Back to School Time: Some Tips for Conservative Students

It’s back to school season and with it, often comes many challenges for conservative students and their families. From ultra-liberal public school brainwashing, to the elitist liberal colleges, conservative students and their families too, can feel ostracized, left out and silenced. However, there are ways to fight back big and small depending on your comfort level. Some are brave and come out boldly in their conservative views. Others feel it would jeopardize their futures too much and choose more covert methods to stick to their principles. Whatever you’re comfortable with, you must do what’s right for you. I judge no fellow patriot for going 100% out, or keeping it 100% in or choosing a middle ground like myself. After all, the ballot box is where we really get to be heard 😉 Here are some tips though to get you through another school year whether in public school or college:

Choose Your Battles in Voicing Your Opinion

Sometimes, you just have to pick your battles as the old saying goes! You don’t need to out yourself as a conservative on every social or political issue brought up in class. I had a professor who literally ranted about President Trump for 15 minutes in a class totally unrelated to politics! What did I do? Kept my mouth shut as that was not a battle I needed! However, in other cases I was irritated enough I did decide to at least partially share my views. You have to decide carefully when it’s worth the risk of sharing a conservative viewpoint openly in a highly liberal atmosphere. A middle ground is healthy.

Couch it Diplomatically

This is a huge point! It’s not just about being civil, as we always should be, but also about keeping a greater chance of not being ostracized by peers or teachers/professors! If you couch it more diplomatically, and refrain from being super blunt about it, you an have the best of both worlds: Staying true to your beliefs and standing up for them, without potentially alienating yourself from your classmates 🙂 They can also then see that conservatives aren’t so “evil” as they thought! The way I often approach it is to sympathize with at least one part of their argument before debunking it or couch it in terms of it furthering their ultimate goal but from a conservative perspective. Let them know you care as deeply as they do about the issue at hand, but have a different perspective on how to solve it, as many liberals think conservatives are coming from a lack of empathy and callousness.

Always Think “Does This Make Sense?” and Consider the Source

Go with your gut! If it sounds fishy or not making sense, it probably isn’t! Teachers and professors are often very educated and competent, but keep in mind they too were brainwashed by the Left and it can show. They genuinely believe they are teaching the factual thing, but it may not be the actual reality! If they provide sources for their information, consider the source. One professor only cited articles from CNN and other highly liberal news sites, and I’m not kidding, EVERY article was only from ONE perspective in a two sided issue! School should be about learning to think, not learning what to think! Learning for yourself is a lifelong skill you NEED. Sometimes, you are your own best teacher…

It’s Often for the Best Friendship and Politics Don’t Mix

A very important one! Just because you’re a conservative who has integrity and principles doesn’t mean you can’t be social with liberal classmates. I was good friends with several who had politics opposite of mine, but we shared other interests and hobbies and the same core values of kindness and integrity. Politics does not define you 100%. You are a multidimensional person and your political views are one part of who you are. In addition, unlike the radical Left, we don’t hate and demonize and dehumanize people solely for having different opinions! It’s good also to be exposed to opposing viewpoints other than your own as it strengthens your arguments, and may even change your perspective. Understanding does not always mean justifying, so don’t be afraid to understand where a liberal peer is coming from. You can share other sides of yourself with others. Of course, if you are lucky enough to connect with other fellow patriots through campus clubs or simply socializing then go right ahead and embrace your political side!

Always Stay True to Your Beliefs, but Find Clever Ways to Blend in When Needed 😉

This is huge for me! I have integrity and principles in my core beliefs as a conservative and would feel dishonest in falsely expressing leftist views just to blend in. However, sadly, until we gain more power back, the Left has become powerful enough to jeopardize our futures if we get too outspoken. I can’t put myself into a position where I would be blackballed and ostracized socially and professionally. However I also can’t change my core values as a person and a conservative an be a “sellout”. When the two objectives clash, I found some clever ways to do both:

For example, I wrote a liberal sounding essay thesis on a test I did, but I couched it as a presentation of viewpoint on the subject, but not my viewpoint! You can write papers that sound more leftist, but be careful not to write it in a way that it comes off as your personal view, but present it as a viewpoint that is out there, or better yet, write others have this view then explain what it is while keeping it distant and impersonal. Avoid the first person or stating it as an indisputable fact such as instead of saying “I think”, or even “It is known…”, say “some students/people/(whoever you’re writing about)  think/feel…” for example. That way, you can blend into the ideas of your school, but not lie about your personal opinions or out yourself. After all, accurately presenting the other side’s argument is a valuable skill too!

For Parents: Always Talk to Your Kids About The Big Issues from Your Perspective and Why

If it weren’t for my parents keeping that line of open dialogue about these issues, I may have been yet another brainwashed lefty! I credit them and other conservative role models for shaping my conservative mind and principles. When they talk about the liberal biases they learn in class, counter with your side and make them think about both sides of the issue. Point out censorship and political correctness and impart a message of an open exchange of ideas. And sometimes, you just have to contradict what the teacher says in issues you feel are morally important, (such as your personal values on abortion for one example) and say, “I know you’re being taught this, but it’s flat out wrong…”. However, and this is hard, let your kid explore and form their own opinions even if they are on the other side of yours. They can change their mind later and they need your openness to not be shut out from you and dismiss you as “pale and stale” or ignorant. They need to see that conservatives are levelheaded everyday people and learn that you can love and respect someone you disagree with. We win hearts and minds through common sense and reason, not censorship and “correct” opinions.

