THE CALIFORNIA COLLEGE REPUBLICANS PRESENTS
ACADEMIC BILL OF RIGHTS CCR Takes on MTV
Winter 2005 Volume 2 Issue2
Editor in Chief
E d i t o r始 s N o t e
C h a i r m a n始 s M e s s a g e
Heard around the State
Walk the Vote
CCR Media Sucess
A n d H o s e 驶E m
One Huge Blast
MICHAELDAVIDSON RACHELPREMO MARIEDOMINGUEZ-GASSON SETHNORMAN PAULDETRICK Contributing Writers
Academic Bill of Rights
Administrative Vice Chair
Non Partisan My Donkey!
California Here I Come
ANNEWORTHINGTON Secretary JENNIFERBASTIAN
Northern Region Vice Chair
Capital Region Vice Chair
Bay Area Vice Chair
Central Coast Vice Chair
Central Valley Vice Chair
Los Angeles Vice Chair
ASHLEYSTUART Southern VIce Chair ROBBMCFADDEN
Voter Registration Director
Opinions Faith in the Voters
Hit me Again
Editorʻs Note BY SUSAN ANDERSON Santa Clara University
s I embrace the calm of the election storm I do so with an overwhelming sense of relief and satisfaction. The reelection of President Bush and the success of numerous others are certainly a source of pride for those of us who dedicated our time and energy to candidates that we believe in. However, all the successful campaigns in the world could never begin to bring with them the same sense of pride that I get from just being a member of the Republican Party. Our focus as College Republicans in the coming months will be to continue to fight to level the ideological playing field on our campuses. However, this won’t just involve supporting the passing of the Academic Bill of Rights. As we march on, we must remember every day to serve as examples of the principles for which our party stands, the reasons for which we are proud to be Republicans. Of course, for many of us those reasons may seem endless, but the recent election cycle certainly served to highlight several for me. First, the Republican Party is the party that is not afraid to openly acknowledge with great pride the grandeur of the United States of America. No, we don’t always get everything right. However, I’d like the Democrats and other severe critics of our great nation to point to just one country that does. The point isn’t that we’re perfect. The point is that the United States of America serves as a role model to every other country in the world in regards to its undying commitment to democracy, individual liberty, human rights and equal opportunity. The “I’m ok, you’re ok” mentality that plagues modern liberal thought is appalling – there are standards by which things can and should be judged, and individual countries are no exception. Second, the Republican Party is the party of optimism. In response to the recent success of the Iraq elections, Senator Kerry said, “No one in the United States should try to over hype this election.... It’s hard to say that something is legitimate when a whole portion of the country can’t and doesn’t vote.” Last time I checked, a sixty percent turnout is better than in many United States elections. With Senator Kerry, as with so many other members of the Left, the glass is forever half empty. In reelecting President George W. Bush to his second term in office, the American people rejected this outlook. (No matter what you say now, Senator Kerry, President Bush is still the president – there’s one glass you can consider just plain empty.) It’s not that
we want to look at the world through rose colored glasses; we know that the world is no less imperfect than our own individual lives. However, when progress is made, we will acknowledge it, even if it means congratulating a Democrat or admitting that we were wrong. Everyone needs to hear what they’re doing right every bit as much as what they’re doing wrong, otherwise they’ll just stop trying, and ours is a party, above all else, committed to the never ending fight to be the very best that we can be. Most important of all, however, the Republican Party is the party of men and women who will never turn their backs on their country. I am still waiting for my invitation to going away parties for such notable celebrities as Robert Redford, Alec Baldwin and everyone’s favorite “funny girl,” Barbara Streisand. I understand how they must be distraught at the loss of their candidate. If their disappointment and frustration even come close to what mine would have been were the tables turned, I know that these people are hurting. However, I cannot relate to and or sympathize with their threats to leave this country. It’s certainly not just celebrities who offer these empty threats whenever threatened with being denied what they want. In fact, it was just this morning that an associate of mine, when Canada came up in our conversation, blurted out with, “What a great country. I sure wouldn’t mind moving there since that (expletive) idiot was reelected.” So it seems that Mr. Baldwin – I believe he was the first to make this threat, back during the 2000 election – has started a trend amongst Lefties. Someone should inform them that just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s right, that this is one trend that should quickly go down in the history books. Each and every one of us, for reasons mentioned and certainly countless others, is proud to be a Republican. More importantly, however, we are proud to be Americans. Not even another Clinton in the White House can and will ever change that. As we continue on, let there be no question of this. May God Bless America – today, tomorrow and always.
Onward and Upward BY MICHAEL DAVIDSON
C h a i r m a n, C a l i f o r n i a C o l l e g e R e p u b l i c a n s
ore than four months have passed since John Kerry conceded to the will of the people, who loudly and clearly mandated a second term for President George W. Bush, and the sweet smell of victory lingers on. For me and many other College Republicans, it was the first presidential campaign in which we were able to score a significant impact, and not only was this the most profoundly consequential election of our generation, but we had a blast as we worked tirelessly to make a difference. Grades and social lives suffered, but it was well worth the sacrifice. Across the state, we campaigned hard by waving BushCheney signs atop freeway overpasses, recruiting volunteers, registering voters and flooding campuses with enough Republican paraphernalia to send leftists into shock – not to mention deliver John Kerry a warm College Republican welcome each time he visited the Golden State. While our presence throughout the Bush-Cheney campaign was very noticeable, we were perhaps even more effective in helping elect Abel Maldonado to the California State Senate. Monterey Bay College Republicans put countless hours of time and energy throughout the campaign into seeing that Maldonado was elected, so we worked with the Monterey County Republican Party and the Maldonado campaign to bring well over a hundred College Republicans to campaign in Monterey one week before Election Day. Going a step further, the weekend sponsors rented a motel in Monterey County—Abel Maldonado’s battleground—to house college students from around the state as they infiltrated the most contested sections of the district to show support for their man. Maldonado had a 13-point voter registration deficit of about 13,000 votes in the county, and, to make matters worse, the Democrats dumped over $2 million into the race. With an investment of just more than $11,000, swarms of College Republicans traveled across the state—from San Diego to Chico—to work on the campaign for a weekend. Through walking and phoning, more than 35,000 voters were contacted. Incidentally, State Senator Abel Maldonado won Monterey County by one point. Many of you may be wondering, however, where we should now concentrate our energies now that we have scored victory in the greatest presidential election of our generation. Now, my fellow CR’s, we return to serving as the other half of students’ balanced education and our quest to save a generation of leaders from leftist indoctrination. Now we fight on college campuses for America’s commitment to freedom. I worry that too many young Americans might never fully realize the freedom that they enjoy on a daily basis—and thereby lose it altogether. Rarely do we consider the impact freedom has on our own lives. When we were young, we learned about the impact freedom has had on others and what it means to them. We were taught what it
means to be an American, taught the ideals of the Founding Fathers, manifested in the constitutional principles of freedom and liberty. But it seems Americans learn this only as young children. When we grow old enough to actually develop a political philosophy, nothing of the sort is taught. Instead, young Americans are taught on most college campuses that the Land of the Free is some distant or delusional utopia that was never realized; that we’re the land of the oppressed, greedy and imperialistic. We essentially learn that in American ideals lies not virtue, but avarice—that the American Dream is a nightmare. Impressionable young minds eager to absorb what they expect to be wisdom spoken by their professors become inoculated against the passion to advance the freedom they take for granted. This generation—to the extent the campus left succeeds—will enter into an American society they neither understand nor appreciate. They will look at it cynically and bitterly, warped by the notion that America is an oppressor rather than a liberator. So, the generation now in college—the American generation which shed its adolescence amidst the despair of Sept. 11, 2001—is in danger of not learning about our country’s proud tradition of freedom; without understanding it, how is this generation expected to defend it? I remember a College Republican who told me that it took until her senior year for her to see the light. She was lucky. She remembers doubting in college everything she believed growing up, undermining her belief in God and turning her pride in country to near disgust. Granted, we all should challenge our beliefs with reasoned and balanced discourse, but most campuses offer neither reason nor balance. And so, the student didn’t realize how led astray she was until she experienced freedom in a simple, but nonetheless profound way: at a College Republican meeting. A free citizen of a free country, she was startled to find herself able to speak her mind and heart without fear of retribution, losing friends or receiving a failing grade. College Republicans helped her make her way back to the light. Right now, College Republicans are among the only hope to make sure the torch of freedom warms us all. We’re the Marines on the front lines of this erudite battle for the future of America. But the battle will not truly be won until balanced education can be ensured at our public education institutions. Until then, we’ll continue to be the few and the proud freedom fighters on our campuses. When Alexander the Great visited the philosopher Diogenes, he asked if he could do anything for him. Diogenes replied: “Yes, stand a little less between me and the sun”—just what we College Republicans say to the cold, bitter souls who would block from us the warm, light rays of freedom.
