I pen this open letter to the sane and responsible USG senators, however many there may be, recommending that they do not vote to impeach Sen. Jacob Ellenhorn at the hearing on March 23. This is by no means a statement of support for the senator, who has by all means earned his own dismissal from USG with his crude, unprofessional behavior. I have written elsewhere of my specific grievances with Sen. Ellenhorn; this is not the place to repeat them.
Instead, I will focus on the situation itself.
There are two reasons impeachment is a bad idea. The first is straightforward and procedural — the charges are not well-founded enough to justify impeachment. They’re vague, speculative and weak.
Filming an event without a permit? Worse offenses have been punished with a slap on the wrist. Writing slander about fellow USG members without confronting them about the issues he discusses? And misrepresenting the student body? That sure is wrong, but it’s covered under the First Amendment of the U. S. Constitution. Creating hostile environments that perpetuate sexism? Again, clearly something wrong, but still something covered by the First Amendment. There are probably plenty of bylaws violations here and there, but if they’re dug up specifically in Sen. Ellenhorn’s case and not in other cases, is it any surprise he’s taking the opportunity to complain about discrimination?
So first off, the filers of the complaint are on shaky legal ground, as evidenced by their own submission. Better to back off rather than lose a complicated case.
But the second reason is far more important. The only thing Sen.Ellenhorn would like more than winning the impeachment trial is losing the impeachment trial and being removed from office.
Because if he’s removed, it confirms to him his theory that there’s a vast left-wing conspiracy on campus out to get him and exterminate all conservatives. It would be a validation of his conservative-victimhood worldview and would delight him beyond belief. It would probably also skyrocket him to national prominence.
Every time something has happened suggesting that his worldview might be even a tad bit inaccurate, such as the responses to the Ben Shapiro and Milo Yiannopoulos speaker events, Sen. Ellenhorn has defensively and self-righteously called in the cavalry to blow up the issue into a niche national controversy. Such right-wing “news” sites as The College Fix, Campus Reform, Breitbart News and Fox News have covered USC’s allegedly liberal attacks on conservative free speech. Sen. Ellenhorn has predictably exhibited this behavior during this impeachment controversy.
Impeach Sen. Ellenhorn, and he’ll be portrayed as a poor, oppressed dissident in the national conservative media, wrongly reigniting the debate about free speech on campus. I wouldn’t be surprised if non-conservative publications like the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post take up the story and spread Sen. Ellenhorn’s fame, albeit less supportively than conservative sources.
Sen. Ellenhorn wants to be martyred. He loves the attention and fame. He’d be a kid in a candy shop if he were impeached.
USG senators, I implore you not to entertain Sen. Ellenhorn any further. Please do not remove him from his office. A few more weeks of his antics are well-worth averting the firestorm he hopes to bring.
And conservative supporters of Sen. Ellenhorn, I warn you — you’re being duped by a fraud. There’s no conspiracy against Sen. Ellenhorn but what he’s consciously endeavored to create over the last couple of years. Don’t put your name on his harebrained crusade.
Senior, international relations