An Unofficial Guide to Counterprotesting Principles for Success Obama the Progressive Freedom of Speech
The California College Republicans’ mission is to recruit, inform, train, and empower every existing and potential College Republican in the State of California. College campuses today are ideological battlegrounds for the future of America due to the liberal dominion over college faculty, curricula and administration. This is especially dangerous for the future of America and the Republican Party because partisanship is chosen between the ages of 18 and 24. We work for the future of the Republican Party and its principles of limited government, opportunity, and freedom. Every day, we realize our obligation to preserve the Republican Party by balancing debate on California’s liberal college campuses and fulfilling our mission. We are here to influence the future now! Visit www.CollegeGOP.org
Show Your Moxie! Scott Cullinane Editor in Chief
Many times, we as College Republicans are too afraid to speak up. When we let our conservative viewpoints be known we may be risking our grade in some classes or risking the ridicule of angry leftists. But do not let this stop you. Speak up and speak out. Liberals on college campuses make full use of their right to free speech, so why shouldn’t we? Don’t be afraid to engage and challenge their views. If we let them speak unopposed they win automatically. We can only win over liberals, moderates, and the apathetic if we talk to them. If all they hear is Keith Oberman, that is all they are going to know. We, as Republicans, cannot win if we do not attract new members to our party, and we can only do that if we fight. San Francisco liberals often make personal attacks and radical statements with no evidence. That is not the way to attract people. When you talk to liberals stay calm and cool. Know the facts on your side and use them. Some liberals will cling to their views no matter what the facts and evidence are; but if you use the facts, they will just end up looking pathetic. All they will have left is crazy antics and ludicrous statements. When the difference between your reasoned logic and their sound bite chants becomes clear to those around you, I think very few will want to be on the liberal’s side. So have no fear and speak up. Use Moxie and the other resources at your disposal and battle liberals on your campus. Speak up on behalf of the silent majority of people on college campuses that want sound and responsible policies for our country. The liberals may be loud, but once we show it is okay to not be afraid, others will join you. So show some moxie, have some fun, and take back your campus from the loony left. Editor’s Letter
California College Republicans
I Moxie Fall 2008 I Volume 6.1
CCR Executive Committee
Editor’s Letter Scott Cullinane
Cheyenne Steel (USC) Chair
Chairwoman’s Corner Cheyenne Steel
Leigh Wolf (S.F. State) Co-Chair
Seven Principles for Success Ron Nehring
Michael Antonopoulos (SMC) Administrative Vice Chair
How to Exploit Liberal Media Bias Ryan Clumpner
Matthew Donnellan (San Diego) Treasurer
Obama the Progressive Michael Antonopoulos
Kaitlyn Shimmin (UCSC) Secretary
Economics: Where the Left Gets Left Behind Pete Markevich
Matthew Dobler (CSU San Marcos) Executive Director
CRs in Action
Freedom of Speech Jessica Austin
Megan Rodriguez (UCSD) Southern Vice Chair
CRs Supporting McCain
An Unofficial Guide to Counterprotesting Mark Young
CRs Make the Difference in San Diego Matthew Donnellan
You’ll Get Back What You Put In Megan Rodriguez
Falicia Mandel (USC) LA Region Vice Chair
Ryan P. McNicholas (UCSB) Central Coast Vice Chair
I hope you all are ready for this upcoming fall election cycle because the work starts now! Fortunately, CCR is here to make it easy and fun for you. We are Republicans, first and foremost, and as young, energetic, passionate college students, we are here to make a difference. Whether we are posting signs for local campaigns or making phone calls for the national Presidential race, every little bit counts.
Pete Markevich (UC Davis) Capitol Region Vice Chair
However cheesy it sounds when the leaders of our party call us the future of the Republican Party, there is an element of truth in it. These are the years during which we need to learn the practical parts of politics. Helping out on campaigns is key for this.
Trent Downes (S.F. State) Bay Area Vice Chair
Brian Lovatt (CSU Chico) Northern Vice Chair
Scott Cullinane Editor in Chief
Ryan Clumpner (UC Davis) Immediate Past Chair
Heather Walrod Layout and Design
Adiofel Mark Mendoza (UCSD) Chief of Staff
Moxie is the official publication of the California College Republicans. The views in Moxie do not necessarily represent those of our membership, Executive Committee, Board of Directors or committees thereof. All ads placed in Moxie are sold according to the prices and regulations set forth in our official advertising prospectus. This prospectus is available upon request.
