Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Smoking out those "liberal vegans"

"Something smells good," College Republicans Vice President Keoni Medici said, as his club set up across the street from West Virginia University's Mountainlair Student Union last Thursday.

The College Republicans' first Animal Rights Barbecue had begun.

For the rest of the story in The Nation, click here.


Anonymous Mel said...

Wow. How sad. I'm not sure what not eating dead animals has to do with political affiliation, but okay. It's disturbing that they signed-up, what was it, 20 new members? I'm trying to imagine the thought process behind joining an organization because they ridicule another group's eating habits. Strange.

I think my favorite quote was:
"I see PETA fighting for the rights of animals to be treated ethically, when animals don't ethically treat themselves. In nature, they eat each other."

Silly me, I thought cows ate grass!

6:12 PM  
Anonymous andrea said...

hmm... free food provided by college republicans? Score.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

My favorite quote is "They feel threatened by different ideas," Jenna Stiles said. "Anything that challenges their thinking requires them to fight back."

Funny how the Republicans are the closed-minded bigots, but the mere fact that I am a Republican who finds the whole (bar-b-que) thing amusing will probably piss off most of the regular readers here. Because the all-inclusive liberals amongst us hear the word "Republican" and their inclusive hackles stand on end.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Mike M. said...

Thank God!! I thought that SMU had shot itself in the foot again. At least this unmitigated act of foolishness happened elsewhere.

10:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frank, stop playing the martyr. Some people care passionately about animal rights, and rather than debate them, the Young Republicans only mock. I get so tired of this republican 'oh, poor me, everyone's against me' crap. It's been trotted out by every right-wing half-wit for 20 years, and it's as stale as a year-old doughnut. Come to the table with criticism, ideas, suggestions, or anything else contentful, but please, no more midless iteration of 'You hate me because I'm a republican, you mean, mean liberals, wah wah wah' balderdash.

4:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Young Republicans had a cook out and thought they said/did something clever. It is just another case of college students thinking they are smarter than they really are.

*Yawn* Nothing new here.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

What a meaningful and thoughtful assessment of my comment. And so brave of you to post it anonymously, too.

All I am pointing out is that rarely is the criticism of Republicans actually about policy. Usually it comes down to accusing the Republican in question of no morals, being close-minded, or of being evil.

This bar-b-que was an attempt by some college kids to make a point. Did they? Well, it got all of us talking, didn't it? But notice they weren't forcing their ideals on anyone, it was all done in fun, and no one is the worse for wear. If only more of us "reasonable" adults could debate the same way.

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