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Winter II 2008

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Volume V, Issue III
2 the crawler Winter II 2008

the TOLL of TOLERANCE


it is everything you ever needed to know... and some things you didn’t
John McCain said Mitt Romney’s belief Demi-Lee Brennan, an Australian girl in
that Iraqi government should meet a set of need of a liver transplant, was saved once
liberal world. Individuals are free to pursue
by Nate Anderson whatever ideals they believe in, to discuss
“timetables and benchmarks” is code for stem cells from the donor changed her
retreat, but in January 2007, the Arizona blood type to match the new liver. A life
It seems that some upstarts would like to them, and to persuade others of their truth. Daily Star reported that McCain himself saved, no embryos necessary.
see the notoriously imprecise hands of Central They are not free, however, to use any kind advocated the same idea—timetables and
Hall’s clock tower get up to speed with the of compulsion to promote their beliefs.” *
benchmarks—“for the United States to con- Mike Huckabee has Chuck Norris and
rest of the world, while others prefer to think It is difficult to judge a speech from such
tinue its engagement.” John McCain has Sylvester Stallone…but
that Father Time bows his head to another a small segment, and I would encourage
* can either of them stand up to Hulkama-
abba. The debate over tolerance and diversity everyone to attend the lectures themselves,
In an attack at the end of January, al-Qa- nia? Hulk Hogan recently told Jimmy
is hardly so simple, but it is best to be aware but it takes little effort to see where this line of
eda killed 91 Iraqi civilians by strapping Kimmel that “If I had to step out, and say
of the greater forces behind every assertion. thought leads. This is an excellent summary
remote-controlled bombs to two women who I really believe in—that catches my
With a flurry of articles in Hillsdale’s The of the views of many libertarians and much
with Down syndrome. One wonders why ear, that makes sense, that really can make
Collegian concerning the subject, and of the Economic department at Hillsdale. The
Americans should respect the perception of a change—I would say Obama.”
would-be Everett Scholars speechifying criticism I offer is that it hardly addresses
the United States these people have.
about ‘the limits reality. You *
*
can bring The Right’s love affair with Fox Network’s


of tolerance
in an age of
The Price good men pay for your yappy The City Council of Berkeley, California, hit “24” may be at an end—the Wall Street
indifference to public affairs dog into the has told the US Marine Corps they do not Journal reports an plot-overhaul in Season
diversity,’ it


library, but want their recruiting stations downtown. 7, including a Capitol Hill fight over Jack
might be helpful is to be ruled by evil men In response, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is Bauer’s methods and a new character who
to take a look the “quiet”
-Plato proposing legislation that cuts Berkeley- will “hunt Jack down from the dark side
at how some sign on the
door will benefiting earmarks and transfers that and drag him back to the light.”
of Hillsdale’s
probably not keep it from barking; the money to the Marines. The Marines have *
potential statesmen view the problem.
structure of the system will not suddenly no intention of leaving. The National Post reported that Canadian
Though the finalists for the Everett
* scientist David Suzuki recently told an
competition will not go head to head until change the nature of your pet. In a similar
CIA Director Michael Hayden told Con- audience: “What I would challenge you
February 22nd, a few of them agreed to way, human nature can, and at times should,
gress the controversial interrogation meth- to do is to put a lot of effort into trying to
share their favorite lines from their orations. be no less obstinate. Plato famously wrote,
od called water-boarding has been used see whether there’s a legal way of throw-
Gennady Stolyarov II offered his classical “The price good men pay for indifference
to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” against imprisoned jihadists a whopping ing our so-called leaders into jail because
liberal solution to the ageless dilemma.
three times, and has not been employed what they’re doing is a criminal act.” The
“The Austrian economist Ludwig von If the moral truths that good men adhere to
since 2003. crime? Skepticism of, and inaction on,
Mises, one of the most eloquent exponents of never influence the kind of laws they support *
classical liberalism, wrote that ‘Liberalism then there may as well be no good men, and global warming. A spokesman says Dr. Su-
February 6, 2008: the great late Ronald zuki didn’t mean it literally. Right.
proclaims tolerance for every religious faith the result is the same. Perhaps a little less
Reagan’s 97th birthday. Cheers to the man
and every metaphysical belief, not out of tolerance is needed in order to preserve *
who reminded us that “freedom is never NFL star-turned-pastor Ken Hutcherson
indifference for these ‘higher’ things, but tolerance at all.
Michael David offered a very different more than one generation away from ex- came the Martin Luther King Day presenta-
from the conviction that the assurance of
take on the matter, “Ironically, by preaching tinction. We didn’t pass it to our children tion at his daughter’s school to speak about
peace within society must take precedence
their message of tolerance and diversity, in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, equality. He didn’t expect his audience—
over everything and everyone’… a classical
multiculturalists have actually created a more protected, and handed on for them to do the his daughter’s own teachers—to boo him
liberal society prevents the bloodiest of all
intolerant world, fueling the melting pot fire same.” for his opposition to same-sex marriage.
conflicts: clashes over ideology. A Thirty *
Years’ War – driven by religious fanaticism by stressing people’s differences. If we only Tolerance, indeed.
concentrate on how different we are A woman avoided a deadly battle with cer- *
– or a French Revolution – fueled by militant
Continued on page 3 vical cancer after her unborn twins kicked Compiled by Calvin Freiburger
secularism – are impossible in a classical
the tumor so much that it dislodged. *