Scott Cullinane (SMC) Moxie Editor in Chief
One exciting way to help out this November is to join California Students for McCain. Not only are they well-organized with 12 regional chairs and 40 campus chairs, but they have been working hard to put an impressive website together (See CaliforniaStudentsforMccain.com), and they have already been covered by CNN, ABC, Capitol Weekly, Fox and Hounds Report, and the Los Angeles Times. California Students for McCain will be working closely with CCR to ensure that our nation’s future does not fall into the hands of the under-experienced Senator Obama. It is our job to elect Senator McCain. I know he may not be everyone’s first choice, but in terms of the 2008 Presidential election, he is the right choice. Fortunately for us, young Republicans across the nation are excited and ready to meet this challenge. It is our time to join if we have not done so already. Michael Antonopoulos and Matthew Donnellan, the California Students for McCain Chair and Vice Chair respectively, have been more than enthused with heading California’s efforts and welcome all those who want to help. CRs, this is our time. I suggest you make the most of the numerous opportunities to take the lead, learn about how campaigns work, and where your skills and talents lie. I hope to see you all out there this fall. California is ours for the taking, so let’s get out there and make it happen. As always, don’t hesitate to contact me at Cheyenne.Steel@collegegop.org
Above 2008–2009 CCR Executive Committee
Seven Principles for
SUCCESS Republican Party in the
On a brisk September morning in 1988, just a few days into my first semester in college, I found something that changed my life: a flyer promoting a meeting of the College Republicans on the campus of SUNY Stony Brook. Twenty years later, I’m honored to serve as the leader of the Republican Party in one of the largest states in the union. I learned many lessons over these two decades, some the hard way. As a College Republican, we already share a similar history. If you’re reading this article, I want to see you be successful in politics. Our party needs leaders and activists who can effectively put our ideas into action. As you move forward in our party, these seven principles will help guide you to success. ACTION COUNTS. The world is filled with people busy lecturing others on how they should do their jobs. The people who really matter in politics are those who turn vision into reality through action. The most valuable people in our party are those who have proven they have the commitment, judgment, and skill necessary to take action. 75% RELATIONSHIPS, 25% POLICY. Recognize that politics is 75% relationships, 25% policy. If you don’t get along with people, find another line of work. Success in politics can be greatly aided, or hindered, based on a person’s ability to build and strengthen relationships. Take every opportunity to meet people, collect business cards, and build the personal relationships that will expand your political enterprise. Your future job and political prospects will be in direct proportion to the size and quality of your contact list. GET TRAINING. As the holder of a degree in Political Science, I can personally attest that college and university political science classes have little in common with politics, especially political campaigns. Take every opportunity to get the training you need to both organize and communicate. Every full day of professional training you receive from groups such as the Leadership Institute is the equivalent of weeks spent in the campaign office. GET PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE. Political campaigns provide opportunities for advancement unmatched in any other area. Young people can very quickly move through the ranks of campaign organizations, building the knowledge and experience necessary for rapid career advancement. Campaigns are excellent resume builders, providing opportunities to spend time building organizations, interfacing with the candidate, and delivering campaign messages for the greater cause. HUMILITY IS THE FIRST STEP ON THE ROAD TO WISDOM. If you don’t recognize there are things you don’t know, you won’t be open to learning. Seek out those people who are on the same road as you and a few steps ahead, or those who have demonstrated skills and traits you recognize as important, and reach out to them.
California Republican Party Chairman
POLITICS IS ABOUT HELPING OTHERS. The road to political oblivion is lined with the carcasses of those who became consumed with power and forgot why we are involved in the conservative movement. We’re here to put our ideas into action so that our fellow Americans can enjoy the benefits of lower taxes, limited government, personal responsibility and strong national defense. MAINTAIN YOUR PERSONAL INTEGRITY. Starting now, develop a reputation for being honest, trustworthy and reliable. Never compromise your personal integrity. Do not take the seemingly quick and easy path in difficult situations by lying (either directly or through omission), deception, or taking other steps that will only show others that your word is not sound. Newspapers are regularly filled with stories of people in politics who forget this rule. Do not spend your life building a career in politics only to throw it away because you were corrupted. Thank you for helping to put Republican ideas into action as a member of the College Republicans. If I can help you, please email me directly, firstname.lastname@example.org. Ron Nehring is Chairman of the California Republican Party. From 1988–1992 he served as President of the College Republicans at SUNY Stony Brook in New York. Left page Mr. Nehring speaking to the College Republicans at the Republican Party Convention in San Francisco, CA. Above Mr. Nehring courtesy of flashreport.org
How to Exploit Liberal Media Bias by Ryan Clumpner CCR Immediate Past Chair College Republicans have a well-deserved reputation for stirring up controversy and generating media attention on a regular basis. This is one of the most fun and rewarding aspects of being a CR, and should be a central component of club planning. Undiscovered CRs on your campus need a reason to join and members need to feel they are a part of something larger than themselves. Earned media is an excellent way to bring in these new members and keep your membership energized and active. Earned media has challenges. First, it can be difficult to generate. What can you do that is newsworthy and how do you get the message out? Second, media attention tends to come with little warning and can catch you off-guard. How do you handle it once reporters start calling? It’s easy to blame these challenges on “liberal media bias.” When they won’t cover your story, it’s liberal bias. When they cover it and make you look like a crazy fascist, it’s liberal bias. But the reality is that many liberal media outlets regularly look for conservative events to cover. It’s their way of rallying their troops. Liberals need something to be angry about, and if CRs handle the media properly, they can have the privilege of becoming that focal point. If you follow the right path, you can successfully use liberal media bias to get your message out to the wider public. Here are a few simple rules to follow: Create your message in advance. You should never be caught unprepared. Always know exactly what your message is going into an event. A key component of this process is to anticipate the angle that the liberal media will attempt to take. If you are holding some event/stunt/forum dealing with illegal immigration, you know that they will want to portray you as racist, inhumane, ignorant and/ or hypocritical. Be prepared. Have statistics ready about the cost to public education and the poor children who pay the price. The key is to anticipate their bias and then beat them at their own game. Don’t get caught sounding like a crazy nut. Moxie
Humor is another message device that often works well for CRs. When Bay Area CRs protested a proposed beer tax increase, their message focused on how it would be a “regressive tax” that unduly burdens low-income students who spend 50-60% of their monthly income on Natural Ice. The Assemblyman proposing the bill ended up looking like a greedy old politician who had pissed off a bunch of college kids with his harebrained idea. Use a Media Advisory and Press Release. If you are holding an event, send out an advisory with the who/what/ where/when and a snippet of your message. After the event, send a prepared press release immediately. Write a press release to sound like the idea article you would like published. Include lots of direct quotes from the relevant players. Quotes are easy to lift directly from a release and include in an article. Make is short and sweet… no more than one page. Always be friendly, polite and professional. Pretend that you don’t think they are out to get you. Remember that they are covering you because they need a story. We are often a novelty to the liberal media, some sort of aberration that needs to be explained to the public for entertainment purposes. You can score big points if you can give your talking points in a friendly way without sounding like a hostile press secretary. You can also lose big points if you are rude or overtly suspicious. Stick to your talking points. Write down your message in series of pithy, short talking points. Assume each one is the only quote that will be published. Then, stick to it. Never say something you haven’t thought through ahead of time. If they throw something unexpected at you, find a way to pivot to one of your talking points. Don’t worry… they are used to spin. On the other hand, try not to sound like you’re spinning. The CRs I’ve seen get the best quotes into print usually have a way of making the reporter think that they are getting candid straight-talk from a kid who wouldn’t possibly think to rehearse talking points. Manage the story. Don’t let the story end with the reporter’s take. Post comments online, send letters to the editor, call into radio stations, issue responses to the other side and “developments” in the story to drag it out. Once local media is invested in a story, especially controversy, it’s usually not hard to keep it going for days or weeks.
