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Response from a Conservative Professor

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Submitted by Steven Rizzo (United States), Jan 22, 2007 at 23:50

Chris, you're a genius. In the very rant in which you imply that all conservatives are lemmings, you reveal that YOU are a lemming mindlessly repeating the mantras with which some liberal professor (almost a redundancy) no doubt brainwashed you. You probably think you're a "critical thinker" because you listen to NPR and have taken some "Women's Studies" courses. What a joke!

You see, I am one of that rare breed--a conservative professor. And an English professor at that! For eleven years now I've been teaching literature and composition courses, helping students to hone their critical thinking and reading skills, a "market" many liberals laughably believe they have cornered. True critical thinking involves going beyond childish Bush-bashing; it involves using logic rather than simply throwing the grenades many liberals love to throw--"You're sexist! You're racist! You're a homophobe! You're stupid!"--in lieu of an actual argument.

You remind me of a certain graduate student who said that "the only way you can be pro-life these days is if your views remain unexamined." Never mind that she's twenty-something and doesn't have kids. I'm thirty-something, and I have two kids and one on the way. In other words, I'm sure I have "examined" the issue of abortion from a much more real place than she has.

By the same token, I would be happy to challenge you to a "critical thinking" contest any day. But go ahead, foolishly believing that all the smart people are liberals; the more people like you continue to make that miscalculation, the easier it will be for conservatives to win the culture wars, not to mention the war on terror.

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