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FreedomWorks hosted a group of about 30 students and their professors at our office. The students were part of a political science class in town to visit political organizations to learn how groups outside the mainstream political parties influenced policy.
Students received a copy of Frederic Bastiat's The Law, FreedomWorks voter education cards on energy, regulations, entitlements, taxes, and health care, and a FreedomWorks brochure when they came in. After a quick introduction by me, Brendan gave a short history of FreedomWorks and explained how we use grassroots power to keep our issues part of the political discussion. He got some good questions, but when Dr. Brough began to go into depth about the freedom issues, their roots in free market economics, and what FreedomWorks is trying to do on specific current issues, the room lit up.
Some students were somewhat adversarial, but all asked very good questions, reading from the education cards and asking Dr. B and Brendan to expound on those points. What began as a half-hour appointment soon stretched over an hour and a half as the students and professors engaged Dr. Brough and Brendan in an intense discussion.
Afterward, they all seemed very grateful for the time they had at FreedomWorks. Many students took business cards and asked how they could become more involved. Dr. Richard Himelfarb, who arranged the trip, thanked us for our time and explained how great it was for the students to hear a perspective that was rarely presented in class.