Mike Adams
Dear Closet Conservative:

Only you can remember the point in your life when you realized who you really are deep down inside. Perhaps it came suddenly. Maybe you just woke up one morning and began to have troubling thoughts. Maybe you began to realize that you weren?t the same as all the other little boys and girls. You wondered how many others had similar thoughts they just kept to themselves for fear of being ostracized.

Or maybe it was later on in life that your emotional conflict ensued. Perhaps you were sitting in an economics lecture hearing a professor boast of the brilliance of Karl Marx (while not fully appreciating the benefits of deodorant and a daily shower). You might have been in a history class learning about the deeply engrained oppression and racism that pervades American society (from a liberal who sends his kids to private school and lives in an all-white neighborhood).

Regardless of when it happened, you now realize that those Marxist ideas don?t make any sense in the real world that most professors so adamantly avoid. You also realize that you value freedom and liberty over the totalitarianism advocated by your Marxist professors.

In other words, you now realize your true political orientation. You are a conservative.

Your feelings may have been confusing at first. After all, your class readings and textbooks said you were wrong, and, doubtless, your ?tolerant? professors still tried to convert you.

But, I am here to assure you that things are different now. Sure, there are still some people who feel threatened by your beliefs. I call them conserve-o-phobes. But now you know that it?s their problem, not yours. You are good enough, you are smart enough, and, dog-gone-it, other conservatives like you just the way you are.

Still, there are other students at your university who share your conservative beliefs, but are too intimidated to say it out loud.

And that is why, on September 21st, I am proud to announce that the Leadership Institute is sponsoring the first National Conservative Coming Out Day. Now, we need your help to let all the other oppressed campus conservatives know that it is time to come out of the closet, too.

If you want to know more, contact the Leadership Institute and have them send you some literature. And if you like what you see, you can contact your school?s Sociology Department, Office of Campus Diversity, and Women?s Center to ask them to co-sponsor your school?s Coming Out Day activities.

Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.