Today marks the end of the so called Duque-Grapski Feud (as somewhat named by fellow blogger Ken Kerns). Nothing has really gone on between us, but I reflected on some words with my good friend Peter Gruskin over Ethiopian food in D.C. last July. Perhaps I was a bit hard on Grapski and while it took me a great deal of time, I'm once again starting to believe in my friend. I've watched the video over and over several times and while I can't put my finger on it, I just know I've got Charlie all wrong.
So...in keeping with my plans to bury the hatchet so to speak, I've deleted 12 videos from YouTube, totaling at around 1,500 views and sent Charlie a private email.
Duque on Independent Tactics
I have never believed in career politicians, especially in Senate; matters are different in the other two branches. The Legislature should consistently receive new faces, training more students (on both sides) how the lawmaking process works so that they may return to their orgs and to the general student body with a greater respect and understanding of Student Government.
While I have apologized to Sen. McShera, his letter still speaks to my point. We need independents that are willing to work hard, get elected, do great things in public office, but when that term's up -- GET OUT! We need the kind of leaders that will move on to new battle-stations in this theoretical war with the System. Students would respect a class of out-going student senators campaigning for a class of new-incoming senators. That kind of humility is what winning campaigns are made of (see Argento, Access Party 2004).
Another fine example of taking on different roles is Frank Bracco. Bracco applied, was hired, and literally saved a key SG agency in the administration of a System President, Ryan Moseley. To his credit, Bracco, was able to show the Machine that GDI's could do the job without bringing their personal politics along for the ride. Bracco's commitment to serve was ironclad, the kid that was holding 'pants on a pole' in front of Warrington was now one the Alligator loved to write about & photograph, meanwhile a top asset to another FBK-backed regime.
And that is what I would like to have seen Mark McShera do. Instead, we see a leader (a great leader) making himself comfortable in familiar territory. Imagine what McShera could do if he seriously began organizing the Party for the Spring election, if he worked on scouting Exec. candidates (since he seems to find himself unwilling), and/or serving as a consultant to the new senators he'd help elect. Instead, he will surely get slated by his party, return to familiar territory, and in my opinion...deprive another Mark McShera the opportunity to learn the ropes and carry on this never-ending movement of ours.
What did James Argento gain by the Access victory for himself? He didn't gain any titles or fanfare for himself, but he left UF having made a huge contribution to those left behind. But that's why James Argento will down in SG History as an honorable man of high principles.
Slice. Eat. Horde.
Slating, Day 1: O&B Beats Out Gator
How pathetic it must be to be a member of the beleaguered Gator Party, with its Treasurer Fiasco, it's senators acting in collusion to silence any and all voices of dissent, its Student Body President appointing ghosts to year-long posts, its continued support of undemocratic lines (e.g. Online Voting), the alleged rumors of internal feuds, the alleged rumors of secret pacts behind its already shadowy scenes, and the recent arrest of its former Student Body President no less.
There's no doubt that tomorrow and Tuesday, the large houses will invigorate, if not downright threaten, their Pledge Masters to get the armies of eighteen year olds out to the Reitz. Dozens upon dozens will surely appear, many of which serving as nothing more than padding. Big stacks of applications that will never get read, but will serve a greater purpose, a psychological purpose.
The Machine is in overdrive. Times are tough and everyone has their eye on Spring. They can deny till their blue in the face, but sections of Gator seem to have (at some point) conspired against their African American colleagues. While this blog can scare just about anyone, we all know 8 GDI's, even united, were not going to impeach Paul Drayton. So why did he call in? Why did he believe there was a chance he'd get the boot? ....
Rumors were Naadira Renfroe would be Gator Party President. Did that happen? Did Sam Green ever run for SBP? Will Paul Drayton? When will UF have its next serious, African American candidate for SBP? 2019, fifteen years from Access?
I've never seen the GDI party beat out the system in a day of slating, much less the first day. I can only imagine the cell phones ringing and the angry emails pouring in from alumni statewide. I remember the turnout in '04 and I can only imagine how Gator's leaders must feel today. Kinda like Gator's top brass just were recipients of an O&B Circle Jerk.
*Hands Gator a towel.*