Fortieth president of the United States of America, Ronald Reagan once said that “Man is not free unless government is limited.” As conservatives, we back and promote the notion that conservatism is a friend of free enterprise and an opponent of big government regulation. As Americans, we pride ourselves in what our nation was founded upon: freedom and capitalism. After all, isn’t that what the American dream is really all based upon?
This week, I was able to interview Laura Hutson, a representative from Turning Point USA, a non-profit organization that seeks to identify, educate, train, and organize students in order to promote the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government through conversations with students on college campuses. Every day, Turning Point staff and student activists visit college campuses in order to recruit new activists, establish chapters, and conduct voter registration.
Hutson joined Turning Point USA as a staff member in January, after working on Capitol Hill for about five years and observing that very few high school and college students were reaching out to their elected officials. However, this trend is the exact opposite of what students should be doing. Congress needs to address Washington’s bad spending habits and call for a stop to the expanding size of government: both of these trends threaten the freedoms of American citizens.
Hutson shares that she is most excited by some of Turning Point’s principles that start great conversations with students, getting them to think about how government impacts them. Turning Point seeks to promote capitalism, which is an economic system that allows the invention of goods and services, making people’s lives better. Capitalism is part of the American dream, driving individuals to find their purpose and produce or provide something that there is a need for. Instead of training individuals to rely on and be controlled by the govern, power is placed into the hands of the individuals.
As members of The College Conservative community, we can also do our part to help get our peers engaged with the political process by identifying the key principles that appeal to our peers, and engaging in conversations about the pressing issues that face our country.