For anyone one who knows anything about Missouri, the first thing they will know is the humility which grasps the individual. Our successes, as a state as well as people, are built upon the hard work of farmers, pioneers, and fluffy mustached satirists (I'm looking at you, Mark Twain).
But as of recently, we have been lacking in the liberty that was so prevalent in the beginning of our state. The path of our forefathers is no longer held sacred, the hard work and straightened backs of their attempts at freedom for the next generation has been only recently disdained. The will of man is thwarted in place of worshiping a status quo that only neutrality in political matters is a virtue in a country where Theodore Roosevelt rightly said that politics was an “arena”.
Although this is late, I am announcing, through the Young Americans for Liberty blog, my pride and determination to take my place as the President of the YAL Chapter at UMKC as a call of destiny. A desire to rearrange the fate of this great state, but not through protest. The heavy handed, many times violent form of political protest we see these days are not necessary for my brothers and sisters in Missouri. Rather, what they need argument. We desire an active populace, for Missouri's motto speaks volumes, showing the real roots of Missourian virtue: Salus populi suprema lex esto, or The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law.
My vision is to use YAL as a vessel in which to educate people, allowing them to come to love liberty not only in their hearts, but in their minds as well. To educate the Kansas City area as the adults they are. To give them the choice that pundits, pollsters, and politicians hardly seem necessary to give them.
On September 8th, 2016, Andrew Server, Josilinia Plyman (my Vice President), and I hit the concrete and clipboard at UMKC, which we had been told was a liberal bastion. But fear not, my fellow lovers of liberty, for we got 65 signatures on that one day. Liberty rings true in Missouri, an agenda that many hold dear. What it took was not persuasion, but rather discourse. Of allow them to understand the facts before making their decision.
I want to thank Young Americans for Liberty for the chance to put my intellectual prowess to use in the real world. To make be apart of a group that wants to make it safe for rational discourse. Many times, as I work hard to try to get my organization recognized at UMKC, I have cynically said that this society would kill Socrates all over again. I can sleep well at night knowing I am on the side that would protect his right, rather than trash it.