This past Tuesday, March 27, the Temple College Republicans and the Temple College Democrats held a debate in the Underground and discussed issues affecting the local community and the nation. This event could not have been put together without the great leadership of Temple College Republicans President Erik Jacobs and Temple Democrats President David Lopez. The event was a great forum for both organizations to voice their opinions about different issues to the large audience and it seemed that most people came away viewing it as a positive event.
There was, however, one incident that was very disconcerting to me that happened during our debate. A member of the College Democrats expressed an opinion when speaking about a medical policy, alleging that republicans are “raping women.” This kind of speech is used around the country to try and score political points and as future leaders in the public and private sector we should hold ourselves to a higher standard.
I feel a need to speak out against this kind of speech in the hope that people see there is no need for that kind of a personal attack in a civilized conversation. There is nothing wrong with people having different views and solutions when it comes to how to resolve problems that face our nation, but this kind of rhetoric should have no place in political discourse. I love the fact that different people have different views on different issues and having citizens who have different views is what makes this country great. I would hate to imagine how boring and dangerous things would be if everyone agreed on every issue.
When someone uses this kind of vile language when disagreeing with someone, it does several negative things. Firstly, it tarnishes an organization that person may represent. Secondly, it diminishes the message that person is trying to convey, and thirdly, it does a serious injustice to the emotional and physical trauma an actual rape victim lives with for the rest of their life, all in the name of scoring political points. I urge all Temple students who may find themselves in a disagreement to act and speak in a civilized way in an attempt to avoid staining the university, themselves and their message. Maybe by doing so we can all work together to solve problems that affect everyone.
Temple College Republicans