By Michael Antonopoulos
We have come a long way from the grueling primary season that seemed like it would never end. Each party chose its candidate and the general campaign is in full swing. The Republicans have chosen Senator John McCain of Arizona, who has been a known entity on the national stage for over two decades. The Democrats have chosen Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, who was first introduced to the national scene at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, when he was still just a candidate for national office. Senator McCain’s positions, for better or worse, have been made known to the public through numerous pieces of high profile legislation. Senator Obama does not have the problem of his positions being vetted by the public, because he hardly speaks in specifics. So far he has ridden the metaphors “hope” and “change” through the tough primary season, and now he plans to ride them right into the White House. The sad thing is, it could work. Political analysts on CNN and MSNBC are tripping over themselves with excitement as they explain how this is supposedly a “Democrat” year. Between the unpopular incumbent, shaky economy and the fatigue over the war, they argue that it is next to impossible for a Democrat to lose. Several polls have shown that the American people value change over experience, which must have more than one Democratic Moxie
operative jumping with joy. But for all his talk of change, Barack Obama represents the past. He represents the liberalism embodied by the men of the old establishment of the Democratic Party, the establishment that produced George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, and Walter Mondale. Two of these men lost 49 states, which is an indication to how the American people feel about the old liberal order. Time after time the American people have rejected liberalism at the ballot box. Those that viewed the Democratic debates were treated to Democratic candidates trying to weasel their way out of answering the question “do you identify yourself [as] a liberal?” The generic response was that they didn’t prefer the word liberal, and instead they would prefer the label of progressive.
Dick Nixon’s greatest lessons, “if an individual wants to be a leader and isn't controversial, that means he never stood for anything.” If Republicans want to know how their nominee can win in such a hostile political environment, the answer is to focus on their opponents “progressive” policies. On his campaign website, Obama gives Republicans plenty to work with. On healthcare Barack Obama promises
everything, to everyone. No group is left behind, every base is covered. After reading the entire page one thing is certainly clear, nobody can be denied anything for any reason. If those evil capitalists dare to try to deny medical care to someone, the government will step in and ensure that every American has this so-called right, no matter what the situation may be. There is not enough room in this entire magazine much less this article to be able to discuss the massive bureaucracy needed to enforce such a plan. Obama’s healthcare plan serves as a superb example of why the word liberalism is so chastised. It represents how liberals always promise far more than they can give. Some examples of this can be seen with past Democratic leaders and their false promises. In the 1960’s, President Lyndon Johnson promised to use the government to declare a war on poverty. This ended in failure, which is best summarized by Reagan when he quipped “we declared war on poverty, and poverty won.” In the late 1970’s President Jimmy Carter promised that by the end of his term the United States would be closer to energy independence than ever before. There is no need to go into how laughable that promise was. More recently, prior to the Democratic takeover in 2006, Nancy Pelosi promised to make college more affordable, and to cut down on the pork spending. Needless to say, neither of these has happened. Now Obama promises universal healthcare for all Americans, which is obviously an unrealistic goal. It sounds appealing; he cites doctors, estimates, and studies saying it’s possible, but anyone with even the slightest political instincts knows that unlimited coverage is nothing more than wishful thinking.
Republicans cannot beat Obama by attacking him on his experience. They need to attack him on his border line Marxist domestic views.
Senator Obama does not have the problem of his positions being vetted by the public, because he hardly speaks in specifics. Obama is on the wrong side of too many issues. It is not a coincidence that he has focused so much time on themes instead of actual policy stances. Every time he gets away from themes, he fumbles. Most political insiders remember when he got off his talking points during the debates by mentioning his willingness to negotiate without preconditions with Iranian President Ahmajinedad, or his willingness to bomb Pakistan. Both of these little slip-ups came with great costs to his campaign. Despite some past gaffes, do not be fooled; when it comes to campaigning, Obama is a heavyweight. He was able to parachute out of nowhere to defeat one of the strongest political machines of the modern era, run by two of the most ruthless politicians. The Clintons pulled all the stops in their sparring match against him, and Hillary certainly made good on her promise to throw everything but the kitchen sink. But with high oratory and media infatuation he beat the Clintons, and now he is face to face with John McCain. The lesson to be learned from that contest is that Republicans cannot beat Obama by attacking him on his experience. They need to attack him on his borderline Marxist domestic views and his more than slightly dovish foreign policy. They need to drive him from his metaphors and make him reveal his positions. And more than anything else, they need to remind the American public of one of Dick Nixon’s greatest lessons, “if an individual wants to be a leader and isn’t controversial, that means he never stood for anything.” Obama does not want to be controversial, but unfortunately he is running for President of the United States, not president of his high school class.
