So, I'm a college student. I imagine there are a lot of varying perceptions of us out there in the political realm, based on memories, studies, and (mostly) rhetoric, so I'd like to set the record straight (at least about the students I've met at my midwestern college here in the present). First of all, it's not really true that we're all "liberal." It's accurate to say that most college students think they're liberal, but honestly, most of us just identify with the man known as Slick Willy, and hate Republicans because they won't let us smoke pot. As proof of my claims, I give you Exhibit A: Ron Paul. The media didn't seem to notice all that much, but in some corners of youth political circles, Ron Paul was a bigger celebrity than Barack Obama. Of course, his actual platform probably is repulsive to liberals, but that just brings me to my point - - which is that one can't really be "liberal" or "conservative" without actually caring about politics. The wealth of Ron Paul-loving stoners and digg.com posters is proof of our ignorance. Believe me, most of us don't take to heart our professors' babbling about "sustainability" and "class differences." Most of us don't attend enough class to arrive at any coherent picture of what the profs are saying, and even if we did, we have an unfortunate tendency to completely ignore politics. Complaining about youth apathy is nothing new, I know, but I'm not complaining; I'm just pointing out that "liberal college student" is frequently an oxymoron. Honestly, if you want the best representation of a college student's "political views," collegehumor.com might be your best bet. In the gaps between a massive celebration of beer and rampant degradation and objectification of college-age women, you might find the occasional endorsement of Barack Obama, or story about some legalization petition. Our being declared "liberal" is simply a slander against liberals, perhaps even an ironic one.