Wednesday, April 05, 2006

April 5 2006
Meeting of the Oberlin College Republicans

Present: J. Bruno, B. Garrett, D. Riczo, S. Lacki, A. Holter (USO Visitor), D. Fisher (USO Visitor)

I. Support Our Troops Drive
- Drive ended Sunday, March 19.
- All collected donations given to the USO of Northern Ohio today.
- Thanks to the USO for all their help with the event.

II. Update on Ronald Reagan Political Lectureship Series
- John Fund will be speaking May 2 in West Lecture Hall.
- Flyers will be done next week.

III. David Arredondo Visit
- David Arredondo, Chair of the Lorain Area Republican Party, will be coming to give a talk on Wednesday, April 12, at our regular meeting time of 7:30pm.
- Will make and post flyers this weekend to advertise the lecture, entitled "The Republican Party--A History of Freedom and Civil Rights."
- Talk will last about 30-35 minutes, and then we'll have a Q&A session.

IV. Death Penalty Debate
- JB reported that Matt Hellman, Ohio Attorney General's Office, has agreed to participate in the debate.
- Provisionally scheduled for Thursday, April 20, 8pm.
- Still waiting for confirmation from the ACLU's speaker.
- Will try to get West Lecture Hall.

V. New Iraq Policy Position
- The following policy position was unanimously approved:

The CRs believe that success in Iraq is attainable, and that U.S. forces should remain on the ground until two main conditions are met. First, a strong and legitimate democratic government must be formed. Second, the day-to-day security situation must be left in the hands of a well-trained and adept Iraqi police force or military. In order for these goals to be met, civilian policymakers must direct the U.S. military to learn from its mistakes, and to adapt its operations to meet the challenges of the insurgent enemy. Emphasis must be placed on enabling the new Iraqi government, along with that nation's armed forces, to provide protection and basic services to ordinary citizens. The United States must provide the training and resources necessary to make these goals achievable. At home, policymakers charged with crafting America's strategy in the war must develop a comprehensive plan for success and, with it, the eventual withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraq.

VI. Other Business
- "Emancipation Revelation Revolution" Documentary not available until June.
- CRs should obtain a copy and screen it next fall.
- T-Shirts: BG will look into getting t-shirts for the group.
- Budget for next year: JB and BG will create a budget to submit to SFC this weekend.
- Monday, April 10, 12 noon, West Lecture Hall: Harvard economist Benjamin M. Friedman will give a lecture on "The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth." Everyone should be there!