Skip to comments.What It's Like To Be A Conservative on a Liberal College Campus
Posted on 04/25/2014 9:38:21 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
When Luka Ladan started his freshman year at Vassar College in southeast New York, he started noticing a difference between himself and the majority of his classmates.
We were talking about the upcoming election, he said. I was in a class talking about Republicans Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush. Whenever a name was mentioned, one kid would snicker and then five to seven would just laugh at the name.
This is a common experience in this age group: 66 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds voted for Obama in 2008 and 60 percent did in 2012 the largest numbers in decades, according to the Pew Research Center.
I would say a lot of liberals on campus are a lot more vocal, a lot more in your face, she said. I know I have or my friends have spoken up about their views in political science classes and we get beaten down and laughed at.
The liberal classroom climate hasnt stopped Haas from standing up for her conservative point of view.
Ive started coming out in classes, she said. The faculty are I dont want to say oppressive but they are very not open to other views.
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wasnt Vasser a womens college??
When I was in college at the time of the 2000 election, there were two people running based on all of the propaganda around campus.
The two? Al Gore, and Ralph Nader.
Vassar’s been co-ed for about 35 years.
The faculty doesn't want their views challenged so they shut down the opposition.....yeah, I'll say it then. They're oppressive.
The young are generally more liberal because they haven’t experienced the adult world—the real world. Schools and college are worlds unto themselves, and they bear little resemblance to life in the adult world. Even though college-aged people are technically adults, they don’t generally have experience working, paying taxes, raising a family, etc. that is part of what I call the adult world.
That is why we should take the leftist meme that young adults are pro-homosexual or socialist with a grain of salt. These “adults” will wise up once they make contact with the real world outside the ivory towers of academia.
Nothing more intolerant than a tolerant liberal.
This is true. But most professors really are into things being done according to scholarly standards. They’re happy for students to believe their crap, but if you don’t, just make sure you have backing for what you believe.
Unless they coagulate in adults cesspools, like here in MA. Then they stay adults forever, never graduating to actual adults.
This is why I prefer to discuss matters on FR. I can dig up the old articles/citations (from several sources even) and wait for the response.
Forget about engaging in any honest debate based on facts on Facebook, twitter, or any Yahoo/CNN/Time/HuffPost etc "comments" under an article. And in a bar or restaurant? Forget it (unless maybe you want to spend over an hour dredging up articles on your smart phone to show the doubting thomases.
“I wore a uniform on campus during the Vietnam War. Tell me about it.”
In the 70s I had to wade through a mob of antiwar hippys blocking the entrance to my school during a “moratorium”. When I got to the entrance a bunch of them tried to keep me from entering the building. A scuffle began and I punched one of the a-holes in the nose (breaking it I think). Then I high-tailed it down the hall to my class where I was met by the teacher who was not at all happy that I had made it to class. Good times.
I was in a coffee shop a few days ago and there was a small group of college kids at a table talking about some issue overseas. Then one poindexter says “I listen to Obama and I just wanna fly. We can do it! I go to sleep and shower listening to his speeches”. No jokes, this kid was having an Obamagasm. Me and the relatively old barrista shared a look, rolling our eyes and I left. I hope he put strychnine in that cup. What a little parasite.
It’s funny. I went to college with *some* liberal ideology, and come out a conservative. Go figure.
Hows he know its not real conservatives laughing at him for being a fanboy of Mittens and Jeb Bush? If I heard some kid talking seriously about those losers, i’d laugh my butt off and send him to the kids table.
A bigger question is what is a conservative on a college campus.
If you find a college “conservative” at the University of Michigan, 9 times out of 10 he’ll be to the left of John McCain. At a conservative college the number might be 4 out of 10.
The kind of mockery heaped upon a person who takes the side of conservative thought, is similar in every way to the kind of taunts and muttered threats once, and until only very recently in the history of this country, heaped upon those Americans of African descent, children and grandchildren of those who were forcibly imported as slaves, unwilling immigrants, but with offspring born on American soil.
Conservatives are also American citizens, let us not forget that. Whether by birth, or by naturalization, they are every bit as protected by the 14th Amendment as those former slaves.
