GWYAF President Travis Korson offers his insights into gender neutral housing on the National YAF blog.
We would like to thank all who made it out to last week’s event, “How to (Really) Stimulate the Economy hosted by The Heritage Foundation’s Bill Beach, Director of the Center for Data Analysis.
We had a great turnout and got the chance to listen to an important lecture on government’s role on how to stimulate the economy.
The economic of policies of the Obama administration pose major problems for future growth as they will stifle innovation and enormously add to our national debt.
“There is an ideological war currently underway in Washington, Mr. Beach told us, and out “generation will have to live with the consequences.” Currently, our debt is larger than the entire economy of India, and as Mr. Beech explained to us in detail, this is certainly no time to be adding a major entitlement obligation.
Thanks again to all who came out, we hoped you enjoyed the dinner and the lecture!
Sam Theodosopoulos is the Editor-at-Large of the George Washington University Young Americas Foundation Blog.
Our campus, as evidenced by recent actions by the Student Association and editorials in our newspaper, has become engrossed by the latest trend in higher education: the imagined right of students to room with students of the opposite sex. The student government at GW has decided to engage in social engineering by advocating a “test” program allowing students of the same gender to share one dormitory room. A special residential program, funded by the university, already allows for this type of arrangement on a limited basis. Our “independent” campus newspaper has taken an editorial position advocating mixed sex housing. This follows in the wake of much talk of gay civil rights in the District–a proposed gay marriage law before the city council, overturning regulations on gays in the military, and the cascade of other colleges allowing gender neutral housing. Without delving into the deluge of the various manifestations of liberalism’s most recent cause celeb, the issue of gender neutral housing has the same ramifications as the other demands–for the Academy, morality, and the society we wish to preserve.
Conservatives, unlike the legions of academics led by Fish, Nussbaum, and company, still view the role of the Academy as not merely developing the analytical skills of students. Colleges, as key institutions within our civil society, are charged with developing the moral life of students so that society may thrive. Understanding morality, through a study of the transcendent principles that form the basis of our culture, is applicable to both the aspiring politician and physicist. The debate over gender neutral housing is not one of liberation, but one of destruction, as it is a symptom of the creeping cultural relativism that seeks to undermine the mission of our colleges in promoting a moral society.
Gender neutral housing is nothing more than another attempt by the left to hijack an institution of society so that it may be destroyed and resurrected around a notion of enforced equality. The only thing being liberated here is libertinism, an anti-culture built upon the chaos of perpetual gratification of desires. Thus is the moral arc of the 21st century. Our colleges are saying to students that the traditional role of sex in society is reactionary, and our new morality should reject tradition completely to achieve absolute freedom. The moral relativists cannot be satisfied until social anarchy is realized.
Writing in our post-modern age, complete with its ignorance of history, we’ve been attempting to divorce gender roles from the family and sex from procreation since time immemorial. The amorality of liberals and the idea of the ever expansive State to which they subscribe has since the 1960’s unraveled the role of the family as primary social institution. Subverting gender roles, quite simply, perverts the ability of individuals to form functioning families. When the family and the Academy are unable to cultivate moral citizens, there is no society left. While some define traditional gender roles as an oppressive social hierarchy, it is in actuality order which defends us from depravity. Gender neutral housing is wrong because of the norms it obliterates, norms which define society–which we must safeguard for future generations.
Joe Naron is the Director of Press for the GW Young America’s Foundation
November 5, 2009 was a sad day for America as Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire in the Soldier Readiness Center of Fort Hood, the most populous United States Military base in the world, killing 13 people and wounding 30 others.
President Obama when delivering the eulogy told the crowd “no faith justifies these acts, and no god looks upon them with favor.” A few days ago, New York City Michael Bloomberg told us, “I want to make sure that everybody in New York understands that the terrible tragedy at Fort Hood was an individual who snapped but it has nothing to do with religion.” The media, motivated by political correctness, has failed to call a spade a spade; they have failed to report the truth that “sometimes an extremist is really an extremist.” Rather, Major Hasan was shown as a disturbed individual who was under a lot of stress. David Brooks writes in The New York Times, “Hasan was portrayed as a victim of society, a poor soul who was pushed over the edge by prejudice and unhappiness.”
While it is certainly true that the majority of Muslims are peaceful people, the cloud of political correctness that has hung over this tragedy is both absurd and detrimental. The fact of the matter is, Hasan is a radical Muslim, and this was a religiously motivated act of evil. Why else would Hasan yell, “Allahu Akbar!” as he opened fire? The London Telegraph reports that, in what was supposed to be a medical lecture, Hasan instead gave an hour-long briefing on the Koran, explaining to colleagues at Walter Reed Army Medical Center that nonbelievers should be beheaded, have boiling oil poured down their throats, and be set on fire. Moreover, According to ABC News, intelligence agencies were aware for months that Hasan had tried to contact al-Qaeda. His colleagues reportedly knew he sympathized with suicide bombings and attacks on U.S. troops abroad, and one colleague said Hasan was pleased by an attack on an Army recruiting office and suggested more of the same might be desirable.
This massacre is yet another battle on another front in our continued struggle with an Islamic radicalism waging war on America’s very existence. Let’s raise awareness and forget about the political correctness.
Sam K. Theodosopoulos is the Editor-at-Large of the GW Young America’s Foundation Blog.
Today, November 9, 2009 is the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a symbol of an era of German history that was plagued with repression and tremendous tragedy.
Dinesh Dsouza importantly reminds us in a recent National Review Online article:
“The West’s victory in the Cold War was not one that would have occurred if the policies of liberal Democrats had been in place. For this reason, the fall of the Berlin Wall is a reminder that liberalism was proven wrong in perhaps the greatest foreign-policy challenge since World War II.”
The policies proposed by the liberals in and out of government called for tolerance, which is to say, a policy of equal existence with the communists. Reagan on the other hand, recognized that the U.S.S.R. was an “evil empire.”
Reagan was largely responsible for today’s celebratory anniversary. Obviously, Reagan had some crucial allies: Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, Vaclav Havel, Lech Walesa. Gorbachev too played an important role, although it was largely a role that he didn’t intend to play, one that was scripted for him by Reagan.
Reagan proved correct not only in his moral condemnation of communism but also in his analysis of the Soviet threat and the policies he devised to counter it. Even some who were previously skeptical of Reagan were forced to admit that his policies had been thoroughly vindicated. The arch ideological enemy of the Reagan Doctrine, Henry Kissinger and his policy of détente, observed that while it was Bush who presided over the final disintegration of the Soviet Empire, “it was Ronald Reagan’s presidency which marked the turning point.”
The Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu wrote in his seminal work, The Art of War, “to subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.” Margaret Thatcher echoed this maxim years later when she proclaimed; “Ronald Reagan won the Cold War without even firing a shot.”
Moreover, today is not only a celebration of the end of a repressive era in German history, but a reminder of the failures and evils of Communism, and the triumph of democracy and freedom.
The George Washington University Young America’s Foundation, welcomes students and staff to celebrate this momentous occasion today as we tear down our own mock “Berlin Wall,” in Kogan Plaza at 3pm.
Sam K. Theodosopoulos is the Editor-at-Large of GW YAF.