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Opinion Monday, April 19,1993 •
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Chris Hopfensperger.Editor, 472-1766
Jeremy Fitzpatrick..Opinion Page Editor
Alan Phelps. Managing Editor
Susie Arth.^.....Senior Reporter
Kim Spurlock. Diversions Editor
Silly infiltration does little to fight apathy
Some members of UNL’s College Republicans apparently
have loo much time on their hands.
Thursday night, eight students believed to be College
Republicans attended a meeting of UNL’s Young Democrats. The
students joined the group and then announced their intentions to
run in the elections held at the meeting.
Because of a low turnout at the meeting, the new members
managed to get two members of their group elected president and
treasurer of the Young Democrats.
Now, after protest from the Young Democrats, Republicans
Chris Peterson and Rob Bryant have resigned the positions. The
two claim it was all an attempt to motivate students and eliminate
Bill Avery, professor of political science and adviser to the
Young Democrats, put it more clearly.
“The Republicans have a long, well-established track record of
dirty tricks. It’s distressing to see these kids engaging in it this
early. They only show they arc capable of cheating and decep
tion,” Avery said.
Whatever motivated the young Republicans in their attempt to
take over their rivals, it was nothing as noble as fighting apathy.
Their actions were silly and should be labeled as such.
If the College Republicans are really interested in eliminating
student apathy, they should concentrate on activities that might
really motivate students, not infiltrating other student organiza
Republican filibuster prevents progress
The reports of the death of gridlock in Washington have
been greatly exaggerated.
Despite rhetoric about being ready to work together to
solve the nation’s problems, Republicans and Democrats were up
to their old tricks over the weekend.
Republicans in Congress are stalling President Clinton’s $12
billion economic stimulus package, calling it wasteful and unnec
essary. Clinton has campaigned for the plan as essential to
As is usually the case in Washington, nothing is getting done.
But the Republicans must bear a large burden of the responsi
bility in this case. Clinton has compromised on the bill, cutting it
from $16.3 billion to $12 billion. He has also asked the Republi
cans to offer their suggestions on how the plan could be im
The fundamental difference between the president and the
Republicans is over how the measure should be financed. Clinton
wants to borrow the money, while Republicans want to cut from
The Republicans have a right to object to the bill if they don’t
agree with the financing. But they should take Clinton’s cue and
suggest an alternative plan of their own if they arc unhappy
with the president’s proposal. They should not use this debate as a
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lican filibuster that is blocking the bill. Hopefully the filibuster
will be voted down and the issue can be discussed openly.
However the Senate decides on Clinton’s bill, it should do so
through discussion and debate, not filibustering and political'
If gridlock is really over, the Senate should be able to rationally ,
decide what is best for the United Slates. If they can’t, then little
has changed in Washington.
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I take exception to the DN edito
rial, “Childish antics” (DN, April 16,
1993). For once in my life, I did
something most people consider a
liberal act* I protested a demonstra
tion. The DN chastised me and others
for protesting, saying we were scared
into these so-called childish antics
because we are frightened by women
in positions of power. This is a preju
dicial statement on the pan of the DN,
because they assumed the motivation
behind my protest was sexism.
The real motivation behind my
protest was not Hillary Clinton, but
her ideas. Socialized medicine would
be detrimental to the nation, because
it would kill the small engine of eco
nomic growth: small business. That is
why I protested.
The DN’s double standard on pro
testing also bothers me. There are
protestors all the time on campus, but
this is the first lime the DN terms this
behavior “laughably juvenile.” The
eight individuals who protested Bill
Bennet were not criticized like we
were. The editorial slated Hillaiy
should be welcomed because she is
taking a firm stand on an issue that
needs to be addressed: health care. I
did the same thing, except I stood on
the other side of the fence.
For four years, I have read editorial
after editorial about the need to be
heard and the constitutional right of
free speech. I chose to exercise this
right, and the DN condemned me for
I have before me two flyers from
the Students for America. One indi
cates that the market is the group’s
secular reference and that God is its
spiritual reference. The other flyer
promotes capital punishment. I won
der whether capital punishment falls
under the realm of the market or under
that of God.
I do know that Cain did not receive
the death penalty, the fifth command
ment says, ‘Thou shall not kill” and
although there arc religious references
to an eye for an eye, there is nothing
aboutalife. So the capital punishment
question must fall under market forces.
Capital punishment proponents
argue that imprisonment is not always
permanent enough and is loo costly,
and that the appeals process is also too
costly. Therefore increasing the num
ber of executions will save us money
and make us safer.
1 do not believe that society should
fall to the level of criminals. We
should not be in such a hurry to kill.
Perhaps it is not coincidental that in a
society that is seemingly so eager to
kill thal its citizens have no respect for
Having read the recent reports of
the election for the new officers of the
Young Democrats, I’m sure many
students may be wondering why we
ran for the offices even though we are
First of all, th is was not meant to be
some harmless prank. Our goal from
the beginning was to show other stu
dents what kind of influence we as
students can have if we organize. It is
probably embarrassing for the Young
Democrats — the student representa
tives of the largest political party in
our country — to have their election
results altered by nine votes. And it
should be. In fact, we would like other
university students to use this as an
example of what can be accomplished
It is frustrating to realize that in the
last local election in Lincoln, if we
would have had our own candidate,
and if only 15 percent of the students
voted, our candidate would have fin
ished first! We have a powerful force
in our numbers here at the university,
but apathy runs rampant. As Thomas
Jefferson said, “If a nation expects to
be ignorant and free, in a state of
civilization, it expects what never
afford to be ignorant of what govern
ment is doing for us and to us.
As students, we are here to leam—
not just about a specific major, but
about life and civic involvement.
Those of us who gel involved now are
going to find it easier to make those
commitments as we go out into the
professional world. We will have ex
perience scheduling our lime, and we
will have a belter idea of what making
a commitment to our civic responsi
bility is all about.
Do we really want to be officers in
Young Democrats? No. Our political
philosophy, and that of most Nebras
kans, is one of fiscal conservatism,
reduced government spending, strong
national defense and respect for our
military and the general notion that
government should play as small a
role in citizens’ lives as possible. The
Democratic party currently stands for
none of these things. We are not at
home in the Democratic party, and we
never intended to “sabotage" or ‘‘take
over” the Young Democrats. We also
do not want to spark new interest in
the Young Democrats, although a
healthy debate of the issues is impor
tant, especially for a university. Our
message through our recent actions is
to provide a ‘Svake-up call” for all
students at UNL and encourage them
to participate in government whether
it be student, local, state or federal.
Our point has been made and we
hope many students can learn an im
portant lesson through this. We will
leave the Young Democrats organi
zation to its own members and com
pete with them as it should be —
through the regular election process.
We look forward to the challenge. We
hereby resign our positions in Young
Democrats as of April 18,1993.
I would like to support Travis
Hopkins’ letter regarding student seat
ing at football games (DN, April 12,
1993). All of my friends, and myself
especially, are extremely upset at this
decision. Putting UNL students in the
end zones is like making high school
students sit in their cars while watch
ing their classmates play football.
One of the reasons for giving this
decision was students throwing things
during the games. Well, I don’t think
putting us at the top of the end zones
is going to stop those who are childisn
enough to throw th ings from doing so.
A different solution to this problem is
definitely needed. I think serious re
consideration about moving students
is only fair.
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