Josh Meribole—Staff Writer
There is a new club on campus this semester, the Young Americans for Liberty. Brandon Fokkema founded the club this fall, saying he really felt there needed to be a club on campus that represented the political view regaining popularity, one of small government, personal freedom and individual liberty. Last week, the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) held an event to talk about the Constitution of the United States. Students could come and sit in on the talks led by professors, as well as asking questions.
The hope of this event was to provide students with a platform to discuss things regarding the Constitution. It was the first event that the club had done.
On Monday, Oct. 23, professor Donald Roth spoke on “Filling in the gaps: what do we make of what the Constitution doesn’t say?” On Wednesday, professor Lee Pitts spoke on the 1st amendment and journalism. On Thursday, students could come and talk about privacy, and on Friday, Professor Jeff Taylor spoke on the 10th Amendment of the Constitution.
On Thursday in particular, YAL club members sat at a table out next to the Grille, to have students come in and discuss the Fourth Amendment, as well as the need to restore privacy rights. The event, called “Restore the Fourth,” also took place across the 900 different chapters of various universities and colleges. The hope of the event was to make students aware of previous violations against the amendment. Planners also hoped to draw media attention to convince Edward Snowden to attend via video call.
Edward Snowden is a controversial public figure who released classified document regarding the extent on which the NSA spies on American Citizen. He fled the country, in fear of being arrested.
Young Americans for Liberty was started by Ron Paul, a former U.S. Representative, with the goal stated on its website as: “to identify, educate, train, and mobilize young people committed to winning on principle.”
At Dordt, one does not need to be a libertarian to join the club.
“Based on people at Dordt, many students are libertarian,” says Brandon Fokkema referring to a questionnaire given to Dordt students during the club fair. Fokkema was previously a Republican, but he now does not associate himself with either the Republican or Democrat parties. Instead, he discovered that he tends to lean more to the libertarian side. His charge to students is for them to expand their political views.
“Read,” Fokkema said. “Don’t just look at one resource… Don’t just get your politics from modern news sources. It’s important for people to form personal opinions.”