Also know while it’s painful sometimes, don’t take it personally. The school system is powerful, from k through 12 to college and many are somewhat a product of their brainwashing over our whole school lives. A family friend’s daughter told her dad he had “white privilege”, dismissing all the adversity he faced, yet it wasn’t her fault and she meant no malice. She was simply brainwashed to believe it was true from school and society and thought it was a plain fact. Hopefully when she gets older, and had adversity and a family of her own, she’ll see reason. Many young people see reason and become more conservative as issues like the economy, immigration, healthcare, safety etc… become more personal to them when they own their own business, have a job, have a family to provide for and protect. Just wait 🙂 Until then though, always share your views and why you believe them!

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What are some of your tips on surviving another liberal school year? 

68 thoughts on “Back to School Time: Some Tips for Conservative Students

  1. I experienced this on both ends. For my undergraduate degree, I studied at a small university in a highly conservative area. The tables turned when I went on to graduate school at a large liberal university. Honestly, this advice would have applied in both places, because my views lie somewhere between the two ends of the spectrum. However, I have to say the liberal university was much more intense politically, so getting along there meant “laying low” more often than it did for the liberals at the conservative school. In the end I chose to go against the grain and get involved in conservative/libertarian politics on campus; there’s definitely a camaraderie that brings together everyone who isn’t on the left in an environment like that!

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  2. Aside from all the sentence fragments, unnecessary commas, and overall bad grammar, the thesis here is so odd. If you have rational views on, say, social issues and immigration, there would be no reason to mask what you believe to have academic success and fulfilling personal relationships whilst participating in academia. The entire point of refraining from outlining your beliefs is an inherent lack of confidence in their ability to withstand counter-arguments. I was a conservative Christian throughout the entirety of my 4 1/2 years of college and I never once had any issues with anyone. If I had conversations about politics with people, it remained respectful and I was always open to both changing minds and having my mind changed. A great example of this came when I was going to argue in favor of the death penalty in a column I was preparing to write in the university news paper (I became news editor eventually). My argument was going to be one I had heard before; it’s cheaper to put bad people who did horrible things to others to death than it is to house them and feed them in prison. During my research, I found out it actually costed more money to execute someone with overpriced lethal injection drugs than it did to keep them in prison. After encountering information that proved I was wrong, I didn’t “stick to my guns” and dismiss the information as “crazy.” Instead, I did the intellectually honest thing and said, “listen, I was wrong, I can’t argue for the death penalty anymore because my central thesis was incorrect, let’s do something else instead.” When I graduated college in late 2015, I was still a conservative Christian. 4 1/2 years at a liberal arts school didn’t make me a “brainwashed lefty,” although I was certainly better informed about policy issues than I was prior to going to college. Currently in 2019 I’m an agnostic Bernie Sanders supporter. Education did very little to change my views. What really changed my views was the rise and eventual nomination of Donald Trump, one of the least “Godly” human beings on planet Earth, in the 2016 primary. I was a Kasich supporter, and I couldn’t believe so many self-describing evangelical Christians and Christian leaders flung their support behind someone who, if he were a democrat, they would have eviscerated to no end for his affairs, rape allegations, and reprehensible behaviors (a la the Access Hollywood tapes). When I saw firsthand so many people throw the things they pontificated and grandstanded on for my entire life down the drain just because the dude personifying all the things they claimed to hate had an R by his name on the ballot, I decided to really delve deeply into economic and immigration policy in my free time and challenge my own beliefs. After all, if people I valued were so willing to change what they believed at the drop of a hat, what other beliefs of theirs were flimsy? As you can guess by my current affiliations, my beliefs on taxes, immigration, healthcare, etc didn’t hold up well, and I had the intellectual honesty to admit I was once ignorant and misinformed on issues through no fault of my own. I’m not in the business of telling anyone what to believe, but just because you’re conditioned to think something sounds crazy doesn’t mean that crazy thing can’t be true. Do your own research, limit said research to non-partisan sources that are presenting facts, and then form opinions based on those facts. That’s how we learn and grow both as students and more importantly as human beings.

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    • We all need to challenge our opinions now and then, and yes, change our minds when we know we should. That however, cannot be accomplished if one side is threatening to ostracize us socially and professionally. That’s the concern. Not the idea of putting yourself in an isolated bubble to avoid any debate.

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      • Again, I agree! No one should have to expose themselves to criticism or alienation for not agreeing with the “mob,” so to speak, but it does happen, a lot. And with a character like Comrade Trump in the mix, it is difficult not to get amped up when his followers refuse – as they so often do – to see him for what he is, or even to acknowledge his abhorrent behaviors when they would so easily condemn others for the same. Somehow they just do not seem capable of that, and that is something that many on the left failed to understand.

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    • Excellent! Wonderful assessment of the blind adherence to ideology. Thank you for sharing your story.
      BTW: I am a progressive liberal in favor of the death penalty for some egregious crimes. I believe that your change of heart about the death penalty MAY BE (just a suggestion) about the way in which it is carried out, not the differences in costs between incarceration or the method of execution. I felt the same way at one point but I came to belief that it is the completely incompetent manner in which the penalty is carried out that I have the greatest issue with, not the penalty itself.

