McMahon headquarters in western Connecticut prior to canvassing
In this Issue: 3 Review of Fall Kickoff with Senator Norm Coleman 3 Freshman Kickoff at the Hippodrome 4 Introduction to Joanna Rodriguez and Chris Wassman 5 Why “Being Green” is Extreme
Republican Linda McMahon briefly sits with College Republicans to discuss her upcoming debate with Democratic opponent Dick Blumenthal.
6 The 2011 Defense Authorization Bill 7 The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War & CRs 8 Democratic Hamburger 10 Upcoming Events & Campaign Trips Chairman Jake Wolf, Senior Michael Ross, and Freshman Dan Mintz enjoy a Connecticut beach after campaigning for Linda McMahon.
FALL KICKOFF WITH FORMER SENATOR NORM COLEMAN
On September 29th, Former Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota joined College Republicans for Fall Kickoff and a discussion regarding the upcoming midterm elections, the economy, and potential 2012 presidential candidates. The majority of the meeting consisted of the former senator applauding the message of elected conservatives and new candidates nationwide who aspire to take back Congress this November. Senator Coleman stressed that voters approve of the GOP始s message and conservative principles as a whole. When asked about the significance of the Tea Party movement, he stated that he sees its message as beneficial to the Republican establishment. Senator Coleman reiterated that the public始s disapproval with the Democrat majority in Congress is warranted after years of reckless spending and expansion of government.
FRESHMAN KICKOFF AT THE HIPPODROME
Joanna Rodriguez When I was younger, I thought I wanted to be a democrat. My dad and I got into heated debates that went on for hours, and usually ended with my mother begging us to stop. Naturally, I always thought I never won an argument because my father was a stubborn and closeminded, NRA member, “Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote Democrat” sort of guy. As it turns out, I was the stubborn one, he was just right. When it came down to it, facing a fork in the road of deciding my party affiliation, I checked the box next to Republican Party on my Florida voter’s registration form, and I have not looked back since. Some would criticize me for not having sorted out my political identity until less than a year ago, but I disagree. I hate taxes and inefficient spending. I believe in the unborn child’s right to life, but I also believe the taking of a life can be, after due process, punished by death. I do not understand how anyone could think our National Defense should now always be a main priority or that the Second Amendment has loop holes. As one of the new freshman representatives I am honored to be your voice to the fellow members of the executive board. I am excited to have the opportunity to get to know all of the freshmen in the GW College Republicans, through participation in events like the Freshman Kickoff. Most importantly, I’m excited to be the “Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote Democrat” sort of girl I was elected to be.
From a young age I have considered myself a conservative. My dad is a small business owner who has been part of the American dream, building a business from nothing to success. Yet he has also seen firsthand the effects that high business taxes can have in stunting growth. My mom taught me the importance of family and God, and how morals play a large role in our society. Together these influences have shown me why conservative values are so crucial to America. These principles that have made America great have slowly been deteriorating, and it is time to get us back on track. And this year is the year for Republicans to take back Congress and get the country back to conservative principles. For too long, people have become more and more reliant on the government for support in areas of their lives that the government should not be involved with. It is a crucial time for Republicans to return to conservative principles such as limited government, low taxes and less government spending. As we approach election season, we must ensure that we do all that we can to elect conservatives that can win. This year the anti-incumbent wave is making it possible for us to take more seats than in a typical election cycle, and we have to take advantage of it. I would encourage all members to take a weekend or two on campaign trips and support the candidates that have the potential to steer America back on track. We cannot just sit back and allow others to make the change happen; we have to make it happen.
incandescent light bulbs, plastic bags, and polar bears Perspective buttress an ideology that promotes the stunting of WHY “BEING GREEN” IS modern development and EXTREME growth in a technological Erin Mew, Director of Publications society. But environmentalists Every college student has seen have learned to conceal their them. “It’s Not Easy Being Marxist tenets by mobilizing Green” and “Save the Planet, some of the youth and Save Yourself” slogans and tuniversity students in an effort shirts that pervade university to make their goals appear less campuses just as customarily extreme. And these as liberal individuals are a dime a professors. We The underlying dozen. may roll our eyes
objective of radical environmentalists is not sustainability. These people long for a society where industry is subjected to the authority of government, suffocated by taxes and regulations.
at such foolishness. We may even ignore those students. But have we asked ourselves about the ideology that commands this movement? Do we truly understand that fanatical environmentalism, at its core, is actually anti-progress and anti-life?
