It’s been weeks since the election, so hopefully by now we’ve all scrubbed the blue and red eyeshadow from drooping eyelids and peeled the ‘I Voted’ stickers off our jacket lapels. Our neighbors finally have muted Baracka Flacka Flame. Some of us are elated, others disappointed; but one thing is clear for all of us it was a wild ride, and everyone’s first instinct is to simply exhale.

But a long-awaited conclusion to this race should be no cue to abandon political momentum, wherever it carries our respective lives. You’ve probably heard if not repeated that now-famous quote by activist Mohandas Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Considering the leader’s lifelong commitment to pacifist social reform, Gandhi’s rhetoric was perhaps more literal than popular Western reiteration might suggest. No, we’re not suggesting our readers drop out tomorrow morning to join the Peace Corps. However, we do note that armchair academia and box-checking will only get us so far. We are often divided in opinion over the President’s fulfillment of his first-term campaign platform of “Change” and “Hope,” but regardless of our feelings on any issue, we as citizens must also remember to look to ourselves as sources for progress, no matter what our leaders are up to. Real people create real ideas, and the often-seemingly small but deliberate efforts we make is what alters the course of society.

Remember John F. Kennedy’s famous inaugural address? “Ask not what you can do for your country,” he implored us, “but what your country can do for you.” And the man was right. Those ballot measures don’t write themselves, you know.

R.S.


With the presidential election coming up in November, people are already getting ready to cast their votes toward their favored presidential candidate. Be it Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, time will tell who voters will decide to take the reins of our country for the next four years. However, in the world of the “Ultimate Universe” of Marvel comics, that decision has already been made. That’s right folks; the new commander-in-chief is none other than the star-spangled man himself, Steve Rogers aka Captain America. And contrary to how we often do things on the Clog, no, we’re not joking. read more »


Do you dig democracy and can’t wait to make your voice heard in the November election? Or maybe you are simply entertained by politics?  Whatever your views may be, this election year is one of the most important yet, and what better way to fuel the electoral excitement that to watch the two presidential candidates duke it out in the presence of your peers?!

The ASUC Vote Coalition and the Robert C. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service are hosting a viewing party for the first presidential debate of this election season, which is  being held at The University of Colorado, Denver and hosted by Jim Lehrer of NewsHour.

DEETS:

When: October 3, 2012

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: 111 Moses Hall on campus

The event is the first of many designed to bring politically active and interested youth together to view and discuss the presidential debates that are taking place within the next few weeks. Come join a multitude of student groups partisan and non-partisan to the event of the election!

Can’t make it to the event? You can still watch (or Tivo) the debates! Catch the livestream here or on such channels as C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as all cable news channels including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC among others.

DEMOCRACY 2012

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Ron Paul

Just days after the conservative think-tank National Association of Scholars released a study saying that liberal faculty and political correctness at the University of California has resulted in students receiving a decrepit and biased education, Republican presidential candidate (if we can still realistically call him that) Dr. Ron Paul will be stopping by Zellerbach Auditorium this Thursday, April 5.

Take that NAS!

The study entitled “A Crisis of Competence: The Corrupting Effect of Political Activism in the University of California,” may have been recently quoted by Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum when he outlandishly proclaimed that the universities in the UC system “don’t even teach an American history course.” WHAT THE EFF!?

Dr. Paul, who is possibly the most sane candidate running for the Republican nomination (wow, that really isn’t much of a compliment now is it?), will be hosted by student organizations Students for Liberty (who should really consider retaking their club photo) and Youth for Ron Paul.

The campaign event, which we’ll assume is for 2016 considering he has yet to win a primary, begins at 7 p.m. in Zellerbach Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Vouchers are available at ronpaulatberkeley.eventbrite.com. Ticket holders are encouraged to arrive by 6:30 or risk losing their seating.

UPDATE: Event moved from Zellerbach to Memorial Glade to accomodate everyone. Vouchers no longer required.

Image source: Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons
Report: Leftism at the UC leads to skewed education [Daily Cal]


Bachmann 2012After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

So, we know we’ve had more than a few of these indications of the world’s untimely end as of late, but seriously, guys, this one could be … you know, the one.

No we’re not talking about the Rapture, the closing of the 405 or other equally terrifying scenarios, we’re here to tell you that Rep. Michele Bachmann has announced that she’s filed the necessary papers to run for that fun little job we’ve all heard of. read more »