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by Betsy Pearson
Earlier this month, President Trump coined the term ‘deep state’, commenting on the left leaning structure that exists below the federal government and into the state and local levels. Whether you believe the deep state exists or not, there is an undeniable left leaning bias in college campus administration and student government. Having been a student activist on campus for four years, fighting to spread the ideas of liberty to my peers was made all the more difficult because of the active push back I received from officials. Here is some evidence of the bias in my ‘unbiased’ elected officials:
My student government passed a resolution to stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and later received praise from former President, Barack Obama. They believed their ruling was nonpartisan because it came from a student standpoint. Do the students for the pipeline not count? Not only would the construction of the pipeline create thousands of jobs, but it is also much safer than any of these triggered eco-loving student senators think. In fact, the oil will be produced no matter what, and this pipeline is the safest way in transporting it. So, no, student government, I say #YesDAPL and will refuse to have your agenda forced onto all voices at this school.
“A Non-Existent Problem”
In response to a bill proposed in the Iowa State Congress, the student government also wrote a formal response against proposed voter ID laws. They added that voter ID laws are unnecessary and would undo all the progress they made in registering students. First of all, these students you are referring to need an ID to do a lot of things and more often than not I would assume they already have a valid ID. Requiring an ID to vote is not an unheard of thing, with many states outside of Iowa having this requirement on the books. Typically, voter ID laws are a very partisan issue, and are highly emotionally charged, which should have prevented the student government from officially commenting in the first place.
Executive Order Meltdown
The second most triggered I have ever seen my school was the day after President Trump put forth his immigration policies (the first of which was the day after his election). The response was swift, and came from student senators. They released a statement that the university stands with the immigrants threatened by Trumps executive orders. No matter your personal opinions on immigration, I argue that this goes beyond informing the student body, and into the territory of biased because they are actively opposing legislation from the President of the United States—something that hadn’t been happening during the Obama administration.
“We Can Stand Firmly Against It”
Recently a bill was brought to the state congress that would allow concealed carry on campuses. As someone that believes strongly in the constitution, when the student government opposed legislation to allow concealed carry on campus, I was especially disappointed. Though it sounds like a radical idea, concealed carry on college campuses could be a game changer. The university is a public place, and the sexual assault rate is through the roof—all both reasons why concealed carry should be allowed. Because the left refuses to support anything pro-second amendment, naturally, the student government decided for themselves that everyone else would also be against this bill. Taking it a step further, the student government is actively fighting this legislation.
Whether you are for or against any of the issues mentioned above, it is clear that there is a left leaning bias that exists well within my administration and has taken over my student government.