Friday, July 25, 2008
Goals for the Process
Orange & Blue will not succeed in impeaching Paul Drayton - the System will never allow it, but the fact that the Party has taken the initiative speaks volumes of 'the Five.' For starters, most SG Parties are too concerned with their own political livelihood and the marketability of their name to do anything as fringe as this. Whereas the old Ignite/Access strategy carried over to Independent parties like Impact, Unite, & Action, the idea of blending in with the mainstream party on election day. I believe that even the name of this incarnation of the Independent movement may have been a product of left-over influences of the Ignite/Access days, mainly through Tommy Jardon - the last of the Old Guard in top leadership.
However, if I had to note one basic break with the past in today's crop of Independent & GDI's at UF, is a return to old, in-your-face Independent politics. Orange & Blue won't play gecko-game, they will be very different, they will not only talk Indie lingo, they will have proven that they lacked the votes, but not the initiative or the courage to take on a larger, far more entrenched & arguably corrupt adversary.
Like I've told the Indies for almost three years, you don't earn the students' respect for mere talk. The hope is that Gator unites, that every single Gator Party Senator block votes and defends their inept & ineligible Treasurer on no grounds other than his party affiliation. It would also be lovely for Gator to rally its freshman and sophomore senators to give synchronized loyalty oathes to Gator during public debate, then have the Committee Chair profess their loyalty and so on...you get the point.
Then from the next day up until the Fall & Spring elections, we'll rip the Gator Party to pieces. The harder they rally against O&B, the more decisive and blatant the vote against impeachment draws, the stronger the argument will be that these system drones are destroying Student Government protecting subpar officials to keep party loyalty. Gator will be sold as agents of bureaucracy pouncing on Orange & Blue - agents only, to the underrepresented 50,000+ Student Body.
In one fell swoop UF will set the stage for the Access '04 of Spring '09. I really hope to read of Sen. Wolf taking an active role in these proceedings, as he's a respected leader of the Orange & Blue Party - regardless of talk from the peanut gallery to the contrary.
I'd draw up Articles of Impeachment for the Chair of Chomp the Vote to follow Drayton and begin a process to have Reilly censured. If the Student Body President is too stupid read the Constitution, he shouldn't be giving official statements to the Alligator redefining Constitutional roles as if he were actively representing the Legislative & Judicial Branches - of which he has power in neither.
Can't wait to see a write-up on this story on Ken Is Speaking