Politics are in the air as the Presidential race within each party tightens. This is especially apparent on college campuses, including Mississippi College, where the two main parties, Republicans and Democrats, are represented through student organizations. Each organization has the same overall purpose: increasing voter turnout and registration, raising political awareness, and fostering respectful discussions between opposing ideologies. Here's a look into these two organizations.
To receive an accurate view of who the College Republicans are, we went straight to the man in charge: James Tulp, Chairman of College Republicans. We asked some hard hitting questions. See below.
Why are you a part of the College Republicans?
"I am a College Republican because I am a conservative...I'm a conservative because I believe that the government should be as small and as nimble as possible. Whether it's social welfare, healthcare, or creating jobs, the government cannot and will not ever be nearly as efficient as people working privately without the element of coercion."
What are some of the major views of the Republican party?
"In addition to limited government interference, another major view of the GOP is adhering to the Constitution. The fact is that our Constitution is the single most influential political document in the history of the world."
What do the College Republicans want to do on campus?/Why do you believe that it is important to be politically involved?
"Our goal as the College Republicans is simple: get people to care about the political process. Thomas Jefferson said, 'We do not have government by the majority, we have government by the majority who participate.' There is nothing that protects our freedoms more than an educated and active population."
Why is this club important to campus?
"This club is tremendously important for MC because our current generation is under attack, and we act as an important line of defense against this. We provide a community for students to learn, get involved, better themselves as people, and have fun!
Formed this year, the Mississippi College Democrats have experienced strong interest. These students believe that the Democrat party and Christianity are not mutually exclusive. In fact, their faith has dictated their alignment with the Democratic Party.
To get an inside look into this new club, we spoke to Will Ballard, the President of College Democrats.
Why are you a part of the College Democrats?
"I am a College Democrat because I want to represent and help those who hold traditional democratic views across campus."
What are some of the major views of the Democratic Party?
"Major views of the Democratic party include conservation of the environment, a higher minimum wage, tax reforms favoring the poor and middle class, and government programs strengthening the power and influence of local and municipal groups."
What do the College Democrats want to do on campus?
"College Democrat's goals are increased political involvement for all students on campus. It also functions as a group that gathers and discusses ideas that are common with the Democratic party and can support Democratic candidates in local, state, and national elections."
Why do you think it's important to be politically involved?
"Political involvement is crucial to electing officials that accurately represents your desires and interests. Many people feel unrepresented or lied to by public officials, or even fatigued by the political process. It's important to remember that by participating in politics in any level, you are making your voice heard."
Why is this club important to campus?
"This club provides an outlet for discussion and increases the diversity of political thought on campus. We also plan to put on events starting next year increasing students discussion in all aspects of politics."
No matter what your views are, it's important to read about the candidates and to vote. Make your voice heard, America! If you're passionate about the issues and politics, get involved with one of these clubs.
The views reflected in this blog are not representative of the beliefs of Mississippi College, the Choctawk, or the authors. The opinions of each group are just that--opinions.