      But I am delighted to read your assessment of the blind allegiance to ideology and many (not all, but many) that flatly refuse to believe any information or data that does not comport with their original thesis. Bravo!

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      • Well, why are you voting or commenting on politics when you have not the faintest clue on real American history?

        Name 5 biographies of the 204 Christian Founders?

        I routinely request this of Democrat sympathizers, because repetition is the mother of learning, and as schools repeat lessons until students learn them, so this needs to be repeated until all of you Democrats understand history just as well as we conservatives do. It’s astonishing you have the audacity to pride yourself on your intellect, when you aren’t familiar with the basics of American history.

        Blind ideology is supporting the Democrats when their platform agrees with the American Communist party platform.

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      • You sound like you “know” American history like Newt Gingrich “knows” history. “The Christian founding of America” is as specious and phony as the conservative “ideology.” It is simply nonsense. Funny that you would pontificate upon your knowledge of American history and discuss repetition as a learning “tool.” We call that “brainwashing” in the modern era. Many of the so-called “Founding Fathers” understood the necessity of religion as a vehicle for the common man to develop some semblance of morality and they left those thoughts in their correspondance. They didn’t believe it was probable that the uneducated and illiterate would lead moral lives without religion.

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      • I think all you people are wrong. You’re all just blowing smoke. I AM THE ONLY ONE that has the correct opinion on all this.. and if you want to know my reasoning, you’re gonna have to just trust me that it’s better than your reasoning. In all of blog-dom no one is more believed and acknowledged as me on this subject (or any other subject). I just naturally know these things. You want to know what’s wrong with all your reasoning and fake posturing? Just know that I know. Everyone knows that. People who think they know don’t truly know. But I do. If there’s answers then I have them. Otherwise, don’t even ask the question. I even know people who think they know, and they don’t really know. Religion, politics, brainwashing, barnstorming, scripture, holy cows, unholy alliances, ill-conceived dalliances, racial impurities, 8-track stereotypes, I know it all. Forget the damn 30,000 emails because they all had postage due anyway. Who pays for THAT?
        I have the largest penis in the land and that’s all that matters.

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    • STLOT: Aside from all the sentence fragments, unnecessary commas, and overall bad grammar, the thesis here is so odd.

      MC: Typical leftist. Strain at gnats and swallow camels. The grammar is fine, your historical concept and comprehension of virtue are the problem. Sad thing is your education has brainwashed you out of your common sense.

      STLOT: If you have rational views on, say, social issues and immigration, there would be no reason to mask what you believe to have academic success and fulfilling personal relationships whilst participating in academia. The entire point of refraining from outlining your beliefs is an inherent lack of confidence in their ability to withstand counter-arguments.

      MC: Yes, there are very good reasons to stay quiet on rational views, because the left has terrorists called Antifa, and their universities are full of deranged Marxists who will terrorize conservatives who disagree with them. It’s not a lack of confidence at all. I can easily destroy any Democrat in America in a debate, but these charlatans run from confrontation, indignantly screeching that my type is crazy, and they backbite and gossip ceaselessly in the dark. A bunch of malevolent snakes. This is how to deal with the left. You contemptuously rebuke the foolish types at every opportunity.

      STLOT: I was a conservative Christian throughout the entirety of my 4 1/2 years of college and I never once had any issues with anyone. If I had conversations about politics with people, it remained respectful and I was always open to both changing minds and having my mind changed. A great example of this came when I was going to argue in favor of the death penalty in a column I was preparing to write in the university news paper (I became news editor eventually). My argument was going to be one I had heard before; it’s cheaper to put bad people who did horrible things to others to death than it is to house them and feed them in prison. During my research, I found out it actually costed more money to execute someone with overpriced lethal injection drugs than it did to keep them in prison. After encountering information that proved I was wrong, I didn’t “stick to my guns” and dismiss the information as “crazy.” Instead, I did the intellectually honest thing and said, “listen, I was wrong, I can’t argue for the death penalty anymore because my central thesis was incorrect, let’s do something else instead.”

      MC: Not sure what your definition of conservative Christian is, but you certainly weren’t one, or if you were, you are a major league backslider. You didn’t have any issues with other people because you are a massive coward, and were too afraid to stand on Biblical truths and historical truths. To your example, I can relate, somewhat. I was raised in a church where they taught against violence of all types, military service, resistance with force to evil. Joined the Navy, then left with a Conscientious Objector. Had I known history and Bible as I do today at 40, I never would have left the Navy, and am applying to rejoin, as well as applying for the police force. When I went to community college, the English class I had was taught by one of the most beloved professors of my Jr. High, High school experience. Mr. Richard Wright, a rotund, jolly, pigtailed, motorcycle gang-member looking amazing mind. He brought ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘1984’, and many other classics to life in the GATE class I attended in Vallejo, California. In community college we discussed the death penalty. He even showed us the profound documentary ‘Thin Blue Line’ which was riveting and very poignant, detailing how a police officer was killed, and how the real life testimony of both suspected killers was included. It’s virtually impossible to tell who did it. One man went on to kill others, and the seemingly innocent man was hours away from being put to death by the death penalty. And they cited the same numbers about how it’s more expensive to put people to death as you have. At the time, I was an opponent of the death penalty. But, upon coming across Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and others who are cold blooded, reprobate killers, it seems perfectly reasonable to put them to death. Mass murderers, serial killers, people who shoot police officers, and any cold blooded murder deserves the death penalty, with regard to circumstances. For instance, I don’t think a father who kills the person who molested his child deserves the death penalty. There is a great book I recommend you read, ‘Sexual Sabotage’ which details how our laws have been progressively loosened, paving the way for a massive increase in crime ever since the debauched 1948 Kinsey report, and it’s lies, fraud, and junk science. Also, I’d recommend you not rely on your formal education so much for how you evaluate the world. It was full of disinformation. There is another great book by Charlotte Iserbyt, ‘The deliberate Dumbing down of America’ which details the century long program to dumb down America’s kids. In 1912, before we paid one cent for public education, since the income tax didn’t come along until 1913 and the 16th Amendment (which needs to be repealed along with the 17th Amendment) , the 8th graders were smarter than today’s college graduates. So, to recap, our 8th graders were smarter than today’s college graduate than when we didn’t pay a dime for public education, and today, the typical college graduate has seen the American taxpayer pay at least $100k for their K-12 and college education. What a tremendous waste! Also for you to criticize Lady of Reason’s Grammar, and then to turn around and use the word ‘costed’, when it should read ‘cost’ is pretty funny (During my research, I found out it actually costed (sic) more money to execute someone with overpriced lethal injection drugs than it did to keep them in prison.).