The underlying objective of radical environmentalists is not sustainability. These people long for a society where industry is subjected to the authority of government, suffocated by taxes and regulations. At the crux of this movement is animosity for production and industrialists, and, of course, the subsequent profit-making. Additionally concern over catastrophic climate change, natural resources, over population,
Thankfully, many who endorse this ideology have no idea what it symbolizes. Western civilization cannot sustain itself as a “green” culture, and humans do not naturally have the ability to live analogously as animals. By nature, humans are producers and builders America being the paradigm of this idea, and certainly the most prosperous country industrially. Unfettered capitalism at the time of the Industrial Revolution made the United States the most prosperous nation economically and commercially. This unbridled innovation manifested into vaccines, automobiles, railroads, weapons, light bulbs, and skyscrapers. Life expectancy increased and many diseases virtually vanished as a direct result of scientific and technological
innovation. Most importantly, these breakthrough innovations at the time were created by men who did not desire to live like primitive animals or in congruity with nature, but as industrial pioneers without limitations. So here is a straightforward message to every college student who does not see environmentalism as the ultimate “anti-life” movement: wake up. Notwithstanding the current political climate in the midst of the November election, environmentalism is still a pertinent issue and one that is not going to disappear. Even with a Republican majority in the House and Senate, there are still possibilities for liberals and RINOs alike to push through some monstrous green jobs or energy bill that would chip away at the freedoms of business owners and corporations for the sake of the “common good.” Do not count on the environmental lobby magically disappearing from Washington just because John Boehner is the new Speaker of the House. And unfortunately for us, the most numerous supporters are young pseudo-intellectuals at colleges nationwide. So the next time you see your friends wearing that “Think Green” t-shirt, you might want to tell them to “think rationally” instead. That shirt that they have so nonchalantly put on their backs champions a
deadly lifestyle that would have humans forced back into the Dark Ages. Environmentalism as a political ideology is destructive to every business or industry that does not find itself approved by its mouthpiece special interests, or is within the purview of the EPA. Reducing our personal carbon footprint is akin to reducing our guilt for ruining our natural environment, and environmentalists intend it to feel that way. Asking businesses to do this is unmistakably anti-progress, and would reverse decades of industrial advancement that has improved living conditions worldwide. College students must learn to support the theory that businesses, if left alone and unmanaged by government, will create jobs, stimulate economic recovery, and improve our lives. As Republicans, our only choice is to support the pro-life position and not capitulate to environmentalist whining. Yes, pro-life is an appropriate description of the antithetical environmental movement: one that supports knowledge, productivity, modernization, and life. THE 2011 DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL Katrina Ilich
On September 21, the Senate blocked a procedural vote on the controversial 2011 Defense
Authorization Bill. The motion to proceed on the bill, which would allocate the largest sum to military spending in American history, failed in a 56-43 vote. The block marked the first time in 48 years that a defense bill has hit a Congressional hedge. Remarkably, the high cost of the bill, and the fact that it was loaded with $2.6 billion in earmarks—the two usual fruits of contention—were hardly the contending issues. The issues, this time, were far more belligerent. That’s because a spending authorization that would have been a shoo-in, considering its procurement of crucial funds especially requested by Defense Secretary Gates, was wretchedly turned into a political football by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. What happened? Senator Reid, in an effort to curry left-block votes before the November mid-term election, wrangled the defense bill and slapped it with three highly-controversial statuettes. The first of these was what is known as the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
Act. The DREAM act targets young illegal immigrants and children of illegal immigrants still lacking legal status. Applicable to those who are 35 and under and a part of one or both of the above groups, it would grant citizenship to those who complete their high school and college education and/or those who complete two years of military service. This smacks of a little something called amnesty. Something has to be done about the myriads of children who hold no responsibility for, but bear the burden of, their illegality, but this proposal inevitably rewards illegal behavior. Parents must get the message that their children will only receive American benefits if they are here legally. This undermines the rule of law, and gives privileged status to illegal aliens over American students who are having enough difficulty competing in today’s college and recruitment environment as it is. Moreover, the United States already
