To Be a True Fiscal Conservative

The debt ceiling and downgrade debacle evidenced the dysfunctional nature of our national politics. It also revealed that some of the ideological pillars of today’s fiscal conservatism need retrofitting. The Tea Party has given fiscal conservatism a populist flavor, enabling conservative views about the proper role and size of government to spread. For this the…

State’s Rights as a Political Panacaea

Though the quest for consensus may often seem like a hopeless case, there is growing agreement on one issue at all points of the political spectrum. According to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, 80% of Americans are “dissatisfied or even angry with the way the federal government is working.” Sadly for our “wise” Washingtonians,…

Historical Note: Edmund Burke

This edition of the California Patriot introduces a new feature; a historical note. It does so because an understanding and appreciation of history is immensely important to conservatism. The Encyclopedia Britannica defines conservatism as a political doctrine that emphasizes the value of traditional institutions and practices. Only as students of history can we speak effectively,…

We Will Never Forget

This month marked the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on The United States. With few public remembrances scheduled on campus, The Patriot teamed up with the Berkeley College Republicans to make sure that the occasion would not be forgotten on campus. On the Thursday evening before the anniversary, club members stayed…

A Plea For Sanity In The Gun Debate

The Second Amendment to the Constitution of these United States protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms; however, firearm regulation remains one of the most polarizing issues in the nation. While many see guns as integral parts of their lives, as tools for hunting and means of defending their families, others…

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

The free market economist Milton Friedman once famously said, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” meaning that all goods are paid for somehow. If only he were a professor at Berkeley! This fall, our university’s “wise” administration struck a deal with Adobe Systems to offer their popular Creative Suite to Cal students for…

Nad Permaul

When touring campus, potential Cal students are inevitably told about the virtues of the ASUC, ostensibly the sole remaining autonomous student government in all the land. This used to be true. Up until 1997, the ASUC and all of its functions were controlled by elected student leaders. However, there was a small problem: turns out…

Letter From the Editor September 2011

Dear Patriot readers, Welcome to our first issue of the 2011-12 school year! We have a lot of exciting plans for the upcoming year, starting with a new layout! Our layout editors Grace Meador and Lizhen Chen have spent the summer looking for ways to update The Patriot’s look while keeping the traditional elements that…

9/11: My Personal Story

Our school normally sent us home on buses. But on that day, the administration could not assume that we still had parents. We were kept waiting in the assembly room for hours while they contacted our parents, one at a time, asking them to pick us up. I remember 9/11 vividly. Most of my childhood…