      STLOT: When I graduated college in late 2015, I was still a conservative Christian. 4 1/2 years at a liberal arts school didn’t make me a “brainwashed lefty,” although I was certainly better informed about policy issues than I was prior to going to college. Currently in 2019 I’m an agnostic Bernie Sanders supporter.

      MC: The Democrat plutocrats control the media, schools, and tech companies, and they overwhelmed your thinking, and that of millions of others. For you to even think of supporting that crazy, crackpot degenerate Bernie Sanders, much less actually publicly admit it, is proof you are woefully lacking in Civics comprehension and history comprehension. Examine his platform, and go examine the American Communist platform. They are virtually synonymous. Communism has just slaughtered 100 million in the last century. Sanders had no job until 40, and became a millionaire off his corrupt policies, selling out America to special interests while lying and saying he stands for the common man. He was penniless before entering public office and now owns 3 mansions. How do you do that on $100k a year salary? Besides, every single idea he stands for, and indeed, every single idea on the Democrat platform, is based on lies, it’s just the average person hasn’t got thousands of hours to do the research to prove they are all lies. Gun control, man made climate change, systemic racism, income inequality between the genders, America is a racist nation, and on and on. They are all massive lies. Funny, America’s biggest geopolitical foe is Communist China, and today’s Democrat party has a nearly Communist message. Like China, they favor gun control, man made climate change hoax, deriding America’s past, and demoralizing the average American. Also, it’s very clear you don’t understand basic civics and our history. You have obviously never read just 5 of the 204 biographies of our Christian Founders. Please don’t repeat back Marxist disinformation on the Founders you got from the media, schools, or Google. Thank you. I’m rather tired of it all, after having encountered tens of thousands of mindless drones who constantly state the stupid lies of the left. You also likely can’t even name 10 Civil War generals from memory. These two bits of information are the absolute basics one should know about American history before voting or discussing politics. You’ve been through college and likely don’t know them, and neither do 90% of college graduates. Instead, the colleges fill your head with absurd social justice nonsense, and train you in sophism, the idea that man is the measure of all things, and that specious arguments are more important than to grasp the absolute truth. According to the left, it’s impossible to know absolute truth, and morality is relative. Both of these are lies. But they appeal to lazy thinkers who don’t know history, which the leftist media, schools, and tech companies are training millions to become, daily.

      STLOT: Education did very little to change my views. What really changed my views was the rise and eventual nomination of Donald Trump, one of the least “Godly” human beings on planet Earth, in the 2016 primary. I was a Kasich supporter, and I couldn’t believe so many self-describing evangelical Christians and Christian leaders flung their support behind someone who, if he were a democrat, they would have eviscerated to no end for his affairs, rape allegations, and reprehensible behaviors (a la the Access Hollywood tapes).

      MC: It did a lot to change your views, yet you aren’t conscious of it. You were suckered by the media, and it’s doubtful you can name 7 conservative news sites you’ve read for 2 months of your entire life. You can find out what news sites are liberal or conservative on my site. But, that will take humility, and your education trained you to be proud. Until you learn humility you’ll never learn.
      I was suckered by the media, schools, and tech companies in 2008, into supporting Barry the Fairy, though I didn’t vote for him. However, woke up quick. Then I realized how all three entities are full of nonstop disinformation, overwhelming the intellect of millions of Americans. Supported Cruz against Trump, taking your stance. But, I realize Trump is a million times better than every Democrat. Without virtue, we can have no liberty. Also, the media has been hard at work. In 1992, they hid the fact Bill Clinton raped Juanita Broaddrick in 1978. In 2008, they hid that Barack Obama was a homosexual, who used crack before. So, they constantly engage in hiding the flaws of Democrats and sensationalizing the flaws of Republicans. They’ve been doing hit jobs like they are doing on Trump since even before Robert Bork in 1987. And the average person, like you, is easy to manipulate. So supporting Trump takes critical thinking, but the Democrats stand for Islam, abortion, pornography, prostitution, legalizing drugs, and wealth redistribution which is theft. Every single one of the 65 million Democrats who voted for Hillary are hellbound according to the Bible. Not all Republicans are going to heaven, but no Christian can be a member of the Democrat party.

