After seven years at UNC, one thing has worn on me about this campus: the political climate. UNC has sadly become a stagnant cesspool for political thought. I came here considering myself liberal, but now consider myself a moderate Democrat, truly viewing it as the lesser of two evils. The liberal voice here became so shrieking and annoying, I backed up to the middle. Really, I’m extremely curious as to whether this has happened to others, especially in this day and age when people at least seem to think this is a harshly partisan era.
Are we that partisan? According to exit interviews by MSNBC with nine outgoing U.S. Senate members of both parties, we aren’t. Go online and read the transcripts; they’re interesting. While I don’t think partisanship has become historically nasty on a national scale, I think it has become somewhat so on our own campus.
We look down on conservatives in the sort of way homosexuals and minorities get harassed in conservative parts of the country. UNC has become a liberal death camp of tolerance. For true diversity, groups should be seeking the side opposite their own.
For example, Karl Rove, the alleged hand to Dubya’s puppet, will be here Monday. Despite regarding him as self-interested and malicious, I would rather hear his train of thought than of someone who shares my views. I don’t know how people reach the conclusions they do which lead them to support people like George W. Bush, but Rove helped orchestrate it and can probably show me how.
The best speakers for this campus are the John Ashcroft and Tom Tancredo types. They challenge and help refine our views. Yet, with conservative speakers, students unleash an embarrassing, deafening riot that makes Mogadishu look like Asheville. With liberal speakers, after they’ve rehashed the beliefs of the audience, there’s enough sickening ass-kissing to deem it inappropriate for minors. What do you gain?