Update 1: 2/14/11: Ron Paul Youth Organization, Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) responds to YAF:
ARLINGTON, VA – After Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) expelled Congressman Ron Paul from their advisory board this past weekend at CPAC, Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), a youth organization founded in 2008 as the continuation of Students for Ron Paul, expressed their deep disappointment in YAF:
“It’s disappointing to see YAF align itself more closely to President Obama than Ron Paul,” said Jeff Frazee, Ron Paul’s 2008 National Youth Coordinator and Executive Director of YAL.
“YAF’s members and supporters should be concerned about the priorities and direction of their once-active organization. This is either a shallow publicity stunt or YAF’s leadership has abandoned their philosophical underpinnings,” Frazee went on to say. Read more
Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) , a conservative libertarian group founded in 1960 at the estate of William F. Buckley, expelled Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, from their advisory board on Saturday. The organization released the following statement on Saturday afternoon:
The National Board of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF)—America’s oldest conservative-libertarian activist group—has, per curium, voted to purge Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) from YAF’s National Advisory Board.
YAF’s concern with Rep. Paul stems from his delusional and disturbing alliance with the fringe Anti-War movement.
“It is a sad day in American history when a one-time conservative-libertarian stalwart has fallen more out of touch with America’s needs for national security than the current feeble and appeasing administration,” said YAF’s Senior National Director Jordan Marks.
“Who would have ever thought that we would see the day when YAF was more aligned with the Obama administration than a formerly conservative Republican congressman? Rep. Paul’s refusal to support our nation’s military and national security interests border on treason, aside from his failure to uphold his oath to the United States Constitution and defend our country and citizens against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Marks continued.
“Rep. Paul has strayed to the left of Obama and allied himself with the radical anti-war left by laying the blame on America for the unprovoked attacks of Sept. 11th. Additionally, Rep. Paul has not condemned the 9/11 “Truther” conspiracy theorists that support him, and he has repeatedly insisted, that the United States not bring justice to those who have murdered thousands of our civilians and soldiers at home and abroad. This is simply unacceptable. Clearly Rep. Paul cares more about a doomed presidential run than he does our country,” Marks added.
YAF National Chairman Michael Jones issued the following statement on this issue:
“The United States is in a time of economic crisis, but this is no excuse to abandon the principles that have built this great country and spread its ideals to the darkest recesses of the planet. The United States is the world’s leader—a beacon of light for the wretched and the oppressed. God has blessed the United States with liberty and the strength and heart to spread that liberty to all of his children. Rep. Paul has abandoned this mission, abandoned the United States’ citizens, and abandoned the citizens of the world in their quest for their God-given natural rights.”
YAF’s founding document, The Sharon Statement, clearly states: “American foreign policy must be judged by this criterion: does it serve the just interests of the United States?”
“History has shown that periods of freedom are rare, and can exist only when free citizens concertedly defend their rights against all enemies.”
“Freedom and prosperity cannot peacefully exist alongside radical Islam. It is unfortunate that Ron Paul—a member of the U.S. Congress— does not understand this. Surely, our enemies do.”
On Saturday, Congressman Paul won the Washington Times-CPAC straw poll, where he was voted as the top choice for the GOP 2012 presidential nomination.