Second Fraternity Interview

Nov 26, 2013 by

To continue on with the interviews, I talked to one of the fraternity brothers that live in my house (who wishes to remain anonymous). When I was looking for people to interview, I wanted to make sure that I talked to people who didn’t really care a lot about politics, and this individual said that he fit that description. I sat him down for a quick interview, and this is what I got:

  • What political affiliation, if any, do you think best describes you? Why?
    • Conservative. Believe in smaller government.
  • What do you think the campus would describe itself as politically? The Greek community specifically?
    • Conservative. Definitely conservative.
  • Do you keep up with current events?
    • yeah
  • What would you say is your main source of news?
    • Internet. News sites, CNN and Fox, Reddit, Colbert and John Stewart. I watch a lot on the weekend, HLN.
  • What issues or topics are you most interested in?
    • Nothing in particular.
  • What issues or topics are you least interested in?
    • Scandals that don’t really effect people. “Oh sex scandal, drug scandal!” Nothing that could directly have an impact.
  • Do you come from a politically-interested family? If so, do you generally agree with their views?
    • Yeah. Mixture.
  • What do you think of Obama’s administration so far?
    • Unsatisfying no matter what side. Pretty underwhelming.
  • Would you say you’re open to new political ideas?
    • Smaller stuff, not the big picture kind of stuff.
  • Do you think your teachers’ political opinions affect your classroom experience?
    • Yeah. I have yet to meet a conservative teacher.
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SPSU Political Survey Results

Nov 6, 2013 by

One of the things I set out to do with this website was to show what the political atmosphere is among the people that I live with. In order to do this, I created a quick survey asking people about what their beliefs are and what they think everyone else’s beliefs are. I ended up getting 39 people to respond, which was more than I was expecting. Here are the results!

  • Are you currently a student at Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU)?
    • Yes – 92.31%
    • No – 7.69%
  • Are you currently an undergraduate member of a general college fraternity or sorority?
    • Yes – 84.62%
    • No – 15.38%
  • What political party do you affiliate with?
    • Republican – 28.21 %
    • Democrat – 23.08%
    • Other (please specify) – 48.72%
  • Do you think the SPSU students as a whole are more liberal or more conservative?
    • Liberal – 28.21%
    • Conservative – 43.59%
    • I don’t know – 28.21%
  • Do you think the SPSU Greek community is more liberal or more conservative?
    • Liberal – 7.69%
    • Conservative – 71.79%
    • I don’t know – 20.51%
  • Age
    • 17-20 – 43.59%
    • 21-25 – 48.72%
    • 26-29 – 5.13%
    • 30+ – 2.56%

Of the people who said that their political affiliation is “other,” 5.26% said “Liberal,” 5.26% said “Patriot,” 42.11% said “Libertarian,” 26.32% said “Independent,” 5.26% said “Socialist,” and 15.79% said none.

Looking at only the people who are in an undergraduate fraternity or sorority, 15.15% are Democrats, 30.3% are Republicans, and 54.55% are “other.”

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First Fraternity Interview

Oct 17, 2013 by

One of the things that I want to show with this website is what the political atmosphere is among my college and Greek community specifically. In an effort to do so, I’ll be conducting interviews of some Greeks that I know, as well as sending out general surveys (if you’d like to complete the survey, click here).

Below is the first interview conducted, with none other than… Freedom Hater!

  • What political affiliation, if any, do you think best describes you? Why?
    • I’d like to say Republican, but lately they haven’t really reflected my personal views. I’d say it’s a mixture between Republican and libertarian.
  • What do you think the campus would describe itself as politically? The Greek community specifically?
    • This campus? I’d say it’s pretty diverse as far as politics are concerned, especially this fraternity. The Greek community would be Republican/right-sided, definitely.
  • Do you keep up with current events?
    • Oh yeah.
  • What would you say is your main source of news?
    • Fox news and Facebook groups.
  • What issues or topics are you most interested in?
    • Gun laws and gun control are definitely number one. Basically anything that has to do with the economy, anything related to politics in general. The debt ceiling, Obamacare, there’s all kinds of different things. Education and things related to schools as well.
  • What issues or topics are you least interested in?
    • Anything that has to do with the weather or the environment.
  • Do you come from a politically-interested family? If so, do you generally agree with their views?
    • Yeah, not as political as me though. I tend to agree with their views.
  • What do you think of Obama’s administration so far?
    • He’s doing a shitty job. First of all, he made promises that he hasn’t fulfilled, such as the deficit, with Obamacare adding to the deficit. He’s a good speaker with teleprompters, but he’s not a good leader, and that’s not because he’s black (which some people say). (He’s saying that his race isn’t the reason that he thinks Obama is a bad leader, even though others say that those types of accusations are usually based on race. – CH)
  • Would you say you’re open to new political ideas?
    • Some, yes.
  • Do you think your teachers’ political opinions affect your classroom experience?
    • Not at all. Most of them don’t really talk about politics, and if they did it wouldn’t affect me anyways.
  • Anything else you’d like to say?
    • You’re a communist!
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No War in Syria

Oct 4, 2013 by

In a previous post I wrote about how I agreed with my fraternity brother (Freedom Hater) that Pres. Obama was overstepping his bounds by wanting to call a strike on Syria without Congressional approval. Since then, Obama asked Congress for their approval, which is a step in the right direction, and then asked Congress to postpone the vote as he tries to find more diplomatic solutions.

I think that is one of the better decisions that Obama has made during this whole Syria debacle. I very much do not approve of war, as I think that it ends up causing more problems than solutions.

There is an interesting take on this issue from the late Christopher Hitchens. In “The Case for Humanitarian Intervention”, Hitchens argues for why America should go to war when it is for the right reasons. Hitchens makes a lot of good, thought-provoking points, I will give him that. From reasons like “failing to help one side was the same thing, strategically as well as morally, as helping the other,” and that what happens in other civilizations impacts others, Hitchens tries to argue that America should get involved in what happens in other countries, particularly when the government starts to abuse it’s power.

While I think that Hitchens had a point, I don’t think that humanitarian intervention should always result in us going to war. As we’ve seen in Iraq and Iran, people who are innocent seem to get attacked as well, which hardly can justify our intervention. And why are we only trying to go to war in Syria? Why not other countries? Is it really only because Syria used chemical weapons? While chemical warfare is detestable, there’s no real distinction between the mass execution of people via guns or chemicals.

I can’t see how we can justify a war. However, we can justify some sort of intervention.

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