MFCR UNITES, DIVIDES RESPONSIBILITIES Delegates at the convention also heard Zatkoff of the University of Michigan was ending differences that had emerged in the past
by Martin Kraegel III from Charles Smith, the chairman of the re-elected chairman. In addition, Keith Dunn and of moving towards a common purpose
The Michigan Federation of College College Republican National Committee of Eastern Michigan University was elected of electing Republicans in the upcoming
Republicans (MFCR) held their annual spoke about new ways for chapters to co-chair; Chaz Oswald of Grand Rapids autumn elections. Re-electing Congressman
convention on January 26th at Oakland campaign in political races utilizing a new Community College was elected 1st vice - Tim Walberg, a Republican of Michigan’s
University. Hillsdale College’s chapter social network known as STORM. Hillsdale, chair; Pete Vitale of Oakland University was Seventh District, was said to be a top priority.
attended with thirty delegates, one of with its thirty delegates, ended up playing elected treasurer, and Andrew Boyd of the “I think everyone who attended this
the largest delegations in attendance. a command role in steering the convention. University of Michigan was elected secretary. year’s Michigan Federation of College
The event offered an opportunity for Several amendments to the Federation’s Katherine Montgomery, the chairwoman Republican convention had a wonderful
College Republicans around the state to constitution were considered. These of the Hillsdale College Republicans, was time,” said Montgomery. “It was so great
meet, network, talk politics, as well as have amendments would, if adopted, change a surprise nominee for the new 2nd vice to see so many of our students excited
some fun. However, convention business organization rules. One offered by –chair position. Once her term begins, her about supporting the Republican Party in
was the main order of the day on Saturday as Hillsdale’s delegation would have primary responsibility will be organizing the upcoming election cycle.” Montgomery
proposed amendments were considered and prohibited chapter heads from making “resolution weekends,” where MFCR will also believes Hillsdale “demonstrated
new officials were elected, with Hillsdale official candidate endorsements in help campaign for embattled Republicans. that we have a strong and passionate
College Republican chairwoman Katherine Republican primaries. It was defeated. Unity was big theme of the convention as group of College Republicans here.”
Montgomery being elected to a top post. In the elections that were held, Justin many top officials in the MCFR spoke of
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S“MITT”EN WITH ROMNEY:
Why the Ladies Love Him LOOKING FOR
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Emilia Huneke-Bergquist are banking on for their campaign.
Julie Robison
by Christina Miller Romney has a following at Hillsdale as well.
Editors in Chief The question of how to win the women’s Junior Emily Cican said that she first liked
vote is on every presidential candidate’s mind Romney because he seemed an all-around
as women generally tend to be swing voters. conservative. “He’s politically and socially
Mary Kate Cavazos For much of the 2008 race, it has been assumed and fiscally conservative. I really like that
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Nate Anderson female persuasion. It is the hope of the Clinton a candidate has something that makes him
campaign that other women will be able to personable and real. [Romney has] worked
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identify with her and will therefore elect her
to the Oval
like every other American.” She also added
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Brian Johnston Office amid “he is a very
Martin Kraegel III thunderous good-looking
nATHAN lICHTMAN cheering of conservative
having finally man.”
Kate Martin Junior Anastasia
broken through
Christina Miller the infamous Ealey is a self-
jAMES nESBITT glass ceiling. proclaimed Everett From page 2
However, Mitten. “Well, from each other, how can we possibly
Scott Rozell
Sen. Clinton once I got over reconcile those differences and unite – not
Heather Shell as African, Muslim, Native, and European
ought not count his hair, his
G. Stolyarov II strong economic Americans, but simply as good ole apple pie
her chickens
dAVE wASMER before they record just blew red-blooded Americans?”
Staff Writers hatch. While me away,” she David also raises a good argument for altering
there are some said. “His record our perceptions about diversity and tolerance.
women who in Utah during the Splintering off into superficial factions that
Mary Claire Andwood divide people into different racial or ethnic
will vote for 2002 Olympics
marissa farrell shows that he groups can become excessive and plain silly.
her just because
hannah mead she’s a woman, knows what he’s But, there appears to be a potential problem
Elizabeth Thatcher there is a fairly doing and people with this argument. Should categories such
sizable group One of Mitt’s “Mittens” Miller Photo will be more as “Muslim” be less important to one’s
Contributing Writers
of women who confident in his identity than American? Perhaps this kind
are running to ability as a leader. of awareness of fundamental differences
Elizabeth Essley I think that financially our country is in need of is healthy, allowing us to be intelligently
another candidate: Mitt Romney.
Photography The day after the Michigan Primary, several a strong economic leader and he fits the bill.” intolerant. America has proven Her ability
to act as a great melting pot, embracing all

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women called into Rush Limbaugh to express Like the women on Rush Limbaugh’s show,
their enthusiasm about Romney’s win. All of Anastasia points to Romney’s family values. kinds of individuals, but there remains a
these women showed admiration for not just “I like his strong family values. I think that decent group of people who would prefer to

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Romney’s policies, but his character. One will ultimately direct his stance on legislation keep their very souls from melding with that
caller said that she thinks “he has a lovely relating to these issues.” She also wants it homogeneous mixture. David may very well
wife and five beautiful sons and daughters- known that “As a Christian, I do not find his answer this contention in his own speech,
in-law and grandchildren. He comes across Mormonism to be a stumbling block.” but it is important to recognize that factions
as a very wholesome American…He exudes The women who support Mitt Romney feel were as much a part of the Founders’ plan
the most powerful morality I have seen in that they can identify with him; apparently for America as any other element. The ideal
any candidate.” These women are so plentiful Romney’s record as a businessman in should be a nation where individuals and
The Hillsdale Forum is an that Rush has dubbed female Mitt voters the private sector makes him much more factions moderately emphasize the weightiest
independent political student “Mittens.” relatable than Hillary’s possession of the XX differences, not a society where ‘we all just
chromosome. Women view Romney as a man get along.’
publication distributed four times A Google search will reveal that this is not
an isolated phenomenon. According to The of character and believe that he can protect Bridging the gamut between a pugnacious
throughout the academic year. bull dog and a passive collie requires an
Phoenix, a New England newspaper, $2.5 their country and, in turn, protect them.
million of the first $20 million donated to So yes, some ladies may dash to Hillary. always elusive degree of discernment. The
Questions? Romney’s campaign came from homemakers. However, there is still a contingent of women former type we label contrariness and the
Comments? Women for Romney is a grassroots who wants to find someone who really shares latter is arguably what most understand to
organization that supports the former their beliefs and experiences, and it seems be tolerance. In Plato’s Republic, Socrates
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Massachussetts governor. On their website, that contingent has found their someone else interestingly turns to the canine world to find
they proclaim their support avidly because in Mitt Romney. the qualities of the city’s guardians. Like
Contact The Hillsdale Forum: dogs, they are loyal to their own and distrust
they believe that he will foster an America
where their children can grow up safe. They those that they do not know. Reason and love
Mitt Romeny dropped out of the surely allow men to exceed this primitive
hillsdaleforum@gmail.com state that they admire his commitment to his presidential race on Thursday state, but Nature provides an example for us
family and their commitment to him, which is
February 9, 2008. all by continuing to see differences.
not the type of gender politics the Clintonites
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Hillsdale College Republicans Students for Life Aim to Save


