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    Keep the volume down

    aaronwolking.jpgThe 2008 political season is at its full peak. What voters, pundits and political analysts have all been waiting for is now finally upon us, the height of the presidential race. It is understandable why people get excited.

    The differences that define each of the candidates for president evoke passionate responses from the voting public. However, recent events on campus compel me to write about respect, dignity and the ability to rationally and reasonably agree to disagree.

    In the past 10 days I have been witness to a recurring event that has taken place on campus, on the main walkway in front of the university library. A certain student has taken it upon himself to subject the rest of the university population to his own personal, radical political and social opinions by shouting out clichéd one-liners about what he dislikes about our government and country.

    Now, let me establish my opinion. I am the biggest proponent of free speech in the world. I absolutely believe that people have the right to believe whatever makes them happy.

    I also believe that everyone has the right to express their opinions freely. However, when that freedom of expression stops being a respectful, rational dialogue and turns into an irrational, unreasonable tirade of personal opinion, I feel that we have missed the point.

    Understand, I am not writing this because I agree or disagree with the student who was demonstrating. In this case, my own political beliefs are not the issue. What I object to is the method of communication the student was using to get his point across.

    It has always been the case that if you treat people civilly, you get a better response. If you are truly trying to communicate your ideas on how to make this country a better place, then isn’t being obnoxious in your delivery kind of defeating the purpose?

    If you are really trying to sway people to look at life the same way you do, doesn’t shouting about God, George W. Bush, war, murder, injustice and marijuana at the top of your lungs seem kind of counter-productive?

    Is it just me or does that not make much sense?

    I know if I am going to try to persuade someone to agree with me on any issue, the one way I can guarantee that I will be ignored by the majority of my audience is by yelling at them.

    It sure seemed like this was the case with the student on campus. It appeared that most of the students in the vicinity were either ignoring the tirade or laughing at the spectacle he was making of himself.

    Here’s the deal. We all should know what we believe in: I do. I also commend the student in question for being strong in his opinions and not being afraid of ridicule. Both are admirable traits. However, I simply can not agree with his chosen method of communication. It was obnoxious and annoying.

    In the future, I really hope that we, as an educational institution, can maintain a rational, respectful dialogue between people of opposing views. This is healthy for the continued expansion of all our viewpoints.

    The key is respect.

    We should all allow the people around us to believe what they want. Making peers listen to one-way, subjective political raving is not and never will be the way to effect change.

    It should be discouraged. I discourage it, very strongly discourage it. Don’t make me yell at you.

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      ScootOct 18, 2008 at 10:47 am

      how come my previous two comments before the above one are missing text or not showing up at all?

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      ScootOct 18, 2008 at 10:45 am

      Respect a two party system bought out by corporations, NO THANKS!

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      ScootOct 17, 2008 at 9:53 pm

      I encourage this discussion on the student that I believe to be me:) I would like to state that I have been gaining support from students, professors, and service members of the United State’s Armed Forces. LOVE from the legend known as Scoot:)

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      FREDOct 17, 2008 at 9:34 pm

      First and formost… how does one (say) “I am the biggest proponent of free speech in the world” when you are trying to (say) that speech in such a context as this student’s is wrong and disrespectful… How could someone even discourage on that type of speech.. if HE is the biggest proponent of free speech in the world!!! How could one try to report… when he is expressing a restriction on the only admendment that protects the act of reporting. I feel that too many people on this campus are to afraid to express there ideas… always sitting around laughing and make ill comments of this student. My belief is the first admendment is absolute… although (it) is not interpreted that way in the Supreme Court of The United States. Most of us are blinded. A free country is lost without the freedoms that were guaranteed by our founding fathers … so i commend this student… MY FRIEND, SCOOT. I mean come on Aaron, what if i wrote a article that said it really disgusts me that he could try to express his views in a bluegrass music… Would that stop you??? So i would say pick better things to criticize… not our civil rights….

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      LoganOct 6, 2008 at 8:48 am

      First of all, this is opinion, not reporting. And I don’t think whether or not someone asked him his reasons is relevant, all this piece is trying to discuss is whether or not it is appropriate to yell things. Second, you can’t just use someone’s name without his or her permission. I think the TODAY is doing a good job of discussing what’s happening on our campus. This isn’t CSU-fc.

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      NatalieOct 4, 2008 at 6:40 pm

      Sometimes, free speech means hearing things you don’t want to hear in a way that you don’t want to hear them. As long as he is not hurting anyone or impeding on anyone else’s rights, he’s completely justified. You said as long as free speech is “rational” and “respectful” it’s fine. My question to you is, who get’s to decide? And, who are we to stop someone from being passionate about their view?

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      steve titusOct 4, 2008 at 11:14 am

      Not one person asked him why he is doing this… I see that you use the name “student”.. Just say his name.. We all know who he is.. Reporting is not about beating around the bush.. I mean what he is doing is really nothing compared to some of the events at other Universities.. for example at csu-fc this week or next week they will have 15 foot tall Baby fetuses protesting implementation of Amendment 48.. which one is more disturbing or a problem??

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