On his campaign’s homeland security page, we get a clear view into his national security priorities. There is no mention of Iranian or North Korean nuclear proliferation, or the War on Terror or Islamofacism. Despite the absences of those threats, it is nice to know that “Keeping our Drinking Water Safe” made the cut. His immigration page is not much more reassuring, with his dedication of less than two lines to how he will secure the border. Herein lies the ultimate weakness of Barack Obama, the flaw that if properly displayed to the public could be devastating to his campaign. This weakness is that
Opener and Left page Obama, courtesy of the New York Times Above Michael Antonopoulos, CR Administrative Vice Chair
Economics W here the L eft gets left behind What’s going on, why it matters, and what CCR ca n do a bout it
by Pete Ma rkev ic h
So what’s causing our economic woe? Gas prices, the sub-prime lending market, and the weak dollar all have something to do with it. There is much conjecture and guessing, but clear answers remain elusive. The only thing that is clear is that nobody knows exactly what’s going on. The tough question is where do we look for concrete solutions to this massive and not entirely understood problem? Hint: the bloated, overreaching federal government doesn’t have the answers. Unfortunately, the consequences of today’s situation go beyond our smaller checking accounts. Every burst market bubble is an excuse for the Federal government to usurp more power over local governments, businesses, and individual citizens. Liberals are emboldened, crying out for an expansion of welfare and tighter controls over those greedy capitalists. Meanwhile, the best response Republicans can come up with is, “This may be a worthy program, but we just can’t pay for it right now.” Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform and one of the keynote speakers at this year’s CCR convention in San Diego, criticizes this argument in his latest book, Leave Us Alone. He writes that the GOP can never carry the mantle of Reagan conservatism by being “the fiscally responsible guardian of the welfare state designed and ultimately run by Democrats.” Instead, we need to fight these small steps toward socialism and Unitarian government even now, especially during the tough times. Every inch of state sovereignty lost to the Federal government means less state competition. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not advocating unlimited state’s rights. Some questions clearly have national answers. But when the Federal government maintains a limited role in fiscal policy, states become the ultimate laboratories. Bad policy chases residents and businesses away, and good policy brings people and economic growth in. Shrewd legislators in failing states know what to do, copy the policies that brought prosperity to their neighbors. In fact, we already know from experience what works (e.g. Right to Work laws, low taxes) and what doesn’t (union domination, over-regulation). Instead of mandating national solutions to problems we can’t define, we let the Moxie
states figure out what works best for them. Not only will ‘We the People’ have more control over our own lives, but state competition ultimately should lead to exactly the policies conservatives have been advocating for decades. If Massachusetts and California want to continue moving left, let them. They’ll soon find themselves left behind. With more federal intervention coming every day, though, state competition is falling by the wayside. Every Bear Stearns bailout, every Housing Rescue bill creates another disincentive for citizens and state governments to make good decisions. After all, if you want a fair competition that brings concrete results, you can’t change the rules in the middle of the game. If the Federal government can always be relied on to save the day, risky behavior becomes more attractive since the consequences of bankruptcy or foreclosure are less dramatic. So where do we, as students, come into the picture? And what can we do as College Republicans to turn California and the country around? For students everywhere, the state of the economy affects our entire college careers. It could sway one’s decision on a major or affect one’s chance of affording college in the first place. Even worse, demand for entry-level labor usually dries up quickly in a poor economy. It’s imperative that CR clubs hold more events that showcase the failure of one-size-fits-all, liberal economic policies. On many college campuses, and understandably so, College Republican clubs have focused much more in the last several years on the threat of Islamic extremism and the need to support our troops and their mission abroad. While these efforts can’t stop, we also can’t turn a blind eye to economic issues. While our brave men and women are fighting for freedom halfway across the world, don’t we owe it to them to do the same here as well?
If Massachusetts and California want to continue moving left, let them. They’ll soon find themselves left behind.
The good news is we don’t have to do it alone. The College Republicans, especially in Northern California, are used to a certain siege mentality that’s not always accurate. It doesn’t have to be CR’s against everyone else. This past school year saw the birth of two new clubs at UC Davis, both aimed at advocating for economic freedom and smaller government. These were the Libertarian Club, i.e. the Ron Paul fan club, and the Objectivist Club, who hold meetings and events to discuss the theories of Ayn Rand, author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. While these two groups are far from our ideological twins (each advocates for more social liberties than many CR’s are probably ready to accept), they are perfect allies for events highlighting the value of economic freedom. In fact, several Davis CR’s are active members of these other groups. If you know of any such clubs on your campus, reach out to them. Get in touch with their officers, hold joint meetings, and draw up a plan of attack to get a conservative economic message out on campus this school year. Even if your CR club really is the lone fiscally conservative voice on campus, there’s plenty of ways to reach out to the larger community. Anything and everything is on the table, tried and true stunts like Affirmative Action Bake Sales or new, creative ideas of your own. Coming up with the idea itself can be the most entertaining part of the entire process. Last spring, the Davis CR’s were looking for a smart, visible answer to the annual May Day protests, liberals’ once a year excuse to rail
against anything and everything that smells of conservative values. One of our officers had the idea of holding a “Socialist Job Fair.” We handed out flyers describing various jobs the protesters could aspire to in the socialist system they’re helping build, such as Brutal Dictator, Factory Worker 1161987, and Central Planning bureaucrat. Not only did we succeed in pestering and distracting the liberal protesters, we received genuine interest from the broader student body and coverage from the campus newspaper. Another possibility is to debate economic issues with liberal groups. Planning the debates will be easy. Your school’s debate team or pre-law organization can serve as moderators, and now that the Surge policy is working in Iraq, Democrats will be too scared to debate the War on Terror. And although the general student body may seem apathetic, free Pizza will always bring out hungry students. Once they’re in the seats, it’s your job to keep them listening. In the long run, such events will serve several purposes. First, people will have an image of Republicans that goes beyond “those people who still like the war.” You may even attract a few students who were looking to get involved with a group with a small-government message. Finally, with any luck, you’ll make a rare statement that makes other students think about what they prefer: the right to have government dictate your economic choices to you or the freedom to make your own. Pete Markevich is CCR’s Capitol Region Vice Chair and studies Political Science and Economics at UC Davis Above Grover Norquist
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CRs at UC Irvine recruit new members.
UC Irvine CRs at a Young America's Foundation event.
UC Santa Cruz CRs spreading the conservative message with a little help from Reagan.
CRs from across the state meet together at the California Republican Party Convention.
CRs are not only active on campus, but attend political events around the country as well.
Michael Antonopoulos, Cheyenne Steel, and Hollywood conservative John Ratzenberger.
The men of CCR: Chandra Sharma, Michael Antonopoulos, and Matthew Dobler.
UC Santa Cruz CRs enjoy election night.
UC San Diego CRs celebrate on election night.
UC Irvine CRs at a political event.
The Chairperson's table: Mason Harrison, Cheyenne Steel, and Ryan Clumpner.
CR favorites Teddy Chadwick and Jacki DeMarchi.