Upcoming Events by Marissa Farrell
The March for Life is an annual pro-life rally
protesting abortion. It is held in Washington
In today’s culture, it is important for the young D.C. on January 22, the anniversary of the
people of America to use their energy, spirit, U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision,
February 15-16 and love in order to affect change for the good. originally ruled in 1973. Every year, thousands
Michigan Republican Party Annual Convention (Lansing) The pro-life movement needs the youthful of Americans come to fight for life. It is the most
February 18 enthusiasm of this generation. The Hillsdale attended annual march on Washington. Pro-
College Students lifers march down
Congressman Walberg’s President’s Day Speech/Festivities for Life (SFL) Constitution
Mid-April (Date TBA) proudly accept Ave, in the
the challenge heart of D.C.,
Local State Representative Debate to change our holding signs,
April 22 culture for the chanting, singing,
good. Hillsdale and praying
Fundraiser for Chief Justice Taylor SFL aims to be peacefully.
engaged in the Various pro-life
“frontlines” of organizations
the battle for hold events
life. We choose before and after

Forensics Team Heads in


to do so by the March.
participating The Catholic
in sidewalk Archdiocese of
counseling and Washington hosts

the “Right” Direction the annual March


for Life.
Despite
Photo Courtsey of Students for Life a youth rally and
mass every year
at the Verizon
made up of Wordsworth poems, “I knew that
by Kate Martin
knowing the power of prayer and peaceful Center and at the Basilica of the National Shrine
my program would not have a very warm protest, the feeling of helplessness is of the Immaculate Conception, attended by
The main goal of the Hillsdale Forensics welcome, but I was so tired of all the dark, overwhelming. Hillsdale SFL participates in approximately 20,000 people. For many people,
program is that the students are learning, nihilistic, modern material that is currently sidewalk counseling in Ann Arbor about once the March for Life is an annual pilgrimage that
which does not always lend itself to on the circuit that I decided to hearken back a month. Two trained counselors approach they make to stand up and fight for voiceless
women in cars and explain charitably and and vulnerable Americans. Hillsdale SFL has
the acquisition of shiny trophies during to something classic and worthwhile.” This
gently that there is another choice, the choice attended the last three marches. Every year our
competitions. As the rest of the world is year Ealey has taken a piece out that centers of life. The other participants prayerfully stand group of students increases in numbers. This
not Hillsdale, the groups the Hillsdale team on The Raven, and incorporates parodies of on the sidewalk, holding signs that read “Life year we tripled our number of students from last
competes against and the judges they perform the famous poem, including clips from The is Beautiful,” “Choose Life,” “We Love You,” year up to twenty-four.
for have a propensity to be more liberal in Simpsons. Ealey won third place in Poetry at and the like. The members of the Hillsdale SFL truly
their leanings, making the competition that Marietta College. For an hour, we pray for the babies, mothers, understand the cause that we fight for; they
much tougher. Despite these obstacles, Being the different voice in a room full fathers, doctors, nurses, and all those involved understand how important it is to be involved,
Hillsdale’s team takes on nationally-ranked of repetition can be a great advantage, and affected by abortion. There are times of even if change seems out of reach, and that this
teams and holds its own. Recently, at a as freshman Andrea Gillette discovered discouragement and despair; however, when is the fight of our generation. One in every three
a counselor makes a “save,” when a woman of our siblings, friends, classmates, and peers
tournament at Bowling Green University, at a tournament at Bowling Green State
decides not to go through with the abortion, it has been killed by abortion. It is up to us to stop
Hillsdale was the top Pi Kappa Delta school, University. During an impromptu speaking makes the sacrifice and hard times worthwhile. this American genocide, change our culture of
the National Forensics and Debate honorary, round, in which the competitors are given a Through sidewalk counseling, we try to touch death, and to instill and promote, within the
and at MISL Novice, Hillsdale took third quote and seven minutes to plan and deliver and change the hearts of individual people. The American people, a respect and love for human
place in overall sweepstakes. a speech agreeing or disagreeing with the setting is intimate and personal compared to the life from conception to natural death.
Freshman Brian Hunt chose a piece quote while using examples, Gillette pulled March for Life in Washington, D.C.
comprised of Shakespearean monologues from sources well outside the scope of her
to compete in the Dramatic Interpretation
event. He explains his choice, saying, “I
competitors’ speeches. While citing Victor
Hugo, Gillette managed to procure a first
Political Economics Club Cares for More than Politics
really enjoyed performing Shakespeare in place victory in Novice Impromptu Speaking. everyone to actively engage with the
high school, and I was excited to have the Not only were her arguments different from by Hannah mead important issues we face.
opportunity to do it in college. Having been her fellow forensicators, but they were Praxis gets its name from the word Within the past year Praxis events have
out on the Forensics circuit, I enjoy doing stronger. Hillsdale’s fostering of a classical “praxeology”–the study of human action, covered such diverse topics as the 2008
it just as much, but it’s interesting to see foundation gives its forensics students an something that Hillsdale’s political election, piracy, immigration, public charity,
the lack of understanding among many of advantage when they are quickly searching economy club cares for a great deal. Praxis and global poverty. An informal afterglow
the students and judges who are so used to for solid examples for their speeches. supplements Hillsdale’s economics and has followed many of these presentations, at
liberal and modern pieces.” Hunt’s piece Hillsdale Forensics students stand their political science classes with extracurricular which students can continue the discussion
is certainly different, but it’s also winning. ground on the forensics circuit. For every events to facilitate the discussion of issues amongst themselves or with the presenter.
Brian Hunt took first place at a tournament ballot that comes back, claiming the material relevant to all students. Hosting lectures by Praxis has hosted distinguished guests from
at Marietta College and third place at MISL is too old-fashioned and irrelevant, there is outside speakers, organizing presentations as far away as Boston and Washington, D.C.
Novice at Wayne State University. a smiling, if somewhat frustrated Hillsdale by Hillsdale faculty members and showing Praxis can also put current students in contact
Sometimes the pieces that the students take student, who knows they have done their part interesting documentaries, Praxis focuses with former Praxis members who are now at
out are purely for their own pleasure. Junior to help others gain an understanding of the on material pertinent to today’s concerns graduate schools and elsewhere.
Anastasia Ealey has taken out multiple classics, despite opposition. The Founders and controversies. Since open conversation Praxis’s faculty advisor is Dr. Ivan Pongracic
pieces made up of “classical” poetry, simply would be so proud. is crucial for fruitful discussion, Praxis is a of the Economics department.
because she enjoys them. Concerning a piece nonpartisan organization that encourages
forumh commentary 5

