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United We Stand Responds to the Proposed "Anti-War Referendum"
(The text of the proposed referendum)
February 22, 2003
WALTHAM, MA--United We Stand is absolutely opposed to the proposed resolution.
United We Stand also does not like the vague wording of the resolution.
It states that the authors oppose war "for various reasons." War
in Iraq is a serious issue and the decision to go to war or to oppose your
own country when it is at war should not be made lightly. The referendum
should explain why the anti-war activists oppose the war. Vague references
to compromising Brandeis' principles of "justice" for
only "short-term gain" are not enough. What are the principles of
justice that the activists believe war in Iraq will compromise? What are the
short term gains? If they think the war is only about oil, they
Finally, United We Stand believes that the proposed referendum fails as even a basic polling mechanism. Its does not give students the option to vote that they support the war, or that they are undecided, or that though they are against the war, they believe that the Student Union has no business passing resolutions about international politic on behalf of the student body. The last point is something that has to be addressed; Student Union members campaign for office based on their views on club funding, Who Cash for laundry machines, etc, not on global politics. As a result, Senators have no reason to believe their political views represent that of their constituents.
In conclusion, the referendum is vague, poorly worded, and claims to represent the entire student body, when it clearly does not. United We Stand encourages all students to vote against it.
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