Several College Republicans clubs from across the state hosted bumper sticker drives, braving liberal downtown Davis street corners as they made their support for the President known and dared those who drove past to do the same. In one afternoon alone the UC Davis CR’s passed out over 150 bumper stickers! That’s 150 more cars serving testament to the fact that the Republicans just might claim the state of California as “Reagan Country” once again.
Santa Clara, California The Santa Clara University College Republicans were just one of many to host “Parties for the President;” CR groups from across the state took time out of their busy weekends to organize precinct walks to help garner support and enthusiasm for the Bush Campaign. Not only did they remind their neighbors to get out and vote on November 4th, but they also made sure that all of their neighbors were stocked with all of the Bush bumper stickers and yard signs they needed.
Davis, California Though not trained in special operations, you wouldn’t know it by the way UC Davis CR’s let “Operation Rye Grass” loose on their campus. Though not the only CR club to participate in the operation, Davis CR’s paved the way with their overwhelming success. The mission: to go out in the middle of the night dressed in black – partly for a disguise and partly just for kicks – and plant over 10 pounds of Rye Grass in strategic locations across campus to spell out phrases such as, “We Love Dubya” or “Four More Years.” Club members were especially satisfied when the fully visible phrases remained for up to three days – certainly long enough to turn some heads! This can go down in the DCR book as one mission definitely accomplished!
THE STATE New York, New York
Ten California College Republicans earned the honor of joining the ranks of Delegates and Alternate Delegates for the state of California at the 2004 Republican National Convention this summer in New York, New York. However, they were not alone. Dozens of other CCR’s jumped at the opportunity to take part in this historic event, volunteering for the Republican National Committee both before and after the convention. A special Students for Bush session was held at the Waldorf Astoria, where CCR’s were able to meet other CR’s from across the United States, as well as be greeted and thanked for their efforts by fellow Republicans and WWF Wrestlers, Big Show and Sean Michaels.
Los Angeles, California What is more American than American football? More importantly, what’s more American than George W. Bush? Los Angeles Region CR’s decided to combine two of their favorite American symbols at college footballs games where they handed out boxes upon boxes of Bush-Cheney bumper and lapel stickers. At the October USC-Cal game, a group of enthusiastic CR’s passed out a whopping 4,000 bumper stickers and 10,000 lapels stickers. While they may not have been able to paint the state of California red, the CR’s certainly had Kerry supporters seeing red as the Coliseum flooded with BushCheney paraphernalia.
STUDENTS FOR ABEL MALDONADO “ W a l k t h e V o t e” i n M o n t e r e y
BY JENNA BOOTH
U n i v e r s i t y o f C a l i f o r n i a, S a n t a B a r b a r a
he Monterey Peninsula was awash with students from across California showing their support for local candidate Abel Maldonado this past October 22-23rd. From San Diego to Chico State, over 125 College Republicans from dozens of schools flocked to Monterey to “Walk the Vote”. Students waved signs, knocked on doors, made phone calls and attended a rally, all in support of the local Assembly candidate. The weekend kicked off with reunions and fun as students gathered at a local hotel to prepare for the hard work ahead. Saturday morning began before the sun came up as students received their t-shits, signs, phone call lists and duties for the day. For many students, this was their first campaigning experience. Samantha Segall, a senior at the University of California Santa Barbara, was excited about her involvement in the assembly race. “We supported Abel by calling homes in the area and reminding them to get out and vote,” said Samantha. “We were able to help communicate his message while reminding people how important this election is.” The afternoon break consisted of a BBQ and rally for
but we also care about our future. We want to know that when
we walk across the graduation stage that there are opportunities waiting for us on the other side. We want to know that someone is in the State Senate fighting for our interests, not special interests.” California College Republicans worked on grass roots campaigns for various candidates throughout the election season. Mobilizing dozens of students from each school made a difference in several local elections, and it did not go unnoticed. Abel Maldonado himself expressed his appreciation for their hard work. “I was wowed by the amount of support and effort shown by these dedicated young people this weekend,” said Maldonado. “They have done a phenomenal job and I am deeply touched by their confidence in me to be a leader in getting our state turned around and back on the right path.”
Abel Maldonado. Students, College Republican board members and Dr. Bill Barr, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools, spoke on the merits of Abel Maldonado. One student addressed the group and thanked them for dedicating their weekend to Abel’s campaign. “This many kids don’t roll out of bed at 8am on a Saturday just for the promise of free coffee,” she said. “We all here today because Abel understands that students not only care about our education,
Beyond the Borders BY RYAN CLUMPNER
University of California, Davis
ne does not have to look far to see CCR’s impact on California politics—the nearest competitive congressional race, for example. However, few people realize that our impact often extends well beyond the base of operations. The most visible examples are the newly improved website, Moxie, and of course the notorious “Don’t Be A Girly-Man” apparel. When Rob McFadden suggested that CCR unleash a line of merchandise emblazoned with the logo “Don’t Be A Girly-Man,” he figured it might catch on as a hot trend among CRs, or even California Republicans in general. He had no idea that three months later CCR would be shipping shirts to nearly every state and even to our soldiers overseas. “It just seemed like a natural thing to do,” said McFadden. “The thought was that we would do out part to pressure the Dems to stop stonewalling the Governor’s budget, which was the issue that had sparked the girly-man comment.” Within thirty minutes of CCR releasing a statement aptly titled “Don’t Be A Girly Man: College Republicans New Threads,” reporter were calling to ask about the shirts. The next day, “Calif. Row Over ‘Girlie Men’ Spills Onto T-Shirts” appeared on Reuters. Local news outlets across the state and across the country began to run the story. Chairman Michael Davidson even appeared on a Detroitbased radio show. “Our message is reaching beyond the borders of California and encouraging Republicans in places like Detroit,” said Davidson. CCR Secretary Anne Worthington helped distribute the shirts. “Every time a new story ran, or Michael mentioned the shirts during a radio or television appearance, we got flooded with orders,” said Worthington. “People just loved them!” When Governor Schwarzenegger accepted a shirt offered to him at a chance encounter, he reportedly responded, “Nice!” “I would say that is the highest compliment we could have received for our girly-man t-shirt project,” said Jessica Ochoa, who presented the Governor with his extra large shirt. So, when twenty CRs packed up and headed out to New York for the Republican National Convention, it was only natural that they brought twenty shirts and a box of Moxie’s. “We handed shirts and Moxie’s out to every celebrity and politician we ran into,” said CCR Treasurer Susan Anderson, who even took a special order from country music star Darryl Worley.
