RIGHT NOW at NRN w/Armen Tooloee: “I Don’t Believe National Organizations are Doing a Good Job Supporting Conservatives on Campus”
On November 4th, Armen Tooloee told NRN’s Brittany Slaughter in an interview: Prompted by the National College Republicans Committee (CRNC), “just this past week, we we’re notified by the University that they were going to be dissolving us as a club and basically taking all the resources that come along with it.” NRN’s Dr. Smithmyer initially interviewed Tooloee on November 1st and promptly got their story out to help get the public involved. Despite disputing the unfounded claims and grievances of CRNC and the pressure put on them by the public, the University of Washington (UW) “College Republicans” have been forced to separate from the College Republicans organization and adopt a new name, the “Campus Republicans.” Tooloee believes their effective activism is the real reason the CRNC didn’t want them using their moniker. Tooloee said “we are one of the most effect College Republicans chapters in the country” with the proof to back up that claim. The group won a free speech lawsuit case to undo a new campus rule requiring groups to hire security for events upwards of $50,000. Additionally, during the spring semester of 2019, the then UW College Republicans held an affirmative action bake sale to sway the students to not vote for Referendum 88 to reinstate affirmative action in Washington. As you would expect, the cookies cost more or less based on race or gender. The analogy worked as the UW students could obviously tell that this wasn’t fair. Yesterday, Washington voters rejected the affirmative action referendum “by a slim margin.” These UW students had a hand in making this happen.
Free Speech Under Assault
The macro structure of US political parties is very interesting. While both major political parties pay lip service to the idea of grassroots efforts, it is really one of the things that scares both parties the most because Washington, DC, cannot control grassroots efforts. This is the whole underpinning of the impeachment movement. Bureaucracies run on control. The Trump movement may be a lot of things, but control is not one of them. The success of President Trump relied on the groundswell of regular Americans standing up to the elites around the country. Now all eyes are focused on the nation’s capitol with efforts to undermine the advancements that the Make America Great Again (MAGA) movement.
One of the most vital areas of our national development is in the schools and colleges of this great nation. It is an ideological battle. This battle is not conservativism vs. liberalism, rather it is liberalism vs. choice. The conservative part of this equation starts at a grave disadvantage because good, conservative professors and teachers (fair-minded liberal professors and teachers also follow this rule) do not force their ideologies upon their students.
Recent studies have shown that right-of-center college students no longer feel comfortable in their schools. There are no safe spaces for them to cluster. They must grit their teeth and take the abuse of liberal academia, conform, or drop out, either of which is the goal of many left-wing ideologues. This has been a battle waged by the right since the 1960s, but the battlefield has become more difficult as those supposedly on our own side are starting to undermine grassroots efforts.
NRN’s 1st Interview with Tooloee on November 1, 2019
I, Dr. Smithmyer, recently had the opportunity to speak to University of Washington College Republicans (UWCR) President Armen Tooloee. Tooloee is a senior at the University of Washington who, it appears, will only be president of the UWCR for a few more days because the College Republican National Committee has supported a revocation of the charter by the state organization.
While there are accusations of conduct unbecoming and “racism” (leveled against one of the most diverse College Republican Clubs in the country), the matter has come down to what so much of the so-called Republican Civil War has come evolved into: establishment vs. grassroots.
By its very nature, the Republican Party is the party of grassroots efforts to speak to the regular people who live in rural areas and in the suburbs. Also, by its very nature, the party itself has a tendency to draw its management model from that of every other political party, i.e., hierarchical bureaucracy.
As a result, the GOP has a necrosymbiotic relationship with itself; it wants to be grassroots but it also wants centralized power. This dichotomy becomes apparent in the struggle in Washington, the struggle in Blair County, Pennsylvania, and in Broward County, Florida along with many other states.
If the Grand Old Party truly wants to support “government of the people,” it should cater to the needs of the people, not just DC lobbyists who bankroll their chosen elite.
The controversy at UW is a battle for the soul of the GOP. On one hand, we have the rowdy, America-loving, Trump-supporting students who won a lawful election and have followed the rules of the national and state party to the letter. On the other hand. we have the “business as usual, lose all the elections establishment” that has been unable to gain a foothold on the West Coast. If a political party fails to grow, it stagnates and dies.
The edict from the National College Republican Committee (CRNC) is basically a “do not resuscitate” order for the Republican Party. These kids are the life of the party; we need to support them.
Please take a moment to email the CRNC and ask it to give the UWCR a change to stabilize the club before pulling the plug on one of the larger college groups on the West Coast.
And as always, keep all correspondences classy; remember, these are college students.