Young America’s Foundation Steps Into the Late Twentieth Century

Young America’s Foundation is a once-important, fascinatingly retrograde conservative youth organization that is, at the moment at least, hapless when it comes to getting young people interested in conservatism. I wrote the group a “letter” when I was at Campus Progress, noting that it is obsessed with socialism at a time when young people don’t find the term all that scary.

Apparently YAF didn’t read it, because the group is celebrating the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with some pretty pathetic and/or hilarious language:

It was President Reagan who brought real ‘hope’ and ‘change’ when he defeated communism.Sadly, [sic] even though socialist ideas have been thoroughly repudiated, liberals in Washington and academia still push to increase the power of the federal government.

Another poster, called “Got Milk? Got Blankets? Got Anything,” [sic] informs young people that, while the former USSR was supposedly developed to “fairly” [sic: in the preceding paragraph single quotes are used around a single word; stop flip-flopping, YAF!] and “equally” allocate resources, such mass distribution of goods and services only led to shortages and starving people. The poster depicts an actual photo of a woman in a Soviet store that has its shelves stocked with…nothing.

“Did you hear that, you liberal pansies? Nothing!

I’m glad YAF is pointing this out, because America’s college campuses are rife with students pining to live in a place like the USSR. We know this is the case because they twitter and Facebook about it on the iPhones they buy at the Apple Store after fueling up on caffeine at Starbucks.

Heckuva job, YAF!

Jesse Singal

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.