Professors Grade the US Economy


Many media pundits as well as financial leaders (Donald Trump, Alan Greenspan, etc.) have declared that we, as a country, are in a
recession and that we may be heading for even worse economic catastrophes in the not-too-distant future. Instead of believing them
outright, I decided that it would be a good idea to ask the Economics professors here at Hillsdale what they think about America’s cur-
rent economic situation. This article will consist of interviews I had with five of our esteemed professors. However, as Professor Steele
pointed out to me, “A serious account of the current economy doesn’t lend itself to sound bites or one-liners, you just cannot capture
the complex cause-and-effect relations.” Therefore, it is important for readers to know that what I report of these interviews is quite
possibly only excerpts of the original conversation and, while I will try my best to not take anything out of context, it would still be

by Nathan Lichtman Pongracic: I don’t think there will be


another depression in the near future.
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best to discuss these issues with the professors themselves.

of borrowing and inflation. Both parties


need to wake up and focus on cutting
Wolfram: With the Congress held by
Democrats and the White House held by
HF: What do you think, in general, of There is no reason for it. There will spending – the share of the economy Republicans it will be difficult to blame
the overall economic situation in the definitely be more recessions. actually going to government – but this is the economic slowdown on a particular
US currently? Wenzel: A recession might be good, far removed from the current philosophy party, and the incumbent is not running
Steele: The United States economy there will likely have to be an adjustment of either party. for reelection. Whether Romney [this
has very strong fundamentals – an (recession) to compensate for the Folsom: Our economy would be improved interview was taken before Romney
institutional setting that encourages malinvestment (especially in the housing by making the Bush tax cuts permanent dropped out of the race], McCain, Clinton
entrepreneurship and innovation, market) we have seen over the past decade and by removing the estate tax. We can or Obama wins won’t have a lot to do with
substantial organizational and technical or so (essentially since the dot-com bubble encourage investment by supporting economic conditions.
know-how, high worker productivity, and burst). entrepreneurs and corporations by lowering Steele: The Democrats will probably
low unemployment. No other country Wolfram: We are not experiencing a the tax on stock gains (which are subject to benefit from economic woes, so expect
compares. recession nor will we in the near future. a double taxation). If we allow people to them to take the Presidency and Congress.
Wolfram: I agree, the underlying Growth has certainly slowed but the market keep more of what they earn, a free people It is not necessarily the case that they’ll
economy is strong and productivity is is adjusting to the credit situation. will create businesses, jobs, and wealth. do worse than the Republicans. Neither
high. HF: If so, who can be faulted for this? HF: Do you think that Ben Bernanke is Hillary nor Obama has anything to gain
Drs. Steele, Folsom, and Pongracic seem What can be done to stop this? doing a good job? from destroying the economy. (Edwards,
to agree however, that government is the Steele: It’s hard to assign blame when there Pongracic: He is doing a good job for the on the other hand, sounded like this was
enemy to a good economy. are so many guilty parties; our problems banks - not so much for our country. his objective.) Both would be likely to
P o n g r a c i c : have relatively sane
Entrepreneurs continue Dr. Ivan Pongracic Dr. Burton Folsom economic advisors.
to create enough wealth Wallace and Marion Charles F. Klein Chair It’s also a little
through innovation and Reemelin Chair in Free- of History and Manage- noticed fact that
hard work to overcome Market Economics here ment at Hillsdale. He a party in power
the best efforts of the at Hillsdale teaches classes on the actually has an easier
government to stifle economic history of The time introducing
United States reforms associated
that wealth creation.”
Wenzel: I am reluctant with the party out of
to game the market.” power, than its own.
P o n g r a c i c : And perhaps a harsh
Economists’ crystal Dr. Gary Wolfram Dr. Nikolai Wenzel Dr. Charles Steele defeat will cause
balls usually don’t Munson Professor of Political Economy Assistant Professor of Economics, Assistant Professor of Economics, Republicans to do
work very well, sadly. here at Hillsdale. He is the author of the teaching economic fundamentals and teaching Austrian Economics as well some soul-searching
HF: Do you think that book Towards a Free Society: An Introduc- many political economy courses as History of Economic Thought and begin acting like
we, as Americans, tion to Markets and the Political System Republicans, instead
are doomed to or of welfare statists and
are experiencing a theocrats. We could
recession and/or a depression? arise from a confluence of welfare However, Drs. Wenzel and Wolfram use a spirited, principled opposition to the
Steele: Words like “doom” and statism, central banking, Keynesianism, agree that he has a huge burden on his increases in government the Democrats will
“collapse” ought to be purged from the and irresponsible borrowers, lenders, and shoulders. Wenzel: I think Ben Bernanke propose. So while the election itself offers
discussion. If the world comes to an end, voters. I think the immediate blame should is terrified of a recession -- hence his no hope, there’s no reason to be depressed.
it won’t be from economic crisis. Only go to George W. Bush, Congresses 107- unscheduled rate change (the most recent There’ll be tough battles ahead, on health
rogue asteroids and people armed with 110, and Alan Greenspan, for seven years one) when markets got jittery. It’s easy to care first, and then on existing entitlements
WMDs have this kind of power. The U.S. of unchecked and irresponsible fiscal and second-guess him from the comfort of my and the role of government.
is obviously in the midst of a slowdown. monetary stimulus. Note that it is largely academic armchair, but it appears that he’s
I don’t know whether it will meet the thanks to Republicans, not Democrats. postponing the inevitable.
technical definition of a recession (falling Republicans have become so fixated on HF: How do you think these issues
GDP for two consecutive quarters), but I the harm done by taxation, that they’ve lost will, or should, play out in the 2008
wouldn’t be surprised if it did. sight of the even more destructive effects Presidential election?
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He cleaned the tupperwear and returned it.
Odds are, you two are