      STLOT: When I saw firsthand so many people throw the things they pontificated and grandstanded on for my entire life down the drain just because the dude personifying all the things they claimed to hate had an R by his name on the ballot, I decided to really delve deeply into economic and immigration policy in my free time and challenge my own beliefs. After all, if people I valued were so willing to change what they believed at the drop of a hat, what other beliefs of theirs were flimsy?

      MC: You are thinking emotionally, and not criticially. When you’ve read 5 of the 204 Christian Founders biographies, and the Federalist Papers, then you’ll understand our Constitution was founded for low taxes, low regulations, and a moral and virtuous people. This violently clashes with today’s Democrat party. You evidently delved in the wrong places if you can’t understand Trump’s policies on the economy and immigration are superior to the Democrats nonsense.

      STLOT: As you can guess by my current affiliations, my beliefs on taxes, immigration, healthcare, etc didn’t hold up well, and I had the intellectual honesty to admit I was once ignorant and misinformed on issues through no fault of my own. I’m not in the business of telling anyone what to believe, but just because you’re conditioned to think something sounds crazy doesn’t mean that crazy thing can’t be true. Do your own research, limit said research to non-partisan sources that are presenting facts, and then form opinions based on those facts. That’s how we learn and grow both as students and more importantly as human beings.

      MC: Well, it’s very easy. On immigration, we pay $100 billion a year for illegal immigration, and a wall costs $15 billion. Makes perfect sense. Also, it generally takes legal immigrants 4 generations to assimilate, and illegal immigrants take even longer. A nation that doesn’t assimilate vast hordes of immigrants, is a nation that will be destroyed. On the economy, regulations and high taxes, which Democrats fight for, and which are responsible for the high crime and high poverty in Democrat cities and states, are very foolish ideas. There are no non-partisan forums to get news. There are the conservatives, who understand human nature is bad, and who know history, and the Democrats, who are wicked, yet claim human nature is good, and haven’t the slightest clue about history.

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  3. Do you have any tips for a pretty conservative college man trying to look for a potential wife? I’m in my last year of college in one if the most conservative states, but in one of the most liberal cities and universities. I can keep great friendships with liberal classmates while not having to hide the fact that I’m conservative but mainly because it’s just a friendship. Whenever I open up about my conservative values to a girlfriend, they go running for the hills when I tell them I’d like to have a stay at home wife, abolishing abortion, views on politics, etc. Sometimes I want ti never touch that subject but if this is a person I’m going to tie them and myself down to, they deserve to know.

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    • Agreed! You need to find a mate who shares your values and has similar life goals. Sadly, many college girls are liberal and brainwashed to see you as a misogynist… I’m glad to see some men want to provide in a traditional household.

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      • You’re right! Its the “liberals” that are brainwashed! That is just rich, really! Not the conservatives that would defund public schools, social security, Medicare, Medicaid, so they can cut taxes for the wealthy and for the Corporations, extoll the virtues of fiscal responsibility while practicing financial profligacy at a never-before-seen level, all while continuing to tell each other that you’re the “good guys…” It’s nice to hear that you realize how phony you’re ridiculous ideology is that you’re even afraid to admit it in public! I don’t think you’ll find that the case with most progressives or liberals.

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      • At least conservatives don’t strive to demonize and dehumanize people for disagreeing with them and feel they need to silence and censor rather than debate in the open. A disagreement should not cost you a job or your physical safety!

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      • So far I haven’t been seen as misogynist, but my values are simply not shared by many girls here. I say I’m looking for a girl that would like being a stay at home mother, I don’t say “women should be stay at home mothers”. The former is just expressing a lifestyle some may or may not want, the latter truly is misogynistic because it’s lumping a whole sex onto just 1 life path, which I truly do not believe. But all in all, I haven’t found it too difficult to articulately share my values and still remain good friends with my liberal classmates, at least with ones at my maturity level. It’s as if we like each other IN SPITE of our political views. 😁 Also, while I am a conservative; I’m not a Red hat wearing, Bible bashing, gay pride protesting, intolerable hillbilly as the media (and some actual people that are) make me out to be. Likewise, the liberals I’m friends with are not die hard socialists that scream “hate” at the mention of Trump’s name. I’m learning it’s all a matter of maturity and what you’re willing to put up with. But it certainly is more difficult finding someone who shares the same conservative values as you enough to make it a lifestyle.

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    • You will find someone, friend. Maybe not right away.. but in everyone’s life we tend to mellow a bit over time and we find there are more important things than political ideology. To your credit, by the way, I run into many women with failed marriages who blame the guy for not telling them “everything” about them until after the wedding.. and by then it’s a little too late.
      I’m old and wise (though no one here will agree) so consider this next time… don’t “fess up” everything to a woman all at once. That’s the whole idea with dating. Let things be revealed naturally. Unless you’re a Type A my-way-or-the-highway type.. take it casual. Not a lot of girls are into “traditional” roles in the household, but some are.. you just have to find one. Personally I have found that it’s less about what YOU want in a marriage and more about the compromise of love.