As Worley performed at one event, Sean Hannity browsed through his copy of Moxie, pleased to see that even on the “left coast,” America’s youth carries the Republican message to college campuses. A few feet away, Al Franken skimmed through the pages of Moxie with a puzzled look on his face before coolly returning it to the ever-optimistic CR who had handed it to him. The ongoing success of CCR’s fashion and publishing endeavors can in part be linked to the recently renovated website, www.collegegop.org. “The Online Store has enabled us to sell not only men’s t-shirts, but also women’s, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, hats, stickers, buttons and other popular items, without having to process orders manually,” said Worthington. Among the other features added to the site are a calendar of events, an extensive photo gallery, a forum to help interested CRs locate jobs and internships, club and regional web sites and a popular message board. “It’s great to be able to see what college Republicans are doing at other schools and know that our school isn’t alone in this state,” said Alicia Manseau, a freshman and UC Davis. Keith Borg, CCR Webmaster, is especially pleased with the success of the website, explaining that “It’s a way to present our news to the larger public on a daily basis.” CCR’s recent accomplishments have done more than strengthen its members. College Republicans in other states have been taking notice and gathering fresh ideas from CCR. Moxie has even been credited by Oklahoma Federation of College Republicans as inspiring them to start a similar publication. Tiffany Shown met CR’s from across the nation at a College Republican National Committee meeting in New Orleans last November. “Everyone knew about the website and Moxie,” said Shown. “When I said ‘California College Republicans’ whoever I was talking to would reply, ‘Great website!’ or ‘Moxie is amazing!’” As expressed by CCR Chairman Michael Davidson, “It is incredible that we are able to spread our successes to other states and see them put the ideas to use to build up their organizations.”
Recruit – Train – Empower
“Empowering today’s generation for tomorrow’s leadership”
Stephen Puetz for CCR State Chairman Please visit: www.electteamhorizon.com For the entire slate, agenda, and list of endorsements
A Special Thank You to Michael P. Davidson: The time and energy you have put into this party is an inspiration to us all. Your leadership and dedication has made California College Republicans the best in the nation. We will never forget your unselﬁsh and tireless commitment. May the best of your past will be the worst of your future. All our love, respect and best wishes, The Executive Committee
CCRʻs Fresh Faces
Cara Eshleman email@example.com Los Angeles Region California State University Long Beach, 2007 Favorite Conservative: Laura Bush
Grant Cassingham GCassingham@scu.edu Bay Area Region Santa Clara University, 2008 Favorite Conservative: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Ashley Stuart firstname.lastname@example.org Southern Region California State University San Marcos, 2006 Favorite Conservative: George W. Bush
Considered an “indispensable asset” to the Los Angeles Region by CCR Regional Vice Chair, Alex Omel, it’s hard to believe that Cara’s involvement in party politics began just over one year ago, when she attended her first Young America’s Foundation West Coast Leadership Conference in Santa Barbara. Prior to entering college, Cara’s interest in politics had been minimal. However, Cara credits organizations like YAF and CCR with helping her to realize her convictions and put them to work. Since attending the CCR 2004 Convention at UCLA, Cara has been elected to the position of Executive Director for the CSU Long Beach CR’s. Her numerous duties have included taking a lead role in such projects as the club’s conservative film festival during which the club held viewings of Celsius 4111 and Fahrenhype 9/11. Cara admits that the failure of the event would have proven a major disappointment for her. However, with just under 200 people in attendance, disappointment proved to be the last thing on Cara’s mind. The success of the event showed Cara the amazing impact a little hard work and good faith can have. As Cara looks to the future, she hopes to provide many more CSU Long Beach students with supplemental educational material, carrying on the CCR tradition of serving as “the other half” of students’ balanced educations.
Outgoing Santa Clara University College Republican President, Susan Anderson, can’t help but admit that she was worried when almost the entire board from last year was leaving Santa Clara either as a graduate or to attend a year long study abroad program – how the club would ever recover from the overwhelming loss of leadership, talent and dedication seemed beyond her. However, Grant is just one of several “life savers” that appeared on the scene, ready and willing to save the day, or club, that is. Elected to the position of membership director, Grant’s involvement has far exceeded what his position requires; Grant has headed up the club’s fundraising campaign as well as jumped at every opportunity to attend every statewide and even nationwide conservative event that he can. If there ever was a student intent on soaking up every bit of opportunity and knowledge that CCR and other conservative student organizations have to offer, it’s Grant. Of course, everything he learns will certainly come in handy as he continues work on his book that he hopes to one day publish, “Indoctrination.” Stay tuned, however, for Grant’s not the only Cassingham sure to prove a worthy adversary to even the most seasoned liberal college student. Grant boasts of his younger brother who, now only in junior high school, regularly stands up to the liberal bias in the classroom that all of us have come to know too well. Grant credits his younger brother with giving him the courage and drive to begin his book. However, Grant being the amazing role model that he is, both Cassinghams surely have a lot to be thankful for.
As Ashley Stuart came to realize her love for politics and commitment to the Republican Party, the last thing she thought she’d ever end up as was a protester. That’s the kind of thing that free loving hippies dawning tie die apparel and reeking of “medicinal herbs” do, right? However, when The University of California San Marcos decided that they were going to use university funds to bring Michael Moore to speak on campus just before the 2004 presidential election, that’s just what Ashley did – traditional attire and “wacky tabacky” aside, of course. Ashley took a leading role in the CSUSM CR’s protest of the Moore visit, her enthusiasm and dedication coming in second to none. She even wore an elephant costume to the protest! Ashley first got involved in CCR after attending a Bush grassroots volunteer meeting in February of 2004. In the little time that she’s been on the scene, the Republican Party has done almost as much for her as she has for it. Her love of politics is not the only thing that Ashley discovered at her first Bush volunteer meeting; Ashley also met her fiancé, CCR Co-chairman Stephen Puetz. As former California State Assemblyman Tony Strickland can also attest, there’s a whole lot more to be found in involvement in CCR than politicking and good times. Yes, my fellow CR’s, love is in the air. Who knows, you might be next!
CCRʻs Fresh Faces
Shaun Curry email@example.com Northern Chico State, 2004 Favorite Conservative: Ann Coulter
Erin Terry firstname.lastname@example.org Central Coast California Lutheran University, 2004 Favorite Conservative: Condeleeza Rice
Eric Tompkins email@example.com Capitol Region University of the Pacific, 2005 Favorite Conservative: Ronald Reagan
Shaun is one of many CR’s answering the call of duty to make democracy safe for both the American people and the Iraqi people. While Shaun attributes several experiences to his decision to enter the military, his experiences at CSU Chico had a particularly significant impact. “Chico State can be a real disappointment in terms of lack and patriotism and lack of an American theme,” says Shaun. “After too many disappointments, I felt like it was about time that I joined the Army and answer the call to perform the most honorable duty any person can.” As he leaves the comforts of home to begin the next chapter of his life this February, Shaun will be taking with him the many valuable memories from his experience with CCR. One of his proudest experiences was leading his club in protesting Fahrenheit 9/11 on campus, in which over 70 people participated. Their demonstration was so impressive that school administrators couldn’t help but congratulate club officers for doing “one hell of a job.” Although Shaun is leaving Chico State, the club he helped found will surely march on, as Shaun and his friends have worked tirelessly to bring the club to a whopping 450 members strong. With continued support and encouragement, the Chico State CR’s are sure to hold many more events that Shaun can reflect on with pride.
It’s not easy getting a College Republican club off the ground at a small school, and actually maintaining the momentum is often the most difficult part. However, the difficulty of the task didn’t deter Erin Terry, and the student body at Cal Lutheran now has her to thank for helping to level the ideological playing field on campus. This past September, Erin saw that her campus’ CR club was struggling, and decided to throw herself into the fray, serving as the much needed lifeline needed to get the club back on track. With a renewed sense of purpose, the club is back on its feet and stronger than ever. In fact, they are currently working on bringing Michael Reagan— adopted son of President Reagan and the father of a fellow club member—to speak on campus. “The Central Coast is definitely not the easiest region to work with,” said Jenna Booth, CCR Administrative Vice Chair. “There are very few schools in the region, and the few that are there are very spread out. If I’d had more CR’s in that region as dedicated and enthusiastic as Erin, however, my former job as Central Coast Regional Vice Chair would have been ten times less difficult.” Erin is also a blogger for rightnation. us and encourages her fellow CR’s to check out the site. Maybe she’ll put her writing talents to use for Moxie one day—who knows?
