Today we have Anthony Grajales, current executive member of the 2008-2009 St. John’s University College Democrats. I sat down with Anthony… and here’s our interview*
(Also, to address some concerns: this is 100% real)
Chris Puntarelli: Hey, thanks for sitting down for an interview
Anthony Grajales: No problem, lets get it started
CP: What made you become a college democrat?
AG: Well I identify more with the democratic party, with the ideas that the party stands for. Not so much with the republican ideology. I also do want to get into politics.
CP: Someone once said politics is like Hollywood for ugly people, would you agree?
AG: Well maybe, but when I get into office I’ll be the sexiest man in office. Well I thought Regan was pretty good looking. Kennedy too, even Ted Kennedy when he was a bit younger.
CP: Anyone else who you think is attractive?
AG: Democrats or Republicans?
CP: You can go both ways
AG: Ok, well if I go both ways, Nancy Pelosi is pretty hot. Bill Frist, good looking man. Mitt Romney, wow, he is an attractive man.
CP: Moving right along…
AG: I’m sorry, go ahead
CP: You’re a member of the ROTC, why did you join?
AG: Well I’m very patriotic. If you find someone more patriotic than me, then you’re looking at a fanatic. This country has given so much to my family and to me so this is my way to give back. Some people have other ways to give back, this is mine. I was going to enlist with the Army before ROTC offered me a scholarship so that is not the reason I did it.
CP: What is it like being a democrat in the military?
AG: I get a lot of crap for it, a lot of crap. I hope you can phrase that more eloquently.
CP: I can, but I wont.
CP: How do your peers view the current situation in both Iraq and Afghanistan?*
AG: *Well my peers in ROTC are pretty psyched about it. They see Afghanistan as necessary retribution, Iraq we had to clean up, and Iran is next. They said that we can be the generation that leads America into World War III into Iran and that scares me. They’re willing and want to go into Iran for World War III. I think that’s a little extreme.*
CP: Wow that’s something I wouldn’t have expected to hear.
AG: *That was my same reaction. Now I’m not one that believes we have to unilaterally handle all of our enemies. As president Kennedy said, we must never fear to negotiate, but never negotiate out of fear. If Iran says they’re using the uranium to advance their nation, then let the UN in and inspect it.*
AG: Is Ahmadinejad still the president?
CP: Yes he is.
AG: Well what people don’t know is that he really has no power to act on what he says. It’s all up to the Ayatollah, and I don’t think the Ayatollah wants any confrontations with the west.
CP: Well lets get back to the College Dems. What do you plan to do for the college democrats in this upcoming year?
AG: Well, I’m planning to raise 3,000 for the College Democrats for the upcoming semester. I want to set up a PAC and I want to make the College Democrats as independent as I can from St. John’s University. I want to work with the College Republicans but they don’t seem very organized.
CP: Finish this sentence…. I hate Republicans because
AG: Because they don’t share the same ideologies I have. They have ideas, but not ideologies. While we’re on it, can I address something else? Can the Republicans stop thinking Regan was god? I mean, seriously, just move on. We don’t idolize Kennedy, so I think it’s time that the republicans stopped focusing on the high horse of Ronald Regan, he was good, but he wasn’t that great. I mean I admire Regan, but not because of his policies. He had great auditory skills. Not to mention they’re having affairs with underage boys, while stealing peoples money.
CP: So you love Republican Idol Ronald Regan because he had great oral skills? Wow you’re making this interview really easy for me.
CP: If in your service for the United States Armed Forces you are asked to do something unconstiutional, such as performing torture on a prisoner, would you follow orders?
AG: Take this down. I Anthony Grajales swear to protect and defend the constitution of the United States of America from all enemies foreign and domestic. I will gladly give up any position of power if it means I can protect the constitution.
CP: Back to Indecision 2008, what do you think about Senators Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain?
AG: Let’s start with McCain. Great war hero, I’ve read two of his autobiographies and the man is an American hero. However he’s not the man to lead the country right now, not because of his age either. Ronald Regan was a great president and he was slightly older.
AG: Let’s go Hillary first. Well I supported her 124% when this race started, I was following her career and she had the same ideas I stood for. However, you can’t argue with results, and Obama is winning. I think it’s time for a shift, and the country wants something new.
CP: That new is Obama?
AG: Well at first I did not like him at all. All the speeches and promises of change and hope were what every politician says. But I think it’s a time for shift as I said before. I’m not saying I’m supporting Obama, but if he is the nominee then I will support him.
CP: You’ll work closely with Edgar Papon, the president. Do you know him well?
AG: I know him.
CP: Do you look forward to working with him?
AG: Well I don’t have much of a social life, so whoever I can work with, I’m glad to just meet people.
CP: Brian Lestz was the president your freshman year, bad president or the the worst president?
AG: Uhhh, well Brian got stuff done. He approaches things different than I would and you have to respect someone who gets up in the morning and says I’m going to lead, because it’s their reputation on the line.
CP: I’ll take that as bad president.
AG: I didn’t say that
CP: So Shamil was the worst president?
AG: Well I wasn’t here when he was president.
CP: Fair enough. Brian it is.
CP: Do you think the college democrats have any influence?
AG: Any? Yes. Enough? No.
CP: What is the number one issue facing the college democrats?
AG: I feel as if we’re not out there enough. We need to work on our organization first, we need to come together. I feel as if we’re the elites, we need to focus more on our message and community service and helping people, then we can focus on the other stuff.
CP: What’s wrong with being an elitist?
AG: No there’s nothing wrong with it, I just see myself as following in the steps of John F Kennedy.
CP: So you’re saying your an elitist? Kennedy was an elitist.
AG: Well whats your definition of an elitist?
CP: Someone who is politically educated, holds some political power and can influence the elections. Oh and you love drinking lattes.
AG: Well, then according to your definition, I’m an elite, however…
CP: That’s all I needed to know. So what’s your favorite latte?
AG: I don’t even know what a latte is.
CP: Ah, your a macchiato man. Mr. Grajales, thanks for coming by.
AG: Uh, your welcome.
*Views expressed in the interview do not represent those of the United States Armed Forces, St. John’s University ROTC, or anyone in the Federal Government.