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though one might spend a suspiciously large amount of time in his/her pres-
Age: 18 Graduation Year: 2011
ence; the pair are usually “studying” (Latin is the preferred subject; Greek, Graduation Year: 2011 Major: Classics
Literature and Chemistry are also popular), sitting together on the SAME Major: English Future Career: Professor of Latin/Greek
COUCH in the student union or table at the library, checking out books to- Future Career: One that doesn’t entail asking “Do you want fries Favorite Class: Latin
gether, reading poetry aloud to one another while waiting in line for the cafete- with that?” Interests: Reading, hiking, biking, knitting, crafts
ria, and watching documentaries together “for a class.” Females usually make Favorite Class: Dr. Smith’s English 102 Interesting Fact: There is a girl with my exact name in my home town
Interests: Enjoys long walks while riding horses on the beach on Pet Peeve: None
some sort of baked goods to show their affection in a way that does not overtly cloudless rainy nights, and normal guy stuff One Wish: To have no more school debt
give the message “Hey, I’m into you.” This of course, goes right over the male Interesting Fact: I have keratoconus Celebrity Date: Matt Damon or Will Smith
recipient’s head, although he usually appreciates the said baked goods as they Pet Peeve: People who stop and talk in high traffic areas Perfect Date: One where I already know the person really well and can
remind him of his mother. The males usually try to make an awkward pass at One Wish: Mr. Coffee really existed have a meaningful conversation. We would go hiking, sailing, have a picnic,
their target female, usually involving intricate swing-dancing moves and suave Celebrity Date: Keira Knightley for the accent and spend the day on a Caribbean beach
Perfect Date: One where I don’t have to make any decisions What you look for in a boy: A relationship with Jesus Christ and a sense
conversation about the decline of morals in today’s society. Depending on the
What you look for in a girl: A good laugh of humor
level of the relationship (i.e. how many semesters it has lasted), it may or may Do you believe in magic: In a young girl’s heart Do you believe in magic: To a certain extent
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(and by love, we mean friendship)
by publius only big screen TV, now lays barren and audience parading past them en route to
The other day I trekked to the far reaches empty—filled with nothing but memories the cafeteria has provoked a mass exodus
of campus on my monthly pilgrimage to and musty sofas. Quietly, reverently, I to more popular sites. They have sold
the college’s only ATM in the Dow Center, walked into that I can only now describe out to the polished wooden tables and
I Get A Kick Out of You Frank Sinatra yards beyond the bustle of the new Student as a monument to Hillsdale’s cultural better lighting in the new Student Union.
Union. The Dow Center door shut behind heritage, running my hand along the They have forgotten the rich traditions of
Why Can’t We Be Friends? War

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me, its mournful thud resounding in the threadbare fabric of one of the much- the past. They have forsaken the sacred
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cu lonely building that until a few weeks ago beloved couches. Tears welling in my bonds that tied them to the EAR in favor
I Want To Hold Your Hand The Beatles

times seen dis


had always been packed with students. eyes, I thought of the memories embedded of establishing new snuggling-grounds
You Can’t Hurry Love The Supremes The smoke from a solitary student in the in this couch, filled with defining moments replete with six zones of mood music.
Accidently in Love The Counting Crows snack bar meandered through the near- in student relationships of oh so many Former couples of the EAR, I beg you,
empty computer lab, dispersing in the still days ago. What softly spoken promises, though you may opt for cleanliness and
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart Elton John and Kiki Dee
air. A few students sat at computers in the what secrets had this couch absorbed in comfort, music, and lighting, never ever
If You Ain’t Got Love Mason Jennings

u often
Wiegand Lab, adding at least a touch of the synthetic filling of its cushions? What forget the proud heritage of the EAR
Won’t Say I’m in Love Hercules soundtrack life to this silent monument of Hillsdale’s sweet nothings had woven their way into tradition. Perhaps one of these days you
More Than A Feeling Boston architectural past. The thought that the fabric? How many articles of clothing might disengage yourself from the arms of

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8
To Our Readers:
opinion Winter II 2008

There is nothing more disparaging than hearing people ask,


“What is the point of your paper?” or “Why does Hillsdale
even need a conservative paper? It’s a conservative school!”
This argument is neither new, nor merited. The students and faculty
at Hillsdale College have taken an apathetic stance towards The
Hillsdale Forum, tolerating its existence on campus like the crazy
aunt at holiday parties who has had too much eggnog. They read
the paper and shrug it off. They find it easy to criticize articles, but
difficult to commit to writing an article or response of their own.
The Hillsdale Forum, in my smallish estimation, is the epitome of
Hillsdale College. HF is an independent paper, which means that the
paper is not funded (and therefore not regulated) by the school, due to
its outside funding. The reason why one should read HF is the same
reason why conservatives of all garden varieties read The American
Spectator, National Review, First Things, The New Criterion, and
other publications: the exchange of ideas, news about the world, Cartoon courtsey of USBIC

and the reaffirmation of why conservatives believe what we do.