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  4. You make some very good points. My college experience was several decades ago and probably differs significantly from yours because of that. Faculty and students today appear to have lost the ability to keep disagreements about public policy from becoming personal animosity. One of the best aspects of college for me was the diversity of opinion. Debating and even arguing with those who didn’t agree with me was both enjoyable and enlightening. Those discussions forced me to examine my own views and caused me to change my mind about a few things. Even when it didn’t, it gave me a better understanding of all sides of the issue.
    What appears to be different today is that the left has more power now and their use of that power to persecute anyone who doesn’t march in lock step with their dictates reveals the left’s true character. As a student, I could always find others who didn’t follow the leftist line but, I suspect that it is far more difficult on college campuses today.

    That said, you point out that the purpose of going to college is to get an education rather than fight political battles. One difference between conservatives and libertarians on one side and the left on the other is that the former have lives outside of politics while those on the left tend to define themselves in terms of politics. Conservatives and libertarians can go through college getting an education without getting caught up in too many political battles. One of the best professors that I had in college was a hard core Marxist who would include politics in every class. He was a language professor so his politics didn’t matter. You put up with the diatribes because you could learn a lot despite them.

    You can get a lot out of college if you keep your eyes on the prize without getting distracted. The left seems to be content to incur heavy student loans so that they can enforce political correctness on campus policing the ideological purity of their professors and fellow students. The implications of the fact that they are taking on crippling debt while earning degrees in such unmarketable leftist fields as Gender Studies won’t hit home until later.

    I suspect that campus political battles are largely futile anyway. The left might think that they are convincing people when all they are doing is intimidating them temporarily. It’s difficult to get people actually to change their minds. Thomas Sowell has said that he was a Marxist while he was a student even when he was studying under Milton Friedman. What changed his mind was working in government, his own experiences, rather than any debates, convinced him of the inefficiency of government control over the economy. People tend not to think seriously about something until they get some experience with it and realize that they have skin in the game. Until then, it’s just word games.

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    • Some good points… yet I am drawn to this…
      “What appears to be different today is that the left has more power now and their use of that power to persecute anyone who doesn’t march in lock step with their dictates reveals the left’s true character.”

      Perhaps you are correct.. but I also submit, is the Left really truly any more powerful or not as in the past, or has the Right simply gotten weaker, lost, and increasingly without form? I am a registers Republican still holding on to the traditional reasons. I want absolutely nothing to do with this Trumplicanism nonsense. I am not Liberal yet I hold to some traits. I’ve always defined myself as a liberal conservative. Now while this means nothing to most in here I mention it to make the point that my perception is that the Right is an ill-defined conglomeration of current ideology and old Liberalism.

      Also, I would not recommend you confuse the current anti-Trump fervor in the country with some sort of enhanced power to the Left. In fact, the entire traditional roles of both parties are in flux.

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    • You’re response demonstrates such a lame understanding of liberalism, although it pleases me to hear that you have, from time to time, adapted your beliefs about it. First of all, “locked step” is for the Repugnant-cans & Conservatives, not liberals. One of our greatest drawbacks is we can never seem to get everyone on the same page. It has plagued the Dumos since the beginning of time. Secondly, the Dumos have no power, really at all right now. If we did, Trump would be impeached and facing criminal charges for the many, many, many crimes he’s committed both behind the scenes (before election) and in plain sight while his imposter-presidency began. Both Clarence Thomas and Brett Cavaugh wold be impeached off the court for their sexual deviances and, in Thomas’s case, for his conflicts of interests on voting for healthcare laws. Furthermore, gun laws would be radically altered, assault weapons would be permanently removed from the non-military marketplace as would silencers, large-capacity magazines, and other military materiel, Citizens United would be overturned and campaign finance reform would be re-legislated and brought to some semblance of legitimacy. Voting rights would be restored (you must hate hearing all this!) and our election system would be secured so that Putin can not choose another president, and we’d be taking steps to interdict climate change, as best as we may, given the current circumstances and the lack of time. Lastly, Putin & Russia would be suffering this very moment for putting their Comrade, Donald J. Trump into office and causing complete havoc within the Western alliances.

      Other than that, I think you got a good point.

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      • Just out of curiosity,

        On what grounds would you commence impeachment proceedings against Mr. Trump given that the Mueller investigation failed to establish any form of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government? Or two thoroughly vetted Supreme Court justices?

        And how would you go about implementing restrictive gun legislation without violating the 2nd Amendment of Constitution which guarantees “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed”?

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      • For me.. to your first question… obstruction can stand alone for impeachment. But there’s any number of Congressional cases pending concerning emoluments violations, tax issues, other obstructions… pick one. “High crimes and misdemeanors” can mean anything Congress wants it to mean. If Trump’s tax returns come out I’ll wager that’s when his house of cards tumbles for sure. But given how slow it’s all proceeding we will arrive at the election before any impeachment hits him. But here’s the important takeaway here……… between now and election day things.. Trump… events…. are all going to get far worse. As Trump starts feeling the pressures he’s going to lash out in some “scorched earth” policy. We ain’t seen nuthin’ yet, folks. It’s gonna get bad. More shootings, more national tragedies, more international events… more trade wars… maybe a real war somewhere. Trump is sure to sink himself and take the country with him.

        Your restrictive gun regulation issue… D.C. vs Heller… SCOTUS affirmed the right to keep and bear arms was not limited to militias… and… it also affirmed the the right to bear arms is NOT unlimited and that guns and gun ownership would continue to be regulated.