The one thing the Left constantly boasts about is their embracement of all views, opinions, and lifestyles. However, after being the President of the College Republicans at the University of Redlands, a very liberal campus, for three years now, I can tell you it simply is not true. Freedom of speech and opinion only applies if it supports a liberal view. When our executive board discussed speakers to host in Spring 2008, we never could have conceived of the controversy our decisions would produce. At the time, our choice seemed perfect: we were going to bring Tammy Bruce, a self-described “openly gay, pro-choice, gun owning, pro-death penalty, voted-for-President Bush authentic feminist” political celebrity and commentator, who is also a best selling author and radio host. What could be better than such a unique mix of political and philosophical ideologies to attract both liberals and conservatives to hear a conservative message?
Liberals Only, Please. by Jessica Austin
We spent months fundraising and preparing for this event. When we finally had all of our funds, we were ready to go, or so we thought. As with a majority of our events and speakers, they are financed through our own fundraising efforts with private donors, and few, if any, resources come from the University. However, due to Ms. Bruce’s liberal social views, student government decided to chip in. What a nice gesture, right?
Liberals will do anything to censor conservatives. About a month before the event was scheduled to take place, I received an urgent e-mail from an appointed member of student government informing me that we needed to meet immediately. Of course, our whole board was intrigued as to what could bring about such a level of urgency. We came to find out that our club funds had been pulled because Ms. Bruce was a “racist, sexist, and fake lesbian.” Yes, you read that right. She was referred to as a “fake lesbian.” They came to this conclusion based off of a few far-left, hate spewing liberal blogs that had a grudge against her because she spoke out against OJ Simpson for murdering his wife. Apparently, some other student organizations also had issues with her “controversial” history, but we never received the details on that.
putting up posters up all across campus because all of ours were constantly being torn down. At the same time, outrageously fake or distorted Bruce quotes were taking their place. All of this was intended to make it seem like the College Republicans were bringing in some radical speaker. Even with that, it didn’t stop there. Not only did the troubles we face include such obnoxious tactics as mentioned above, we even received a serious threat that temporarily cancelled the event after Tammy was made aware of the situation at hand.
Yes, you read that right. Fake lesbian. Thanks to much persistence and extra security promised, the event was eventually rescheduled. And of course, the liberals rescheduled too. They planned an Evening of Diversity in the quad at the exact same time as our event to try to deter our attendance. Needless to say, all of the unnecessary controversy they caused was actually beneficial to us in the long run, and we packed the room with hundreds of people eager to hear Tammy Bruce give a presentation entitled “Contrary to Popular Belief: How Conservative Ideals Empower Women and Minorities.” In fact, not only did we win in the long run due to great turn out and extensive press coverage, Tammy did what she is great at, and put the liberals in their place. So much so that a certain minority organization didn’t end up following through with their planned walk out. And as for the liberal event that was held on the quad . . . no one showed up. It’s ironic that one of the main causes liberals claim to defend (diversity) is only applicable if a particular topic or speaker is diverse within the Liberal belief system. On college campuses especially, liberals will do anything to censor conservatives and keep a stronghold on what have become distinctly left-wing institutions. Eventually, their own tactics will come back to haunt them and reveal their hypocrisy. We must work to ensure that that hypocrisy is exposed.
All of this with barely two months left in the school year, and one month before the event. Of course, the liberals thought they had won and could deter this event from happening. However, we were not going to let that happen. We did some last-minute emergency fundraising and were able to come up with the lost funds.
Redlands College Republicans would like to thank our special guest for this event, San Bernardino County Supervisor Dennis Hansberger, whom without his support and leadership, this event would not have been possible. Supervisor Hansberger has been an extraordinary public servant and conservative in his 20+ years of public service. We would also like to thank Supervisor Gary Ovitt, whose generosity is greatly appreciated. On behalf of College Republicans- thank you, Supervisors, for putting your money, and your time, where your mouth is and investing in tomorrow’s leaders today.
Did our troubles stop there? Of course not. The following month was filled with late nights and early mornings of
First Photo: Left Rob Leonard, Vice President of the University of Redlands College Republicans Middle Dennis Hansberger, County Supervisor Right Jessica Austin, Redlands College Republicans president Second Photo Redlands College Republican club officers with Tammy Bruce
California College Republicans Supporting McCain
“It was just like kicking a hornet’s nest.”
Over the years, I’ve run into a lot of “For Dummies” type books. While I think the title is somewhat condescending, I find the books both clearly written and easy to understand. Thus, I hope to follow a similar format with regards to this article. Want to go out and face down the leftists but don’t know how? This article will show you just how to go about doing so. Now, we must ask the question. Why counterprotest? We all know damned well that no one there will change their minds or their opinion, no matter how eloquent or persuasive we are. In addition, there are a lot of better ways to spend one’s day or evening than getting screamed and cursed at by a horde of irrationally angry and highly indoctrinated people unable to comprehend logic. Finally, there exists the possibility for violence. Just ask Leigh Wolf. He and one of his mates were hit in the face by a peaceful and tolerant leftist’s sign back in March. Thus, I think we can all agree that there are easier ways to make one’s views and points felt. As for the question of why to counterprotest, I’ll give you some of the reasons why I do. First and foremost, we have a Constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech, so we have just as much a right to have our say out on the streets as the leftists do. Our mere presence at one of these events vexes leftists greatly, as they expect all of those who disagree with them to stay far, far away. Freedom of speech doesn’t apply when you don’t agree with them, so they think. I go to show them that they’re in error. There are few things more amusing than seeing the way the veins pop in a leftist’s neck as they scream profanity at me. I choose to take it as a compliment when they do that.
