YCT Takes the Spotlight

Blog / August 6, 2008

Congrats to Young Conservatives of Texas at UT Austin member Brianna Becker for being this month’s student spotlight with the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.

Brianna joins the ranks of other YCT-ers featured by the organization such as Michele Samuelson, my honorary YCT-er and former roommate Catherine Helsley, and yours truly. 🙂

Great work Brianna.  Here’s an excerpt of one of the conservative movement’s rising stars’ spotlight:

Conservatism isn’t so much a decision as an identity, says Brianna Becker, a junior at the University of Texas at Austin. She thinks Russell Kirk put it best: “Conservatism is no ideology: it is a state of mind, a type of character, a way of looking at the order of commonwealth. […] The conservative person is simply one who finds the permanent things more pleasing than Chaos and old night.”

Activism, on the other hand, is a conscious life decision and one Brianna made early and enthusiastically. She attended the National Student Leadership Council in Washington DC at age 15 and participated in Junior Statesmen of America throughout high school. These experiences afforded an opportunity to refine her arguments on a wide array of issues, from life to law; and she discovered a passion for articulating the conservative perspective in controversial public policy debates. “It was an indescribable, electrifying feeling,” Brianna said of her first debate, “to speak on things that in my heart I knew were right.”

Nice quote, Brianna, and congrats again.

Here’s a photo of Brianna and me with Amanda Carpenter, columnist for Townhall.com and author of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy’s Dossier on Hillary Clinton at the CBLPI headquarters in Herndon, VA last spring.