[July 27, 2021] Charlie Kirk is a conservative political commentator, author, and radio talk show host. He founded Turning Point USA1 and is its executive director. Charlie Kirk is an example of young people today pushing back on political extremism based on neo-Marist ideology and the political system that promotes anti-Americanism. In doing so, he shows us passionate leadership at its best.
Many I speak to in my daily affairs with people in my community have not heard of him. I ask them to go onto the Internet, search under his name, and read or listen to what he has to say. His messages are very easy to understand and hard to disagree with. Charlie Kirk, like others I highlight on my leadership blog are political conservatives. Their message always contains a measure of common sense with a critical eye toward uncovering facts about Marxism’s dishonest and tragic history.
“Socialism cannot survive when people are free to think for themselves, and America will never be a socialist country.” – Charlie Kirk
This quote encapsulates the primary theme of this young man. He tells his story and is not embarrassed to say something unpopular or goes against the mainstream of political thought. One thing I most like about him is his courage to stand up and be heard despite threats against his life by leftist activists from BLM, Antifa, and other liberal-lite organizations.
As would be expected, he is very controversial. Some say he promotes “conspiracy theories,” a common attack tactic from leftists who hate his message. Charlie also asserts that the concept of white privilege is a myth and a racist lie. For that alone, his attackers are vicious in their attacks on him. But, he stands up and takes all incoming verbal artillery with grace.
Charlie Kirk has labeled himself as a pro-Trumper, supporting the ideas and actions that President Trump advocated while in office and sense. Kirk’s book, The MAGA Doctrine: The Only Ideas That Will Win the Future (2020), is a popular book with high ratings by those who have read it.2 At its core, the book shines a light on what happens when two political parties stop listening to the people and the people win anyway.
Kirk is highly optimistic about America and promotes American exceptionalism. Those who are leftists will find him offensive, and some will be “triggered.” So be it. He is unabashed when he talks and writes. He does not hold back on the evils of Socialism or any of its variants based on Marxism. What Charlie Kirk is not is intolerant or hateful; he promotes acceptance and peace.
For me, I’ll be listening to him more.
- Turning Point USA is a national student movement dedicated to identifying, organizing, and empowering young people to promote the principles of free markets and limited government. https://charliekirk.com/about-charlie-kirk