Wednesday, February 23, 2005

“Operation Liberals Love America”

I got this too late to post ahead of the event:
College Democrats at Marquette, as a part of its on going effort to involve Marquette University students and community members to Support Our Troops around the world, promote the ideals of peace, and to promote the ideals of a Jesuit University, will hold a Support Our Troops Drive on Wednesday, February 23rd from 9:00am-5:00pm in the Alumni Memorial Union on the second floor.
I wandered by the display today, and saw the College Democrats selling bracelets of various types, the proceeds from which went to support the USO and The Hunger Site.

The inscriptions on the bracelets read “Support Our Troops,” “USA” and (the only one that sounds mildly politically correct) “Cultivate Peace.”

I couldn’t help but think that the College Republicans would have been inclined to add “. . . by killing terrorists” to that inscription.

Naming the thing “Operation Liberals Love America” is more than a little bit defensive. Liberals do labor under the burden of having a fair number of nasty anti-American types on their side of the political spectrum. But at Marquette, those seem to gravitate to organizations other than the College Democrats.

Last I knew (and we all know how quickly student organizations can change their plans) the College Democrats and College Republicans were planning to jointly sponsor a debate on the Iraq War. Such events should be a refreshing alternative to the single-minded propaganda that too many event organizers seem to favor.

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