It's OK To Not Be Liberal On A Liberal Campus
Start writing a post
Politics

It's OK To Not Be Liberal On A Liberal Campus

Western is considered a liberal university, and for someone who grew up in Eastern Washington, my views differ from my peers.

635
It's OK To Not Be Liberal On A Liberal Campus

When George Washington stepped down from the presidency in 1797, he warned the American people against political parties after he saw the effect they could have through Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson in his own cabinet.

I consider myself a moderate. I'm not a Democrat, I'm not a Republican, not liberal, nor conservative. I see some points from both parties that I find myself agreeing with, while at the same time I also find some views on each side as overzealous. I consider myself open-minded, while I can't help but think of my peers as close-minded because they yell so loud that they don't hear reason. Just as conservatives are so convinced they have the answers, they also do not want to hear what the other side has to say.

But I am constantly reminded of my difference of views in all of my classes. Sadly, it feels you have to pick one or the other, especially in a setting where it feels as though everyone is liberal and cannot see any views other than their own. Speakers who come to our school are more liberal and even many professors do too. I'm taking two classes right now, one is the Jewish American Experience and the other is the Arab American experience, and both can become very controversial and the second a hot button topic is brought up I feel like I am not allowed to participate because of the backlash I would receive if I voiced my opinions.

I side with planned parenthood, I don't take sides in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, I don't agree with the wall, I am not prejudiced. Even though I'm not necessarily a conservative, I do in fact lean a little more right. I do have many issues with Trump as president and his speeches, however, I don't quite view him as the monster many do.

I love our country.

No, our country is not perfect, it is bruised and damaged. But what an amazing blessing it is to be able to verbalize our issues with our government. In many other countries and even in the history of other countries, you do not have the right to an opinion that opposes your government, but we do. We can discuss our issues with the dominant discourse, we have the right to carry a firearm, own property, receive education, women don't have to depend on a man for survival.

I'm not writing this to complain, but I'm writing this to show that not everyone has to pick a side, and not everybody has already picked a side, so respect one another, change can only happen when people are open to hearing each other's views and compromising.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less
Featured

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

38843
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee
nappy.co

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

114251
college students waiting in a long line in the hallway
StableDiffusion

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments