A letter to an incoming college freshman

by Daniel Mark

If you come to college from any kind of traditional background, especially a religious one, your beliefs and values are going to be challenged.  Sometimes they will be challenged directly, in the classroom and in casual conversations, as professors and schoolmates wonder aloud about many of the things, from family to faith, that you have taken for granted as true and good.  More often, however, the challenges will be subtle and indirect, stemming from a campus culture that rests on an entirely different foundation.

For a typical college student, a good day consists of sleeping late, watching TV, and drinking beer (not necessarily in that order).  Don’t get me wrong:  all of those things have their appeal—and justifiably so.  But they are not the key ingredients to an experience that once was about turning boys and girls into young men and women.  Decades ago, colleges were more committed to the character formation of their students, and they sought to teach lessons of virtue through the great works of Western civilization.  But with the decline of support for moral education, colleges became agnostic on important questions of right and wrong.  This is why, as I often argue, colleges do not warn their students against engaging in promiscuous sex; they only warn them to be “safe” when doing so.

This is not to say that things are all bad.  Many colleges do offer the resources, in academics and in student life, for students who are interested in seeking them out.  More importantly, as my experience at Princeton has shown, students who want to band together to support each other, or even to change the campus culture, can do so with amazing success.  So here is my advice to anyone looking to stay strong in college.

1.  Draw some lines:  Making the right decision is much harder to do in the moment, when temptation often takes its toll.  Instead, maintain a few bright lines for yourself so that you don’t have to think about crossing them.  This could mean deciding not to attend any parties that involve [insert the vice of your choice here] or committing yourself to praying once every day, no matter how busy, tired, or down you feel that day.

2.  Find a community:  It’s easier to do the right thing when you’ve got others around you who are doing the right thing, too.  Of course, you’ll have lots of different friends in college, but it’s important to know that the different influence of each friend has its time and place.  And the friends who are a good influence on you needn’t agree with you on everything.  As an Orthodox Jew, I have taken much strength and inspiration from my devout Catholic friends, who stay true to their beliefs and practices even though the Church is under constant attack as the symbol of much of what the Left despises.

3.  Know your arguments:  One thing you can be sure of:  you will be challenged.  Often, the people who disagree with you will be intelligent, well-informed, and reasonable.  Therefore, if you want to speak up and defend your views, know why you believe what you do.  Know why you believe in traditional family values, the right to life, small government, or academic freedom.  You won’t do any good by blindly insisting to others that you’re right.  Moreover, your own conscience will be able to better withstand the constant barrage of opposition if your positions are rooted in solid arguments.  Otherwise, you’ve just got your faith, which you can’t expect to convince anyone else and which you may even begin to doubt yourself.  Reasons matter.

4.  Keep your eye on the ball:  Almost everyone slips a little in college.  Most of the time, it’s not because you’ve abandoned your values wholesale in one sweeping gesture.  Rather, it’s the small, nearly imperceptible changes that add up over the long run.  So if you find yourself looking back and asking, “How did I get here?”, remember where you came from and who you want to be.  Remember the values that you brought with you to college and the ones by which you’d like to measure yourself when you leave.  If by the time you graduate, you’ve lost the vision of what’s really important in life, then you’re at risk for falling victim to the moral relativism and hedonism that plagues our culture.  But if you can maintain that vision of who you ought to be—even if you occasionally make a choice you regret—then you’ve always got a chance.  We all slip and fall; after all, we’re human.  The trick is getting back up.

How many times must the corporate media get something completely wrong — and attack anyone who dares to disagree — before we realize who they have become?

On the radio program Friday, Glenn Beck shared an article from the Daily Caller titled, "Eight Anti-Trump Narratives the Media Finally Had to Admit Were False All Along." From the Lafayette Square controversy to the denial that COVID-19 could have anything to do with a lab in China to the "Russian bounties" story, the list of mainstream media conspiracy theories goes on and on. If it were anyone but the liberal media who got the facts this embarrassingly wrong, they would have been out of a job long ago.

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Former President Barack Obama sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper recently for an interview scheduled to air in full on Friday. During the interview, Obama scoffed at the idea that critical race theory could be a "threat to our Republic," while claiming that "right-wing media venues" are "stoking the fear and resentment of a white population."

On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck set the record straight: the right-wing media's efforts to call out the far-left have nothing to do with race in America, but rather everything to do with protecting our way of life that is being threatened more and more each day by the radical, Marxist ideology seeping into government.

"Mr. Obama, you lied," Glenn asserted. "You used the IRS to hunt down your enemy. You spied on the media. And your health care package, which was supposed to save every American $3,000 per year, has helped some, perhaps, while raising the cost of everyone's health care in double and triple percentages. But the worst thing that you did, is you planted, you watered, and you protected the Marxist seeds, by crying race."

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Our sacred republic has never been in more danger than it is today. Little by little, industry by industry, the far Left is fundamentally transforming the country we love. And it's an aggressive, hostile kind of takeover we've only seen in some of the world's darkest societies.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how the Biden administration and Democrats are aggressively scrambling to reset everything: our free and fair voting system, our kids' education, our policing, immigration and border security, our economy, our military, and our energy supply.

Finally, Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) joins to discuss how Biden's "woke" policies are threatening America's national security and our way of life.

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Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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