American Empire, why not?


Hillsdale College is not an ordinary college, a mere road stop on one’s
way to the exceptional internship, the choice grad school, or landing
the perfect job. Rather, it is an institution filled with possibility and
knowledge, a unique college filled with exceptional students. HF Dave Wasmer the global stage, it is apparent that our moral
by obligation is to do just that: stop the bullies
is an opportunity to reflect the best of what Hillsdale has to offer. of the world. This is not an act of imposing
As the most powerful nation in the world,
It is up to us Hillsdalians to become leaders in the conservative America should make it her mission to end culture - the right to live transcends culture.
movement—not just the party, the movement. We have to take action tyrannical governments around the world. Nor is this a prescription to change the world
if we want the future of our country to go in the right direction. The And, if diplomatic and economic measures to clones of the US government; as long as
fail, America should invade these regimes, the new government guaranteed the basic
American Revolution did not happen because men woke up one day rights of the people, it wouldn’t have to be
topple their governments, and set up local
and decided they wanted independence from England. It started governments that insure freedom. an copy of the US form of government.
with an idea; men read in a pamphlet or in a newspaper other men’s Rather than attempt to directly address the With such an obligation established, the
thoughts on independence from England. These documents struck a numerous separate objections that could small detail of accomplishing such a feat
arise from this point of view, this statement comes to mind. Many might complain that
chord in their souls; they roused sentiments hidden deep in the hearts with the possibility of a recession looming-
is best supported from the ground up with a
of men that craved freedom said we, too, want freedom and liberty. single fundamental idea as a starting point: not to mention outrageous government
I write for HF because I believe in it: what HF is as a paper, what HF stands man’s right to life. Every person, regardless spending. That we cannot possibly attempt
for, and all of its potential. I believe HF is the beginning of something of culture, time, or place, is born with an such a mission; however with an obligation
innate right to live. Arguably, individuals to give up our lives, if necessary, why would
great. It is still in its foundational years (started merely five years ago), a minor financial bump in the road impede
can give up this right by committing certain
and I do not know if I will ever see its takeoff in my college career—but I deeds, i.e. heinous murder, but every person us, or lift the moral obligation from our
am ready. I am ready to fight for a paper others criticize but do nothing to is created with the right to life. shoulders?
improve. I am prepared to help start a legacy of college conservatives who Given that each and every person has The famous musician Bono routinely
an inherent right to live, consider a preaches that poverty could end within
write for not only their peers but also the world around them. HF should our lifetime; putting aside the argument of
possibly familiar analogy: imagine a bully
be a paper that the college actively supports and proudly stands behind, in a schoolyard at recess (it’s a rough such a claim, replace poverty with political
instead of never being mentioned amongst the other student publications. neighborhood). Now assume you are a tyranny. Imagine the possibility that within
Just as Reepicheep the rat in C.S. Lewis’s Voyage of the Dawn Treader jacked, 6’2”, 250 pound sixth grader. Given 100 to 200 years, the world could, for the
that situation, would you have a moral first time in human history, be essentially
shamed the sailors by exhibiting more valor and bravery than men much free of political tyranny. A similar situation
obligation to help those defenseless victims
larger than him, I too hope to persuade my fellow Hillsdalians into taking of the bully? As you probably can guess, you faced our Founding Fathers 200 years ago:
action and submitting to HF. Today marks a new chapter in HF’s life. are America in this analogy, with the foreign they could either take bold action for the
We would like to invite you to become part of HF’s early legacy and country the defenseless children, and the freedom of a nation, or be content with the
tyrant is the bully (the schoolyard monitor status quo. We have a unique opportunity
partake in this exciting venture. We’d be proud to count you among us. in all of human history, and we should not
is conferencing with other bullies about
possibly reducing the bully’s meal plan). squander our chance to change its course
With a tyrant violating his citizens’ right for the better. Obviously, this goal could not
Julie Robison to live, don’t you have a moral obligation be accomplished overnight, and not without
Co-Editor in Chief to defend them, even at possible harm to significant sacrifices, but with the resources
The Hillsdale Forum yourself? and spirit of the American people, I ask:
Given such a conclusion, once scaled up to Why not?
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forum opinion 9
A Student’s Guide to Managing Time
Because you only get four, well, maybe five years here, and you might as well make the most of ‘em!
the power of prayer, and that a Exercise is a good way to keep student union, take a few minutes
by Matt Cole half-hour spent in prayer is not a both your mind and body healthy. to glance up at one of those giant
Amidst the hustle and bustle half-hour wasted. Going for a walk or run will do TVs and see what’s going on in
of college life, it is often hard Recreational reading can be wonders for your stress, not to the world.
to manage time effectively and beneficial to those who want to mention removing some of that Always take time to reflect
avoid stress. I often find myself step away from the Plato and winter weight. If time is not on on life’s mysteries and ponder
staring off into space while Cicero scene from time to time. your side, at least go outside to questions that have plagued
simultaneously worrying about Believe me, I groan as much get some fresh air, and maybe man for centuries: What is the
an upcoming paper, instead of as the next student when I hear even have a snowball fight with meaning of life? Why do men
being productive. I have therefore professors encouraging us to read friends. Remember, exercise is have nipples? Thinking about
developed a set of guidelines outside the required material, but only half the battle: a healthy diet such grand questions allows the
which I try to follow in order I find making time to enjoy a makes the mind as happy as the mind to expand and makes less
to make my college experience good book of my choosing serves stomach. epic questions easier to consider.
as fruitful and stress-free as as a reminder that reading can be Watch the news or read a paper Most of all relax and have
possible. quite enjoyable. whenever you have a chance. fun! Although it is important to
In my experience, I have found A confidant is essential for one’s Seeing as you are reading this, remember that it is a privilege to
the best way to reduce stress and sanity. Having a friend who it shows you already have the be at Hillsdale and that we are
increase productivity is to pray. understands you can be essential right idea. Not only does the here to study and learn, it doesn’t
Philippians 4:6 states “Do not when you need to release stress news keep you informed, but it mean we can’t enjoy life. If after
worry about anything, by prayer by venting. It allows them to serves as a reminder that there is praying, reading, and exercising,
let your requests be made known help carry your burdens, and it a huge world outside of Hillsdale you’re still stressed and can’t
to God.” Prayer helps to clear the is surprising just how good it and nations won’t fall if you manage your time, try learning
mind, focus one’s priorities, and feels to tell someone else your don’t have the perfect thesis the pogo stick: it all the rage
lighten the burdens of life. At problems, knowing that they are statement. So next time, while and I’m sure it reduces stress
Hillsdale, many students know there for you. you’re diligently studying in the somehow.