has something similar in place. The MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest) program, implemented in November of 2008, allows certain noncitizens who are legally present in the United States to join the armed forces and receive citizenship after two years. Recruits are considered on the basis of their language skills (“strategic” languages taking priority) and, if they have them, their healthcare credentials. Also attached to the bill was a repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Senator Reid made sure to clarify that it was only a proposal of repeal, since it would first be subject to the President’s, the Secretary of Defense’s, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s approval. Of course, all of them are already are in agreement on the subject, which renders Senator Reid’s roundabout useless. It would have been prudent to have waited for December 1st, when the results of the military’s investigation into the effects of DADT would have been received, or, at least, to have debated the issue properly as part of a separate bill, but Senator
Reid simply couldn’t wait. Not only this, but he only allowed three amendments on the bill, an undercut that lost him even Olympia Snowe’s vote. It wasn’t so much about DADT policy, which might in fact stand a chance for repeal (though now it’s shelved until after November) as much as the sleazy way it was handled, that froze the issue. Lastly, the bill contained a provision mandating that military hospitals perform abortions, provided that they are not paid for with federal funds. These three attachments should have been put forward as three separate bills. The majority leader made a dreadful move in toying with this bill. Though the bill’s failure doesn’t mean the Pentagon will be without funds (the Senate can simply pass a continuing resolution which would re-assign last year’s $636 billion budget), the squabble over it has culminated in only more Washington partisanship— hardly what the country needs right now. THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CIVIL WAR & CRS Jared Johnson
Many Republicans at GW may be thinking about the upcoming election; who will
win, the division of the House and Senate, etc. However, I’m thinking about something different. Sure, I am thinking about the Republicans winning this mid-term election, but the thing I am thinking about most is the upcoming 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, which starts next April. For some, you might ask, ‘What is the connection to CRs and the Civil War?’ Well there are many connections to the GW College Republicans and the 150th Anniversary. First, and probably most important, is the connection to the party. As most are aware, Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican President in the history of the United States. He led the way in formulating ideas for what the fairly new Republican Party (formed in March 1854 in Riplon, Wisconsin) should stand for. He took these new ideas and turned them into action. Secondly, Lincoln, along with members of his administration, preserved the Union and by the end of the war freed more than two million citizens formerly held in bondage. He lived up to the ideals inscribed in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal, with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of
All in all, the 150th Anniversary is very important to the United States, as well as Other connections are many to GW. We have a wonderful Republicans’ efforts to History Department, with preserve and maintain the many expert professors history of this studying the war and the great nation. If we do not impact of the War on recognize and honor Many today’s society. Being in this most important Republicans event in U.S. Washington, DC, we can are involved History, the memory take all the great of Abraham Lincoln with nonadvantages of celebrating and the Republican profit historic Party will ultimately the Anniversary, such as organizations, fade into existence. Part II of the Civil War historical Exhibit coming this societies, and November at the National reenacting groups. These Archives, the Lincoln include many Civil War related Memorial, the National organizations, such as the Civil Museum of American History, War Preservation Trust and he and the closeness of many National Trust for Historic Civil War Battlefields. We Preservation. Many have also should advocate for more stood for protecting historical educational programs and property from destruction, and attention from the Federal the continued importance of Government on the teaching and maintaining the anniversary of the War. If we study of United States