Ryan Chartrand

Well, it must be political season again; the Republican columns have again switched which of their schizoid natures they display. On Feb. 13 we were subjected to not one or two, but three columns by Cal Poly Republicans, which essentially boiled down to “poor me, I’m a Republican” (“Bringing Bias to Class,” “How I Joined the Dark Side,” and “Journey of a Republican “President”). Compare these to “Wanted: Rational, Reasoned, Logical Liberal” (Nov. 7, 2007) to see why I consider them to be schizoid (same author as “How I Joined the Dark Side”).

Now, I agree with some of the points made in these articles; you don’t always have to agree with all of the choices made and positions taken by your party. But in the end, you need to be comfortable with what you’ve chosen, and if you’re not, maybe you should rethink it.

It also has kind of gotten under my skin that there are only two types of articles written in the conservative slot of this paper: “slathering anti-liberal” articles and “poor me, the liberals are attacking me” articles. Can we please have an intelligent and well-reasoned article more along the lines of how this year started. “Get a Clue, Jena Six Supporters” is a good example of a well-reasoned essay that one could disagree with but still respect.

And that’s the problem. I have lost respect for the conservative side of this paper. Which is a shame, because I think that conservatives have a lot of good ideas to share with the rest of us (not just liberals, but independents as well) if only they could lose the “us vs. them” mentality.

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