The Young Cons was founded by Joshua Riddle and David Rufful at Dartmouth College in 2009. Initially, these two ivy league students, division one basketball players and editors for The Dartmouth Review started The Young Cons as a Christian and conservative rap duo. Their first music video, The Young Con Anthem, received a half-million YouTube views and landed them on The O'Reilly Factor, The Strategy Room, Fox & Friends, The Frank Pastore Show, Huckabee and HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher.
In a technological era driven fiercely by the mainstream media, The Young Cons believe that those who vocalize the conservative message of individual responsibility, moral absolutes and small government are slanted as intolerant, racist, bible and gun clinging, corporate fat cats who could not care less about the environment nor the well being of their fellow man. The Young Cons offer music videos and live performances that prove otherwise. They have a mission to spread the love and logic surrounding true conservatism. In a day where conservatives are seen as close-minded and archaic, The Young Cons bring a new perspective to a long-standing philosophy. Instead of sinking into the assemblage of the self-satisfied, this rap duo challenges the hearts and minds of Americans with lyrics that expose the false promise of progressivism and the utopian state.
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After graduating from Dartmouth, Joshua and David have continued to manage their website and recruit the top young conservatives on Twitter and Facebook. TheYoungCons.com brings together some of the most influential young conservatives across the country who blog their opinions on politics, religion, culture, media and much more.
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Michelle Malkin: "Reagan, Mark Steyn, Col. Allen West, me & 2 Dartmouth conservative rappers all in 1 video"
Mark Steyn: "My attention was drawn to this particular rap by Dartmouth's Young Cons, heavy on the Reagan (he does the chorus) but also with cameos by Michelle Malkin, Colonel Allen West and yours truly."
Mark Tapscott: "Remember the names David Rufful and Josh Riddle. Both Dartmouth student... They do rap. They do politics. Boy, do they."
Bill O'Reilly: "I thought it was good. More power to the Dartmouth's guys."
Frank Pastore: "They're Christian. They're conservative. And, of course, liberals are going crazy over this. Some of their lyrics are really a hoot."
Washington Times, Amanda Carpenter: "It's clean and educational... Joshua "Stiltz" Riddle and David "Serious C" Rufful performed their second song espousing the principles of Ayn Rand, Ronald Reagan and Jesus Christ last weekend at a Staten Island "Tea Party" protest."
Governor Mike Huckabee: "These guys are good. I hope Americans like it as much as I do."
USA Today, John Curran (AP): "Josh Riddle and David Rufful are basketball players at Dartmouth College who have a rap act on the side, calling themselves The Young Cons and aiming to spread the words of Jesus Christ, Ronald Reagan and Atlas Shrugged through music."
Megyn Kelly: "I love those guys."
Slam Magazine, Alexandra Rush: "The political duo recite ultra right-wing, Christian lyrics such as 'can't support abortion and call yourself a Christian' and 'I'm reppin' Jesus Christ and conservative views.'"
MTV, Becca Frucht: "When two tall white dudes studying at a traditionally liberal Ivy League campus go “8 Mile” on the interwebz to kick-off “a devout mission to spread the love and logic surrounding true conservatism,” it tends to get peeps talkin’."