OPINION – My fellow students: now is the time to speak up

From Issue 7

Leftism is the default. Conservatives are portrayed by the media as the others or the “basket of deplorables,” and when late night talk shows hosts talk to their audience, they assume every viewer shares their goals of government-run healthcare, amnesty for illegal immigrants, or any other left-leaning position on any range of issues. Schools have transformed from a place of education to a place of leftist indoctrination, teaching the false ideas that gender is fluid and America is fundamentally and irredeemably racist.

It is much more difficult to be a conservative than a progressive. Cancel culture has silenced those who think differently. Yes, cancel culture exists. Ben Shapiro cannot write an edition of the POLITICO Playbook without extreme backlash, Gina Carano, better known as Cara Dune in The Mandalorian, was removed from her role for social media comments, while James Gunn and Pedro Pascal, two leftists in the Disney entertainment industry who have posted similar or worse posts, have their jobs secure.

When The New York Times allowed an opinion from sitting United States Senator Tom Cotton to be heard, the opinion editor was fired. Many college students allege that professors drop their grades because of conservative beliefs, and many more examples of college campus bias have been recorded outside of the classroom.

Gina Carano, an actress, was fired for conservative social media posts

The 2017 NBA All-Star Game was moved away from Charlotte due to a bill that was passed that made people go into the bathroom of their real sex.

The 2017 NBA All-Star game was moved away from Charlotte because a conservative bill was enacted into law

MyPillow has been removed from several big chain stores, such as Kroger and Bed, Bath, and Beyond, because of CEO Mike Lindell’s willingness to raise questions about the 2020 election results.

Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow, was canceled from several retail stores for questioning the results of the 2020 presidential election

Senator Josh Hawley’s book publisher dropped him after his objection to the 2020 electoral college certification. When Democrats did the same thing in 2016, no one said a word.

Senator Josh Hawley’s book deal was canceled after raising an objection to the January 6 electoral college certification

There are countless examples of conservatives being silenced or “canceled” because of a leftist political agenda and narrative. To say that it does not happen is ignoring reality, and to say that the right reciprocates cancel culture against the left is simply not backed by evidence.

What I am about to ask you to do could mean making real-life personal sacrifices. I am asking you, readers, to speak up. By staying silent, the left is successfully bullying those who do not agree into submission and raising the next generation to believe falsehoods without even having to defend their claims. If you know what is at stake, a loss of religious liberty, a woke affirmative action-based caste system, and mass disarmament, then you also know that staying silent is something that we cannot afford.

Speaking up might cost you your A in a class, your career, your ambitions, and your status, but losing all of that is worth ensuring that those in the future will be able to say it freely. The free dissemination of speech is crucial to democracy, but the left has decided that they can only win by subverting the marketplace of ideas and silencing those who say what is deemed “politically incorrect.” They target the most vulnerable: the youth and those mindlessly watching television or scrolling through social media. Do not fall for it, and do not be quiet.

I will not ask you to do something that I am not willing to do myself. Each of the following statements could be its own opinion piece, and each is true, worth saying, but could also have serious consequences in adult life. Abortion is murder. Marriage is biblically defined as the union between one man and one woman. Walls work. Our elections are far from transparent. There are only two genders/sexes, and it cannot be changed based on preference or feelings. Antifa and Black Lives Matter are real, violent organizations. China allowed COVID-19 to spread and hid it from the world. Radical Islamic terrorists want to see the extinction of Israel and America. America is not systemically racist and is the greatest country ever to exist. For those of you who disagree with those statements, it is no excuse to “cancel” me. My opinions and beliefs are just as valid as yours and just as worthy of discussion. 

Just because a teacher, actor, politician, news network, “fact checker,” or organization says something over and over does not make it true. Do your own research, and when you have, spread the truth even if the mob comes after you. Do not give in, and do not give up. If you do not say something now, you might not be able to later.

A good way to counter false narratives is by writing an editorial like this one for The Sentry. Send your opinions to [email protected].