While Aberdonians who are old enough to know better get ready to throw their money down a rathole of hate, the Aberdeen High School Democrats issue the following critique of the absurdly dishonest tactics of Ron Branstner and his anti-immigrant followers. For the record, here is the young Democrats’ account of the Branstner/Bob Enos anti-immigrant hate session, held in Aberdeen on Thursday, September 22:
At first walking into the Eagles Lodge, it was known that the crowd gathering there was that of strongly opinionated republicans. This was noted by the sight of at least 3 Trump for President bumper stickers. While walking into the Bingo Lodge, a petition to stop said refugee settlement was available on a table, as well as DVD’s of the next scheduled speakers, and a pamphlet of what looked to be explaining the workings of the Communist party in present day politics. Yes, you read that correctly. Now, immediately after, Ron Branstner approached us and shook our hands asking us to make our way up to the front of the event, as he had saved seats for us. This complete separation was very distinct to us, as we noticed the ability for everyone to see us if we were to object to anything. He immediately stated that he did this to allow us to learn a new topic that our education system refuses to teach us; as they teach us actual facts instead of analytical and false arguments. In the first few slides of the presentation, a few more people joined our group. A few slides later, one of our invited people objected to the statements being made. This invited person was then escorted away, not by security but regular listeners of this presentation. After that, we listened intently and refuted each part of the presentation in our minds. After an hour, we realized that the chain of the actual arguments being made was non existent. We then left the event, peacefully, after Branstner finished his presentation and before the second speaker could begin. We did this impart to two main reasons, one being the unsafe and overall sense of helplessness displaced on ourselves while attending the event, second being the realization that no one question could refute his entire argument without fully just questioning the ignorant logic displayed [Aberdeen High School Democrats, statement, 2016.09.28].
Much as it pains rational beings to admit that true debate is not possible, the Aberdeen HS Dems recognize that the Branstnerites will brook no honest discourse. The best response may be not toward Branstner, but toward a broader audience, in hopes of preserving Aberdeen’s good reputation and our shared American ideals:
We see no need to refute the arguments made throughout the presentation as said arguments were already falsely warranted in any grand scheme. This being said, we would like it to be known that all ideals and concepts presented at the Eagles Lodge and the, roughly, 300 people in attendance does not represent our great town as a whole and their ideals. We the Aberdeen High School Democrats will stand to show all that Aberdeen has much opposition to these beliefs as a whole [AHSD, 2016.09.28].
I hope Aberdonians young and old will continue to seek the proper, civil response to ignorance and xenophobia in our midst.