The Perils of Conservatism
Massachusetts is one of the only places I’ve ever been where it’s easy to come out as anything as long as it’s not Conservative. For the most part, the Liberal mantra of “diversity and tolerance” just does not extend to the other side of the political ledger. Now, before you rashly pass judgment on this being another pity-me-I’m-a-lonely-Conservative-in-Libsville piece, take some time and hear me out. Loan me that open mind you claim to have; I promise to spare the bleatings in exchange for experience.
I am risking being blacklisted, impugned, and excommunicated from my social holes by coming out and writing this piece. I’ve kept my sentiments to myself despite seething vitriol and various attempts at proselytization from faculty members and students alike. After the victory that this election secured, I feel an aura of invincibility that makes me impervious to attacks from any political opponent. As a Conservative, I’m frankly tired of having my ideals bastardized, my policy misunderstood, my believes mocked, and my opinions disregarded.
We need to lay some things to rest and put the kibosh to others before they even begin. Now for some myth-mashing. The following are things I am not:
White: Not all Conservatives are white. I am Hispanic.
Rich: I come from a middle-class family in one of the poorest districts in Texas.
Bigoted: I’ll talk policy with anyone who has good points.
Stupid: I’m at MIT. I know; I’ve heard of SPAMIT -- I’m not a member.
Homophobic: Just because I may disapprove of something does not make it any of my business, nor does it mean I hate those that engage in it; this goes for abortion as well.
Racist: This is a tough card to play. I’m politically incorrect, not racist.
Sexist: I love women.
When I first moved here, I thought Massachusetts was going to be a nice place to be for the next four years ... until I saw my dorm tax. The only thing we did with taxes back home was a vowel swap to name our great state. I also did not know that I was a stubborn, stupid, rich, white, racist, misogynist homophobe until I moved here.
Watching the debates while in enemy territory was quite interesting to say the least. Amid the laughter, cursing, and yelling, I think I heard a total of about 10 minutes of what the President said. How do we have any hope of healing wounds when you won’t even listen to us? Election night, a dorm-wide e-mail titled “F*CKING BUSH” launched a sortie of anti-Conservative sentiment to all subscribers to our mailing list. It seemed as if I was the only one that minded.
One thing both sides need to realize is that neither side is trying to destroy America (I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt). Both candidates ran on what they felt was best for our great country. The one that more Americans agreed with got the spot. This is the part where you accept it and move on. “Dissent is Patriotic” and “W isn’t my president” are two common lines that could not be more diametrically opposed. If W isn’t your president, then America isn’t your country -- considering, after all, he is the President of the United States. Where’s the patriotism in denying your own country’s leader?
I only ask one thing from you all before you pass judgment on any of our policies -- it is that you give it a thorough check while knowing all facts. For example, the last opinion piece on policy that I read, which was about social security, had more holes in it than a frat house dartboard. Comparing the Bush proposal to a Chilean failure is comparable to pitting the American Revolution against the French Revolution. The situations and circumstances surrounding both events are completely different. The fact is that if nothing is done by 2018, Social Security will start pumping out more money than it brings in. Try a little more Al Greenspan and a little less Al Franken. Bush’s plan will not steal anything from anyone and allows for a supplemental income from investing part of your social security payment. This is a far cry from the skewed picture of full on privatization that those who do not take the time to understand try to paint. And for crying out loud, can we have one discussion of Bush without mentioning fascism or Nazism? Sure, we right-wingers are closer to Hitler in ideals than you are, but you’re closer to Stalin ... so we’re even.
Omar Molina is a member of the class of 2008.