Not all Gonzales opponents are liberals
I am compelled to attempt two important conceptual interventions against your article of February 15, in which you report on Alberto Gonzales’s plan to meet with “detractors” before his speech ["Gonzales to meet with detractors before speech"], as though Gonzales has title to some official, normative position from which others are forced to “detract” and define themselves. In reality, our leaders are no more than reactionary clowns who derive all of their power from symbolic investiture; everyone knows that the emperor has no clothes.
Then, speaking of the [College] Democrats, the President of the College Republicans states, “now that they aren’t coming we have to find random liberal people on campus.” As one of the 30 students scheduled to meet with Gonzales for this discussion, I am deeply insulted by the insinuation that my views are, have ever been, or will ever be considered “liberal,” unless she means that I deny the divine right of kingly rule. I am a card-carrying Conservative; I believe in conserving rights and freedoms within individuals in opposition to the hegemonic State. I believe in conserving the Bill of Rights; I reject the false premise that times of war require compromises of principle. I believe in tradition; torture is an absolute historical evil.
I haven’t been so insulted since the blogger Jesus’ General called me a “College Republican.”
Steven S. Hoffmann
Class of 2008
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