The city of Tulsa, Oklahoma is a college town just like any other. There are community and vocational colleges scattered all over, along with local campuses for OU, OSU, and the University of Tulsa. However, it doesn’t seem that any of these particular places of “higher learning” actually provide any real education in the truest sense of the word.
By: AJ Oatsvall
This article first appeared at VoicesOfLiberty
The college students in Tulsa are definitely an interesting mix. I’ve encountered and spoken to several. Less than a handful understand the concept of Individual Rights. Fewer still even understand the Constitution. What bothers me, though, is how any college student could even consider supporting or voting for someone like Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed socialist. Personally, I blame the “public” education system – the liberals and neocons that have been undermining our Constitution have obviously brainwashed our young compatriots thanks to the Department of Education. After all, public schools are run by the government; they are, in essence, government institutions. The teachers and faculty are government employees.
It’s like college “kids” these days don’t know or understand what socialism really is. From my perspective, it’s like they think it’s some sort of fad that makes them feel like they’re “sticking it to the man.” Even though the guy they’re supporting for president is the same “man” they wanna stick it to! Kinda like how it was “cool” to wear anything that had Che Guevara on it, as if the man who led a coup d’etat and played a central role in causing the Cuban Missile Crisis is someone to look up to and emulate. But what do I know? I’m just some thirty-year-old nobody.
Yet many college students across this country are willing to vote for Bernie Sanders, and many more have slapped those “Feel The Bern” bumper stickers on their cars. Now, you might be thinking I’m being rather contradictory for attacking the First Amendment rights of my fellow Americans. After all, every individual has the right to support or vote for whichever candidate they want. And its also the right of every individual to exercise their freedom of speech in whatever way they choose. And no one has the right to infringe on the rights of others. There is no denying any of that. But I’m not forcing anyone to support or vote for my preferred candidate, I’m simply exercising MY God-given right to freedom of speech by arguing against supporting a candidate like Bernie Sanders.
Because wrong is wrong. Like voting for Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, or Obama… just to name a few. Voting for FDR can be considered wrong as well, since he was the one who issued the executive order to detain and imprison American citizens of Japanese ancestry during World War II. We all know what FDR did was wrong; even our own government admitted that it had done wrong decades after the fact! So the people that got him elected as president FOUR TIMES obviously made the wrong choice. What about FDR’s contemporary, Adolf Hitler? He too had been elected as Chancellor of Germany by popular vote… and there’s really no need for me to discuss the evils he committed, but there’s no denying that voting for him had been the wrong choice.
The only other argument I can offer against socialists like Sanders is the former Soviet Union. I honestly wonder: How many college “kids” know about that failed nation-state? The things its government did to its own people? The Soviet Union was technically communist but they didn’t fuss over the distinction, as made evident by their official name: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (aka the USSR). Considering the fact that most college students are between the ages of 18 and 22, I have a hard time finding any such students that actually paid attention in history class when they were in high school. Because whenever I try engaging young people in discussing historical topics, do you know what they say when I ask them how they don’t know what I’m talking about?
“It was before my time.”
(Queue dramatic facepalm)
As if that excuses them from knowing historical facts.
Truth be told, the Cold War was certainly before their time. Most young people currently attending college were likely born somewhere during Bill Clinton’s two terms as president. These are voting age people who came after the first Gulf War. These are voting age Americans that were too young to know or even pay attention to what was going on back in 2001, 2003, 2008, or even 2011. The last 16 years of American history is Greek to them! Their biggest highlight in life, in terms of anything of historical significance, was probably the election of the first black president. These are the same voting age people who walk around with their faces and thumbs glued to their smartphones!
If any American really knew anything about the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or the NationalSocialist German Workers’ Party, then Bernie Sanders would have virtually zero support among American college students. But there’s no need for me to go into detail about the evils perpetrated by the Soviet Union, the Third Reich, or Communist China. Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, and Mao Zedong did plenty enough to fill volumes of historical literature that anyone with access to the Internet can find and read. History lessons the brain-dead youth walking around our college campuses choose to not bother researching. I’m merely ranting about the “idiocracy” that is corrupting our country. Socialism in all its various forms favors economic regulation by an ever-growing government. Why in the world would young people want more government control over their lives and economic decisions? What ever happened to the rebellious youth that wanted to live and express itself freely?
You’d think that people at such a young age, who live their lives expressing themselves and their opinions, because of how much “freedom” they have, would understand and know what it means to “live and let live” instead of supporting candidates that promote forcing others to live a certain way. Kind of like how Obama signed a law that forces Americans to purchase a certain product, whether or not they want or can afford it. Or how several states passed laws that force Americans to purchase car insurance, whether or not they want or can afford it. You’d think college students would know the definitions of extortion and coercion. But no, some of them don’t, and probably because our federal government runs and controls every public school in this nation through the various state departments of education.
Then again, maybe I’m the one who is wrong for being so obsessed with historical facts. Maybe there’s something wrong with my brain that prevents me from texting, tweeting, or playing games on my phone on a constant basis all day. Then again, I do read a lot of news and politics on Facebook… sometimes I visit Wikipedia just to find something to read. Because in the Age of Information, ignorance is a goddamn choice!!
Are young people turning more towards authoritarianism, away from liberty? Comment below!
This article first appeared at VoicesOfLiberty