The New College Radical: Conservatives Who Vote Libertarianism Is in at College, Leaving Young Right-Wingers Feeling Left Out

By Linda Feldmann, writer of The Christian Science Monitor | The Christian Science Monitor, July 28, 1998 | Go to article overview

The New College Radical: Conservatives Who Vote Libertarianism Is in at College, Leaving Young Right-Wingers Feeling Left Out


Linda Feldmann, writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor


Usually, they feel like the outcasts of their college campuses.

But for one week here in Washington, they were the darlings of the Republican establishment.

House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) of Georgia addressed their gala dinner - and received their new award, the Newt Gingrich Vision and Leadership Award."Senate majority leader Trent Lott (R) of Mississippi addressed their luncheon at the Capitol. Other conservative headliners - including Lt. Col. Oliver North, Bay Buchanan, and anti-affirmative action guru Ward Connerly - imparted their wisdom to the group.

It was enough to make the 120 assembled young conservatives at the annual convention of the Young America's Foundation (YAF) stand a little straighter and feel a little less lonely.

"Campuses are overrun with liberal thought, and they came here to find out how they can fight back," says Melissa Moskal, a staffer at the Herndon, Va.-based group and a senior at George Washington University here.

No one is claiming that conservatism among the young is on the rise. If anything, say experts, libertarianism is the reigning ideology: keep the Republicans away from our personal freedoms and keep the Democrats away from our wallets.

But for the YAF crowd, Conservatism with a capital "C" rules. They are, without exception, against abortion, against homosexual rights, and for unbridled capitalism. When TV personality Reginald Jones declared that public education - "government schools" - should be abolished, the crowd roared with approval.

In Reagan's footsteps

Ronald Reagan is their philosopher king. And soon they will be able to walk, literally, in the great communicator's footsteps. With private donations, YAF bought the Reagans' multimillion-dollar Rancho del Cielo in California to be the center of YAF's Ronald Reagan Leadership Development Program. Nothing at the ranch will change, not even the furniture.

Some of the young people gathered here are so conservative, they've quit the Republican Party for being too liberal. "Newt Gingrich talks one thing and does something else," says Jim Logue, a student at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

The New College Radical: Conservatives Who Vote Libertarianism Is in at College, Leaving Young Right-Wingers Feeling Left Out
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.