The San Diego State College Republicans will host its second We Love America Event on the bridge over College Avenue tomorrow. The event will feature conservative students sharing their beliefs in an environment they say is traditionally hostile to right-wing views.
“The SDSU faculty spreads bias in classes and students get a little offended sometimes,” president of the SDSU College Republicans and co-organizer of the event, Lx Fangonilo, said. “Often they share the one side they believe and don’t give students a chance to share what they think.”
Fangonilo said this happens on both sides, but he believes it is more common to have liberal bias spread in a class than conservative ideals.
“To express one’s feelings about being a Republican or a conservative on a college campus isn’t an easy task to do with a strong liberal background in both faculty and students,” Fangonilo said. “It’s time to show the community and San Diego that the Republican Party is not the old and dying breed it is portrayed as, but rather a strong force of energized and motivated young people ready to fight for what they believe in.”
The SDSU College Republicans is one of the largest student organizations at San Diego State, with more than 600 active members.
“We don’t get the best eye on campus, but we’re there,” Fangonilo said.
Some of the values the group stands for are limited and responsible government, traditional moral views and love for the United States.
The We Love America Event will take place at noon and will feature students waving American flags and signs encouraging members of the community to show their support for America, the troops and other values the student group supports.
Also attending the event will be city council member and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio to help motivate the group’s members to get involved and “take a stand on campus.”
“Carl has been a great supporter of the club,” Fangonilo said. “I’ve been here for three years and he has always been a great supporter of the group.”
During the campaigning period before the primary elections, the SDSU College Republicans group does not support any one candidate, but instead has factions that promote candidates on all levels of government. After the primaries, the group gives full support to one candidate for each position.
Fangonilo said the event is a way to not only make a presence in the community, but also to energize the organization’s members as they prepare for the upcoming year and the exciting political opportunities with the many elections brewing.