History do not recognize and honor (including electives on the this most important event in Civil War) in public schools. U.S. History, the memory of Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Party will As College Republicans, we ultimately fade into existence. should feel a connection to the Civil War. The Civil War is what made this country a DEMOCRATIC United States of America, not HAMBURGER an amalgamation of Tyler Losey Confederate States. Lincoln is Before I arrived at GW for my the first Republican President, freshman year, there were but many other prominent some things I already new Republican leaders came out about the university. I knew of the Civil War, including that its location was William H. Seward, Hannibal unmatched by other Hamlin, James G. Blaine, and universities for career and Ulysses S. Grant. internship opportunities. And
with such proximity to the National Mall, any patriotic American or history enthusiast would love to live here. Among other things, I knew it was expensive, prestigious, and a great learning environment. I also knew that it was an extremely liberal campus. In the short month that I’ve been here, my conservative and Republican ideals have been affirmed over and over again. In one of my first discussion sessions for Introduction to Comparative Politics, the topic that day was the issue of the size and role of government. In Norway apparently, citizens are provided health care, old age insurance, both paternity and maternity leaves (over a year each), and mandatory 3 week vacation time. One student remarked, “Wow, I’m moving to Norway.” Everyone laughed, but in my opinion, living in Norway would be terrible! After all, Socialism is the name of the game in Norway. Income tax rates are 50%. In Norway, everyone is “equal.” Equality sounds great, but doesn’t this type of “equality” violate some individual freedoms? My views on equality are laid out in the Declaration of Independence, “All men are created equal”. I don’t want to be equal to everyone else. I want to be better. I want to improve my life and increase
College Democrats gather in Kogan Plaza
my wealth so I can provide for myself and my family, and if I earn it, I want to take more than three weeks off! I want to have access to the freedom to succeed, and also the conservative principle: the protection of individual freedoms.
disorganized. When I finally reached what I thought was the end, I saw that the frozen patties had just begun to cook. And after waiting this long line, there was no way I was leaving. I finally got my plain hamburger, put it on a crusty bun, and ate it with my friends in the Marvin Center. When I got back to my dorm, I was still starving. As I opened a bag of chips to hold me over until dinner, I couldn’t help but think: typical Democrats. Long, disorganized lines for free handouts that didn’t even fill me up!
And it is that type of European socialism that was discussed in class that brings me to the Tale of Two Hamburgers. Any college student I’m not the everyday knows that free The only thing that Republican. Sure, will bring this nation food is king, and it abortion, gun control down is the socialist gives you a chance economic agenda and other social to steer clear of J and welfare state issues are important. being championed Street. So on the But I don’t believe by the Democratic first full day here Party. gay marriage is going at GW, the College to bring down this Democrats had great nation. The only their barbecue in Kogan Plaza. thing that will bring this nation I figured getting a free burger down is the socialist economic from them wouldn’t agenda and welfare state being compromise my morals. So championed the Democratic some friends and I waited in Party. That’s what we have to line for our burgers for 40 focus on defeating! I can’t minutes. It was hot, and the wait for Republicans to line was extremely long. It takeover of Congress this was slow moving and November, nor can I wait for
the rest of my college experience, during which I am sure my conservative principles will continue to be strengthened.
The views and opinions expressed in the CR Monthly represent those of our members, and are not necessarily the views of the College Republicans National Committee, the DC Federation of College Republicans, or The George Washington University College Republicans.
2010-2011 GW COLLEGE REPUBLICANS EXECUTIVE BOARD Jake Wolf, Chairman Will Frey, Vice Chairman Kevin DorĂŠ, Secretary Brandon Neuman, Treasurer Chris Oman, Political Affairs Director Kaitlyn Martin, Membership Director Sinead Casey, Public Relations Director Erin Mew, Publications Director Chris Wassman, Freshman Representative Joanna Rodriguez, Freshman Representative Travis Holler, Executive Director Upcoming Campaign Trips Delaware for Christine O'Donnell: 10/22-10/24 Florida for Rick Scott and Marco Rubio: 10/29-11/3 Wisconsin for Reid Ribble and Ron Johnson 10/29-11/3 Upcoming Events Halloween "Trick of Treat" Event in Kogan Plaza: 10/25 Election Night Watch Party: 11/2 Karl Rove comes to GW: 11/5
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