Hood College Republicans Forum

By Eric Beasley

Last night the Hood College Republicans held their regularly scheduled meeting but also made sure to invite the public to come out and talk with their executive board. As you can imagine, the “public” had a lot to say to these young men and women. But let’s start with context:

The Display:

Context is important here, because most of the pictures posted of this display are not high enough resolution to actually read the various quotes. You should be able to zoom in on these and read what was so controversial. In my not-so-important opinion, the display did include a cross-section of conservative beliefs (I would have put some Dr. Paul and Mises on there). Everyone from modern rabble-rousers like Ben Shapiro, Milo, and Alex Jones to old school Republicans like Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln.

The forum started out with the faculty adviser to the Hood College Republicans (who also advises the Hood College Democrats, #bipartisan) make a brief statement about the display and encouraging everyone to be civil.

The HCR board started out the forum with a few statements. One that caught my ear was made the statement that multiple female members of the HCR’s refused to be on the panel because they would be harassed. We’ll come back to harassment later.

Let’s start with Flannel Hipster. I didn’t catch everyone’s names, so I am giving them generic descriptor names. Flannel Hipster decided to complain about the HCR’s not participating in her {Insert Liberal Cause Here} event over the last 4 months, which included topics like equal pay, violence against women, and the vagina monologues.

We’ll temporarily ignore the fact that the so-called pay gap has nothing to do with gender and everything to do with career choices. There is a reason that young women without families make more money than their male counterparts.

Turns out, one member of the panel attended the vagina monologues twice in the previous 2 years and another organized an event for equal pay and violence against women last year. But hey, don’t let facts get in the way of a narrative, right Flannel Hipster?

Also worth noting, Flannel Hipster did not attend the Valuing our Veterans forum that the HCR’s put on March 22nd, with yours truly on the panel. Event attendance is a two-way street.

Here is where the HCR board reinforced an important concept, that the display was a representation of Big Tent Conservatism. Only two people on the board said that they stood behind every quote up there, a Black Woman and Asian Man. We’ll get to why that is important later.

Next up was the obligatory trans woman. Personally, I have already accepted that if I say anything that doesn’t involve rainbows and unicorns about her comments that I will be called a transphobic bigot, despite empirical evidence and statements to the contrary. During her comments, just about my only thought was “I wish Trish was here in Frederick”. The speaker disputed the quote by Ben Shapiro regarding the classification of transgederism as a mental illness, claiming that mental disorders are only disorders if they cause stress.

A member of the HCR board read the exact quote by Ben Shapiro, to which the speaker left the microphone. Then, the HCR board member read from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders version 5 and International Classification of Diseases concerning gender identity.

Next up was the Drunk Hippie. His primary complaint was that the board did not include APA citations and claimed that the board was “weaponized words”. Of course, words do not shoot you in the face or break your arm, making this comparison inherently false.

After that, we had “THAT” feminist come up to speak. THAT feminist stated that calling abortion genocide is hate speech. She also cited the debunked statistic that 1 in 5 women will be raped on college campuses. Prager has a great video debunking this false statistic, maybe we should have made the speakers use citations like they wanted the board to have?

Jason Miller, Vice-Chair of the Frederick County Republican Central Committee then took the opportunity to speak. He was a little verbose (as usual) but his comments were coming to an end when HipsterBucks decided to interrupt and complain that he was lecturing them all like a professor (Side Note, call Jason Miller “The Professor” from now on). Of course, what he had to say was exceptionally valid, he cited the fact that his Jewish wife was a Trump supporter and had friends who said Trump was literally Hitler. He also cited a SCOTUS case where the right of a Student Communist group (something most liberal students support) to speak and display their political beliefs was affirmed.

Another student started speaking, specifically about the racial issues. It was pretty apparent that she could not get through her entire words, which was right about the time Liz Matory (former candidate for CD8) jumped right up and made sure she could get through her comments. To me, her comments reflected the exact goal of this display. Once she talked to the HCRs and found out more about the context of the display, she actually understood the message. Mission Accomplished.

But let’s get to the glaring hypocrisy at this event. I was seated in the audience next to Liz Matory (because she’s the only person that can stand my usual commentary). Behind us were seated 3 young women who were obviously NOT there to support the Hood College Republicans. The racist comments that came out of their mouths were absurd and hypocritical, to say the least.

When the black female member of the HCRs said that they stood behind everything on the display, these racist behind me said “You’re black, that doesn’t even make sense”. When the Asian man stated that their board was diverse (2 white men, 2 black men, 1 Hispanic man, 1 Asian man, 1 black woman, 1 white woman), their response was “God I hope you don’t represent all Asians.”

My Commentary:

First off, the HCRs faculty adviser is a perfect example of what we need on college campuses. Any person that is willing to sponsor both Republican and Democrat clubs should be held up as a shining example of how to encourage civil discourse and allow these young men and women to figure out their own beliefs. The calls for her to be fired (which I have seen on social media) are antithetical to the entire concept of higher learning.

Second, the cognitive dissonance was astounding. There was a group of students there in opposition to the so-called “racist and transphobic” statements on the display that responded by being racist themselves. Of course, they did not have the fortitude to say that in public, instead resorting to whispers in the audience. I cannot imagine the lack of self awareness that would be required to decry racism then basically accuse a black woman of being an Uncle Tom.

Third, some of you may know that in order to undergo gender reassignment surgery, you must be diagnosed with gender dysphoria. This is not meant to criticize anyone that is transgender. Nor is it meant to be transphobic, anymore than stating the rate of PTSD (30% whom deployed) and suicide rate (20/day) among veterans is veteran-phobic. You all know that I have personally been open about my own mental illness and my attempt at suicide, acknowledging those facts about myself does not make me weaker or less valid as a person. It only makes me human. Acknowledging the issues in any community, whether Veteran or Transgender, is not meant to dehumanize or encourage violence against them. For me, finding out that LBGT youth have roughly the same suicide rate as veterans only makes me want to hear them out and offer my support.

As I have stated many times, I do not care if someone wants to identify as a man, woman, feline, or 1997 Toyota Corolla. It is none of my business how someone wants to live their life, just like it is not my business if they smoke marijuana, own more firearms than shingles on their roof, or live in a polyamorous hippie commune. As The Rock says, “IT DOESN’T MATTER”. As long as I do not have to pay for or subsidize your lifestyle, I have absolutely no say in your lifestyle.

After leaving the forum, I felt both hopeful and scared for the next generation (college kids are just young enough that I can call them that). Half of the people in that room were nothing more than uneducated Social Justice Warriors, regurgitating debunked statistics from their so-called enlightened world view. The other half were logical and reasonable people, which gave me a little hope for our future voters.