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Executive Director Casey Given Quoted in Vice on the Alt-right

Young Voices Executive Director Casey Given was quoted in Vice at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) about the relationship between conservatives and the alt-right:

“This is really kind of a battle that’s tearing apart the heart and soul of the conservative movement right now, especially in the age of President Trump,” said Casey Given, executive director of Young Voices, a group of millennial libertarians, who was at CPAC.

The article is available online here.

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Where Have All The CPAC Libertarians Gone?

The halls of the Conservative Political Action Conference were not humming with the excitement of liberty as it has been in years past.

The Conservative Political Action Conference in 2015 was as close to a libertarian dream as the conference has ever come.

Enthusiastic young libertarians, optimistic that liberty would prevail in the 2016 election, proudly sported their Stand With Rand shirts draped in pro-liberty stickers and pins.

Panels were presented incorporating libertarian ideas, such as the Privacy versus Security debate with Judge Andrew Napolitano and The Red Pill or The Blue Pill? A Debate on Marijuana Legalization with Governor Gary Johnson.

Read the rest on Liberty Conservatives Magazine, here.

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The Divide of CPAC 2016

A unified conservative front was nowhere to be found at the Conservative Political Action Conference this year.

While standing in the two-hour line to get into the ballroom on Friday, I watched as a young woman was introducing herself to a group of students. The students wore “Dump Trump” pins on their CPAC lanyards and were vocal about their dislike of the candidate.

Hesitantly, the young woman wove into the conversation a question that seemed to be lingering on her mind for a while: “Would you guys consider being friends with someone who supports Donald Trump?” She was a Trump supporter, and it was obvious she had been receiving the cold shoulder for it all day.

The environment at CPAC this year was hostile.

Watching the GOP debate with hundreds of other conservatives exemplified the divide felt at this year’s conference. While your expected cheers and applause were heard after most candidates spoke, there were notable exceptions.

Read the rest on Liberty Conservatives Magazine, here.

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Female Conservatives: More Than Just a Pretty Face

When everyday people find out that I am into politics, they automatically assume that I am an abortion-loving, bleeding-heart liberal who wants the government to regulate everything from guns to the environment.

They assume that, as a female, I am only engaging exclusively on “female issues” and that I must lean left.

I mean, what kind of a woman would I be if I were a… dun dun dun… CONSERVATIVE?!

But I am not a liberal. I am a pro-life, constitutional conservative who loves my country as much as I love my guns and free markets. And we are not a rare breed.

Read the rest on Outset Magazine, here.

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Sorry, CPAC, Phil Robertson Hasn’t Done Anything to Promote The First Amendment

The biggest story so far surrounding this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is the announcement that Phil Robertson, the controversial star of the hit A&E show Duck Dynasty, will receive the second annual Andrew Breitbart First Amendment Award.

No matter how much new buzz the announcement brings CPAC, the decision betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of how free speech works, and where the future of nationally competitive conservatism lies.

At the end of 2013, Robertson was briefly suspended by the network over remarks he made in a GQ interview calling homosexuality sinful and comparing it to bestiality. At the time, his suspension sparked a culture war flare-up between gay rights supporters and social conservatives, who felt Robertson’s freedom of speech was being suppressed.

However, the Duck Dynasty flap (pun intended) was a dispute within a private organization well within its rights to take the action it did. A&E had the authority to suspend Robertson as soon as he voluntarily signed the contract for the show, no how it handled the controversy afterwards.

Had the government taken Duck Dynasty off the air, I’d be up in arms, even as a member of the very LGBT community he marginalized. But that is not what happened here.

The First Amendment protects Americans from government censorship. A network’s decision to craft the messages it broadcasts is itself an exercise of free speech.

And let’s not forget that A&E’s decision to reinstate Robertson after vociferous protests proves that the First Amendment was as healthy as ever. The government didn’t force anyone to do anything here.

Just as many argue that evangelical Christian bakers should not be forced to make wedding cakes for marriages they oppose, consistency demands that neither should a private television network be forced to air opinions it doesn’t want to promote. Freedom of speech cuts both ways, and conservatives who truly care about promoting the values of the Founding Fathers will defend it regardless of its popularity.

Read the rest at Rare…