Monday, October 21, 2002

Conservatives rare species on campus



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It includes every kind of group," said the spokeswoman for the Masturbation Celebration on the University of Cincinnati campus. "Bondage, porn, gay, straight."

Absolutely. Campuses will tolerate anything - except conservatives.

UC professors recently held a seminar on war against Iraq, then surveyed faculty and students.

Their answer. No way.

"College professors oppose war" is about as surprising as "Vampires Do Not Approve of Sunrise" or "Vegetarians Oppose Pot Roast." It's sooo predictable.

But these results are truly bizarre: Nationally, 64 percent support President Bush on Iraq. On the UC campus, 70 percent oppose Mr. Bush.

On nearly every question, the UC opinion is the extreme opposite of national opinion.

One unscientific poll does not speak for everyone. "I wouldn't base anything on that survey," said UC spokesman Greg Hand. But he was surprised opposition to the war was not higher. And he says that UC is more tolerant of conservatives than most campuses. "Based on 24 years here, it's my opinion that this is a more conservative university than most in the U.S."

I guess that makes other campuses a gulag of totalitarian left-wing ideology and indoctrination.

Republicans are not outlawed yet, but they are endangered species.

For liberals only

A poll by the Enterprise Institute showed that professors registered as Democrats outnumbered Republicans at Stanford, 151 to 17. At Berkeley, the lopsided score was 59-7. At Cornell, 166-6. And so on.

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni said: "While America's elected officials from both parties and media commentators from across the spectrum condemned the (9-11) attacks and followed the president by calling evil by its rightful name, many faculty demurred. Some refused to make judgments. Many invoked tolerance and diversity as antidotes to evil. Some even pointed accusatory fingers, not at the terrorists, but at America itself."

In other words, students may be full of moral relativism because that's what they're fed.

In the real world, politics comes in 31 flavors. On campus, everyone gets nutty liberal vanilla - like it or else.

Your taxes at work

The UC News Record, a student paper, recently featured a drag-queen show sponsored by something called the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered Questioning Program . Before that, there was the Masturbation Celebration - on National Masturbation Day, of course. I am not making this up. And remember: UC is a conservative campus.

So here's something for college administrators to ponder when they ask for more public spending. My unscientific survey of parents who pay tuition found that 90 percent do not think drag-queen shows and political indoctrination qualify as "higher education."

When I went to Mediocre State University, we studied Western Civ, not bondage. Some professors were even conservatives. And guys did not go on panty raids for something to wear.

E-mail pbronson@enquirer.com or call 768-8301



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