The Lighter Side...

Cartoons courtsey of USBIC


10 arts & entertainment Winter II 2008

him. For example, Gingrich perhaps epitomized the


at the conference, anxiety that many at the conference
conservative author felt about the upcoming elections and
and columnist Ann the disunity felt in the Republican
Coulter lambasted Party regarding the McCain candidacy.
McCain and He noted that while he disagreed with
claimed she was McCain on some issues, it was better
now supporting have a president that one disagreed with
Martin Kraegel III Democrat Hillary some of the time, referring to McCain,
by
Clinton for president. Other Republican than one that one disagreed with most
The sea of providing of free bus transportation candidates, Mike Huckabee and of the time, a reference to Democratic
McCain, Romney, to and from Washington D.C.,” said Ron Paul, were also in attendance. frontrunners Hillary Clinton and
Huckabee and Katherine Montgomery, chairwoman of A highlight of the conference was an Barack Obama. Gingrich urged the
Paul placards, the Hillsdale’s College Republicans who early morning speech
group with the helped organize the trip, “We were able by President George
“Join Republicans
Against McCain”
banner, and the
to meet up with Hillsdale alumni and our
fellow students currently participating
in the WHIP program.” In addition to
W. Bush. Many woke
up at dawn to hear the
president’s remarks.
“ in the year ahead, the
pundits, the so-called experts,
commentators, analysts
man in the dolphin attending CPAC, many Hillsdale students The president was
suit proclaiming were engaged in other activities, such greeted by raucous will offer more gloomy
that “Romney helping various campaigns, attending applause and predictions and more big
flip-flops,” were tours of the Capitol and the White House, cheering upon his government solutions.
all evidence of meeting with Republican Congressman arrival and during
the continued Tim Walberg of Michigan’s Seventh and after his speech
And when they do, let us
diversity and District, and hearing about internship from the obviously remember their record:


division inside opportunities at the free-market oriented enthused crowd. this is a group that is seldom
the conservative Koch Foundation. In all these activities, “Yes, we woke up at
movement during Hillsdale students represented their college 4 A.M. to get in line
correct--but never in doubt.
what has for President -george w. Bush (CPAC 2008)
already been B u s h ’ s
a memorable 7:15 A.M.
and contentious election speech- but what a rewarding attendees to unity and the courage
season. The Omni Shoreham experience!” explained of their conservative convictions.
Hotel in Washington D.C. was Montgomery. Bush, who had Hillsdale students used the event to
the site of CPAC 2008, the not spoken at the conference learn and also to have a bit of fun. “The
Conservative Political Action in eight years, tried in his time I had during CPAC in Washington
Conference, sponsored by the speech to outline a presidency DC was amazing,” commented
American Conservative Union in amenable to conservatives. He sophomore Drew De Jong, “From the
association with the conservative focused on the most positive off chance of running into Tom DeLay
newspaper Human Events and aspects of that legacy: tax cuts, to visiting an incredible Irish restaurant
Young America’s Foundation. judicial appointments, right-to- in Old Alexandria, I was thoroughly
Held from February 7th to the 9th, life issues, and his prosecution convinced, if not convicted, that
the event provided a venue for of the War on Terror, while Washington is where I want to be. This
several prominent conservative skirting issues of greater trip gave me an experience one might get
thinkers and politicians to speak controversy such as spending when living there. An experience much
on contemporary political issues. and immigration. He ultimately deeper than one a tourist might receive.”
Over twenty Hillsdale students as a premier institution of conservative left it to history to decide his legacy, “It was a truly unique and
attended the event, some working for and Republican Party activism. observing that scholars are still analyzing exciting opportunity,” summed
various campaigns, while others came CPAC itself proved to be very eventful. the administration of George Washington. up Katherine Montgomery.
to meet with other conservatives, Republican presidential candidate Mitt The president then traveled to Tennessee
Photos (clockwise from top):
hear the speakers and network. The Romney dropped out of the race during to survey storm damage there.
Michigan Republican Party provided his speech at CPAC, while Republican Other speakers included Vice President
President Bush speaks at CPAC,
free transportation to and from the event frontrunner John McCain attempted Dick Cheney, ambassador John Bolton, No spying is allowed on the DC
for Hillsdale students. “We express to bolster his conservative credentials journalist Tony Snow, and former Metro, and Students meeting with
our sincere gratitude for their generous against prominent attacks made against Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan.
All photos courtsey of Katherine Montgomery, CPAC logo courtsey of American Conservative Union (www.conservative.org)
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the hillsdale forum presents...
MOVIE REVIEW
Real Hillsdalians
of Genius
by Stephen Casai
gUEST cOLUMNIST
respect for human life in the womb. One
character says the baby is a “blessing H ere’s to you, freshmen honors kids. Dropped off in southern Michigan
in a minivan boasting your honors status since elementary school, you were
For 14 years I have been the editor from Jesus.” In a moving scene at a
of “Heartbeat,” the Right to Life of mall, Juno runs into Vanessa (played by in for the shock of your life when you realized there were girls AND boys
Hillsdale County’s newsletter. During Jennifer Garner), the wife of the couple at school. Half of you may have been home schooled, and the other half may
that time, I have written several pro- who plans to adopt Juno’s baby as soon have never met someone of the opposite sex until you came to college, but
life book and video reviews. Not once, as he (or she) is born. Juno urges her to
you are certainly not wasting any time now, are you?
however, have I had an opportunity to touch and to talk to the baby.
review a Hollywood movie that deals “I can’t wait to meet you,” Vanessa You came to school ready to take on Greek translations and analyze
favorably with the sanctity of human says. Machiavelli, but instead you are mystified by the pink ribbon in the long
life. “Juno” is the first one, and I hope One wishes that “Juno,” rated PG- hair of the girl sitting in front of you. “Studying” in the Heritage Room and
not the last. 13, would have also showed respect for moving around the campus in herds, you shun the other students because they
At 16, Juno (wonderfully played by other moral values. One can appreciate didn’t pick up on your obscure literary reference in class or laugh at your
Ellen Page) discovers that her boyfriend the love and support the parents have Dungeons and Dragons joke.
has gotten her pregnant. She decides to for Juno after she tells them about her
So relax, sip your steaming hot (not to mention organic) green ginger tea,
have an abortion. pregnancy and her plans to give the
She says she wants to “nip this in the baby up for adoption. Still, why do they and remember what Hillsdale has taught you: “virtus tentamine
bud before it gets any worse.” seem to take the matter lightly when gaudet” (“strength rejoices in the challenge”) and “semper ubi sub ubi”
But something happens before she their daughter tells them the news? Her (“always wear your underwear”). --JR
enters an abortion facility that does not father even cracks a joke about Juno’s
require parental consent. A classmate
who is a sidewalk counselor outside the
boyfriend when he finds out he is the
baby’s father.
THE NARROWS EP:REVIEW
facility tells Juno that “all babies want “I didn’t think he had it in him,” the by dAVID O’DONNElL & bRENDON SMITH
to get borned” [sic] and that her baby father says. gUEST cOLUMNISTS, sT. lOUIS uNIverstiy
has fingernails. Why does the movie refer to teenagers The Narrows, hailing from Hillsdale Michi- feel with a very convincing guitar freakout
While in the facility, Juno thinks being “sexually active” instead of gan, is a self described “groovy psychedelic complimented very nicely by Evan Moran’s
about the child’s fingernails, which promiscuous? Is it necessary for the lollypop band.” True enough, the song “Red vocals. This song rocked the hardest and was
convinces her that she should not have heroine to give a classmate the finger? Light Blue Light” off their new EP is a kind far and away the best song. “Bedside Regi-
the abortion. Must we watch a scene that depicts a of postmodern mood music that wouldn’t be ments,” a mellow, folksy piece, loses focus
Juno, however, believes that she is not public school teacher putting a condom too out of place in Apocalypse Now. How- and suffers from a lack of variety. By the end
ready to be a mother. on a banana? ever, the Narrows channels the Shins more of the track, the drone of the accordion be-
So she decides to place her baby up “Juno” has been nominated for four than Jefferson Airplane. This influence is comes a distraction and makes the song feel
for adoption. Through the classifieds, Academy Awards, including Best readily apparent in the track “Trolley.” The drawn out and a little weary. Though both
she finds a couple who want to adopt a Picture. While its competitors have catchy, beat-driven, “Trolley” is a solid track, “Bedside Regiments” and “Red Light Blue
child. She believes they are the perfect struggled at the box office, “Juno” has despite the at times unnecessary background Light” are initially interesting, the combina-
couple until she discovers she is wrong soared, grossing nearly $125 million. fuzz. The piano work is an interesting ad- tion of repetitive background effects caused
about them. “Juno” is regarded as a long shot to win dition, although it seems lost in the mix at the songs to lose their initial appeal. The
This is “something way beyond my the Oscar for Best Picture, but if it winds, times. The vocals and musical style are remi- bottom line is that the first two tracks on the
maturity level,” she says. pro-lifers will join the celebration. niscent of the album Oh, Inverted World. Of EP, namely “The Pop Song” and “Trolley,”
In telling a fresh and entertaining story all the songs on the E.P., “Pop Song” was the show that these guys have potential, but the
JUNO logo copyright 2007 Fox Searchlight Pictures most interesting, combining a general indie release overall could do with a little editing.
about teenage pregnancy, “Juno” shows

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say what? Oh no, they didn’t? OH YES, they did! and we heard them say it too...
Faculty beware, OverheArd at Hillsdale is back.
Dr. Sundahl: “Don’t tell me, your essay topic is ‘Walt Whitman: Sex Symbol’?”
Girl in class: “No.”
“And people wonder why Je-
(The day after the Super Bowl) sus looks like a mini-adult in
“Who watched The Colbert Report last “I have good news for all you home- these paintings… I mean, he
night? ...Nobody? Put down the Plato schoolers; Eli Manning was home- looks like a little dude, and
and pick up the remote people!” schooled, there’s hope for you!” even today in music, rappers
–Dr. Pongracic –Dr. York often refer to kids in their
“The distinction between active and songs—you know—like when
passive is very important. You will they say ‘shorty’!”
“Think of the Macedonians as Pinky and the Brain.” –Prof. McKillop
realize this if you ever go to prison.”
–Prof. Siegel
–Dr. Weaire

“Gravis, grave. Speaking of derivatives,


“The middle ages were not AND THE WINNER IS:
a time of Winnebagos!”
look at gravitas…I often find that political
–Dr. Bart “There are three ways to a Hillsdale’s
commentators are always saying that politi- Boy’s Heart: food (specifically meat
cians should have a lot of gravitas. I often “Why did the sun never set on the English and baked goods), wear a skirt above
wonder if they think it is a type of tie.” Empire? Because God was afraid of what the knee and, admit that you would love
–Dr. Weaire those Brits would do in the dark!” to home school your children.”
–Dr. Whalen –Overheard in SAGA

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