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YAF Vice President Patrick Coyle Helps Conservative Students Challenge Liberals on Campus

Patrick Coyle knows all about the “dirty tricks” of the extreme Left. As vice president of the Young America’s Foundation (YAF) Coyle helps conservative students establish conservative groups, promote liberty and free-market friendly ideas and challenge liberal dominance on their campuses.

On Friday at the YAF National Conference in Washington, D.C., Coyle told wild stories of liberals yelling racial slurs at black conservatives, throwing bricks through venue windows, a  high school teacher threatening her student with arrest for simply criticizing President Obama, a middle school teacher assigning her students oppositional research for the Obama campaign, and more.

“And what is crazy about these instances, ” Coyle told the young crowd of students and supporters, “is that you rarely hear any prominent liberal denouncing these attacks.”

Coyle said that reason the Left attacks conservatives is to “maintain their monopoly and prevent their ideas from being challenged.”

“It shows how insecure they are in a way,” he said of their unacceptable actions. “Instead of being for diversity, instead of being for education, they are for intimidation and indoctrination.”

One of the main objections students who want to start conservative groups face from administrators at high schools and on college campuses, he said, is the claim that the group is “political.” But, that’s faulty reasoning, he said.

“If you are trying to stress ideas of individual freedom and free markets, that is not political, that is educational,” he said. “You are educating students about conservative ideas. Don’t ever let a bureaucrat say you are being political, that is not the case whatsoever.”

Coyle told the audience that the most effective way to promote conservatism on their college campuses was to engage in “bold activism,” in which students make a point to promote conservatism each week. He also suggested starting multiple conservative groups to maximize involvement and to bring in big name conservative speakers “so hundreds, even thousands of students can hear conservative ideas by conservatives and not through the filter of your professor.

“With someone like Ann Coulter or Dick Cheney there is nothing better than the Q&A section [in which] an ignorant liberal student or—better yet—an arrogant liberal professor brings up what they think is a tough question” because they end up getting hammered by the speaker, Coyle said.

Unfortunately, intimidation from liberals doesn’t end at college graduation, he shared with the students. “The college is a training ground for liberals.”

But conservative activists need to remember that “the goal is not to get along with the other side or appease the other side at all. The goal is to promote our ideas,” he reminded the audience.

“Going into the lion’s den can be intimidating, but although we do not represent the majority of opinion on campus, we do represent the majority of opinion of society at large.”

 

 

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