While most CR’s can only dream of what it would have been like to have watched live as President Reagan ordered Gorbachev to “tear down that wall,” Eric Tompkins actually did. Though the son of southern Democrats, Eric began to realize his own political ideology after attending ceremonies welcoming the President back to the U.S. following his historic 1988 trip to the Soviet Union. Inspired by the major changes taking place at the time led by the conservative movement, Eric broke from family tradition and has never looked back. Now 34, Eric recently returned to school at the University of the Pacific to complete his undergraduate degree. While most returning students tend to keep to themselves and shy away from campus clubs and activities, this certainly is not the case for Eric, and CCR is certainly thankful for that! Eric first got involved in October of 2003 when he began working with fellow students to revive UOP’s struggling CR club. They held their first meeting the night that Michael Moore visited their campus, and were thrilled by their large turnout. Since then, one of their most successful events was the showing of Fahrenhype 9/11, in which they filled an entire lecture hall with standing room only. The fact that the posters advertising the event had been repeatedly torn down by angry leftists made the smell of victory that much sweeter. Eric doesn’t plan on letting his involvement end at graduation, instead planning on pursuing a career in conservative politics. Keeping an eye out for lobbying and consulting jobs, Eric has a particular passion for transportation, specifically in rail policy issues, and hopes to someday have an impact in that arena.
The Election is over... Time to hose 'em... B Y PH I L PALI S O U L Political Director, California College Republicans
ur opponents are defeated, but far from gone. Michael Moore is off somewhere seeing how many Krispy Kreme donuts he can stick in his mouth at one time; Howard Dean is the frontrunner amidst a bunch of losers for DNC Chairman and the Senior Senator from Massachusetts is still a great date but a horrible driver. Our work is far from over.
However, we’ve got to look on the bright side, and, lucky us, that side beams very bright. We’ve got momentum on our side, they don’t. After the election, our club members were tired – they put on one hell of a fight this past fall. However, a little R&R was what Christmas break was for. Our troops are now rested and ready. We need to re-engage our club members and get the competitive juices flowing again. Let’s have some fun at the expense of every wannabe Hippie on our respective campuses. Let’s enjoy college life and everything that it has to offer. We must focus on keeping the momentum growing. We’ve got a President that needs our help – since we’re a “Blue” state, our role is especially significant in the fight to bring appropriate light to issues that affect the average Californian. His agenda for the next four years will affect American politics for years to come, and we can’t rest on our laurels and let the Democrats frame the issues. We must take the fight to them. The following are just a few ideas that will not only be fun, but will help get our message out.
“It’s about freedom, stupid.”
It’s not a war that is going on in Iraq; it’s a fight for freedom. The Democrats will tell you that this was the wrong war at the wrong time. They will tell you that this is a war for oil. They will say anything to distract the American people from the actual task at hand. As you read this article, there are hundreds of thousands of men and women our age risking their lives so that others may live in a free democracy. It’s courageous to fight for your own freedom, but it’s of the noblest order to fight for someone else’s freedom. Whether you agree with the reasons for going to war or not, right now those young men and women need to know that we support them and their endeavors. How’s the best way to do this? Have “Support our Troops” rallies on your campus. Bring in local leaders to speak, have student leaders speak, get veterans to speak, and, if you can manage it, by all means get enlisted soldiers to speak. Pass out yellow ribbons for students to pin to their backpacks or American flag armbands to wear in support. Whatever you do, just remember: there is nothing that riles up the Left more than a good old-fashioned rally that is actually patriotic.
e are just now coming down from the high that is defeating Democrats in historic proportions. The question on many of our minds, however, is “now what?” In response, I’d like to offer my favorite quote from a former Coca-Cola Chairman when asked, “What do you do when your opponent is drowning?” His answer, quite simply, “Stick a hose down their throat, and hose ‘em.” Well, as College Republicans, it’s about time that we got to hosing.
“Let’s turn the Grand OLD Party into the Grand YOUNG Party.” If you’re sick and tired of hearing the following: “You’re too young
“I’ve never been a big fan of dog food.”
One of those big-ticket items that the President has on his agenda for his next term is over-hauling Social Security. The Democrats want you to think that allowing individuals to invest part of their Social Security earnings on their own will leave retired Americans unprotected, that it will leave them without a means for support and that people will bankrupt themselves. They’re worried that we’ll destroy Social Security as we know it. Well, they have one thing right, we will destroy Social Security as we know it – thank God for that. No longer will the retired of this country have to worry about surviving from Social Security check to Social Security check. No longer will they have to survive by eating dog food. Instead the President’s plan will bring about financial security for retiring generations to come. Table on your campuses and hand out cans of dog food labeled, “Democrats Plan to Save Social Security.” This affects our generation probably more than any other, so it is of the utmost importance that we attack the Democrats plan of maintaining the status quo. The status quo won’t be around for us. Have a ball with this one. There are so many possible ways to point out how stupid the Democrats plan is on this. As Rush Limbaugh always says, “Demonstrate the absurd by being absurd.”
to be a Republican,” or “Isn’t the Republican Party only for old people?” do something about it, dammit. You don’t have to be “old” to be a Republican You don’t have to be from the “Greatest Generation” to understand that the Republican Party stands for what makes this country great. What you do have to do, though, is throw some amazing party on campus that hopefully gets broken up by the police. I know that it’s in our nature to follow all laws but every now and then we just need to let loose. So what if the cops show up and tell everyone to leave? The next day will be filled with, “I was a the most amazing College Republican party last night! Hell, the cops had to come to break it up...” You can’t buy publicity like that. Some schools have write-ups in the school newspaper about campus/local police activity Hopefully, if your school newspaper has something, your party will make the headlines. Remember the age old adage, “I don’t care what they say abou me, as long as they spell my name correctly.” Make this your mantra, and before you know it your membership rosters will be filled to the brims. You might even need to create a waiting list. Most political beliefs are shaped in the formative college years. Get ‘em in with free beer, and send them off as College Republicans. A very large part of politics is social events. We tend to forget that as we combat the left. It’s this forgetfulness that is costing us members, and, most importantly, future Republicans. These are but a few suggestions of what to do to keep the momen tum going, and to help your club during non-election cycles. However, by no means are these your only options! Be creative, have fun with it, but be smart. I would advise that you stay away from racial issues. Due to the natu ral sensitivity of the issue, things can go awry very easily. And, before you know it, you’re engaged in a losing battle. Don’t lose sight of the message and frame it on your terms. If your only justification for an issue is “we’re right,” you need to do more homework on it. As Republicans we’re real good with facts, but the average American is not – you’re going to have to “pain pictures with words.” Instead of “This means a $3.7 billion tax cut...” phrase it as “With this tax cut, a family of four can take a trip to Hawaii for a week.” can’t tell you what $3.7 billion looks like, but I sure as hell can tell you abou a vacation to Hawaii.
In the end, I ask only that you do these three things Have fun, be smart and hose ‘em.
