Hello liberal peers at the liberal institution I’ve chosen to call home for four years. Many of you know me, and so many of you don’t, but there seems to be this common misconception about me that I’d like to clear up right here and now.

My name is not bigot.

First things first, do you even know what that means? So many liberals use it interchangeably with racist, homophobe, sexist, misogynist, et cetera, that I’m starting to believe you don’t actually know what it means. Let me break it down for you.

A bigot is defined as someone who is intolerant to those who hold opinions different than their own. Wow. Bigots suck, huh? It must be awful to be such a bigot that you would call someone who dares to express their political or ideological views on campus a bigot. Do you see the irony yet? Calling someone a bigot because they are a Republican makes you the bigot in the end.

Frankly, my name isn’t bigot, because I’m not a bigot. I am not intolerant to people who told different opinions to my own. If I was, I would have zero friends or acquaintances, especially at such a liberal institution at Yale.  You think I’m a bigot because I’m an outspoken conservative woman who votes Republican and your liberal education has taught you that that means I’m the anti-Christ, the Devil incarnate, a raging racist rape-apologist, or whatever else you want to call me this week.

You know what people who actually know me call me? Kind, compassionate, outgoing, determined, intelligent, a bit pedantic, and extremely sassy. You’d know these things too, if you knew me at all.

Newsflash: Don’t call me a bigot until you get to know me. Don’t call me a bigot unless you’re willing to sit down for a meal with me and my friends, who are all raging liberals and who I count as my best confidants and support system in the world. Don’t call me a bigot unless you’re willing to come volunteer at the soup kitchen with me on a Friday night instead of going out for drinks. Don’t call me a bigot unless you know me, and if you’re calling me a bigot, it is because you don’t know me.

This preconceived notion that being a conservative or Republican woman means I’m intolerant to anything is absurd and unfounded. In my opinion, you sound really uninformed when you go around calling everyone a bigot because of their political beliefs, and if I, as a Republican, did the same thing, you’d probably try and drag me through the streets and fine me. No, I would never make such an egregious assumption about someone based solely on one aspect about them, whether that be their race, their sexuality, their political affiliation, et cetera.

Get with the program. You can be a Republican and a nice person. You can be a Democrat and a nice person. You can be a Republican and a bad person, or a Democrat and a bad person. Your political affiliation or ideology is not directly correlated to your moral or worth as a person. I would never dare assume that one of my friends, and all of my friends are liberal, hate me just because of my political affiliation, or that they are atheist, homosexual, or a minority just because they vote for a certain party. Not all conservatives are Christian, white, or heterosexual. There is no prescribed doctrine for either party. Identity politics is dead.  You can be whomever you want to be and vote however you please. That’s the beauty of this country we call home.

Until you get to know me as a person, let’s refrain from name calling. Ad hominem attacks are for the weak, and I don’t want you to hurt yourself. Come at me with facts and examples and we’ll get along much more nicely.  The problem is, if you’re blindly calling someone a bigot, you probably don’t want to get along at all.

We don’t all have to be friends, but you people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member