I met Thompson and Achtman in July at Samford University for the America’s First Principles of Freedom Summer Seminar, an event organized by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Alabama Policy Institute. The seminar gathered around 40 students from across the continent, each of whom had very unique backgrounds and beliefs, yet all of whom were united by a particularly renewed interest in what conservatism has to offer.
The Canadian students impressed me with their grasp of both Canadian and American politics. Thompson is now a political science student at Clemson University and is becoming a U.S. citizen. “My decision to become an American citizen is because of my love for this country,” says Thompson, who interned with the Jon Huntsman presidential campaign last year and volunteered for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign earlier this year. “The principles that made America great are principles that my home country, Canada, lacks. America is the home I should have had.”
Achtman is a political science student at the University of Calgary and is founding director of the Association for Ordered Liberty. A recipient of the Premier’s Citizenship Award, Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal, and the Knights of Columbus Respect For Life Oratorical Contest Top Speaker Award (2007 and 2008), she is an accomplished and very effective rising voice for conservatism in Canada.
What do three conservative students decide to do in their spare time during an exhausting week of studying economics and political philosophy? Create a documentary, of course.
“I made this documentary because of the common thought that youth must be liberal,” says Thompson. “People don’t understand how conservative principles are the principles that young adults hold close to their heart. I wanted to show that to America.”
Thompson is looking forward to filming more documentaries in the future.
Amanda Read is a political columnist for the Communities at The Washington Times. A professional writer and researcher, Amanda is also a Christian homeschool graduate, unconventional college student, military daughter, and eldest of the nine Read children at Fair Hills Farm. Find more of her work at www.amandaread.com.
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