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.