Going out also brings a great deal of satisfaction when you see just how riled up leftists get when you expose their hypocrisy. For all their claims of “progressivism,” “peace,” “love,” “understanding,” and “tolerance,” all five of those elements are rather short on the ground. Due to the tendencies of the media, though, this sort of behavior never makes the news. That accounts for the widely spread stereotype that the typical leftist is a highly educated, compassionate intellectual who radiates peace, virtue, and tolerance. (Add in any other Christlike analogies, as well. Just look at their perception of gangbanger and Crips founder Tookie Williams, let alone the perceptions of Stalin, Mao, and their ilk.) However, when you get on the ground, the reality is that the leftists are the true brutes. By our presence, we demolish the mask of leftist cultural superiority and expose the snarling hate and hypocrisy that they exhibit. That, alone, makes it worthwhile for me. There is no one fixed reason why you should go out to a war protest and have your own say, in the face of hostile opposition. The odds are good that if you asked a dozen counterprotesters why they were counter protesting, you’d probably get a dozens different reasons. But, no matter what the reasoning, counterprotesters are united through the of their strength of their convictions. By counterprotesting, you draw a line in the sand and stand your ground, defending your convictions in the face of narrow-minded and hostile liberal (who claim to be “progressive”). As Martin Luther is attributed to have said, “Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me.” Sometimes, there really isn’t anything else to do but to make your stand.
an Unofficial Guide to Counter protesting
by Mark Young
Above A College Republican and protester face-off in Berkeley, CA
What You Will Face and What to Do There are two important things to keep in mind when considering just who you’ll be facing off with. The first and most important thing to remember is that YOU WILL BE OUTNUMBERED. Generally, for every counterprotester, there are at least several dozen more, if not hundred more protesters. Thus, expect to be outnumbered. I admit that it is quite intimidating to first look at the small knot of your comrades, and then compare that small knot to the vast sea of leftists. But, don’t let the odds faze you. For one, you will only be dealing with a small percentage of that horde at a time. The rest of their ranks will be elsewhere, buying leftist propaganda or trendy kaffiyehs, smoking weed, or ranting. For another, it doesn’t matter how many of them there are. It takes more courage to stand by a street with only a handful of one’s mates, versus when you have a horde at your side. Don’t let them keep you from going out there, standing your ground, and saying your say. If you let them, then they will have their way, which is the way of the tyrants they so admire, like Stalin, Castro, Mao, and their ilk.
Most civilians won’t stay around long. If a civilian should approach you and ask questions in a conventional matter, feel free to introduce yourself and why you’re there. Remember, passing our message on is an important part of why we’re there. Be polite, be friendly, and they should be the same way to you. As for the leftists, there are many different types. The first type of leftist that I will describe are the liberals. Like so many other things in the leftist vocabulary, such as “police state,” “patriotism,” “peace,” and the like, the term liberal has been misappropriated by the majority of the radical left. Traditionally, liberals showed tolerance for others, even when the views and opinions of those others was something that they disagreed with. They did not get up in your face and start screaming profanity at you in lieu of an actual argument. My theory is that they simply see us counter protesters as misguided and hope to “open our eyes.” Do not expect to run into very many of them, though. They tend to keep away from this sort of thing. However, if you do run into them, feel free to engage them in civil discussion.
The second important thing to remember and understand is this. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED. Statistically, the sheer number of leftists alone almost guarantees that you will run into a sprinkling of anything you can think of. The shrill and haggard harridans of CodePink? Definitely. Perpetually angry Maoists clad in Tangerine? Of course. Grotesque masks and black robes? You bet. Communists? Plenty, from many different groups, all with the hammer and sickle symbolizing worldwide oppression. Anarchists? No surprise there, as they’re always showing their desire to be different by always looking the same.
The next type of leftist is the angry type of leftist. Their idea of an argument is via ad hominem reasoning, in essence, personal attacks instead of attacking our argument. This sort of leftist is highly agitated and often is equipped with a kaffiyeh and professionally made sign. They make up the bulk of the ranks of the various organized groups such as ANSWER and World Can’t Wait due to their volatile emotional state. In addition, anarchists fall under this category. When an emotionbased reasoning capability is combined with a high level of indoctrination in “blame America” type revisionist history, a “professional activist” is born.
In addition, there are plenty of other sorts of people there. There are ancient hippies, relatively ordinary people who came out, and piles of students. These last can vary, and you might even know some of them. Also, there are “civilians” who range from curious tourists, to people who actually have jobs trying to get there or leave there, and bystanders of one sort or another. Do not assume that everyone there is a leftist.
When engaging this type of leftist, be wary. In addition to ad hominem arguments, this sort of leftist does not understand the concept of “personal space.” They will try to get in your face and take control of the argument. Don’t let their close proximity, almost feral rage, and sometimes foul reek get to you. STAND YOUR GROUND. Keep in mind that you’ve already won, if they attack you and not your argument. Their arguments will be emotion-
based and preposterous. Destroy their emotion-based arguments with factual logic. Challenge them for hard and verifiable (though non-leftist source) evidence for their claims. Keep them on the defensive. Hit them hard with points. Maintain the initiative, and eventually they’ll lose interest and go lick their wounds and possibly find a bong. A third type of leftist is the aging hippie sort. Keep in mind that the majority of CodePink’s membership consists of this sort of leftist. In addition, this sort of leftist seems to be the backbone of the purported “Veterans for Peace.” When an absurd world view is combined with emotion-based reasoning and ossified thought patterns, hilarity often ensues. This sort of leftist tends to be condescending (especially CodePink members) and will attempt to overawe you with their supposed intellectual superiority and possibly their many years of experience as activists. Keep in mind that this sort of leftist is often bitter because of a belated realization that they wasted their life. They will seek to transfer this
bitterness to others and continue the cycle. This sort of leftist is proud of their role in the United State’s defeat in Vietnam, and refuses to acknowledge their role in both the atrocities committed by Pol Pot in Cambodia and the suffering of millions of Vietnamese who fled their former nation after its fall to the Communists. When facing one of these leftists, try hard not to laugh. Absurd claims and accusations will be made by them. One of the most memorable was provided by CodePink’s Zanne Joi, who said that Saddam Hussein was justified in invading Kuwait by virtue of Kuwait supposedly being a former province of Iraq. Keep in mind that Kuwait was never part of Iraq, as it was granted the status of British protectorate after the demise of the Ottoman Empire, and that both nations were established at the same time, after the First World War. This sort of half-baked understanding permeates their thinking. This sort of leftist sees themselves as intellectually superior, and sees anyone who disagrees as ignorant and thus
worthy of condescension. In addition, this sort of leftist may try to use the “Chickenhawk” argument against you. If you were medically disqualified, try asking them for money to get said disqualifier removed. They will not put their money where their mouth is. If not, take them on in another way. Perhaps, ask them why they aren’t volunteering for relief work in Iraq if they’re so concerned about the suffering of the people there. Barring a few of them, these leftists are too old and decrepit to pose much of a threat. In addition, there are Truthers and Communists among the ranks of the leftists. Truthers are those deluded souls who claim that the events of 9/11 were part of a government conspiracy. As Rosie O’Donnell put it best for them, “I do believe that it’s (9/11) the first time in history that fire has ever melted steel.” As a junior in civil engineering, the destruction of the World Trade Center can be explained with simple physics. Keep away from Truthers. Their fanaticism and lack of logic could be contagious. They will try to compare apples to aluminum cans with preposterous comparisons. Even in light of Al-Zawahiri’s video giving Al-Qaeda the credit for 9/11, Truthers continue to believe their delusions. Nothing you say or do will convince them that, just maybe, jihadists were the ones who destroyed the WTC. Insanity aside, they are mostly non-threatening. We all know who Communists are. In spite of empirical evidence that Communism does not work and kills millions before its inevitable collapse, they continue to believe in the glories of Communism. This sort sports the stereotypical hammer and sickle, along with the “Che” t-shirt. As for their reasoning for the fall of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, and why people fled both Vietnam and Cuba by the millions after the rise of Communism? “Communism hasn’t been done right! Let all those greedy capitalists flee the wrath of the proletariat!” Yes, each and every last person who flees Cuba by inner tube is a millionaire, especially the ones who left after Castro’s regime seized power. Keep in mind, however, that this is not a comprehensive listing. For more information on who you might run into, both zombietime (www.zombietime.com) and ProtestShooter (www.protestshooter.com) are good sources.
