Sunday, November 15, 2009

Young Conservative Activist Speaks At College

From the LA Times:

Giles credits the Young America's Foundation -- the group that put on the conference -- with inspiring much of her political action.

Two years ago, she said, she was just a laid-back surfer kid from Miami when a friend got her to attend a foundation event in Washington, D.C. That, she said, was where she converted to conservatism.

In her lecture Friday about how to take down liberal organizations and expose what she called media corruption, Giles sought to stir others to action. "Above all, attack, attack, attack," she said, quoting Republican consultant Roger Stone. "Never defend"...

According to spokesman Jason Mattera, the foundation aims to groom high school and college students to be future leaders by exposing them to the conservative philosophies that he said were missing from many classrooms.

Is it just me, or is she exceedingly attractive? But I digress.

I recently skimmed Goldwater's 1964 book Conscience of a Conservative again. Honestly, I don't know how anyone could read that book and not be a conservative. I wonder if those college students read it, or if they read only the modern Coulter/Levin/Beck/Ingraham/Goldberg books? Not that those books are necessarily bad, but they lack the intellectual underpinnings of Goldwater's seminal work.


MikeAT said...


On the books of Levine, Coulter, etc they will be the first to credit Goldwater and the Conscious of a Conservative. To borrow the quote of Sir Isaac Newton, “If I have seen further than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.” Goldwater, Reagan and Thatcher come to mind.


PS: Yes, conservatives have women like Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin and Laura Ingraham. Leftist have Mrs. Bill Clinton, Stretch Pelosi and Barbara Boxer. You make your choice

Darren said...

Bringing Newton into this discussion? Nice job!

MikeAT said...

“Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it." :)

The answer to this is "Thank you...I think?"