Letter to Editor

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Letter to Editor

Written By Alexa Lake, USG Senator

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On Thursday, March 22, 2019, the Instagram campaign page of United Student Government (USG) Presidential Candidate, Jake Berlin, was inactivated following fraudulent reports of abuse. His account, @jakeberlin4you, along with an impartial USG elections reporting account which had reposted his platform no longer exist to inform students of their hopeful representatives’ ideas.

Jake Berlin gained hundreds of followers online and maintains many passionate supporters in person, chiefly due to his unwavering support of openness, public discussion and direct conversations with his constituents. One facet of his outreach, however, was thwarted by those who disagree with him.

Democracies operate under basic maxims, including the freedoms of speech and of thought. Democracy thereby fails when voices are silenced and uncouth political tactics are employed. I believe that USG can only operate democratically when these recently denied liberties are sustained in such short proximity to the election.

Not only have these actions constituted a disservice to Jake Berlin and his many supporters, but it has cheapened the ideas of his opponents. To anyone who disagrees with another under our democracy, heed this: sharpen your arguments and use them, for if they cannot stand alone without underhanded tactics, they were not good enough from the start.

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