As someone aspiring to break into the financial services industry, I realize that I’m going to have to kiss a lot of ass. White, male, upper class ass. This is going to be especially difficult because I have come to the realization that that is the precise niche of the American population that I most abhor.
It is a well-publicized fact that the University of Notre Dame is one of the most ethnically homogeneous schools in the country. But “white Catholic” is a lot more segmented than one would think. I want to call your attention to the upper class, private school-educated, extreme conservative, wannabe frat star lacrosse bros of this world (or of South Bend).
As a moderate conservative, these kids are the bane of my existence. This is precisely why we cannot have nice things. Our school’s newspaper, The Observer, features a student editorial section called “Viewpoint.” Whenever an article is published with even the slightest liberal undertone, a certain outspoken conservative must intervene and save the day with a post of his own; this has incited several “Viewpoint Wars” within the past year. Please understand that the views of this individual do not reflect the views of the more sensible and reasonable conservatives of this country.
(Tangent: With that being said, liberals are quite keen in their ability to dig up these extremist statements. Too often the words of conservative public figures are taken out of context and radicalized by the liberal media and the internet. How many of you who chastise Fox News have actually watched its content outside of a gifset you found on Tumblr? Equally absurd things have been said on the opposite end of the political spectrum by liberal commentators like Rachel Maddow and Piers Morgan.)
I’m all for first amendment free speech rights. But why is it that the most ignorant, bigoted, radical people feel the need to exercise this right so often?
Part of the reason the problems of this country continue to persist is because our politicians and voters are so incredibly closed-minded. Of course the senator from The Hamptons is going to think conservative fiscal policies present the best solutions, and the congressman from inner-city Detroit is going to push for more government-sponsored welfare programs. Similarly, the hedge fund baby from Long Island is surely going to think his political views are valid and maybe even the pervading opinion. To quote the opening sentence of his most recent article: “Much like the United States itself, Notre Dame is a dynamic melting pot where people of varying backgrounds connect to offer insight into various cultures and ideologies.” I can’t even fathom the racial makeup of his hometown if Notre Dame is considered “diverse” to any degree.
I’m confident that The Observer continues to publish his articles because they know it is helping conservatism dig its own grave. I’m just going to pretend the article was published on The Onion and move on with my life.
As someone whose teenage years are far behind him,
If I have one piece of advice
for young men
it would be
never button the bottom button
One of my newest pet peeves is when people misquote Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.”
THE TITLE IS “THE ROAD NOT TAKEN,” NOT “THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED.” YOU ARE COMPLETELY MISINTERPRETING THE ENTIRE POEM IF YOU THINK THAT’S THE CASE.