“It’s OK that conservatives don’t feel welcome,” WU student writes.
“They feel their beliefs aren’t welcome on our campus. And I’d just like to say: That’s fine.”
In the latest dose of campus craziness, we have a staff writer for Student Life, a Washington University student paper, saying that it’s straight-up fine that conservative students feel marginalized on campus.
In his February 6th piece titled, “It’s OK that conservatives don’t feel welcome,” staff writer Sean Lundergan informs everyone that he doesn’t particularly care how conservative students feel on campus.
The first thing he did was acknowledge just how underrepresented conservative are at Washington University. To do this, he cites a piece from the Editor in Chief (EIC) of Student Life wrote in November of last year that surveyed just how conservative students felt about the political scene on campus.
The results of the piece? 73% of Washington University students identify as liberal, while only 8% identify as conservative. Furthermore, the EIC, Sam Seekings, points out that a 2016 Student Life survey found that 93% of Washington University students planned to vote for Hillary Clinton for President.
Wish I could’ve been at that watch party on Election Night.
Seekings also went on to profile a few conservative students and interview them about how they felt being on such a liberal campus. Their responses mirror those of students all over the country who are worried about the negative stigma of being a conservative on campus.
So, what did Lundergan have to say about this? “That’s fine.”
He went on to say that, “Instead of propping up fringe ideas out of some sense of “bipartisan” openness, we should embrace the fact that so many of our students are liberal.”
“Instead of wasting our time and mental energy on some right-wing argument no one really believes, we should spend time having meaningful conversations. How can we guarantee everyone health coverage? What’s the best way to redistribute wealth? How can we mitigate climate change, a thing we all agree is a problem?”
Furthermore, Lundergan went on a bizarre rant comparing conservative ideas to alchemy, leeches, monarchy, and “Bourbon restorationsists.”
“Similarly,” to these things, he said, “there’s no reason to actively accommodate conservatives—especially fans of the [P]resident—because their ideas add little value to our discourse.”
“Conservative ideas do not deserve equal consideration to that afforded liberal and left ideas, because conservative ideas are not equal to liberal and left ideas.”
Then, as expected, he drops the –isms.
“Advocating nativism, sexism, government by oligarchic graft and anything else the president represents is not productive in a space meant to contribute ideas to the world,” he said after saying that there’s “no legitimate argument for supporting Donald Trump and his allies.”
Additionally, Lundergan decided to hit on one of the perceived great conservative tenants– hating the poor… or something.
“There is only so much discourse to go around, and we shouldn’t squander any of it having a balanced discussion on[,] “Should people have to die because they’re poor?”
Finally, Lundergan decided to bring the rant to a close, saying that it’s okay that conservatives exist, and that you can even like them as a friend. However, no one should feel obligated to “pretend, out of politeness, that there’s anything valuable in the Republican policy agenda,” he stated.
“The Republican Party primarily exists to enrich a small group of already-rich people, and does so quasi-democratically by scaring old white folks about people with darker skin,” he continued. “Call me crazy, but I don’t think that’s a party or an ideological flank that I’d like to offer a whole bunch of special treatment to.”
So much for intellectual diversity and inclusivity.
Neither Student Life nor Washington University got back to Lone Conservative in time for publication of this article.
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