Monday, November 05, 2007

Health Care Debate on Campus Tomorrow Night

The Marquette University
College Republicans and College Democrats present

A Debate on
Wisconsin State Health Care


Tuesday, November 6
7:00pm
AMU 254

Featuring the following panelists:

Gerald W. Frye, President of the Benefit Services Group

Representative Leah Vukmir (R – Wauwatosa) of the Wisconsin State Legislature

Dr. Robert Kraig, Communications & Program Director of Citizen Action

Dr. Therese Lysaught, Associate Professor of Theology at Marquette University

Questions or concerns can be directed to:

Sarah Kirby, Director of Events and Education for the Marquette University College Republicans
sarah.kirby@marquette.edu
OR
Jason Rae, Chairman of the Marquette University College Democrats
jason.rae@marquette.edu


Kudos to both groups for staging this debate.

At Marquette, as at most universities, speakers and events tend to be one-sided and propagandistic. At Marquette, a leftist axis including the Office of Student Development, the University Ministry, Manresa and the Office of Mission and Identity is notorious for staging programs where competing viewpoints are not represented, and the purpose is merely to rally the troops behind “social justice.”

Social justice is always assumed (remember, these folks can’t admit there are two sides to any issue) to be the standard leftist agenda.

For whatever reason, the College Democrats are not part of this axis. Unlike J.U.S.T.I.C.E. they are not the pets of the University Ministry nor the Office of Student Development.

Of course they lean to the left (they are supposed to lean to the left) but their leftist politics is of a more open kind that is willing to engage the issues and debate the opposition.

They, of course, share this openness and sense of fairness with the College Republicans, and with the conservative Federalist Society at the Law School, which when it wanted to do a program on gun control went to considerable lengths to get good advocates on both sides.

So we have a bit of an irony here. When speakers and programs are arranged by Marquette bureaucrats, the agenda is one-sided and propagandistic.

When the program is arranged by explicitly partisan and ideological groups, both sides get heard.

It’s student tuition dollars not at work.

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