scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Politics IN Scouting
Alan Houser (troop24@EMF.NET
Tue Aug 08 2000 - 14:03:30 CDT
Jim Miller Jr. <jmillerjr@LSFCU.ORG> wrote (in part):
>As for the issue when stated the other way around, no Scout or Scouter
>should use their position in the BSA to advocate or endorse a particular
>political ideology, party, position, or candidate.
On this subject, I would like to chime in from the left and agree totally!
A few folks have been startled when I take exception to unScout-like
comments about Democrats and Scouters that have appeared in this forum and
>This, of course, does not preclude Scouts from providing color guards or
>other non-partisan services at a political event. It simply means that they
>should leave the stage as soon as they finish so they can avoid the
>appearance of endorsement. It should also be provided on an equal basis to
>all who request such services without regard to political affiliation.
I hesitate here, not because I think the Scouts would actively endorse
the candidate, but the candidate would seek to use the Scouts as an
implicit endorsement. Just as was noted in the political spot already
mentioned in this forum.
>In regard to adult Scouters actively participating in the political process,
>I fail to see how anyone couldn't and maintain a clean conscience. If I miss
>an election, cast an uninformed ballot, fail to understand the issues
>presented for a vote, or fail to take an active role in the shaping of
>public policy, I am not doing my "Duty to Country" as defined by the Scout
>Oath. Depending on just how active one becomes in the process, there is
>simply no way to avoid having your Scouts find out to which political party
>you may belong. At some point they may well read a ballot with your name on
Add to that the discussion I have with Scouts about the obligations of
citizenship (requirement 5) during the Scoutmaster conference for First
Class Scout. A citizen should collect as much information as he/she needs
to make an informed vote.
But I never advocate a party or candidate in my role as Scouter. And
yes, there are Republicans in Berkeley, as well as Reforms, Greens, and
>Just for today, a change of .sig files...
>Jim Miller, Jr.
>Executive Committee Member, Hudson County Republican Committee
>Chairman, Hudson County Young Republicans
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