Paul’s 2008 campaign for president. The organization currently has over 380 chapters around the country. According to Grimes, she is the first woman to found a chapter.

Grimes said she wanted to start the group to educate students about politics.

“I think so many people in our generation believe you either have to be a Republican or a Democrat. They think it’s either black or white,” Grimes said. “Many of them don’t know that there is this middle road you can take that takes bits and pieces from each side. I think that people need to know about that.”

Nick Chancey, YAL vice president, said he joined the liberty movement after the 2008 election.

“I realized that President Obama was implementing the same policiss as George W. Bush, like foreign wars and invading people’s civil liberties in the name of counteracting terrorists,” Chancey said. “So, I lost my political ideology for a while, but I found it again through the liberty movement. I felt Young Americans for Liberty embodied everything I believed in.”

Dustin Murphy, YAL secretary, said he became interested in the liberty movement because he realized he did not fit any specific political mold.

“I wasn’t quite a Democrat, but I wasn’t quite a Republican,” Murphy said. “I agreed with both sides. I started investigating Ron Paul and Gary Johnson — people who had different ideas from the norm. After that, I discovered I believed in liberty and I wanted to become more involved.”

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