From left to right: Clayton Vander Laan, Lucy Meckler, Weston Boardman, Thomas Mullen, Jack McPherson. Jack McPherson | Courtesy

Okay, let me brag just a bit. I’m proud of my daughter Lucy, a junior at Hillsdale College.  On Thursday, she helped create the first Citizens for Self-Governance club on their campus.  In fact, it’s the first campus chapter of  the national organization I founded, Citizens for Self-Governance.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with our group, we are a nonpartisan, grassroots organization. Our main project right now is the Convention of States Project, which aims to call a convention in order to restrict the power, scope, and jurisdiction of the federal government.

Lucy is Hillsdale’s CSG’s co-president, and she recently talked to Emma Cummins of the Hillsdale Collegian about the new club.

“We believe in an ideology that the federal government should be reduced in certain aspects, but not necessarily how or in what manner. That differs from groups like YAF and YAL because they all endorse a certain platform or a certain participant of that platform,” she said.  “It’s a structural, constitutional way to fix the government instead of just voting in new people or educating citizens.”

Secretary Jack McPherson, who is also a junior, explained how the club appeals to libertarians, Democrats, and Republicans. “CSG really spends time educating the grassroots and building positive citizenship,” he said. “Their agenda is the people’s agenda, and it appeals to all people across party lines and across ideological lines.”

Here’s more from the Hillsdale Collegian with a quote from this proud dad:

Meckler has been involved in politics since she was 8 years old; her father, Mark Meckler, co-founded the tea party movement and is the current president of Citizens for Self-Governance. Mark Meckler has great enthusiasm for these students’ work.

“We are very proud of the student leaders who chartered the first campus Citizens for Self-Governance club in the nation at Hillsdale College,” Mark Meckler told The Collegian. “This is an historic event for our organization, and it is fitting that this first should take place at Hillsdale, an institution dedicated to the same principles which guide CSG.”

That same enthusiasm can be seen in Meckler’s devotion to her new club.

“The solution to the problem in D.C. comes from the grassroots,” Meckler said. “It gives me an immense amount of faith traveling across country and seeing that these people are active in their local politics and care about what’s happening on their community level, instead of just hopping from L.A. to D.C. to New York and only talking to people who are on the bureaucracy.”

McPherson spoke about Lucy, saying “CSG is basically Lucy’s life. She and her father are politically well connected, and she is blessed with great communication skills, among a wealth of other skills, that makes her the best for this job. Weston has worked for Lucy’s dad for almost a year now, and his passion and fire for the cause are unmatched.”

The new campus club will meet every week, and I can’t wait to see what develops.

About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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