Children are a thorny issue for any political philosophy. Do children have agency and are they truly rational actors? If not what status should they have? Are they the property of their parents, dependents of the state, or something in between?
This then leads to a host of questions regarding the values taught in publicly funded schools and the extent to which parents have discretion in disciplining their children.
Come join Wesleyan Students for a Free Society tomorrow night to discuss these questions and many more.
“I feel like no matter what happens, I will never look back on this with any regrets.”
Eight years ago, Wesleyan students voted in the first presidential election following the 2000 Florida clusterfuck. Intent on getting Bush out of office, most students from swing states dutifully mailed their absentee ballots. But when Jeff Kessner ’07, a Palm Beach County native, failed to receive his ballot in the weeks leading up to the election, he decided to take action: he flew 1,360 miles home for early voting.
“For me it’s important,” Kessner told the Argus at the time. “I made sure that my vote counted.” Later in the piece, though, he acknowledges some degree of selfishness:
“I think it is amazing,” said Amanda Hungerford ’07, a friend. “Jeff was able to put his own disillusionment aside in order to effect change.”
To Kessner, however, it was actually a selfish act.
Some clips from President George W. Bush’s final press conference yesterday, in which he cracks jokes, tries to justify his administration’s legacy, makes facile admissions of mistakes, and gets appallingly theatrical:
This is probably the last we’ll hear from this guy for awhile, savor it with the full 47-minute interview at MSNBC. Or cheer yourself up with some easy liberal snarking about the Bush legacy from Current TV.
President Bush’s quick reaction time and skillful ducking kept him from getting hit after Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi launched both his shoes right at the president’s face, while yelling, “This is a farewell kiss, dog!” Bush’s response? A classy, “All I can report is it is a size 10.”
Good work, Bush. I’m actually proud of you, for once.
I’m not really sure why I’m still surprised at headlines like this, now that we’ve endured almost eight years of George W. Bush. But I am. From the article:
The White House in December refused to accept the Environmental Protection Agency’s conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants that must be controlled, telling agency officials that an e-mail message containing the document would not be opened, senior E.P.A. officials said last week.
My life would be so much easier if I could do this. Student loans? No, don’t think I’m going to worry about those. Tuition bill? Nah, that’s far too much money, I’ll just let it sit there until they decide to reduce it.
Honestly, how the hell does anyone, evenespecially our President get away with this? I didn’t know it was possible for me to be even more depressed about the job Bush is doing…
Nancy Pelosi still refuses to support impeachment though, saying that doing so would be divisive–and although I would like to see Bush and Cheney impeached, I think she does have a point. And this certainly isn’t a time when the Democratic party needs to be more divided.
Ready to hear another Bush speech about how America is strong, and how he’s keeping terrorists from setting off a radiological dirty bomb on your back porch? You’re in luck. This year’s State of the Union address is tomorrow at 9:00 PM.
Instead of sneering at the man, why not down some hard liquor and pretend that the days of good jobs and cheap oil never went away? And really, you could stand to stop thinking about global climate change for at least a few hours.
To help you in your efforts to attain a positive outlook on Bush’s presidency, The State of the Union Address Drinking Game has crafted a wonderful set of rules for getting delightfully drunk. (Disclaimer: 21+ only; always drink responsibly. Wesleying prefers our readers alive.)
Bush says “nukular”? Take a shot. The camera shows Nancy Pelosi? Take a shot, without moving any facial muscles. A mention of “border security” calls for a shot of tequila. And if the president mentions water-boarding? “Lean your head back and have a friend pour a shot into your mouth; gargle.”