When Congressman Jordan spoke at the Frederick County Republican Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner, he was right when he cited “suppression of speech on college campuses” as a main issue facing conservatives.

A recent letter to the editor from a college student made the case that there was no suppression of free speech on college campuses. This simply couldn’t be further from the truth.

As a conservative who just graduated from college, the bias couldn’t be more apparent. During my four years, I was verbally accosted by a professor, assaulted by a student and thrown out of a class all because I was a conservative.

There are many other stories — just ask any young conservative. I have talked to countless “closet” college conservatives who do not speak up for fear of retribution and I don’t blame them. Scholars refer to this as a “heckler’s veto” when an individual’s speech is stifled for fear that the “hecklers,” far-left irrational liberals on college campuses, will react with violence.

This isn’t just one of the biggest issues facing conservatives, but higher education as a whole. College campuses have transformed from being beacons of free speech to liberal think tanks in a matter of decades. I don’t blame my college because it is a national problem that needs to be addressed.

I’m glad young conservatives have someone like Congressman Jordan fighting for us in Congress.

Brendan Mahoney

Frederick

(48) comments

phydeaux994

Jim Jordan didn’t say a word about a Team Doctor sexually molesting his wrestlers during the 8 years he was an assistant coach at Ohio State from ‘86-‘94. So much for his concern about what was happening on College Campuses.

threecents

Brendan, Why didn't you give us an example or two of what exactly got you thrown out? Did you advocate that certain people should not have certain civil rights? Perhaps some of those people were in the classroom and did not appreciate being attacked, though, no doubt, you had the best of intentions?

Jim Hartley

What kind of conservative are you, Mr. Mahoney? What are your core values?

threecents

My guess is he wants to make America great again, like he thinks it was in the 50s - the 1850s.

jsklinelga

Brendan
it is truly sad but most of the commentators definitely reaffirmed your concerns. I found the new liberal left to be a hateful and unsympathetic lot as you can witness by the comments. But they are a minority. Liberal college campuses operate in an "Alice an Wonderland" environment. They have for the past 50 years. But hold to your values and you will be paying down your student debt with your job as the others will be screaming victim and crying for the government to pay for their obligations.

MRS M

jsk, and poor Brendan too: Surely you recognize that the "new" liberal left (as you have described it, j ) have taken their hateful and unsympathetic approach to their neighbors directly from the playbook of ........who else but Trump himself. You must recognize the insults, the putdowns, the name calling and the lack for respect he has for our fellow citizens, for those who have served; for those HE disagrees with.The ugliness in our civil discourse began with Trump, so why would you expect anything different when people are responding to you, or anyone else who supports Trump, or remains silent in the face of his atrocities and aberrancy? You reap what you sow, as the good book says, and this is what Trump has unleashed. Own it, conservatives.. And, as an aside, Trump golfed for 5 hours today while the country mourns the deaths of 12 in Virginia Beach; and his true and devoted supporters in the panhandle of Florida are still waiting for Federal aid after Hurricane Michael, in broken down and leaking trailers. Talk about people voting against their own interests. 2020 will tell. Good luck Brendan. Everyone needs a hero. Lucky conservatives like you and j have Trump and Jim Jordan.

jsklinelga

MrsM
The hatred and name calling did not begin with President Trump. Actually much of his support was a loud hooray for standing up against the incessant hatred that was in the news daily.

MRS M

Most who live here on planet earth would disagree with you. The world is watching. Trump has unleashed and given voice to those who live in the underbelly of America. Own it.

public-redux

“Actually much of his support was a loud hooray for standing up against the incessant hatred that was in the news daily.”

Can you give us an example of what you mean by DJT standing up against incessant hatred?

phydeaux994

jsk, are you saying that the crowds at the weekly Trump Rallies were standing up against the incessant hatred that was in the news daily. Those were “LOUD HOORAYS” they were chanting?? “Lock ‘er up” “Lock ‘er up” “Lock ‘er up”?? And Trump screaming “beat him up, I’ll pay your Attorney fees”. And the “hate filled vilification” from the supporters when the Black Lives Matter protesters came in to a Trump Rally? Those were anti-hate cries from the crowd? And the cheers when Trump called illegal Border crossers Murderers and rapists and MS13 gang members? As spin goes jsk, you are a Whirling Dervish? BTW, what safeguards against a rogue, racist, malignant narcissistic President did James Madison write into the Constitution? None, you say? He wrote in a plan to make slavery the Law of the Land in America forever but nothing to stop a Mad Man President? Is it to late for Federalist Paper #86?

hayduke2

Jsk- interested in seeing your response to the questions posed in response to your post.

gary4books

If you want to participate in a class or forum, you should be ready for those who do not agree and even want you to ST*U. (silently trust for understanding?) Get use to it or stay home.

DickD

When in Rome, do as the Romans. If not, keep your mouth shut.

public-redux

“So get down upon your knees,
Fiddle with your rosaries,
Bow your head with great respect,
And genuflect, genuflect, genuflect!

Make a cross on your ab-do-men
When in Rome do like a Roman,
Ave Maria,
Gee it's good to see ya,
Gettin' ecstatic an'
Sorta dramatic an'
Doin' the Vatican Rag!”

The end of “Vatican Rag” by Tom Lehrer

public-redux

FWIW, the heckler’s veto is not specific to the political left or the political right. Hecklers can be of any political persuasion or, indeed, no political persuasion at all. Violent reactions are not limited to political speech.

awteam2000

[thumbup] ‘Hecklers Veto’ has become a popular platitude among ‘shirt and tie’ white supremacist.

