I AM A SECOND YEAR AT BERKELEY.
The notion that Berkeley is the liberal heart of America is overrated
. Once again, people rely on "what they've heard", and have not experienced BEZERKELEY first hand.
The writer of this article is complete conservative-partisan. And because of the 1st amendment, he has the right to be. But free speech does not mean true speech!
Don't believe everything you hear.
I've walked across Sproul Plaza EVERY SINGLE OCTOBER AFTERNOON
this month. The truth is that Anti-War protests go on almost everyday, from way back when before 09-11.
While there have been several major anti-war rallies, most notably the one two weeks after 09-11 of which I (a moderate) participated, the rhetoric wasn't nearly as extreme as this misinformed, disillusioned writer points out. True, some speakers stirred up controversial speech, such as the lady who blamed all of this on Israel-- but the crowd immediately lambasted her.
The truth of the matter
is that Berkeley is actually mostly conservative. Most of the students here, myself included, came from disciplined educational, preparatory backgrounds. There really aren't too many "radical, dangerous thinkers," but just many creative people.
The "liberal left-wing extremists" constitute most of the protesters around Berkeley. They are by and large a minority of the student
population. The reason why they exist is, under many student's deduction, is because many of them think "it's cool to fight for a cause, that it's cool to be anti-government." They themselves are just protesting for its own sake. And this is why liberals from all over the world flock to Berkeley. They don't come at the request of the students, that's for sure.
After all, that is what Berkeley is about: free speech. But make no mistake, there are still plenty of patriots here.
Yes, I attended the Anti-War Rally. That's because I wanted to be part of something bigger, and they did have a point inasmuch as emphasizing no-violence, but a swift and just reaction. It was more an ANTI-VIOLENCE
rally. Think of this phrase by Ghandi: "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."
But I also was involved in the Pro-America rally. Even though I am anti-violence (on civilian deaths), I still support the country with complete confidence in whatever we choose to do in this ordealing time.
To the whoever laid the blasphemous reports
about Berkeley's lack of flag-posting. It's another case of assumption. Just because the city (note:NOT SCHOOL) is one of the most liberal in the nation, does not mean it is anti-flag!!! While you won't find flags posted up on every nook and cranny like Hometown, USA, you will still see a respectable show.
Many residence hall buildings have large flags draped across the side of them. One even has written on a huge window "God Bless America". Fraternities and sororities all have their flages draped down, some at half staff. I live here. How are we complete pacifists?
And this "separationist" attitude, as if Berkeley was not representative whatsoever of the Bay Area, is not amenable. We are not in our own little world, I assure you. The citizens and students of Berkeley have ties that bind to all Bay Area cities, and cities across the state, nation, and world.
Tuesday earlier this week, Berkeley had its first Pro-America rally. (I guess you couldn't call this a protest, eh?) I was involved, in that I know the two founders/presidents personally, and they asked me to design a logo for their new group. Sadly, I was not able to furnish them with one before the protest.
The Berkeley United Students for America
is a newly founded coalition between the Berkeley Republicans, and the Berkeley Democrats --both very vocal groups in light of last years controversial election.
Rather than accusing Berkeley of being liberal for its own political agenda, I say to the uninformed outside world: where else can you find harmony between Republicans and Democrats for the country?
Here's the news article:
A Proud Berkeley Student