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Real Hillsdalians of Genius
Joe Viviano / Freelance Writer
Here’s to you, Mr. Flirtatious Fifth-Year. You spent four good years at Hillsdale, but you loved this place so much that you had to come back for one more. You’ve got this place down pat, from all the off-campus houses to which professors are easiest, but what good is knowledge without someone to share it with? Every man needs to find his better half, but you’ve already met all the women this campus has to offer. Luckily for you, there are a lot of cuties in the freshman class. Sure, she was losing her last baby tooth while you were walking into your first freshman class, but there are stranger places than the tent party to meet the love of your life. Your friends refused to wingman for you (they were always losers anyway) so you were forced to fly solo. It took fortitude and endurance to find a group of girls confident enough to allow you to strike up a conversation, but your virtue paid off when you found some ladies who found your comments about the creepy old dudes on stage amusing. Weeks later, you found one of your new friends at the Garden Party. After an hour or so, you claimed victory. You, sir, landed a dinner date with a girl who was prom queen six months ago. That is why I’m saluting you, oh master of smooth talk, because without you, the ladies of Olds would never learn the subtleties of campus culture.
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powerful source of conservative votes this election cycle. At the heart of the movement is a call for the country and our elected officials to return to constitutional principles of limited government accountable to the people. This message “connects deeply with values that every American holds [to be] true,” says Yelken. And the numbers prove it. A recent CNN poll says that 50 percent of likely voters would vote for a candidate backed by the Tea Party, compared to 37 percent who would vote for a candidate backed by Obama. The Tea Party’s focus on first educating and then motivating Americans to act on conservative principles will win votes for Republicans this election cycle. “Their influence will result in major gains in the Republican party, but changes in the Republican party, which is good,” says College Republicans’ President Elliot Gaiser. Gaiser, who was a keynote speaker at a Michigan Tea Party rally this past April, sums up the movement as “independent, local, super diverse people who [are] fed up with large government [and] can’t be bought or sold.” More than that, Gaiser describes the movement as “a revolt against apathetic culture… that is entitled, and has not done its duty in preserving the principles of our founding.” By effectively organizing over the internet, spreading the word locally about true conservative candidates, and giving their time and money to promoting voter turnout, the Tea Party will be extremely influential this election cycle. Obama recently called on the Tea Party to “identify, specifically: what would you do?” If Obama could take off his Keynesian-lensed glasses through which he views the country’s problems, maybe he could understand the answer given loud and clear at protests and rallies around the country: promote constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets. Obama and the Left cannot understand that government’s “doing” something, throwing taxpayer money at everything in sight and increasing government intervention in American life, is the problem. Although the Tea Party opposes liberal principles and stands for conservative ones, it does not affiliate itself with any political party. This gives it incredible freedom to go after any representative that moves away from the aforesaid ideals, including moderate Republicans. The results of the Republican primaries in Delaware and Alaska, where Tea Party-backed candidates won over moderates, are an early indication of the movement’s influence in taking the Republican Party back to its conservative core. While some argue that Senate candidates Christine O’Donnell or Joe Miller will lose in the Delaware and Alaska midterm elections, forfeit seats to Democrats, and hurt Republicans’ chances of getting a majority in Congress, overall the Republican Party and America will benefit through having truly conservative members in Congress, as opposed to moderates to fill seats. The many examples of primary upsets where Tea Party-favored candidates have been successful, like gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage in Maine and the surprisingly tight Senate race between Sharon Angle and Harry Reid in Nevada, attest to Americans’ support of candidates who want to return to first principles. By fighting for constitutional principles while remaining unaffiliated and decentralized, the Tea Party movement is a revolutionary political force whose influence will immediately reach to the 2010 midterm elections and the 2012 presidential elections, and will reach further into the future to bring our Republic back to its founding principles.
THE HILLSDALE FORUM