It Takes For A Conservative
By Professor Doom
Iíve often been told that college campuses are hotbeds of leftist thinking. Thatís what Iíve been told. What Iíve seen with my own eyes?
Well, certainly, multiculturalism, the demon-spawn of leftism, sure is popular. I never really attributed it to leftism, however. The courses are brain-dead simple, and even roadkill can pass the course (students that donít even know theyíre enrolled in the course still have a good chance of getting an A, according to the registrar at one institution I was at).
When it came to outright political views, yes, I noticed that people with leftist views tended to get promotions, and people that didnít drink the Kool-Aid were ever consigned to dark corners of campus. Again, I just assumed it was because leftists taught brain-dead courses, and had no trouble winning the student popularity awards that administrators believe are the best way to determine if the teacher is any good.
Iíve seen many administrators spout leftist beliefs. Iíve never seen one openly state anything that would be particularly conservative (although a few accounting types have been known to whisper that theyíve listened to Limbaugh for reasons other than amusement). Again, it meant little to me; administrators arenít trained to think, I can hardly expect them to question what they were trained as children in our publics schools to believe. The indoctrination starts there, and Iíd be remiss if I didnít admit that I, too, believed the things I was told as a childÖat least when I was a child.
The fact still remains: Iíve never seen anyone say non-leftist things and advance in higher education. I guess itís happened, mind you, but itís not something Iíve seen with my own eyes.
Only in my most paranoid, suspicious moments did I think that conservative faculty were being left behind simply because of their political or religious views. A recent article leads me to believe it isnít mere paranoid suspicion on my part:
case represents the kind of bias many on the right say they
experience in academe (typically without a verdict like this one).Ē
---Iím not exactly on the right, but Iíve been on the business end of some pretty extreme hate from colleagues, tooÖcould it be I opened my mouth once or twice?
In short: a professor was passed up
for promotion. He claimed his conservative political views were responsible,
while admin said ďnope, we just donít think youíre good enough.Ē The jury
disagreed, saying the evidence was clear that his conservative views were,
unfairly, the reason he was not given a promotion.
(I come to yet another meeting where admin will bloviate about their plans for growth. In preparation, I bring a sandwich):
Marxist Faculty: ďYou know, under the Marxist model, that sandwich you brought to the meeting would be shared with everyone.Ē
Me: ďNo. Under communism, Iíd know Iíd have to share, so I wouldnít bring a sandwich. Weíd all starve. That would model communism better.Ē
--Iím no conservative, but Iím certainly not a leftist. I had fun with the Marxist history professor, though. He laughed, denying that Marxism and communism were the same thingÖI politely ceded the point. They are different words, after all.
Now some will cite this victory as proof of academic freedom, and that this was an isolated incident of discrimination that really isnít representative of higher education today. I feel the need to point out just what it took to get this verdict:
ďAdams sued in 2007ÖĒ
First: it took seven frickiní years. This is enough time for a new faculty to join the institution as an instructor, and work all the way up the ranks to full professor. Meanwhile, the victim here had to fight 7 years to just get one promotion. How many people, when wronged, have the strength of will to argue for 7 years over a promotion that might only mean a couple of thousand dollars a year? This guy might have paid half a million dollars in legal fees in order to get $14,000 in lost wages.
emails and statements from faculty colleagues taking issue with his
views, which are outspoken and conservative. (You can find a
selection of his columns here.)
The Adams case was of particular interest to many who charge
political bias in the academy because he
is a political (and religious) convert.
He presented evidence that his faculty colleagues liked him when he
was an atheist Democrat, but started to have concerns when he became
a Christian Republican.Ē
Second: the evidence had to be overwhelming and unquestionable. To win this type of case, the victim clearly must first be leftist, and must save documentation that heís treated decently as a leftist. He must establish leftist cred, and befriend the leftists. Then, only then, can he espouse conservative or religious views, and then he must save his documentation to show that heís treated differently once his views and beliefs have changed.
Goodness, what an abusive standard of proof.
Someone who came on campus as a conservative would have no way to win this type of case, and should be prepared for unfair treatment indefinitely; promotions should be considered out of the question for people who come to campus as conservatives.
You must literally convert from left to right, and save your documentation, and be willing to fight for seven years, to even have a chance in this system.
While having that documentation was a lucky break, conversions from left to right are hardly rare. Iíve seen it many a time. In my experience, as soon as a leftist earns something, the whole ďgovernment should take from the people that earned something and give it to the people that didnítĒ philosophy doesnít seem nearly as fair as when the leftist hadnít earned anything. Go figure.
Itís funny, Iíve never seen a convert from right to left. I guess it happens, somewhere? Any volunteers?
Next time, weíll go over the rest of what is needed for a conservative to show bias, because crushing evidence and the willingness to fight for 7 years isnít nearly enough. Iíll have some information on how unscrupulous admin was willing to be to block this promotionÖitís pretty amazing stuff
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