Americans for Foolishness
by David Franke: Why
Has the ‘World Trade Center Mosque’ Become a Major Issue?
This has been
a sad time for me, considering how important a role Young Americans
for Freedom (YAF) played in my life at a young age. The faux paper
organization that pretends to be YAF this weekend expelled
Rep. Ron Paul from its National Advisory Board, a move that
will hurt them far more than the Congressman.
to figure out why they did this. At this past weeks Conservative
Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C., Ron Paul
won the presidential straw poll for the second consecutive year.
The energy and organization behind this victory was Young
Americans for Liberty (YAL), the Ron Paul youth group. YAL was
leaving YAF in its dust, not that there ever was a contest. In desperation,
YAF had to do something to try and make itself still seem relevant
and newsworthy, so it hit upon the idea of expelling Ron Paul from
its National Advisory Board.
The ploy worked
well in that it gave YAF more publicity than it has received in
years. But the ploy also spotlighted the severe limitations of a
paper organization. The big headlines in the media were about Ron
Paul winning the CPAC presidential poll. The YAF ploy was just a
sour-grapes asterisk to that story.
What made the
situation worse for YAF was the intemperance and incoherence of
the YAF statement, and these additional temper tantrums by YAF National
Director Jordan Marks:
Pauls refusal to support our nations military and
national security interests border on treason (emphasis added),
aside from his failure to uphold his oath to the United States
Paul is clearly off his meds and must be purged from public office.
YAF is starting the process by removing him from our national
obvious who is off his meds, and it ain’t Dr. Paul.
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one of the founders of the conservative movement in the 1950s and
1960s. He is the author of a dozen books, including Safe
Torture Doctor, and America's
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