John McCain said Mitt Romney’s belief that Iraqi government should meet a set of “timetables and benchmarks” is code for retreat, but in January 2007, the
Arizona Daily Star
reported that McCain himself advocated the same idea—timetables and benchmarks—“for the United States to con-tinue its engagement.”In an attack at the end of January, al-Qa-eda killed 91 Iraqi civilians by strappingremote-controlled bombs to two womenwith Down syndrome. One wonders whyAmericans should respect the perception of the United States these people have.Demi-Lee Brennan, an Australian girl inneed of a liver transplant, was saved oncestem cells from the donor changed her blood type to match the new liver. A lifesaved, no embryos necessary.The Right’s love affair with Fox Network’shit “24” may be at an end—the
Wall Street Journal
reports an plot-overhaul in Season7, including a Capitol Hill ﬁght over Jack Bauer’s methods and a new character whowill “hunt Jack down from the dark sideand drag him back to the light.”The City Council of Berkeley, California,has told the US Marine Corps they do notwant their recruiting stations downtown.In response, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is proposing legislation that cuts Berkeley- beneﬁting earmarks and transfers thatmoney to the Marines. The Marines haveno intention of leaving.Mike Huckabee has Chuck Norris andJohn McCain has Sylvester Stallone…butcan either of them stand up to Hulkama-nia? Hulk Hogan recently told JimmyKimmel that “If I had to step out, and saywho I really believe in—that catches myear, that makes sense, that really can makea change—I would say Obama.”
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Delegates at the convention also heardfrom Charles Smith, the chairman of theCollege Republican National Committeespoke about new ways for chapters tocampaign in political races utilizing a newsocial network known as STORM. Hillsdale,with its thirty delegates, ended up playinga command role in steering the convention.Several amendments to the Federation’sconstitution were considered. Theseamendments would, if adopted, changeorganization rules. One offered byHillsdale’s delegation would have prohibited chapter heads from makingofﬁcial candidate endorsements inRepublican primaries. It was defeated.In the elections that were held, JustinZatkoff of the University of Michigan wasre-elected chairman. In addition, Keith Dunnof Eastern Michigan University was electedco-chair; Chaz Oswald of Grand RapidsCommunity College was elected 1st vice -chair; Pete Vitale of Oakland University waselected treasurer, and Andrew Boyd of theUniversity of Michigan was elected secretary.Katherine Montgomery, the chairwomanof the Hillsdale College Republicans, wasa surprise nominee for the new 2nd vice –chair position. Once her term begins, her primary responsibility will be organizing“resolution weekends,” where MFCR willhelp campaign for embattled Republicans.Unity was big theme of the convention asmany top ofﬁcials in the MCFR spoke of ending differences that had emerged in the pastand of moving towards a common purposeof electing Republicans in the upcomingautumn elections. Re-electing CongressmanTim Walberg, a Republican of Michigan’sSeventh District, was said to be a top priority.“I think everyone who attended thisyear’s Michigan Federation of CollegeRepublican convention had a wonderfultime,” said Montgomery. “It was so greatto see so many of our students excitedabout supporting the Republican Party inthe upcoming election cycle.” Montgomeryalso believes Hillsdale “demonstratedthat we have a strong and passionategroup of College Republicans here.”
MFCR UNITES, DIVIDES RESPONSIBILITIES
The National Post
reported that Canadianscientist David Suzuki recently told anaudience: “What I would challenge youto do is to put a lot of effort into trying tosee whether there’s a legal way of throw-ing our so-called leaders into jail becausewhat they’re doing is a criminal act.” Thecrime? Skepticism of, and inaction on,global warming. A spokesman says Dr. Su-zuki didn’t mean it literally. Right.
CIA Director Michael Hayden told Con-gress the controversial interrogation meth-od called water-boarding has been usedagainst imprisoned jihadists a whoppingthree times, and has not been employedsince 2003.
February 6, 2008: the great late RonaldReagan’s 97th birthday. Cheers to the manwho reminded us that “freedom is never more than one generation away from ex-tinction. We didn’t pass it to our childrenin the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do thesame.” NFL star-turned-pastor Ken Hutchersoncame the Martin Luther King Day presenta-tion at his daughter’s school to speak aboutequality. He didn’t expect his audience— his daughter’s own teachers—to boo himfor his opposition to same-sex marriage.Tolerance, indeed.A woman avoided a deadly battle with cer-vical cancer after her unborn twins kickedthe tumor so much that it dislodged.
It seems that some upstarts would like tosee the notoriously imprecise hands of CentralHall’s clock tower get up to speed with therest of the world, while others prefer to think that Father Time bows his head to another
. The debate over tolerance and diversityis hardly so simple, but it is best to be awareof the greater forces behind every assertion.With a ﬂurry of articles in Hillsdale’s
concerning the subject, andwould-be Everett Scholars speechifyingabout ‘the limitsof tolerancein an age of diversity,’ itmight be helpfulto take a look at how someof Hillsdale’s potential statesmen view the problem.Though the ﬁnalists for the Everettcompetition will not go head to head untilFebruary 22
, a few of them agreed toshare their favorite lines from their orations.Gennady Stolyarov II offered his classicalliberal solution to the ageless dilemma.“The Austrian economist Ludwig vonMises, one of the most eloquent exponents of classical liberalism, wrote that ‘Liberalism proclaims tolerance for every religious faithand every metaphysical belief, not out of indifference for these ‘higher’ things, butfrom the conviction that the assurance of peace within society must take precedenceover everything and everyone’… a classicalliberal society prevents the bloodiest of allconﬂicts: clashes over ideology. A ThirtyYears’ War – driven by religious fanaticism – or a French Revolution – fueled by militantsecularism – are impossible in a classicalliberal world. Individuals are free to pursuewhatever ideals they believe in, to discussthem, and to persuade others of their truth.They are not free, however, to use any kindof
to promote their beliefs.”It is difﬁcult to judge a speech from sucha small segment, and I would encourageeveryone to attend the lectures themselves, but it takes little effort to see where this line of thought leads. This is an excellent summaryof the views of many libertarians and muchof the Economic department at Hillsdale. Thecriticism I offer is that it hardly addressesreality. Youcan bringyour yappydog into thelibrary, butthe “quiet”sign on thedoor will probably not keep it from barking; thestructure of the system will not suddenlychange the nature of your pet. In a similar way, human nature can, and at times should, be no less obstinate. Plato famously wrote,“The price good men pay for indifferenceto public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”If the moral truths that good men adhere to
inﬂuence the kind of laws they supportthen there may as well be no good men, andthe result is the same. Perhaps a little lesstolerance is needed in order to preservetolerance at all.Michael David offered a very differenttake on the matter, “Ironically, by preachingtheir message of tolerance and diversity,multiculturalists have actually created a moreintolerant world, fueling the melting pot ﬁre by stressing people’s differences. If we onlyconcentrate on how different we are
The Price good men pay forindifference to public affairsis to be ruled by evil men
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