Faith in the American People BY RYAN DARBY
C H A P M A N U N I V E R S I T Y, S C H O O L O F L A W
ow that the votes have been counted and President Bush is the clear winner, Republicans nationwide celebrate… quietly. “We knew all along,” we tell ourselves, despite the fierce nail biting, hair pulling and ceaseless ‘what if’ questions that haunted us for the greater part of 2004. No, the re-election of President Bush wasn’t met with an explosive celebration among supporters, but with a calm, dignified breath of air; don’t get me wrong – we were quite happy with the results, especially in light of the alternative. However, while all the conservative pundits were eager to report the following morning that they knew it all along, the truth is that we should have known it all along. While it’s been clear that the Left viewed this election as an indictment of President Bush, it was really a referendum on whether the American people still support strong leadership through times of crisis. During the 20th century, they consistently placed their lives in the hands of hawks rather than doves. Throughout the Cold War, it was almost always the most hawkish presidential candidate who won – Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan and Bush were all bona fide cold warriors. The American electorate sent a clear message that when faced with a nuclear bully lingering behind an iron curtain, they didn’t want someone whose foreign policy aspirations resounded with those of the Kremlin; they wanted someone who was able to bite his lip and do whatever it took to defend the United States – and someone the USSR knew meant business. After all, the entire premise of the cold war was that the Soviets were bent on the forceful spread of communism across the globe, flaunting nuclear arms as a deterrent of American intervention. Before the flames even fanned out following the German surrender in World War II, the Soviets entrenched themselves in their newly conquered territories, making it clear they would never leave. An emboldened Soviet Union evidently desiring the conquest of Western Europe and soon to develop nuclear arms was a clear threat to the U.S. and our allies. The question was, then, who should we pick to defend us? Given the possibility of nuclear war, the answer required a balance of strength and wisdom. The doves, however, lacked both. They opposed fighting communism in Vietnam, opposed anti-communists in Nicaragua and El Salvador and even opposed Reagan’s condemnation of the “Evil Empire” and arms buildup that most believe led to the fall of communism. To their credit, however, the doves did support a lot of things during the cold war. They supported a unilateral nuclear freeze that would allow the Soviets to develop weapons unchecked; they supported a policy guaranteeing no first nuclear
strike, removing the only credible deterrent to a Soviet invasion of Western Europe; and they supported virtual idol worship of detestable revolutionary figures Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. Just to point out the obvious, it would appear that every major policy objective of the dovish candidate was supported by the Kremlin. Now, this isn’t at all to say that they were traitors; instead, it is suitable to reflect back upon them the same way Vladimir Lenin regarded Westerners who accommodated the young Soviet Union – he referred to them as “useful idiots.” The American people, on the other hand, are a lot smarter than some will give them credit. It doesn’t take a PhD to figure these things out – just a decent amount of common sense. That’s why they always elected Presidents who made it clear that the U.S. would never back down, and would always defend itself and its allies, no matter the cost. And so it continues today. The cold war is over, but a brand new war was waged on Sept. 11, 2001 by ruthless Islamic militants. This new threat is marked by the challenge of locating terrorists operating in segments of society, typically with no official state affiliation, making engagement very difficult. Like the Soviets, their goal is to replace freedom with a stern totalitarian regime – and just like their predecessors, today’s doves have an odd tendency of sharing similar policy goals with America’s enemies. Consider the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and President Bush’s pronounced vendetta upon terrorism. The hard left was in opposition to this, and it’s not very difficult to ascertain where figures like Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein stand on those issues – or the militants who are bombing police stations and hospitals to prevent democratization. Fortunately, the current generation of congressional Democrats has been a bit more sense than their cold war predecessors, but not much. Their apparent leader, Sen. John Kerry, can’t seem to decide whether he’s a hawk or a dove. Although he supported the invasion of Afghanistan and claimed he would be a stronger military leader than Bush, his record of indecision on Iraq is beyond ridiculous. Moreover, his pre-Sept. 11 voting record is remarkably dovish: he opposed President Reagan every step of the way during the cold war, consistently voted to cut our military and intelligence budgets and even voted against the Persian Gulf War. Kerry was clearly not the man to lead the U.S. through a time of crisis, and the American people were smart enough to know it. When the stakes are high, the American people have always come through, and that’s part of what makes this country so great. Yes, we really should have known all along.
One Huge Blast against Michael Moore; One small step on the road to Academic Freedom; BY STEPHEN PUETZ C a l i f o r n i a S t a t e U n i v e r s i t y, S a n M a r c o s
n late August, when I first heard that the Associated Students Incorporated at CSU San Marcos was going to bring Michael Moore to campus before the election, I was furious. To me, this was a blatant attempt by the school to influence the election—just another example of academic tyranny. Of course, they didn’t tell us he was coming as part of his Slacker Uprising Tour. We were told that they were bringing him as part of the “Arts and Lectures Series of Cultural Diversity.” Mason Weaver is culturally diverse, Rosario Marin is culturally diverse, but there is nothing culturally diverse about a 350 pound, middle aged white guy. When we initially complained that since he would be coming just before the election we would need a speaker from the other side to provide a balanced display of points of view, we hit a brick wall. We were told Moore was coming to “get students involved,” he wasn’t coming to try to influence anyone either way. Anyone with a sixty IQ can take quick visit to his website and see that he hates the President, Republicans and the War on Terror. It didn’t take much research for myself and the other CSU San Marcos College Republicans to discover the truth behind this supposed Cultural Diversity series. Michael Moore’s potential visit to Cal State San Marcos was to be paid for by student fees, tax dollars and yes, corporate interests, to the tune of $37,500. Yes, I know, that Michael Moore, the guy who claims to be an advocate for the little guy, is willing take money from corporate interests is absolutely shocking! I’m as shocked as you are. The hypocrisy behind the mere notion of him
coming just before the election as a means to “get students involved” is absolutely ridiculous. If this were true, it would be safe to assume that in the next election cycle they were already planning to bring a right wing speaker as a means of “getting students involved”. But, past trends are usually the best way of predicting the future and as long as I have been at CSUSM there has never been a mainstream conservative speaker. On the contrary, we have been graced with the like of Angela Davis—the renowned Black Panther leader. Filled with concern and at my wits end on how best to respond to the situation, I personally went to talk to Manal Yamout, the ASI President. I asked her if she would consider postponing Moore’s visit until after the election. She said, unequivocally, no. I asked her if the school was planning on bringing a conservative speaker to balance out the pre-election rhetoric either before or after the election. I was told that the school didn’t have adequate funding to bring another high profile speaker to campus this year, but students who disagreed with Moore’s speech could come to a hearing the next week to comment on Moore’s “lecture”. The only Republican on ASI’s fifteen person board suggested that we organize a petition against Moore’s visit and present it to the board. Ashley Stuart, Chairwomen of CSUSM College Republicans, presented the signatures, but argued to no avail (12-3) at the ASI board of directors meeting. She pointed out that we objected to Michael Moore coming because: 1) We objected to the cost. ASI made it its mission last year to point out how under funded we were because of budget cuts etc.
One Huge Blast ASI had decided that in order to help fund the event the majority of the seats would not even be going to students but instead sold to the general population. ASI receives hundreds of thousands of dollars in mandatory student fees that are supposed to serve the students of CSUSM, not the City of San Marcos or the surrounding community. We pay the fees and we should have say in regards to whom/what the fees go towards, and, most importantly, the fees should primarily if not entirely benefit us. 2) We also objected under the premise of academic fairness. Bringing a speaker to campus like Michael Moore who represents the views of maybe 1/3 of students without the commitment to bring a similar conservative speaker is not fair, balanced or representative of the student body. We suggested that good possible choices to balance out the pre-election rhetoric include, Michael Reagan, Ann Coulter, a well know conservative talk show host like Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, or even a more general political pundit like Bill O’Reilly or Dick Morris. Although we lost the vote, we did not lose the battle. Enough press had been garnered that members of the community, including many prominent donors to the school, were extremely upset by the situation. Through appearances on the Rick Roberts show and letters to the editor by concerned students and members of the community, the pressure was now on. In time University President Haynes gained the foresight to see that the event should be cancelled or at least postponed until after the election when a conservative match could be located and budgeted for. Whether she did this due to community and financial pressure or because she genuinely understood that this was a gross violation of Academic Freedom we may never known. What was important was that Moore was rejected! In fact, we were the first campus in the nation to ever take back an invitation to Moore. The next morning I read in the San Diego Union Tribune that Moore was threatening to sue the school for a breach of contract. Within a few days the event was back on, no longer funded by tax
dollars but by two large private donors. However, it was decided that it would be moved it to the Del Mar Fair to accommodate a larger crowd which organizers ensured by giving free tickets to college and high school students. As a club, we decided that we were going to organize a protest and that it needed to be done right—properly advertised, with signs, banners, a GOP Elephant Mascot (CSUSM Chair Ashley Stuart), and plenty of media. In order to accomplish this, we set up a website that we could advertise on campus, to the media and via email: www. mooreprotest.com. The site included information about the protest, ways to get involved, downloadable fliers and more. We dropped 3,000 pieces of literature on campus—sliding quarter sheet fliers into the campus newspapers and on car windshields. Additionally, Palomar College, SDSU and UCSD organized participants for the massive rally. We decided to unite under a wide banner that read “Pro-America, Pro-Bush and Anti-Moore.” Through plenty of earned media, including multiple appearances on the local talk radio and grassroots advertising, we amassed a massive crowd of nearly 300 people outside of the event. We received front page attention in the North County Times as well as a front page attention in the north county section of the San Diego Union Tribune. The Union Tribune summed the rally up as, “200 demonstrators…holding signs criticizing the award-winning filmmaker and supporting President Bush. Motorists honked, most in apparent support but some to express their displeasure. Some proffered a one-finger salute.” That night we were the lead story on every network affiliate’s 11 pm news, and did a one hour interview on the Rick Roberts show the next morning. While we may not have kept Moore out of San Diego all together, we were able to mount an effective protest that enabled us to steal much of his media attention. We were not alone in the fight; other college republican chapters throughout the state effectively protested Moore and his movie. This was just one small step towards the fight against academic injustice and towards academic freedom. College Republicans will continue on with this fight, and eventually we will win.
