Diary

Thoughts on Student Government on a Leftist Campus

There are many things I will do for a friend, and many things I will do for a pretty girl. Both of these compulsions of mine were brought forth and pulled me into politics on my campus-Politics I generally have utterly no interest in because they are predictable: College Leftism. There’s little wisdom to gain in such a climate.

Despite this hostile environment though, I try to be a good neighbor and friend even to those of differing political philosophies. In particular, I have aided CoPirg-Colorado Public Interest Research Group. This chapter is very leftist, supporting such initiatives as maintaining the illegal moratorium on domestic drilling and even inviting speakers in support of illegal immigration. However, they have also raised money for weatherization of low income houses for the winter and energy efficiency, encouragement of healthier eating habits, and making voter registration more efficient and transparent among other goals I consider laudable, though we differ on the means to achieve this.

Nevertheless, it seems that CU’s Board of Regents decided to cut CoPirg funding from student fees which would necessitate them finding funding off-campus because the Board was too cheap to simply allow students who didn’t want to support CoPirg to get refunds through the bursar’s office. While I didn’t think this was necessarily a bad thing, I nevertheless went to speak as a friend of members of CoPirg against such laziness. I was apparently eloquent enough a female senator of the Student Congress suggested I run for public office. I was excited about this… Until I learned that simply being on the ballot is generally enough to get elected based on low voter turnout.

And who could blame most of the 14,000 students from not being interested in the Student Government? All told, it collects a measly $200 from each student at best for various student activities, paying off the rec center and other recent projects, and of course to offset the campus’ carbon emissions by requiring every student to pay $5 for a scam. The sad thing is that this was voted on by general ballot.

I was ready to just forget about it, when an anti-abortion display was erected on campus. It was graphic, showing the full horrors of abortion. It provoked debate, it provoked discussion, it even provoked anger. One woman even tried to destroy the display with sandbags and had to be taken away by the police as she screamed about “Women’s Rights”.

These students got driven out of their comfort zones, shown the true horror of abortion, shown that it needs a moral debate as well as a legal debate… And most of them actually agreed that it needs more debate, it must be considered beyond the slogans of “Women’s Rights” and “Inconveniences”. Others were just smug, sanctimonious, closed-minded supporters of it, dismissing any argument.

In any event… It gave me some hope that since Student Government runs student-funded events on campus, that the capacity for true debate and open-minds might still be on this campus.

Still… I’m not one to take myself or politics too seriously. So, with that in mind, I’ve decided to run a tongue in cheek campaign. My budget will be miniscule. My campaign posters will be demotivators. Should I be asked about my views on a particular subject, I will answer honestly. Who knows? If I rile enough feathers, I might get people to vote against me.

But at least that way, I know they’ve been listening.