CHECK OUT THIS PIECE OF RIGHT WING DELUSION AT OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
Check out this article from the Oregon St. University newspaper. Apparently, there is some Right Wing Student group on a kind of witchunt against "Communism" in the Oregon State curriculum. The quotes from these idiots are priceless: "There's a feeling within the group that the position being articulated today by most Democrats is a communist message"; "The University itself has a Marxist agenda"; "Getting a Republican governor elected in Oregon is difficult, Daghlian said, because many voters in larger cities such as Portland are liberal." What's next, a McCarthyite witchhunt for Reds in the closet?
Communism at Oregon State?
Members of the Western Counties Association say communism is an underlying issue in many classes
By Kelli Shillito
Barometer Staff Writer
The threat of communism may not be on the minds of most students, but a new group on campus is taking it seriously.
The regional political group Western Counties Association, formerly Northwest Anticommunists, is now over thirty members strong on campus, according to group founder Paul Daghlian.
"The University itself has a Marxist agenda," OSU liberal studies major and member Michael Thrift said.
He added that group members on campus meet in dorm rooms about twice each month for pizza parties and movies nights at which they "think of fundraising ideas, how to grow our member base and talk about candidates."
Former OSU student Paul Daghlian, of Enterprise, says the Western Counties Association has over 100 members in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
Daghlian said calling themselves anticommunists was a "tongue-in-cheek" way of saying they were extremely right wing, and recently changed the name to Western Counties Association to attract a broader member base.
Thrift however, contends that the group is indeed against communism, which is an underlying influence in many classes, especially those that deal with conflict theories and, "definitely in philosophy classes."
Political science professor Richard Clinton disagrees with this belief.
"It's so silly. It sounds like something out of the '50s," Clinton said, disregarding the group's fundamental idea.
He added that, if the allegations of communism are in fact legitimate and the purpose of the group is anything beyond discussion alone, then "the whole idea is absurd, like lynch mobs and vigilante groups."
While Thrift mentioned the possibility of attempting to affiliate with Student Involvement, Daghlian said the group is not interested in this recognition, but does want to recruit more members on campus.
There are currently 16 political and social awareness groups affiliated with Student Involvement, and according to the Leadership Development Coordinator for Student Involvement Katie Wilson, a potential new student group's political stance is not the primary consideration during the application process.
The Student Involvement handbook for recognized student organizations states that, in order to be recognized, a group must not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and several other characteristics. There are no restrictions regarding discrimination on a political basis.
"We (Student Involvement and the Student Activities Committee) make sure they are in compliance with University policies," Wilson said, explaining the application process.
The Western Counties Association has not taken any steps toward affiliation, according to Dan Schwab, Student Activities Committee Faculty Chair.
Along with building its membership base on campus, another group objective is to influence elections, initially at the county level, and secure more positions for conservative Republicans.
"There's a feeling within the group that the position being articulated today by most Democrats is a communist message," Daghlian said, adding that his group promotes a "traditionalist, conservative agenda."
Getting a Republican governor elected in Oregon is difficult, Daghlian said, because many voters in larger cities such as Portland are liberal.
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