OPINION: Young people should reject big government

Campus Reform Reporter

During a commencement speech at The Ohio State University last month, President Obama warned the Class of 2013 to reject the voices warning against big government.

"Unfortunately you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all of our problems,” he said. “[T]hey'll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner.

“You should reject these voices,” he continued. “Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self rule is somehow just a sham with which we can't be trusted."

Ironically, these words came back also immediately to haunt him.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal broke, followed by the National Security Agency (NSA) scandal, as well as the Department of Justice’s snooping on Fox News journalist James Rosen and Associate Press reporters.

Young people must always be wary of an intrusive government that promises a life of security coupled with limited freedoms.

Campus Reform’s reporters have been diligent in their pursuit of exposing academic bias and government abuse at universities.

This past week, Campus Reform exposed that the University of Maryland likely plays host to a covert NSA facility.

In April, Campus Reform caught California Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) on film saying the government must forgive student loans. Additionally, it seems universities are always working to expand big government policies by supporting measures to fund sex change operations.

In the era of big government, young people shouldn’t turn a blind eye to these scandals and egregious spending measures. George Orwell’s 1984 was correct: Big Brother is watching us. It’s up to our generation to stop it. 

Gabriella Hoffman is a Regional Field Coordinator at The Leadership Institute where she is tasked with identifying, recruiting, and training young conservatives on college campuses. Follow her on Twitter: @Gabby_Hoffman