5 August 2016

Intellectual debate

This week the Harvard Republican Club wrote a letter about failing to endorse Donald Trump. It started as follows:

Dear Members and Alumni,

In every presidential election since 1888, the members and Executive Board of the Harvard Republican Club have gathered to discuss, debate, and eventually endorse the standard-bearer of our party. But for the first time in 128 years, we, the oldest College Republicans chapter in the nation, will not be endorsing the Republican nominee.

Dear Harvard Republican Club,

Sorry to break it to you, but if for 128 years your meetings have always come to the same pre-ordained conclusion, then you haven’t been taking part in intellectual debate. If you literally always ended up endorsing the nominee the party had already chosen, then you weren’t really discussing anything that mattered. If I were you, I’d be a bit embarrassed to admit that.

Still, congratulations on demonstrating that you won’t endorse someone who you say is “eschewing basic human decency”. Onward and upward!

© mathew 2017