Listening to the nation’s premier campus activist for the center-right, one wonders how many parents knowingly put their children on the front-lines for a historic struggle over America’s free speech.
Charlie Kirk is the founder and executive director of the successful Turning Point USA, a seemingly fearless nonprofit helping young people be bold in defending America’s founding principles and economic liberties. His passion for ideas, principles and values, in the face of growing political correctness, is palpable in this exclusive video interview for The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Students are finding colleges to be increasingly intolerant propaganda machines. Students face social abuse, threats, intimidation and violence if they believe America’s founding principles had innate merit or if they believe in traditional values.
The radicalized and intolerant left is “out of control, and literally censoring speech on campus,” according to Kirk. After the election, as the left went into overdrive on campuses, TPUSA also found new growth, energy, and enthusiasm pulling away from the left’s intolerance.
Known for their messages like “Big Government Sucks,” or “Socialism Sucks,” Kirk is committed to “playing offense” in 2017 for America, as TPUSA grows and expands during the intensification of conflict throughout higher education.
Besides the emerging violence aimed at conservative speakers like Charles Murray, Ann Coulter and Heather Mac Donald, he mentions “on 30 campuses you cannot say, ‘if you work hard in America, you can succeed.’” One student he found even had her final exam marked down for using “mankind” in her writing.
Kirk’s message to parents? Your child will be indoctrinated; it is just a matter of how hard they fight it. Colleges, he says, are now effectively promoting America as an evil country, free enterprise is fundamentally flawed, and what we need is a one world government.
According to Kirk, most American colleges are now promoting Marxist ideology every day, and do not even consider the failures of socialism and communism. He is quick to use facts about Venezuela, where they are literally eating zoo animals, to make his case. He reminds anyone listening to him that socialism is the single biggest killer of humanity.
“The left hates the idea that there are other ideas. They can’t stand that someone might disagree with them.”
He has one seemingly obvious, yet controversial idea, for President Donald Trump: Sign an executive order giving a core constitutional right declaring every inch of an American campus to be a free speech zone. He adds other ideas as well in this video.
Showing TPUSA’s spunk, they announced a new service, the Professor Watch list last November as a tool to expose what students are enduring from left-wing radicals. Without shame, The New York Times denounced it on their front page immediately.
Charlie Kirk’s future? He wants TPUSA “to continue to grow and become the most powerful, influential, exciting, innovative youth movement ever in the history of America.”
For more about Turning Point USA, go to their website, like them on their growing Facebook page, or join nearly 146,000 following Charlie’s tweets @charliekirk11. He also has a book, “Time for a Turning Point” worth reading. In the meantime, Turning Point will continue training, persuading, engaging, organizing, connecting and growing.