Young America’s Foundation (YAF) recently held its annual National Conservative Student Conference in Houston. YAF invited insightful speakers from across the Conservative movement to showcase their ideas on how to take back America and academia from the left. 

The conference was opened up by Ben Shapiro who gave an amazing speech about cancel culture, critical race theory, and how the left has infected American culture through academia. Afterward, he did a photoshoot with YAF members as well as giving everyone a copy of his latest book The Authoritarian Moment.

Each day of the conference was filled with great speakers such as Hillsdale Professor Burt Folsom. Folsom made historically distant stories such as that of Vanderbilt and Tubman sound fun and engaging by acting out scenes and drawing out answers from the audience. 

As a Florida native and a Florida Gator, I am always proud to see representatives from my state make it into the conference even if they are Florida State Seminoles like Congressman Byron Donalds. We heard from the congressman who touched on America’s welfare system and why we need to be left alone as individuals while still being humorous.

On Wednesday evening, we heard from former vice president Mike Pence, now a YAF Reagan Scholar, who gave one of the best speeches of the conference by far. Starting strong by speaking on why he joined the Republican Party, Pence would go on to speak about the achievements of the Trump administration, the beauty of America, and encouraged all to become men and women of character. 

The very next day we got another highlight where we got a chance to listen to a comedic speech by my representative, Kat Cammack. The freshmen congresswoman gave an engaging speech that touched on her early experiences in politics and how she rose to the position she’s in now despite starting her career in a “literal swamp.” Funnily enough, she called herself a “lone conservative” twice during her speech. She would later be spotted at the Karaoke session singing “Baby Got Back” with YAFers.

The last day would have speakers such as Lt. Colonel Allen West who spoke on what we as Conservatives believe on the issue of race in America, Congressman Dan Crenshaw who touched on America’s role on the global stage, and finally, Ted Cruz closed out the event. Cruz spoke on leftist hypocrisy, the failures of socialism, and humorous personal stories from Texas such as one where he joked about eating someone’s kid when he saw a bumper sticker that said: “Ted Cruz ate my son.”

On top of the amazing lineup of lectures, YAF offered a plethora of optional activities. Attendees could join in on the fun of karaoke, a walking tour of Houston, breakfast with the Heritage Foundation, and even a run with Governor Scott Walker who is YAF’s current president. There were also many exclusive events for YAF members. 

Thank you YAF for making this conference possible!

Alex Munguia is a Florida Senior Campus Correspondent with Campus Reform. Alex studies at the University of Florida and majors in Finance and Information Systems. He is currently the Chapter Chair of Young American's For Freedom. He proudly serves in the First Generation Leadership Program, College Republicans, and the Investment Club.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Alex Munguia is a Florida Senior Campus Correspondent with Campus Reform. Alex studies at the University of Florida and majors in Finance and Information Systems. He is currently the Chapter Chair of Young American's For Freedom. He proudly serves in the First Generation Leadership Program, College Republicans, and the Investment Club.

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