Above Code Pink in Berkeley Right Berkeley CR’s counterprotest courtesy Heather Walrod
Leftists also tend to lack a sense of humor. Use that!
things to remember There are a number of things to remember. First and foremost, keep in mind that you will be facing a mob, and mobs are inherently unpredictable. For all their claims of peace and love, the possibility for violence exists. Just a cursory search done online will show that. For instance, there was the incident where a leftist Facebook stalked a conservative and assaulted him and his roommates in their own house. (Just look up Andrew Stone, who definitely falls under the absurdly angry type of leftist). An airman in New Jersey was shot by another peaceful leftist merely because he was serving our country. Fortunately he survived. So, be aware of your surroundings. Travel either incognito or in groups. Since I usually travel by myself, I keep all of my equipment shrouded until my arrival. Once having met up with like-minded folk, I then unshroud and assemble my protesting equipment. Afterwards, I disassemble everything and off I go. While the chances of getting accosted range from very slim to nil, it’s better to take a few precautions beforehand and avoid trouble. Don’t get nervous. The law is on your side. If you do feel jitters, ask yourself why you should be afraid to go into an American city and exercise your Constitutionallyguaranteed rights. When I get a little jittery, I change my jitters to anger at those who would seek to deprive me of my rights, the left-wingers. In addition, make sure to make contact with nearby law enforcement at this sort of event. Setting up shop near a police picket helps ensure both personal and group safety. Just greet them, let them know who you are and where you will be so that they can keep an eye out. Be friendly, polite, and respectful when dealing with them, and obey any commands that they tell you.
CRs Make The
In San Diego! by Matthew Donnellan, CR Treasurer
California College Republican Get Out The Vote, the phrase that strikes fear into the bleeding hearts of Democrat candidates in California, and once again with good reason. This past June nearly 100 College Republicans from across the state, and as far as Utah, Oregon, and Nevada, descended on San Diego to help reclaim our state's second largest city from financial and ethical ruin at the hands of Democrats.
Once again, victory would be no easy task. The incumbent Mayor, Republican Jerry Sanders, whose reform policies were essential to rebuilding San Diego after disastrous scandal and mismanagement, was in a five way race and being outspent nearly 4 to 1. The City Attorney race was not looking good for Republican candidate Judge Jan Goldsmith, also involved in a five way race, facing incumbent City Attorney Democrat Mike Aguirre and outgoing City Council President Democrat Scott Peters. Polls in the District 7 City Council Seat, which would likely determine whether Democrats controlled the City Council, showed Republican April Boling down by 42 points just five months earlier to Democrat Marti Emerald. This would be the uphill battle of all uphill battles. If you have never had the chance to walk into a campaign office to see dozens and dozens of College Republicans sitting shoulder to shoulder making phone calls to voters reminding them about the importance of the upcoming election I suggest you make that a priority, because the sight of such dedication and drive is breathtaking! For months young campaign staffers and College Republicans had been working nonstop to ensure Republican victories on election day, and with the full force of our Get Out The
Vote effort now behind them, everyone could rest assured that our candidates would have the best possible chance at a victory! After spending the last five days knocking on tens of thousands of doors and making tens of thousands of phone calls the moment finally came, the clock struck 8:00PM on Tuesday, and the polls closed. Later that night the results came pouring in exactly how you would expect them to, victory across the board! Sanders, Goldsmith, and Boling all finished in first place in their respective races! Words could not describe the looks of amazement and stun on the faces of the Democrats that night. I guess Marti Emerald was the only person who still thought that "San Diego is one of the most under-taxed major cities in the country" (a direct quote from Emerald). Although election day proved to be an overwhelming success, the battle for San Diego is not over yet! Goldsmith and Boling still face run-off elections in November and the Presidential race on this ballot drastically changes the voting dynamic, but rest assured, College Republicans are working hard to ensure Republican victory, in San Diego and across the state.
Later that night the results came pouring in exactly how you would expect them to, victory across the board!