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      • On the first point, I have no counter-argument. If it can be satisfactorily demonstrated that he violated his oath of office, impeach away. But outside of trade sanctions, I think your predictions regarding Mr. Trumps future actions are unfounded.

        In regards to the second, does the decision apply only to the District of Columbia, or does it apply to every state? I’ve tried to find an answer, but there appears to be a fair amount of disagreement on the matter.

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      • Well, Mr. Ron… I truly and honestly hope you are correct in that things will not get worse as we head toward the election. Each week, each event, it’s chaos. Bolton gets the ax.. the third NSA so far. Each day is Trumpian un-Presidential behavior… he’s feeling the pressure.. and the country will suffer further. He will shoot himself in his foot as always.

        The alleged disagreement you are suggesting… is that the disagreement that SCOTUS only made their decision that it was OK for individuals to own guns, outside of formal militias, in D.C., or are you suggesting that their decision, including the idea that it also affirmed the the right to bear arms is NOT unlimited and that guns and gun ownership would continue to be regulated… or both?

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      • Yes, Mr. Trump fired a war monger and he wants to pull troops out of the Middle East. How does that harm the country? That seems to be the exact opposite of a “scorched earth” policy — wouldn’t you agree?

        The question I’m asking is does the SCOTUS decision apply only to the federal government (being as DC is a federal district) or to all states within the union?

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      • You mean was there some precedent set in their decision to render it being applied universally… but I would surmise that since pro-gun folks hold up this decision.. the one declaring that gun ownership is not just a “militia” thing… is valid in all states. Which then means, given it’s part of the decision, that while gun ownership is acknowledged, regulation is still permitted. But I am not a SCOTUS follower to that level although the NRA seems to also acknowledge the decision. It’s been years since that decision.

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      • Great question! You see, this is exactly what galls me about Repugs/Conservatives. Apparently you are completely unfamiliar with the investigation and its results. I’m taking a guess here that you’re a Fox watcher, so, while I wouldn’t ‘t say you’re forgiven press, I can understand how you wouldn’t know anything about it.

        I will not educate those who willfully choose to remain ignorant of facts. Yes, there is such things as “facts” and Mueller found quite a few. You are on your own journey, even if you choose to live in your own private Idaho, that works for me. I’d only ask you to stay away from the polls!

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      • Sorry, I forgot the part about the 2nd amendment. Please read it again, it says nothing of the sort. I’ve had it committed to memory since 2nd grade after all, it’s only one line. Once again, Repugs/Conserv’s make up their own stuff, just like your Comrade, the Orange Man. It must be great to just believe whatever makes you feel good. I should try it sometime….

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  5. Frankly, while kind of socially repugnant having to acknowledge we are at this point in our divisiveness as some have already replied to, this was an excellent post. Yeah.. you not-so-well buried the little snipes at Liberals.. but this was great. This kind of thing illustrates you’ve had some education in and out of the classroom. Nicely done.
    I deal with the public every day (at this stage of my life I am “just” an over-educated, under-paid,
    security guard -bullet magnet, if you will- in a facility that takes kids away from their incompetent parents) and while some encounters do get to the current political atmosphere in the country when they might bring it up to me, it’s my job to control emotions rather than encourage their unrestrained expression. So I do have to balance any expression of my own opinion and do a lot of head-nodding and guttural noises to imply agreement should someone bring up any controversial subject.
    We can pick our battles if and when the time comes.

    I look at it this way.. we are human beings first. The rest is transient information.

    Good post.

    Good post.

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  6. Neo-nazi idiots wearing Trump hats because sometimes our culture intersects our political beliefs. Mainstream conservatives have nothing to do with these Neanderthals anymore than mainstream liberals have to do with anti-fa. So they say.
    When I went to school our differences were celebrated and encouraged. Now we live in a movie set a cross somewhere between “Divergent,” “The Hunger Games,” and “Demolition Man.”

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  7. I find this entire post rather sad and alarming. The fact that you even have to give this advice is scary. it’s hard to believe that we conservatives in Canada and the US (because this very much applies to Canadian schools, too) have to keep our thoughts to ourselves to protect ourselves in any way. This sort of thought-policing has its historical parallels during the rise of communism, fascism and socialism before WWII, and exists now in places like China and North Korea. That fact that this unholy trinity of Marxism is on the rise in the West is of tremendous concern. My parents watched this happen before WWII. I have relatives that lived under it in Poland and Germany. That our culture is willingly – even enthusiastically – following this path again is mind boggling. And they are convinced they are on the “right side of history”, which history proves wrong, over and over.

    It’s insane.

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  8. In my area this would be advice to the very few liberal students who are in hiding because of uber-right religiosity. But, good advice here. Word is the “The Base” a neo nazi hate group has purchased property about twenty miles from me. That they feel comfortable here let’s you know “how” conservative this area is.

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      • Oh I get that. That is what happens with belief if it is left unbalanced. Fear is their driver when opposing views are routinely withheld. Half the kids in our district are homeschooled.

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    • The fact that you equate neo-nazi’s with conservatives (and “uber-right religiosity”, whatever that is) with conservatives really kinda illustrates LoR’s point. Nazism is socialism. Always has been. Always will be. Neo-nazi’s aren’t “conservative”, because nazism goes against everything conservatism is. And if all a self proclaimed neo-nazi does is spout racism, they don’t know what real nazis are, either. They’re just racist losers attaching a label on themselves. If you really want to see the equivalent of what the rise of nazi ideology in the US looks like, look to AntiFa. They are much more closely aligned to what nazis really were than any other group right now. Pretty much lock step, really.