This constant denigration by self-identified “liberals” of others for their beliefs, demonizing honesty and industrious application of effort, and mocking their religious and moral beliefs, is unconscionable and logically, is in direct conflict with their own avowed allegiance to the principle of tolerance.
But duplicity has never been a burden for some folks.
Story time with WBill....
I went to college fairly apolitical. Maybe liberal. I was 18, and didn't know squat.
Within a few weeks, I ran across a womyn's group on campus called "Women against Rape" (who isn't, but I digress...). Among other things, its members advocated for mandatory castration of all men at birth.
The powers that be at my college, instead of tossing these bombthrowers off-campus - or at least, ignoring them - actually FUNDED them. With MY student fees.
It was an eye-opening experience, at least for this smalltown boy. I rapidly figured out that liberals don't have the same values that I do, and I've been conservative ever since.
And the author of this piece (and FR posters, too) is right. It can get very lonely, espousing a conservative view on campus.
Good luck snickerers looking for a job!
Conservatives need to stop retreating from the culture war which plays an even bigger part than the colleges.
My son’s a senior in high school, so we’ve been visiting colleges. One of the colleges we’re considering is Juniata College, a small college in Huntingdon, PA, with a great reputation for post-graduate achievement.
A few weeks ago he and I attended a day-long “orientation” of sorts where he got to sit in on some classes, have lunch with some students, etc. The last hour of the day was spent watching video presentations of three Juniata students who recently participated in a national speech competition on the topics of their choice. All three speeches left me speechless. They were all just plain sickening Marxist schlock. All three were clearly robotic Obama suck-ups. While I wanted to open up on them and their like-minded
instructress, I didn’t want to embarrass my son, because it would’ve been ugly. What a mess we’ve made of things. Liberals never sleep. They aggressively seize every opportunity at every institution to advance their warped agenda. They are major-league competitors. Comparatively speaking, conservatives and libertarians are playing in the powder-puff leagues. Needless to say, he won’t be attending
the People’s Republic of Juniata.
say “oppressive” that is what it is.
If you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty you have no brain.
My son is at a North East liberal college. When he went for orientation, the rainbow crowd was there acting as tour guides.
As we were walking around, I heard two of them babbling about global warming. The general gist of the conversation was one person saying that until global warming is 100% proven, there cannot be consensus. The other person said and I quote, “facts are irrelevant.” I kept my mouth shut and suggested to my son, for the next 4 years he do the same.
Wow. Sounds like a bunch feminazis.
I bet if you confronted them on it they'd make you out to be a woman hater or even a rapist.
Yup. Keeping ones mouth shut is a good idea. :)
If you demonize your political opponents long enough, then people will begin to think that they are impeding the progress towards utopia! For example, “Obamacare would be working wonderfully if those evil republicans hadn’t distracted our efforts by trying to repeal it!”
Once folks begin getting agitated at those standing in the way of Utopia, they’ll applaud when the government puts them on trains.
I went to the Univ of Ark in the late 1970’s and it was pretty conservative. In our upper class economic courses we’d laugh at liberal views on the subject.
I remember us all working on a paper called “Why Keynes Is An Idiot!”.
My kids in High School go through this all the time. The one just read 1984, and I was explaining to her how the idea of “getting with the program” is what she has to deal with every day; where 97% of her classmates are liberals. And the “newspeak” has changed the language so that immorality is now diversity, freedom of speech is now bigotry, and killing people is pro-choice. (Although in one class she had to debate some other kid on global warming and was armed with facts, etc. which were only “rebutted” by things like “don’t you like polar bears?” The teacher came up to her afterwards and said “It’s like arguing with a brick wall, isn’t it!”)
My son is REALLY glad to be going to a college with other conservatives.
Try Washington & Jefferson over in Wash Pa. Good school 1200 students coed. About $25K a year. I’m class of 1969.
My kid will have his bachelors in three years and his masters degree in business in four years. Save two years of tuition. With his scholarships it would have been crazy not to take it.
When he is done, what kids pay for one year of school, he will get six years of education for the same one year of tuition. He is an affirmative action case. Not many NE liberal colleges get Jews from south Texas.
77% of todays liberal arts college grads spend 2 years unemployed after graduation.
College in the 60s had to have sucked. Glad I missed that era.