In an election that features two of the most unpopular candidates in modern history, the majority of Americans are feeling alienated and disenfranchised. Those who feel most ignored? Young Americans.
According to Pew Research, an estimated 62 million millennials are of voting age. For the first time, millennials match Baby Boomers as the largest electorate. Millennials make up the most diverse, entrepreneurial, and educated generation in history. That is to say, they do not fit neatly into a red or blue box. They are looking for a new path forward.
One in five millennials, or 20 percent, identify as libertarian. At Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) it is our mission to identify, educate, train, and mobilize youth activists committed to winning on principle. We influence future political leaders and advocates to create a new narrative; one that is rooted in the principles of liberty. Students are flocking to YAL and our liberty movement, particularly as the political landscape becomes more divisive.
Last month, YAL hosted its 8th Annual National Convention in Washington, D.C. The training was attended by 382 college leaders representing 302 campuses from all 50 states. The goal of the convention was to motivate and train leaders to help our movement become more mainstream. It is our job to get these 62 million identified millennials educated on the ideas of liberty.
The mainstream emergence and acceptance of libertarian leaders such as Dr. Ron Paul, Sen. Rand Paul, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Gov. Gary Johnson, Rep. Justin Amash, and the members of the House Liberty Caucus make our goals more attainable. In fact, Gary Johnson, as a third-party candidate, is polling higher than Trump and Clinton with Americans aged 18-24.
What is it that liberty-lovers are trying to promote? It’s quite simple, really. We want the government to leave us alone. We want to get the government out of our homes, out of our pocketbooks, and out of our cell phones. We want to restore personal freedom and authentic civil liberties.
For that reason, libertarian principles resonate with the youth of America and it’s time for us to step up and lead.
No more policing the world. No more nation-building. No more corporate bailouts. No more big-government spying. No more outdated drug laws. No more printing money at the Federal Reserve. No more runaway debt that’s drowning our generation. No more censoring free speech. No more excuses.
I’m calling on all young Americans… let’s create a new way forward rooted in the principles of liberty.