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With the start of a new academic calendar, College Republicans across the state are planning and preparing for another successful and memorable year. Amidst the chaos and stress that arise from updating rosters, recruiting members, and fundraising, it is important to take a momentary pause and look at what membership in Col lege Republicans not only entails, but what it has to offer. The California College Republican mission statement to "recruit, inform, train, and empower" conservatives across the state has served to mobilize college students and increase political awareness and activism by provid
Former two-time CCR Chairman Michael Davidson believes that due to his experiences as a CR, he is much more effective as the CEO of Generation Next, an organization of executives and professionals promoting center-right causes. He claims that even though he didn't expect it at the time, what he learned in CRs "paid off beyond all expectations." He encourages CRs to learn how to "manage, lead, build, [and] organize" like he did and not wait around for what you may think is the perfect occasion or event to participate in, but rather to "just jump right on your first opportunity, make the best of it,
have yet to do. As a CR, he was a CCR Convention Director, Administrative Vice Chair, Capitol Region Vice Chair, and the 2006-2007 State Chairman. Having just graduated more than a year ago, Mason is now the Oregon State Director for the John McCain campaign. Chandra Sharma, a former UC Santa Cruz CR and current Director of Technology and News Media at Meridian Pacific and Managing Editor of Fox and Hounds Daily encourages members to get involved; that "those who decide to go the extra step and take a leadership role are met with a multitude of opportunities, both in the skills
YOU’LL GET BACK YOU’LL GET BACK ing skills that are not only valuable in the political arena, but also in other areas of life. By interviewing former College Republicans Ryan Clumpner, Michael Davidson, Mason Harrison, Chandra Sharma, and Ron Nehring, it became obvious that active involvement reaps significant rewards. It is the skills of political awareness and understanding, diligence, networking, organization, and communication obtained from participation in College Republicans that have proven to be the most beneficial to these former CRs. When asked what skills CCR equipped him with, former Chairman Ryan Clumpner responded, "I learned a tremendous amount about how the political arena operated and met a lot of close friends and mentors." This knowledge of the inner workings of the political system and the ability to build one's social and professional network is something that comes from hands-on, grassroots participation. During an election year, there are endless opportunities available to become active in a political campaign, propagate conservative values, and network all at once. By simply being employed or volunteering on a political campaign, you learn the strategies and practices crucial to running a successful bid and winning an election. More importantly, you're given the chance to look to your campaign manager as a mentor rather than an employer and leave with the most valuable asset of all, newly acquired knowledge. Ryan's participation in CRs also taught him the importance of hard work and that "experiences and accomplishments are infinitely more important than the titles…if you are someone who gets things done, the titles will follow your accomplishments." Coming from a person who held many positions, I find this statement extremely inspirational since it goes to show that a long, extensive resume full of titles is meaningless if you haven't taken the chance to work for the experiences. It is these experiences and memories that allow you to grow as a person, prepare you for the future, and serve as the fundamental building blocks that help create a great leader. Moxie
and [from] there you'll start a chain reaction." Speaking from experience, I agree with Michael about the relativity of taking the plunge and jumping in on the first opportunity that comes your way. At my first CR event, the 2008 California Republican Party Convention in San Francisco, I did just that. I was introduced to Stephen Puetz (another former CCR Chairman) who allowed me to interview for what I thought was an internship, but proved to be a staff position on a political campaign in San Diego. As much as I didn't know what to expect and had never walked a precinct before, it has proven to be one of the most meaningful things I have ever done. I've been very fortunate to have great, encouraging bosses whom have taught me so much about the political and campaigning process. I have also been blessed with fantastic coworkers who have come to be some of my best friends. All this happened because I took the initiative to "jump." Mason Harrison is a prime example of a CR who didn't sit on the back burner waiting for opportunity to knock on his door. Rather, he made the decision to become engaged very early on. As a sophomore at UC Davis, Mason's most memorable experience was hosting the 2005 CCR Convention. Putting on such a large scale event taught him that "as a college student, you really have to work hard to establish credibility to schedule big speakers, raise thousands of dollars, and get hundreds of people to attend." Although credibility is not necessarily a skill, but rather a quality, it is something that is developed through experience. By participating and becoming involved, you form a reputation for yourself and leave a legacy, whether it's positive or negative, and thus build your credibility. Employers desire credible people that are trustworthy, reliable, and consistent. Mason stresses the importance of using youth as an asset; that by being youthful, energetic, and enthusiastic you have the motivation to accomplish, inspire, and surprise others. He has succeeded in many things that people twice his age
they can learn and the contacts they can make throughout California and the rest of the country." By participating in his school chapter and the CCR Executive Committee, Chandra learned that fundraising, event planning, and public relations often require a lot more work than anticipated, but serve to promote organizational and communicational abilities that are valuable skills in the work he does today. He comments that like anything, with hard work and assiduity, "you'll get back what you put in." Ron Nehring, current Chairman of the California Republican Party, joined CRs in September of 1988 during his first week at SUNY Stony Brook. He jokes that CRs is "the only place on campus where you can contribute to the Republican cause, find a job, and find a date all at one meeting." Although some of us may or may not be lucky when it comes to finding a date, it's always possible to find a job or internship and to serve the Republican cause through volunteering on campaigns, walking precincts, or encouraging on-campus activism. By participating in these activities there are a multitude of opportunities available to learn how to communicate and organize, crucial skills that Chandra emphasized and Nehring asserts are rarely taught in any college classroom. Nehring wants all CRs to know the importance of getting as much campaigning and communications training as possible and to learn from those around you. He stresses the necessity to build as many relationships as possible to solidify your network, to maintain integrity, and establish a reputation based on honesty and professionalism, since after all, "the world is run by those who show up."
by Megan Rodriguez CCR Southern Vice Chair
Former CCR Chairman, Mason Harrison. Having just graduated more than a year ago, Mason is now the Oregon State Director for the John McCain campaign
Therefore, the next time an opportunity arises to get involved (as it most definitely will with school starting, upcoming elections, and new controversies), take the chance and do something. The experiences from doing so will equip you with various skills that foster personal enrichment, open the doors to possible internships and jobs, and yes, maybe even get you a date! Adam Ellison with former CR Karl Rove
A Few Words of Advice To College Republicans from former Chairman Ryan Clumpner 1 Ask lots of questions. This is your time to learn. 2 Meet people. Everyone likes CRs and you can make connections quickly. This is yourÂ opportunity to build a professional network that will last for years. 3 Do favors whenever you can. It's the quickest way to make a friend and build a good reputation. You'll never know when you'll need a favor in return. 4 Work hard and focus on building accomplishments and experience, not titles. 5 Have fun!
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