While Temple College Republicans were almost moved to tears by the benevolence of the Temple Democratic Socialists, we will be respectfully declining their $5 offer. The members of TUCR feel Donald Hopkins, president of Temple Democratic Socialists, should use that $5 to invest in his continued education at Temple. It is quite obvious that, after reading his editorial, he could stand to benefit from more of it and we would not want to deprive him of the funds needed to continue his quest for knowledge.
It’s worth pointing out that Mr. Hopkins seems to be suffering from a case of identity crisis. While the generous offer he made on behalf of his organization is flattering, the fact that it would be coming out of his own pocket suggests that he is confused about how his own ideology seeks to re-distribute wealth. Shouldn’t the Temple Democratic Socialists be coercively obtaining that $5 from other students to give to TUCR’s members? Perhaps they should even seek out the richest 1 percent of students for the purpose of obtaining the $5 they so graciously wish to give us.
Since Mr. Hopkins would rather assert that Republicans have a narrow-minded view of social responsibility, we decided during tonight’s meeting that we would begin to collect voluntary donations from fellow TUCR members during the next few weeks. These donations will then be given to a local charity on behalf of TUCR. Being able to choose what organization receives the funds will help us decide the best location for the funds to go.
Mr. Hopkins should stick to what he knows best, and that is deciding for other people what to do with the fruits of their labor. In the meantime, we here at TUCR are recognizing that times are indeed hard for everyone and will be making use of our individual liberty in a way that does not infringe on the rights of others, so that we can ultimately help the least among us.
President of Temple University College