ACADEMIC BILL OF RIGHTS BY SETH NORMAN U n i v e r s i t y o f C a l i f o r n i a, B e r k e l e y
n Mountain View California, a Kuwaiti studying abroad at Foothill Community College is told by his professor he needs therapy when he turns in a paper extolling the Constitution as a “progressive document which has contributed to freedom beyond America’s borders.” He later has his student visa status threatened. At California State University at Long Beach, Latino students are called traitors to their race by a political science professor when they vote Republican. Students are released from their classes at the University of California at Berkeley to participate in televised anti-Israeli demonstrations. Though these examples occurred at different times and on different campuses, they all point to a similar problem for California’s academic community. The battle for freedom of speech in the 1960’s and 70’s has become lore for modern day liberals. Battles between professors and campus administrators raged as teachers fought for the right to teach as they saw fit, while university executives tried to maintain support from the politicians who funded the universities. Now, it is increasingly the students calling for freedom of speech—demanding their right to a classroom environment free from indoctrination. The ideals once used to protect educators who were against the conflicts in World War II and Vietnam are now being cited to protect students who support the war in Iraq. Instructors “need to make students aware of the
spectrum of scholarly opinion,” said David Horowitz, editor for frontpage.com and author of the original Academic Bill of Rights. “You can’t get a good education if you’re only getting half the story.” Governments in 20 states across the nation have begun considering legislation that would create a bill of rights for their public university students. A bill of this type, SB 5, is set to be introduced in Sacramento by California senator Bill Marrow in the near future, and is expected to ignite a firestorm of controversy—not only in the legislature, but on campuses across the state. Senator Marrow, who attended classes at Mount San Antonio community college over thirty years ago, remembers his encounters with biased professors to this day. He was forced to drop his introductory political science class after receiving a failing grade on a term paper condemning a communist political theorist. “What really got me was that [the professor] made it clear he favored the liberal campus activists,” Marrow said. “I learned that I had to keep my mouth shut in his class, and that kind of environment isn’t conducive to learning.” Morrow added that he retook the class next semester and received an A. “That professor was also a Democrat, which is fine of course. The difference was he was accepting of my views and graded me on my ability to reason, not my political views.” It is no surprise that colleges maintain a liberal bias. A
Academic Bill of Rights recent study by Santa Clara University researcher Daniel Klein found that among liberal arts and humanities faculty nationwide, registered Democrats outnumber Republicans seven to one— in several cases as much as 30 to one. In addition, in the 2004 Presidential election, the two employers whose employees contributed the most to the Kerry campaign were the University of California and Harvard University. A survey of the top 50 schools in America by the American Council of Trustees has found that 49 percent of students believe that at least some of their professors have commented on politics in class, even if the course fell outside the subject matter. Thirty-one percent felt they needed to agree with their professor’s political views to receive a higher grade in at least one of their classes. Many students feel they are discouraged to express their conservative beliefs in the classroom, and are even blacklisted from graduate positions and on campus jobs. “While most universities reject the concept of indoctrination on paper, they actually do very little to restrict its entry into the classroom,” says HovannesAbramyan, Chairman of the UC Berkeley chapter of Students for Academic Freedom, a group supporting SB 5. “Complaints of Bias” are often ignored by campus officials and action is only taken in the most extreme cases, when the media attention forces university administrators to care. The administration’s role, in some cases, even goes as far as encouraging the politicalization of their respective institution.” As written by David Horowitz, the Academic Bill of Rights argues that “the concept of academic freedom has been premised on the idea that human knowledge is a never-ending pursuit of the truth… [and] academic freedom is most likely to thrive in an environment of intellectual diversity that protects and fosters independence of thought and speech.” It is this document that has been the starting point for similar pieces of legislation in 20 states, including SB 5 in California. In Colorado, students outraged over repeated examples
of liberal bias in the classroom were able to capture the interest of their state government; enough so that a legislative bill similar to the one written by Horowitz is expected to go before the state government in early January. “This bill provides a level playing field and says that no one should be discriminated against because of the political content of their speech,” said Shawn Mitchell, the bill’s sponsor. His version of the bill also insists that students should expect that their student fees would be restricted to “viewpoint neutral” programs, and that government-funded Universities would have the student bill of rights posted on campus. Senate President John Andrews, an advocate of the bill, believes that the measure would ensure freedom of thought and academia for liberal and conservative students alike. “My analogy ... is if you go into any workplace, the U.S. Labor Department has made the employer put up a poster that says ‘Know Your Rights”’ and discusses minimum wage, child labor and other rights,” Andrews said. “Every employee in the workplace has got a big bold notification of what to do to reclaim their rights. I think this is missing for students.” Senator Marrow has also noted widespread support for his bill. Though a similar bill failed last year when voting stuck strictly to party lines, it was evident that legislators on both sides of the political spectrum were shocked by campus politics. “I can remember some of the looks on their faces as students came into the hearing and told us some of their experiences,” Marrow said. “The Democrats, even though they weren’t ready to vote for the bill, were the ones saying the universities needed to clean up their act.” Senator Marrow stressed that it was most important students recognized their rights and paid attention to their freedoms. “College Republicans should be watching what happens in their classes and writing letters to me or their legislators. I’d be more than willing to put their letters on the table during the hearings, and I’d love their support.”
NON PARTISAN MY DONKEY! BY RACHEL PREMO Biola University
n Oct. 22, just a week and a half before Election Day 2004, over 70 members of the 18-24 crowd from all over Southern California joined the California College Republicans outside the MTV headquarters in Santa Monica, California, to protest the network and its affiliate, Rock the Vote, a campaign with which MTV has been aligned for over a decade and serves as a major financial supporter. MTV has always attracted a large fan base out of the 18-24 year old demographic, which may leave some wondering what sent these would be fans over the edge. Rock the Vote is recognized by the federal government with tax exempt status for being a non-partisan organization, and MTV and its affiliates claim that the sole goal of the “Rock the Vote” youth campaign is to encourage young people to make their voices heard at the ballot box. However, it was not long before suggestive advertisements containing selective information began to raise some eyebrows, and concerned California College Republicans set out to shed some light on the fact that the vote might not be the only thing that MTV and its affiliates are “rocking.” Rock the Vote had recently published fake draft cards displaying Donald Rumsfeld’s forged signature alongside the warning: this could be you. It seemed an all too convenient coincidence that the fake draft campaign directly referenced a
high ranking official in President Bush’s administration and was run just as the Kerry campaign was making repeated attempts to scare young voters into believing that a vote for Bush might equal their plane ticket to Iraq. Even more suggestive is the fact that at the time the campaign ignored the fact that it was actually Congressman Charlie Rangel, a Democrat from New York, who introduced legislation to reintroduce the draft, and that it was met with a 402 – 2 vote against it in Congress. In addition, there was no mention of the fact that President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld have all gone on record to say that not only is the Administration opposed to the idea of reinstating the draft, but it is also entirely unnecessary. Speaking on behalf of the organization, California College Republicans chairman, Michael Davidson, made it clear that many of MTV’s targeted viewers feel that it is unacceptable for Rock the Vote to purposefully deceive young voters in an effort to affect the election. “Just like John Kerry, MTV/Rock the Vote is lying to my generation to scare us into submission, all the while dishonoring our troops by using their service as an instrument of fear,” Davidson said. “We’re going to take a stand, demand honesty, and let them know that it is our vote, not Viacom’s or MTV’s. We won’t let them dodge the facts to draft us in their cultural war.”