Dwasserba

"During my four years, I was verbally accosted by a professor, assaulted by a student and thrown out of a class all because I was a conservative." Hard to believe that announcing "I am a conservative" made this happen. Words are powerful.

awteam2000

[thumbup]

gary4books

I suspect it took more than that to get a response. But this is always a good way to explain disagreement from others.
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veritas

Unfortunately, no matter which side you’re on, in this time and age verbal assault is not at all uncommon. This is especially true on college campuses which, as is widely known, are bastions of assertive/aggressive liberalism.

awteam2000

Conservative religious institutions, like Liberty College and Oral Roberts University maintain strict control over students’ lives and what they can -or, perhaps more importantly, can’t say and believe. Was Jim Jordan referring to those institutions?

veritas

Listen to the libs squeal when they are pinched with the truth. My, but they do get all red in the head and frothy at the mouth when someone has the audacity to point out an obvious flaw in their sanctimonious political philosophy.

gary4books

A simple and direct explanation.

phydeaux994

”the truth” veritas? “the truth” is a mysterious thing in Republican vernacular these days. “the truth” to the Republicans is anything Trump says like “NO COLLUSION” “NO OBSTRUCTION”, or anything Trump supporters say like “he has done so much for America in just 2 1/2 years”. 🐂💩 MAGA!

veritas

Straw man. Invalid and irrelevant.

sevenstones1000

It’s funny, when you tell people they have no right to exist in YOUR country because of the color of their skin or their religion or who they love, and urge others in the audience to rise up and get rid of those people, people tend to not want you to come into their home (which is what a campus is to the students who live there).

veritas

Yours is a straw man man argument and therefore invalid and meaningless.

sevenstones1000

I’ve heard the speakers who whimper about bot being allowed to bring their hate speech to campus. Have you?

gary4books

But the straw figures are so useful. A pity they are worthless.

threecents

Veri, I suspect Seven is right on target, but since the letter writer included no specifics, it is impossible to tell.

hayduke2

Once again, why is your response better than any other OPINION voiced here. Your ego always shines thru

jsklinelga

Brendan
If you are new to this section and were checking the comments pay little heed to the remarks. Please do not think you are back in school. It is just a small group of overly aggressive and prejudiced people who lash out at any suggestion that the left is at fault for anything. Good letter.

sevenstones1000

Brendan, please let us know exactly what you said or what sign you were holding up right before you got kicked out of class.

gary4books

Some of us suspect that both left and right are tempted to make the best of their talking points and never let the facts stand between them and a good story. Nobody here is perect.

DickD

And good old Jim is the only one not prejudiced. . Good one, Jim. [lol]

FCPS-Principal

Readers should recognize by now that Jordan's speech and this writer's words are typical right wingnut fare. Always painting themselves as victims. Always blathering about being suppressed (like black voters in the 60s were suppressed and lynched by conservatives?), having rights denied (like gays have been denied a right to marry by conservatives?), being denied services (like blacks in the 50s and gays today are denied services?) and the like. Heck, conservatives are clueless as to what suppression and discrimination really are, as they have never experienced anything like it in their lives. As we have seen in cases of voter fraud where it has been shown it is the conservatives who have been committing it, it is conservatives who have been doing the suppressing and discriminating all the while crying the victim. These self-evident truths should be clear to anyone with a brain by now.

MRS M

The only thing I'd add, FCPS.........is that you forgot the "victimized and suppressed" evangelicals who are working to inflict their religious beliefs on American's who just don't share their "fervor". Luckily for them, they have Pious Pope Pence to look out for their threatened civil rights....at least for now. But, head scratcher here.............how does Pious Pope Pence make peace or secure his place in heaven, with his subservience to the amoral, lying criminal in chief he bows to? Perhaps self-flagellation ?

olefool

"Thou shall have no other God before me".... "All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless.".... Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame."..... "Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.".... "Harken unto these words thou who would'st take up and adore the demons who walk amongst you, especially those named Trump".....

veritas

That’s rich. Liberals — who literally gave birth to victim hood as a way of life — accusing conservatives of playing the victim. The usual hateful clap trap provided by this edge dwelling responder.

MRS M

In truth, sadly, you may be confused. I believe the letter was in hearty praise of the illustrious wrestling coach and Republican House member (Frederick's own) Jim Jordan, who was describing the victim-hood of conservatives on campus.

gary4books

The process is "miroring" and tha means if you do something you accuse others of doing it, too. And they may actually do it. But often it is all in your head. "Poor me" has been used by just abou everyone at one time or the other.

awteam2000

“During my four years, I was verbally accosted by a professor, assaulted by a student and thrown out of a class all because I was a conservative.” What did you say or do to identify you as being conservative? Could your actions simply been taken as offensive?

I’m not sure how this is suppression of speech? Sounds more like your speech caused a reaction. Speech is two way street.

sevenstones1000

Republicans are such snowflakes.

hayduke2

[thumbup][thumbup]

FCPS-Principal

So Jim Jordan spoke at a "Lincoln-Reagan Day" Dinner! Hahaha! What conservative whacko wingnujt thought that name up? That's like Jerry Falwell Jr. speaking at a Martin Luther King-Richard Spencer Day dinner. Utter nonsense.

FCPS-Principal

So Jordan spoke at the "Lincoln-Reagan Day" Dinner! What conservative jacka$$ dreamed that name up? That's like having Jerry Falwell Jr. speak at a a Martin Luther King-Richard Spencer Day dinner. Hahaha! What nonsense! What a disgusting desecration of our finest president by associating him with the senile scandal-plagued Reagan.

BunnyLou

Totally agree, this was happening back in the late ‘70s when I went to school in California. I can only imagine how bad it has become now.

DickD

Ah, someone picked on you, Bunny. I wonder why.

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