Wednesday, February 28, 2007

College Republicans are HILARIOUS, aren't they?

When I was in college and a musical theater major, we played a lot of games. We played tons of lame acting games and we also routinely snuck into the theater at night to play hide and seek in the darkness of the main stage. Sometimes, we had a scavenger hunt. Many times, these games were played after we drank alcohol. Silly, yes; stupid, probably; harmless, absolutely. We all do things like the above when we are young and reckless.

But lately, College Republicans around the country have just gone off the deep end with their "humor" and playtime. In fact, they are offending members of both the Republican and the Democratic party with their antics. They certainly aren't making any friends; no, instead it looks like they have a whole new group of enemies. Additionally, there "games" have forced a few of their members to resign their leadership positions or be kicked out of the group altogether. Unfortunately, that's what you get for being a hateful bigot with a small brain.
It's almost enough to make us nostalgic for streaking and sitting on flagpoles. College students from Michigan to Florida have found a new way to get attention, offend others and make a right-wing statement all at once. It's a game with a name that says it all: “Catch the Illegal Immigrant.”

The game is a variation on hide and seek: one player poses as the immigrant, and everyone else tries to find that person. There's a prize, usually $200 or less, which is not much, but enough to celebrate the cheap exploitation of a fellow human.

“Catch the Immigrant” is the brainchild of an intern with the College Republican National Committee, who lost her post after coming up with this and other campus recruitment gimmicks. Another game, called “Fun With Guns,” invited young Republicans to fire BB guns or paint balls at cardboard cutouts of Democratic leaders. Republican Party leaders have tried to distance themselves from the games, but seem to have done little to stop them.

The right-wing organizers of the immigrant games — particularly Young Americans for Freedom and Young Republicans — have declared piously that they're just trying to spark debate. At that, they have succeeded. Protesters defending immigration and human dignity have outnumbered the game's players at the University of Michigan, Michigan State, Pennsylvania State and other campuses, including, most recently, at New York University.

The reaction from schools has been mostly tepid. Administrators are in a tough spot, trying to balance free speech with offensive behavior. More speech is the answer, including voices of authority pointing out the nastiness of this game as well as the inherent cruelty of hunting people for sport.

“Catch the Immigrant” also reflects a larger misunderstanding of the immigration issue. The more than 11 million illegal immigrants cannot be caught. Even if they could be, rounding them up and deporting them would be disastrous, economically and socially. Educators should teach the game players about the real world.
So, there you have it. They want their "freedom of speech", well fine; they can have it. They won't have many friends though, I can guarantee you that.


Blogger Catzmaw said...

Hmph, in a few years they'll want their cheap illegal immigrant nannies and yard workers and contract laborers.

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Newspaper Hack said...

I remember when those pricks disrupted a fucking prayer at South Carolina when Edwards made his prez announcement there in '03.

I actually knew some of those fucktards, including the pint-sized chairman, who said her group wasn't harassing the Edwards and the national press corps, but just "exercising free speech."

I wanted to tell her that she needed a personal trainer, but no dice -- I needed to keep my job.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Newspaper Hack said...

Heh. "The Edwards." A copy-edit mistake turned funny joke.

10:15 PM  
Anonymous ValleyDem said...

College Repubs in VA havent been the shining light of dignity either. For instance, when I was at JMU they hosted an Affirmative Action bakesale, where they sold baked goods to White folks for $1 and to blacks for $0.50.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

If I recall correctly, Hitler didn't have a lot of friends, either.

He still came to power.

Similarly, we need to keep speaking out against these kids. It's not enough to dismiss clearly false ideas or marginalize the bigoted. These are errors that must be corrected, not uncool kids to be shunned. That just reinforced their sense of specialness.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Phriendly Jaime said...

Valley Dem-are you SERIOUS? That is deplorable and disgusting.

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Ghost of A.L. Philpott said...

He's completely serious, Jaime. I happen to know the fella responsible. They also did an "Animal Rights BBQ", where they invited all the animal rights groups like PETA on a false premise and had a large cookout with not just meat, but at times throwing stuffed animals on the pit.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Phriendly Jaime said...

That's just incredible. What a bunch of assholes. But then, those are the same people whining and crying when Dick Cheney comes to speak to their school and people boo him.


1:00 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

As a Michigan State alum, I can tell you there's just a handful of a$$holes on that campus that get WAY too much press time. I knew conservatives on that campus that refused to to deal with those jokes. People that went on to run for local office and refused the College Repub and YAF's help.

Seeing as how these idiots are such a minority on campus, they continually get their letters published in the campus paper.The MSU College Reps and YAF recently sponsored Tom Tancredo for a speaking engagement. They acted like jerks and got everyone riled up and then went on FOX News and claimed protestors were uncivilized and attacked the poor innocent Repubs.

Really, it's like 10 or 12 jackoffs on MSU's campus that garner this attention and it's utterly ridiculous.

9:22 PM  
Blogger Phriendly Jaime said...

Steve, will we still be friends if I tell you that I I am a tOSU fan?

9:25 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I'm sure you have your reasons for liking OSU.

I have no beef with OSU other than the fact that your basketball team has loaded refs that make horrible calls. You can thank us for putting your basketball team in the #1 spot since we schooled Wisconsin. We should have had the "W" over OSU, but as stated, apparantly refs love OSU and don't know thee definition goaltending. Don't worry, you shall get your comeupance....

Honestly though, couldn't care less about OSU.

8:09 AM  
Blogger The Richmond Democrat said...

Great post, please consider submitting it to The Carnival of Virginia.

4:11 PM  

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