Non Partisan my Donkey!
Students rallied in front of the MTV studios in Santa Monica waving signs painted with such slogans as, “Pimp My Ride, Not My Vote,” “You’re Hurting the Kids, Judy,” “MTV, You’ve Been Punk’d!” and “Marxist TeleVision.” Bush-Cheney campaign signs were also in abundance. MTV had a security guard stationed on the steps leading up to the building to make sure that no protestors set foot on the property. One employee tried to tell a protester that MTV owned the public sidewalk that they were standing on. About 15 MTV employees stood outside the studio doors watching the protest with their arms crossed. Despite speaking with numerous students, many of these employees still did not seem to understand why the students were there. “Don’t you have jobs?” asked an irritated employee who stood outside throughout the entire 3-hour protest. When an MTV employee took one of the protest signs to show his fellow coworkers who were inside missing out on the event, a manager confronted him, telling the man that no employee of MTV could be seen carrying one of the signs supporting this conservative cause, even on their lunch breaks. However, shortly thereafter, MTV employees rallied on the corner opposite the protest, waving handmade signs supporting Kerry. A few College Republicans carrying a massive BushCheney sign crossed the street to stand amongst the Kerry supporters. At one point, an MTV staffer told CCR Co-chairman
Stephen Puetz that she hoped that his girlfriend, “gets raped so that she has to have an abortion.” “I was shocked. I already had a problem with the lies about nonpartisanship and scare tactics, but that fell off the cliff of decency.” Puetz said. In the end, the message the California College Republicans hope to deliver is simple: If you’re going to be partisan, then say you’re partisan. Don’t claim to be a nonpartisan organization dedicated to supporting the youth vote and not live up to your responsibility to see that young people not only make it to the polls but do so fully versed on both sides of the story. We get enough leftist indoctrination in the classroom, MTV. Thanks, but no thanks.
Hit Me Again BY MARIE DOMINGUEZ-GASSON
Santa Clara University
ave you ever walked around campus feeling like you had “hit me” tattooed on your forehead? Chances are you either partied too much the night before and your friends wrote it while you were sleeping, or you are a Republican. During the week of the inauguration, the Santa Clara University College Republicans decided to wear American flag armbands to signify our support for President Bush’s inauguration, as well as to counter the SCU Democrats’ display of black armbands.
gathered to spit and swear at College Republicans. Once again, which is the party of hate? When people of different backgrounds, genders and races stand up and say that they are Republican, who accuses them of abandoning their race and labels them with racial slurs? The Democrats or the Republicans?
My professors will try to help me see the light by suggesting—as though I haven’t already heard everything they I wore my armband and College Republican sticker, could ever possibly share with me—an alternative. “Why aren’t and went to class. Each professor would begin their lecture, you a Democrat?” I tell them that I am a Republican because stop and suddenly stare at me. I could almost hear the wheels I believe in fiscal and personal responsibility. I believe in equal turning in their head—“Wait, I’m confused,” they might say. treatment of all people, and I believe in my country. I am proud “Young people attending college in a private school just 20 of my Naval grandfather and Marine father. miles south of UC Berkley are supposed to be Democrats. We are the party of personal freedom. We are the party How can this be? There must be something wrong with her. that ended slavery and communism. We How did she get in here?” They then are the party that fights against terrorism lose their train of thought and have and the abuse of women. We are the to start over. I actually had to finish party of less government regulations in one teacher’s sentence for him. One order to ensure personal responsibility, professor actually asked me flat out to lower taxes and economic growth. explain just what I thought I was doing. After my response, all he had to say What unites the liberals is their hatred was, “Oh.” of the right. What unites Republicans is our belief in the American dream. We Liberals can’t understand Republicans. believe in the chance to own our own Liberals think in a box, they regulate home, to have jobs, raise our children, to in a box and they think everyone else educate them in an unbiased atmosphere should live as they do: in a box that and encourage them to work at achieving they demanded the government to the same for themselves. build according to their regulations. The next time you are attacked for In truth, Democrats think one way representing what you believe, stand but act another. The Hollywood left strong. We must put up with the rude, hate-filled speech of the complains about drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, but then turns around and flies in private jets. They drive hybrid left because we believe in changing our party to represent all cars, ignoring the environmental concerns of producing huge people, including those not typically thought of as Republican. We need to reach out to the inner cities, minorities, women and batteries and of disposing of them in landfills. people who are gay. We are changing the face of our party Forget the terrorists or the French; Republicans are the into the party of all people. People such as Colin Powell, new enemy. Democrats demean the people of the “red states” Condoleeza Rice, Alberto Gonzales and Mario Rodiguez are by saying they have misguided values and that they believe our new role models. in dangerous radical religious ideals. They equate American Judeo-Christian beliefs with those who support beheadings, I would like to congratulate the American people for blow children to bits and subjugate women to virtual slavery. standing behind our President as he continues to lead us on One religion is the same as another; they see no difference. a difficult road during over the next four years. Despite the For too long our opponents have defined the face of barrage of attacks from the left, the American people chose to the Republican Party. I ask you, which is the party of hate? The say “No” to false patriots, activist judges, “world-view” politicians Democrats or the Republicans? During the elections, a group and movie stars. It is time to support the people who said “No” of local College Republicans volunteered to register voters at to the left, and to encourage others to do the same. Now the a local mall in West L.A. When the movie Fahrenheit 9/11 ( tough work begins. Are you ready? more accurately titled FahrenHate) let out, several moviegoers
CALIFORNIA HERE WE COME Up and Downs for California Repubicans in the 2004 Election
BY PAUL DETRICK
U N I V E R S I T Y O F C A L I F O R N I A, I R V I N E
hough it may at times seem hopeless for California Republicans, the last election brought many new and old faces and voting trends to California state and local governments. And, even though our poppy flowers were going to be handed to John Kerry regardless of what kind of candidate he was, our defeat is met with great conviction and humility. The mobilization of GOP grassroots activists and College Republicans from across California helped to soften the blow of a Democratic victory in the Golden State. The 1.3 million-vote margins Vice President Albert Gore carried in 2000 were down for Senator John Kerry to roughly 1 million. The Inland Empire in particular played a huge role in increasing popular votes for the Republican Party and George W. Bush. In San Bernardino County alone, the President increased his 1.5% win in the 2000 election to a 12% margin over Senator John Kerry. President Bush almost tripled the 6% victory he received previously by taking a 16% margin of victory over Senator Kerry. The larger voting trend in these counties is most aptly attributed to Democrats coming across the isle to vote with the Republican Party. The idea that “soccer moms” became “security moms” is likely a theory that worked in the Republican Party’s favor inside the Inland Empire. United States Congressional victories and losses in California were ridiculously huge either way. Nevertheless, there were some pretty close calls in the 20th and 26th districts. It was a tough break for Republican Roy Ashburn, former member of the Senate Rules Committee, who received 46.5% of the vote while Democrat Jim Costa brought in 53.5%. Congressman David Drier put together a valiant campaign to keep his seat in the 26th district after concern over illegal immigration began to overshadow the true nature of his job. Congressman Drier, however, won the race with a 53.6% to 42.8% margin. There were more decisive victories for Congressmen Jerry Lewis from the 41st district, who won his election against Libertarian candidate Peymon Mottahedek with 83% of the vote, Darrell Issa who won by 62.6% in the 49th district, and Mary Bono who won with a commanding 66.7% against Democrat Richard J. Meyer in the 45th district. The race for the State Senate in California went just as most had expected, although some races were pretty close. District 19 saw the commanding yet unsurprising victory of Republican Tom McClintock, as well as the election of Orange County’s John Campbell to the 35th district. It was a locked up decision for Republican Abel Maldonado and Democrat Margaret A. Pinard in the race for the 15th district of California when Maldonado pulled away with a 52.8% win. The State Assembly saw Doug La Malfa, leader in the agriculture industry and northern California native, also move to a huge victory over Democrat Barbara McIver. Former physician in the 10th district, Alan Nakanishi, won his race in the Assembly by one of the widest margins in this election cycle with 75.7% of the vote.
