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Darryn Beckstrom, MA Biography

Title:
Editorial Board Chairman of the The Badger Herald
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“Jurists have increasingly substituted social and cultural norms for reason — as advocated by Hamilton — to decide legal questions afflicting our nation today. Legal decision-making now rests on balancing competing interests — these interests being constitutional principles and political correctness. Regrettably, political correctness often prevails.

An importunate citizen has commenced the debate over the constitutionality of the phrase ‘under God’ in the Pledge, a handful of appointed judges on the West Coast have continued this litigation, and it will take nine justices at the helm of our nation’s court system to resolve the conflict of laws.

Whether ‘under God’ remains in or is removed from the Pledge, there will undoubtedly be some despondent people in this nation. Nonetheless, life is often a zero-sum game — someone must gain something at another’s expense. The question to be asked, though, is at what expense are we willing to renounce our nation’s history, constitutional principles and commitment to the rule of law to appease a small sect of our society?”

Badger Herald, Sep. 20, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Editorial Board Chairman, The Badger Herald, 2005-present
  • Research Assistant, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professor Don Downs, First Amendment and academic freedom, 2005-present
  • Research Fellow, Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2004-present
  • Policy Intern, Wisconsin Supreme Court, 2005
  • Bradley Foundation Fellowship, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, 2005
  • Clara Penniman Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, University of Wisconsin Graduate School, 2004-2005
  • Hovland Journal Article Prize Scholarship, University of Wisconsin Department of Political Science, 2005
  • Legislative Intern, Center for the American Experiment, 2004
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2004
  • Phi Kappa Phi, 2004
  • University of Minnesota Gold Scholar, University of Minnesota, 2003
Education:
  • MPA, Policy Analysis and Public Management, La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin, 2006
  • MA, Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005
  • BA, summa cum laude, Political Science and History, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2004
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is the United States a Monotheistic (One God) State?