Pleas welcome Maia, a new contributor to Innermost Parts who gave me the following piece unsolicited this afternoon. ~Loki
On October 3rd the Hoot published a lengthy article about Innermost Parts not so subtly impugning the ‘Political Party’ that has supposedly emerged from a progressive voting block in the Senate. Adam Hughes (Union Vice President), Noam Shuster (Senator at Large), Andy Hogan (North Quad Senator), Nathan Robinson (Castle Quad Senator), Lev Hirschorn and Alex Melman, (Senators for the Class of 2011), were all cited as members of this new organization. The exposé was inspired by a post on Innermost Parts by Phil Lacombe ’10. The post incited a heated discourse about the existence of a ‘Progressive Party,’ as he called it.
However, the fact remains that no one wants a political party in the Student Union. The two-party system that controls Washington politics has left our generation disillusioned with any system that seems to reflect this inefficient method of governing. The thought that such corruption could possibly be infiltrating our serene campus is disturbing to say the least. But has our fear of Party Politics gone too far? Have we forgotten about the positive effects of cooperation and collaboration? Have we forgotten to support those who answer our call for action?
Last spring contributors to Innermost Parts were faced with a difficult decision: should they remain on the outside of the Student Union and simply continue to criticize their actions or should they dedicate themselves to enacting the change they wanted to see. They chose to take action. In an age of online apathy, where people hide behind their laptops, joining facebook groups and blogging, rather than actually contributing to society, this group of active students should be commended for the example they have set for future classes. Their message is clear: Don’t just sit there and complain, Do something about it!
In order to take this important step they had to abandon the anti-establishment myth; they had to realize that their criticisms were not only statements of opposition to the status quo but also statements in favor of action. This mature realization enabled readers and writers alike to run for office, support candidates, assist campaigns and conscientiously vote for the candidate that best reflects their ideals. This is Representative Democracy at its best!
Let’s stop allowing our fear of partisanship keep us from collectively supporting agents of necessary change.