When it comes to Propositions, there were positives and negatives depending on what type of Republican one was.Proposition 69, which collects DNA samples from all felons and those arrested for or charged with specific crimes passed overwhelmingly, which came as a delight to most Republicans. The limitations on the three strikes law in Proposition 66 also got passed but at the reservation of most Republicans who know that the law is only used in extreme circumstances and is not used as an absolute. Proposition 71 having to do with stem cell research passed, but it was the dissent that came from Republicans across California that became very interesting. Some were against the initiative because it was a wasteful way to spend money in a debt-ridden state, but still supported stem cell research. They argued that the Proposition would only apportion money for a company, not be progressive in the area of stem cell research. Others Republicans were against it because of the moral implications of creating life and then destroying it. Some Catholic and Jewish Democrats also took opposition to Proposition 71 in a right to life interest. Nevertheless, commercials highlighting the benefits soon outweighed the more negative parts of stem cell research. One cannot ignore the impression a certain terminating Governor had on the outcome of California’s election results. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s presence has given many Republicans a breath of fresh air in a state that seems to be plagued with fanatical liberalism. His support of Propositions 68 and 70 helped to get these initiatives passed overwhelmingly and new voters who had been inspired by the recall election have been for the most part registered Republican. It is in this way that Arnold Schwarzenegger has not only brought politicians across the isle and encouraged new voters, but has more importantly transformed the way the Republican Party is seen. The days of Democratic imposed stereotypes (Republicans are racists, Republicans are for oil companies, Republicans have low IQs) are falling away in favor of the unpretentious wisdom that many young Republicans take pride in today. The Governor proved in the recall and the 2004 election that any trend in politics is fallible: minorities voting Republican, women voting Republican, even Democrats voting Republican has been made feasible because of him. Any trend is fallible if the right person comes along, especially if it is Mr. Universe.
PRO AMERICANISM: A PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDER? B Y M I C H A E L P. D A V I D S O N U n i v e r s i t y o f C a l i f o r n i a, B e r k e l e y
et’s play pretend. Momentarily, I ask you to imagine sitting in a desk at an institution of higher learning. Pretend that you are about to write an essay in your Introduction to American Government and Politics course, and the prompt is: “Dye and Zeigler contend that the constitution of the United States was not ‘ordained and established’ by ‘the people’ as we have so often been led to believe. They contend instead that it was written by a small, educated and wealthy elite in America who were representative of powerful economic and political interests. Analyze the US constitution (original document), show how its formulation excluded the majority of the people living in America at that time and how it was dominated by America’s elite interest.” Notice how the language of the prompt is constructed: it doesn’t ask you to demonstrate knowledge of their thesis and analyze its merits. That kind of question would be credible and academic. Rather, Dye and Zeigler are presupposed to be correct in their claim that that the foundation of our country’s sacred document is tainted. It attempts to deconstruct any sentiments of pro-Americanism. The question is brainwashing in a bad disguise. At any rate, it is not about semantics. Obviously, the prompt is just another manifestation of gross bias in
academia. So, what would be your response? Of course, under normal circumstances you might immediately refute the thesis and challenge the presumption. But caution would set in – you need a good grade. Personally, to be tactful, knowing that my professor is probably a leftist, I would demonstrate my knowledge of their thesis, and then disagree respectfully citing facts to support my case. Any reasonable professor would respect that, right? (Yet any reasonable professor wouldn’t supply a prompt like that in the ﬁrst place. And academia has very few reasonable professors.) This and more all happened to my friend, Ahmed Al-Qloushi, a seventeen year old Kuwaiti Arab Muslim studying at Foothill College in the Bay Area of California. He’s often cracking jokes, and speaks very good English. About a year ago, he emailed me out of nowhere to encourage me to keep up the campaign for President Bush. Through the course of our email exchanges, he told me about how he was three years old when Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. He wrote about the experiences his parents shared with him, such as using oil lamps to keep things lit because the electricity was out and waiting in long lines to purchase bread. Two of his uncles experienced severe trauma after being kidnapped and
Pro Americanism: A Psychological Disorder ? tortured in Iraqi prisons. His one week old baby cousin died when Iraqi soldiers stole incubators from hospitals. To be honest, I ﬁrst thought Ahmad was one of those random spam emails that say they are former refugee diplomats from Rwanda or South Africa or something who need money. Writing from Kuwait, his initial email was more personal than others, and he didn’t ask for anything, so I replied. After President Reagan passed away, Ahmad emailed me to extend his sympathies, and it was then that I knew he was the real deal. We got to know another, and he informed me that he planned to study at Foothill College in the fall of 2004. Naturally, I recruited him to get involved in the College Republicans, and now he’s the chair of the Foothill College Republicans. I warned him that academia would superﬁcially embrace a young Arab Muslim student, but once they knew he was a lover of freedom, a lover of America, they would marginalize him like they do everyone else who doesn’t subscribe to their leftist dogma. And that they did. Like many young students, Ahmad approached college with an open mind and a thirst for knowledge. But he was especially zealous about learning of the American political system, its guiding principles, its founding, and its rich history. But what he received was a barrage of leftist propaganda. The tension between his view of America and the view of leftist academia reached its apogee when Professor Woolcock assigned the essay topic mentioned previously. Ahmad read the United States Constitution before he even came to America and was offended by the premise of the essay prompt. He reminisced to being back in high school, studying in Kuwait. His Palestinian, America-hating teachers attempted to brainwash him in a similar fashion. Ahmed left one set of indoctrination in the Middle East for another in American academia, unfortunately. The spokes changed, but the tire was still ﬂat. Ahmad of course refuted the premise of the essay prompt. In his paper, he discusses how elites of the time were aristocratic monarchies in most of Europe and the United States Constitution did not bode well with their political philosophies. He goes on to elucidate how our constitution ultimately is a “pioneering” document resulting in freedom in American and well beyond its borders, including his corner, the Middle East. Essentially, he wrote a cogently pro-American essay… Dun, dun, dun! We probably should have told Ahmad to be careful about how he displays or communicates his love of freedom
and America. Instead of writing a grade on his paper, Professor Woolcock instructed Ahmad to visit the professor’s ofﬁce, at which time his essay and he personally were accosted. The professor went on to tell Ahmad that his “views are irrational,” he is “naïve,” and that he needs “regular psychotherapy.” This just in… loving America is a new psychological disorder. The professor went on to threaten to visit the Dean of International Admissions to discuss psychological treatment for Ahmad. The Dean of International Admissions has the power to revoke student visas. Understandably, Ahmad was frightened. The poor kid had an implicit threat of deportation and was told he’s psychologically dysfunctional all for writing a pro-American essay! Since he didn’t want deportation, he actually made an appointment with the school psychologist. The psychologist apparently had a better understanding of how the mind works and told Ahmad that he’s just ﬁne. The sad thing is that after leaving the psychologist, Ahmad reﬂected on how is Palestinian teachers never told him that he needs therapy. The good thing is that after conferring with his College Republican friends and using the organization to ﬁght back, Ahmad went to the press and media and has since hit the talk radio circuit, wrote a piece for FrontPageMag.Com, and appeared on a couple nationally syndicated new programs. The professor was taken aback by the backlash, so he ﬁled a grievance with Foothill College against Ahmad as “an act or threat of intimidation or general harassment.” He apparently felt harassed that Ahmad mentioned his name to the media. I know; it’s strange. And that’s the lunacy in which the future of America is educated. I wonder if Professor Woolcock thinks that John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison’s Federalist Papers reﬂected some sort of irrationality, naïveté, or psychological dysfunction of the authors. Actually, no, I don’t want to know what Professor Woolcock thinks. The one who needs therapy here is not the America loving teenage Arab Muslim. Contrary to the opinion of the left, loving America is not a psychological disorder. Loving America and the freedom it represents is, well, an American virtue that even foreigners can experience. The one who needs therapy here are loony leftie professors like Professor Woolcock.