Speaking Truth to Power // Mark Mayberry // 11.30.2011

Initially, I wasn’t sure what to write my first column about for TheCollegeConservative.  I knew it needed to be something of substance and something that resonates with the movement of young conservatives.  I bounced around a ton of news and hot button topics like healthcare and the War on Terror, but I kept coming back to one important observation that was imperative to address.

Young conservatives have become too timid and afraid to argue the issues with their liberal counterparts.  I see this in class all the time.  Students who are conservatives hang back and fade into the shadows as if it is their own dirty little secret.  The more we lay in the shadows, the further from victory we become.  It is time to stand up for what you believe in.

What we always must remember is that no matter what the popular opinion is in America, we always have the right and obligation to offer our opinion.  In this time of word association and baseless character attacks on those who choose not to believe the left’s fantasies of utopian society, we must band together to protect and support one another.  Do not believe this lie that we are the “fringe minority.”  In fact, we are the all too-silent majority in America today.  The reason that the left’s agenda is successfully pushed is because it goes unopposed.  If you don’t believe in Obamacare, say it.  Educate your fellow classmates and co-workers.  If all they hear is one side, then, of course they will willingly buy into it.

We as young conservatives have a duty to voice our opinions and our beliefs because if we don’t, we will be overshadowed.  Colleges will continue to convert wise, albeit indifferent, students and convince them to embrace these socialist principles.  The modern university system in America is a giant cookie cutter assembly line for creating little leftists like Barack Obama. Upon graduation, they are sent out into society to spread this failed ideology with all of the enthusiasm of Michael Moore at a buffet.  There is a great quote in one of my favorite movies, Boondock Saints:  “There is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men.”  I think of this quote whenever I am tempted to let a biased remark go unnoticed in a class.  Some people may say that I am too sensitive, but I am here to tell you that the battle for our generation is being fought here and now in America’s colleges.

I cannot say that all of your professors will be receptive to your opinions or that you might not pay an academic or even a personal price for displaying them, but what is more important?  I have taken hits on my grades from some professors and gotten dirty looks for not cowering, as I am sure some of you have too.  If I can demonstrate to one person in one class that there is another view, then friends, I am going to take it every time and even have a little fun with it on occasion.  I find in my classes that so many people remain quiet and I suspect that some of them are intimidated conservatives and some are unsure of what to believe.  My goal is to rally the timid amongst us and help give confidence to the unsure.

I have seen that the left is deeply committed and they are throwing everything they have into “fundamentally transforming” our generation, in fact this is nothing new.  Everyone loves to hear Ronald Reagan talk about that ‘shining city on the hill’ and that ‘one last bastion of freedom’.  Leftists are trying to darken this city, but we have a choice.  We can sit idly by while they extinguish the light of both national and personal freedom, or we can fight back with truth and boldness to protect that which we know in our gut is right.  So, strap up peeps and get your game faces on because the other team is already on the field.

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Mark Mayberry // University of Tennessee at Chattanooga // @markmayberry85



  1. Josh Frost says:

    I agree with you somewhat. Speaking out or encouraging debate in this such arena could subject one, depending on the degree, to more net loss than gain. For instance, for someone attempting pre-med or prereqs for a PA program where you need a 3.5-3.75 GPA to be competitive in acceptance to these programs, every class counts and the Professor holds the cards. It’s just not worth subjecting oneself to open discrimination based on a difference of political views that have no impact on the overall class. I agree conservatives need to speak out more and defend or clarify our position but it’s a catch 22 when do you this in a classroom setting whether in open debate or in a submitted paper where your views are revealed. As many have found out, disagreeing with a liberal often turns personal and these professors take it out on your grades.

  2. John,
    I think it is all about what is important to you. If your politics and personal convictions are less important to you than the med school you go to then yes. But for me, all my colleagues here at TCC and a lot of conservative kids around the country, it has become a necessity (not by choice) to fight for what we think is right. I have had professor hit me hard on my grades but I fought through it and i have like a 3.3. At the end of the day I would rather have a 2.5 and no that I am not hiding from these corrupt leftists that are seeking to indoctrinate an entire generation.

  3. tegthethird says:

    One thing that I’ve noticed is that as soon as one conservative decides to speak up in class, the other conservatives that weren’t originally willing to speak up will usually follow. There are more of us than one would think.

  4. @tegthethird This is very true. I see it a lot in classes. That is part of what I hope to accomplish by writing here. I want to embolden and empower students to take that stand. Because once you do, others will follow. Thanks for posting.


  5. Way to go! You have the right idea, Mr. Mayberry.It is indeed our duty to speak out against what we know to be wrong. And you are right also that many are scared. Keep being brave. You will never regret it.

  6. Better to speak your mind now rather than regret not saying anything later.

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