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      • I think you’re in denial. Of course Antifa is horrible. That doesn’t excuse right wing nuts voting for trump because he aligns more closely with their ability to carry on their hatred.

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      • No one is trying to excuse “right wing nuts”, whatever that means. The fact that the vote for Trump does not mean he “aligns more closely with their ability to carry on their hatred.” These accusations are lazy and more than a little hypocritical. The Dems, for example, created the KKK and everything about them is based on the idea that non-white people are too stupid and incompetent to be able to achieve anything without Dem leaders giving them handouts and forcing schools and companies to fill their quotas of these obviously inferior races.

        There is hate enough on both sides. Haters vote, too. Lots of them voted for Obama because he was black. No other reason. So complaining that racists vote for Trump because he’s white or whatever is no different.

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      • “When the Negro was under the natural discipline of white authority, white people were safe from the abuse and violence of the Negro, but the Negro was also safe from himself.”—Thomas Robb, National Director KKK—Formerly titled Grand Wizard.
According to the Thomas Robb Ministries website, “We believe that the Anglo Saxon, Germanic, Scandinavian, and kindred people are THE people of the Bible – God’s separated and anointed Israel.” The statement goes on to declare, “Our people must … resist the call of Satan, which the Bible says will come disguised as light and love … brotherly – interracial love.”
”Groups formed around a set of moral codes are more likely than non-morality-based groups to exhibit “out-group hate”—Ronnie Janoff, PhD UMass Amherst. (2013). “Lessons from morality-based social identity
Do you disagree that trump emboldens right wing nuts? That they feel with trump they have greater impunity? And dems may have formed the kkk but who is it now?

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      • The KKK is still largely Dem (a grand wizard was one of Hillary’s mentors, and she was proud of that).

        I disagree that Trump emboldens “right wing nuts.” Completely.

        These divisions started long before Trump. What you are seeing now is a backlash. When one side slanders another as being hateful, racist, bigots [continue long list here] for decades, after a while, people are going to start saying “f*** it” and either stop caring, or wear the label. Of, as LoR posted, they have to hide who they are out of fear, because we are in a political climate right now, created by the divisive and violent political “left” (who have gone so far left, they are falling off the deep end), that will brand any conservative, or even a more central liberal, as racist, bigoted, hater-McHatey-pants.

        Also, anyone who tries to use the Bible to justify racism is no Christian. Like anything else, people will use things to justify their bigotry. The Bible tells us that we are all equal in the eyes of God. This is why it has been Christians, and no other group, that has fought *against* slavery, sexism and racism for the past 2000 years. Racism as we know it today was also justified by “science”, in the form of Darwinism. So was sexism and classism. This “science” is behind the Dems supporting Margaret Sanger establishing Planned Parenthood clinics in black neighbourhoods. Racism is woven throughout Dem ideology.

        “A few years ago, (Barack Obama) would have been getting us coffee.” — Bill Clinton to Ted Kennedy
        “(Harry Reid) was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” — Harry Reid’s comments reported by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann
        9) “Tainting the tea party movement with the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats. There is no evidence that tea party adherents are any more racist than other Republicans, and indeed many other Americans. But getting them to spend their time purging their ranks and having candidates distance themselves should help Democrats win in November. Having one’s opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness.” — Mary Frances Berry, former Chairwoman, US Commission on Civil Rights
        “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” — Joe Biden
        “You cannot go to a 7-11 or Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian Accent. I’m not joking” – Joe Biden to a man of Indian descent
        “I’ll have those n**gers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” – Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One according Ronald Kessler’s book, “Inside The White House”

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      • That’s a great comment. I remember that tea party comment too as I supported the movement and was pretty frustrated (about when and why I quit following politics) by those accusations. I do agree that most of the mudslinging is false. Trump however, is nothing I could ever get behind nor any Democrat running. Unless somebody real steps up trump will have another four years.

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      • As a Canadian, all I can say is that I wish we had a leader more like Trump. Instead, we’ve got a clown that had been found guilty of 10 ethical violations in total, 2 of them criminal, yet he hasn’t resigned and no charges are being laid. It’s disgusting. Trump is not saint, but I hope you appreciate him at least for being better than the alternatives.

        Personally, I would have loved to see a President Carson. 🙂

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    • White supremacists are not even close to being a threat in America today. Black poverty and crime are worst in Democrat cities, always.

      The problem in the black community is a 75% illegitimacy rate, and a 75% illiteracy rate among black boys. Illegitimacy and illiteracy lead to prison and poverty far more than those who are legitimate and literate.

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      • Do you have a solution for that? That may be a bigger problem but not here. All black people in my area know each other by name. Seriously. It has been home to aryan nations and white supremacy for a long time. It is also a republican stronghold and very religious. That black poverty is a problem does not excuse right wing racism which is rampant here in NE Washington. And they are nearly all conservatives. Matt Shea, our beloved representative has had close ties with a group called Team Rugged that trained children, teens and men in their early 20s for religious combat, based on the works of John Weaver, a racist preacher who has defended slavery, idolized the Confederacy and condemned interracial marriage.

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