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…and they give up the game
My attention is called to this post at the Little Green Blog, a blog written by Dartmouth leftists including Andrew Seal, the editor-in-chief of the liberal Dartmouth Free Press. Andrew recently joined with Dartmouth Review editor-in-chief Dan Linsalata to oppose the Alumni Governance Task Force’s proposed constitution.
Seal dispenses again his reasons for opposing the constitution, but the anonymous comments section is where it gets interesting. Someone writes:
Seal,Andrew Seal replies:
I don’t think you understand the concept of pragmatism. This constitution, I believe, will help keep cons[ervatives] out of power and help the fairly liberal establishment currently governing Dartmouth—the one slipping and losing ground to the cons by the day—in power. Opposing the constitution will open the door to the cons. (Notice it’s mostly cons who oppose it: not a coincidence.) This would be an unacceptable tactical loss for liberals…
I’m going to guess that was a posting by a sarcastic conservative.And the commenter comes back with:
Actually, Andrew, you have probably guessed wrong. That is not surprising as you are also missing the real threat of not passing the proposed constitution because the current situation under which we exist is not a level playing field at all.The significance? Not much. Covering this debate so long, I have come to understand that a significant percentage of the anti-petition crew couches all Dartmouth politics in the national scene—as liberal versus conservative. This is unfortunate, but only for them. As much as some folks would prefer to squeeze their friends into a knee-jerk political vote in favor of the constitution, the unavoidable fact is that the electorate is composed of Dartmouth alumni. That means they’ll sit down for five minutes and understand both sides’ arguments. And when the principal argument in favor of ratification is “please?” I can’t imagine they’ll be too impressed. And even if they are, well, the incessant rigamarole of procedural dirty tricks have made ill intentions plain as day.
UPDATE: A reader writes:
So here’s the question—what ever happened to the idea of lifting the speech restrictions on campaigning? John Walters said after the election that he was going to advocate a move in that direction. Jim Wright has said that he too thinks the Executive Committee should get out of the business of rationing and regulating speech.It does, and the shadowy speech restrictions during trustee races is one very clear problem that the AGTF could have remedied with one sentence. Instead, their document gives the power to censor to yet another committee.
And doesn’t the entire argument of “Anonymous” collapse once you fix that one stupid rule?
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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