August 12, 2008

RI College Republicans

College Republicans in RI are protesting in front of the offices of Democratic House members today. They are protesting the ending of the legislative session. They want the members to go back to Washington and solve the nation's energy problems. Now!

Their version of "solve the nation's energy problems," though, is to allow more offshore drilling. I think that describing increased offshore drilling as solving the nation's energy problems is disingenuous and inaccurate, if politically convenient. And, no, you didn't miss the college Republican protests on energy during Republican control of congress -- there weren't any. They were busy telling us why the Iraq War was wicked awesome.

My understanding of legislative sessions is that they end, in part, so that legislators can go back to their district and hear from their constituents. So, good on ya, college Republicans, for participating in that process. But it seems a little self-defeating when it's framed as "protesting to send them back to work" since sending the Reps home to you is part of the process and, in fact, makes your protest possible.

I looked for some confirmation of this protest on the web. At the time I am writing this, the College Republican Federation of Rhode Island site doesn't mention the protest. Their most recent media release is from March.

URI College Republicans seem a little more active. It's great to see their list of most important issues -- issues on the forefront of people's minds in 2008 -- like War in Iraq, Immigration Reform, Social Security and... The Vagina Monologues. That's right, The Vagina Monologues makes the short list. Srsly. It may be a crappy play, but it's Job 1 for College Republicans!

But the waving flag is cool. Before you go, please check the calendar of events for an August full of political activism!

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Posted by James at August 12, 2008 9:45 AM
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I checked out their website. Boy is THAT a propaganda festival.

It's ironic that a group whose top issue is "Academic Freedom" would engage in so much intellectual dishonesty.

Posted by: briwei at August 12, 2008 11:39 AM

So these kids are junior stuntmen for the GOP, following in the footsteps of their stunt-pulling elders:

http://thinkprogress.org/2008/08/01/house-stunt-on-gas-prices/

[quote=The Progress Report]"Bring the Congress back. Let’s have a real up or down vote,” House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) proclaimed. In fact, there was a real up or down vote on gas prices just two days before. And Boehner is well aware of it because he was responsible for ensuring it didn’t pass...Thanks to these strong arm tactics and weak members, the bill to lower gasoline prices by controlling profiteers failed by a vote of 276-151, falling ten votes shy of the two-thirds majority required for passage under the suspension of the House rules. Once again, the GOP leadership used their power to help keep oil prices and profits high, while hurting the average driver.

Boehner strong-armed his own conservative members to ensure a bill didn’t pass because he wanted to engage in [August 1'st] political theatrics. After killing a bill that would have addressed gas prices, House conservatives have decided they want to blow hot air in the dark.[/quote]

Posted by: mjfrombuffalo at August 12, 2008 11:41 AM

Clearly they did want the House to go out of session, making the local protests possible.

It's the Republican version of summer theater. Less entertaining, though.

Posted by: James at August 12, 2008 1:16 PM

Downright depressing if you ask me. How can someone who claims to care about their country sell spin?

Posted by: Chuck S at August 12, 2008 6:12 PM

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