Idiot or Conservative?

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Thursday, May 19, 2016


I’ve come to accept that being a conservative on any college campus in today’s society makes me a minority. I suppose too many of my peers are hung up on the berning idea of not having to value their educations, but that’s a whole different issue. I would never have expected my beliefs to be ridiculed or parodied by an individual whom I’m supposed to respect, look up to, and learn from.

I have no problem hearing and understanding other’s political views. Yes, of course, I would prefer for others to agree with me but I’m also not ignorant to the fact that’s never going to happen. I’m simply happy people are educating themselves and taking a stance for what they believe in, whether it be left or right. However, what I never think is appropriate is attacking a party or belief system as a whole.

Attacking conservative parties is exactly what this particular professor, who admitted she is not able to vote due to citizenship status, decided was adequate conversation for the first couple minutes of quite a few class periods. I could even accept bringing up quotes or arguments from a debate or recent news to poll class reactions in an academic way but not speaking about conservatives as if we are some sort of savage cult. It seems to me that, today, our country is no longer divided by black or white, north or south, east or west, but red and blue. A color scheme that was intended to unite and bind us is now tearing us apart.

I am expected to sit in a classroom and listen to a professor preach about how my views are ignorant, yet if I say anything to defend myself, I’m “insensitive” by virtue of conservative beliefs.

I am expected to sit in a classroom and listen to a professor preach about how my views are ignorant, yet if I say anything to defend myself, I’m “insensitive” by virtue of conservative beliefs

I’m sorry believing in personal protection makes me insensitive. I’m sorry believing in preserving life makes me insensitive. I’m sorry believing in protecting the country we fought to make our own 240 years ago makes me insensitive.

To the point I’m trying to make, I don’t assume all liberals are bra burning, abortion loving, money wasting hoodlums because I understand there is always more than one side to every story. I don’t have CNN nor the internet blocked from my household. So for the love of God, or whatever your preference may be, don’t categorize me as a greedy, woman hating, immigrant shunning, party pooper.

Liberals are fighting everyday for political correctness and acceptance but have begun victimizing conservatives in return. We college age conservatives are the ones whose voices are becoming more and more repressed due to stereotypes being tacked on to our beliefs by liberal professors or otherwise influential people, and this shouldn’t be the case. The public university classroom should be a place where we feel free to find and express ourselves in a respectful manner without risk of hurting our GPA due to bias, a concept in which I feel may or may not be somewhat unconstitutional…

I was born in upstate New York, where I lived until I was 15, when my mother and I relocated to Alabama. The best thing my mother ever did for me was move me to a red state where I felt we were not alone in our political views — a comfort that was short lived as I began college. So here I stand, raising awareness for the fingertip rule, bras, valuing my education, and the Bill of Rights. Not sorry if that offends you.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Lani Kosick

University of South Alabama

I was born in upstate New York, where I lived until I was 15, when my mother and I relocated to Alabama. The best thing my mother ever did for me was move me to a red state where I felt we were not alone in our political views — a comfort that was short lived as I began college. So here I stand, raising awareness for the fingertip rule, bras, valuing my education, and the Bill of Rights. Not sorry if that offends you.

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