This past week was a wild one to say the least. On Tuesday evening, many of us stayed up and watched as the Presidential Election started to unfold in ways many of us, especially the media, did not expect. By the time 2:30am CST rolled around the next morning it had been settled. Donald Trump, a man with no political experience, and who has never served in the military, had won the 2016 Presidential Election.
As per previous elections, the winner, Donald Trump, made a very magnanimous speech claiming victory, while at the same time calling for both political sides to bind up our wounds, set the bitterness in the past, and work together, because that is the only way anything is going to get done. It was quite honestly in this writer’s opinion, his best speech to date. On the opposing side, the following morning Hillary Clinton, noticeably dejected and it seemed, on the verge of tears, offered her concession speech. She also called on Americans, especially the ones that did not vote for Trump, to give the man a chance to govern.
Almost immediately after Hillary’s speech, we started to hear news reports of protests. People taking to the streets to admittedly, exercise their Constitutional right to peaceably assemble and protest the election of Donald Trump as President. Many students at several college campuses across America, were apparently emotionally upset at the results. To wit, many of them were having “cry-ins” at their schools as a form of protesting. One professor of economics at Yale University sent an email to his students stating that if they were that upset with the results of the election, that they could be exempt from the midterm. You read that right. Cry-ins and exempt from midterm exams because they were emotionally distraught that Hillary Clinton did not win the election.
As of the writing of this article, the protests are starting to spread to more cities, and are increasing in numbers. Some of the interviews with protestors are frankly, chilling. One man interviewed said this of Republicans, “Some of you are just going to have to die.” That’s right folks, because someone disagrees with who got elected, those who elected the man, need to die. That is tolerance from the left.
Other protestors that were interviewed spun the same arguments that have been going on since day one of Trump’s campaign. People called him a fascist, a racist, anti-immigration, and a whole host of other outrageous accusations. However, the media who were interviewing these people never asked the hard questions like, “Why is it that you say that?”, or “Why do you feel that he is a fascist?” I will address this in just a moment.
What we are witnessing with all these protests, cry-ins, etc is what happens when you baby a generation of children. This is what happens when you give out participation trophies, medals, and ribbons to everyone so that their feelings are not hurt. This is the inevitable effect when you tell every child they are winner, even when they have lost at something. In other words, what we are witnessing is the result of what happens when you coddle a generation of children away from the real world. You in turn get a generation of teens and young adults that feel entitled and that their feelings supersede any laws, rules, and rights of others.
I said earlier that these people had a Constitutional right to peaceably assemble and protest. However, these people are not doing that. Flipping over vehicles, setting them on fire, assaulting people in broad daylight, simply because they disagree with who someone voted for, or the result of the election did not go their way, that is not peaceably assembling. Of course, we are again talking about millennials, i.e. the “coddled generation”, many of whom do not even know what the Constitution contains.
Here is a message to any millennial out there reading this:
Welcome to the real world where you can’t always get what you want, so stop being a crybaby, man up or woman up, and act like an adult. America, and yes, the rest of the world owes you nothing. You do not get a participation trophy just for living. There are winners and losers in this world, and those of us who understand this have all been winners at one time, and yes, losers at other times. When we lose, we don’t like it the same way you don’t, but the difference is, we don’t throw a tantrum like you are doing right now over a legitimate election process that has long existed since before you and any of us were ever thought of. To be clear, you are beyond acting ridiculous, but rather, acting like spoiled brats. Get over the election results, and more importantly, get over yourselves.
Now a message to the parents out there reading this article:
Please take a long look at these protests. I implore you to look at the behavior of these young adults, because this is exactly what happens when we teach a generation of children that their feelings are more important that the rights of others. Demanding that your child get a participation trophy, when your kid’s soccer team came in dead last in the league, so that they do not feel bad, will eventually lead to this spectacle that you are witnessing. Also, telling your child that they can be anything they want to be in life is lying to them. Not everyone is going to be a pro football player. Not everyone is going to be an astronaut. We as parents are to pay attention to our children and encourage them in what they are really talented in, and not give them false hope in areas where it is clear they do not have the “right stuff.”
Throughout these protests, we need to understand why they are growing. That is because the media is giving these protestors an inordinate amount of coverage. Why is that you may ask? If you were watching CNN, MSNBC, even Foxnews, you saw so-called “impartial” journalists visibly upset over the election results. At CNN, one reporter kept fishing for ways for Hillary Clinton to possibly have a way to the White House, even when it was beyond clear that no such path existed. One reporter, Rachel Maddow, actually had an on-air meltdown. To sum it up, the media got this election wrong, they have been in the tank for Hillary Clinton since day one, and they, like the spoiled brat millennials protesting, are upset at the result.
Therefore, they are giving these protests a lot of press coverage. Think about it, they are protesting what I said earlier was a legitimate election process. While these protestors are calling for Trump not to be put in office, something that Constitutionally no one can stop from happening, the media gives them air time. It is there way, the media, throwing a tantrum like these brats. They are already working to sabotage the President-Elect’s administration long before he takes the oath of office by drumming up civil unrest.
The best thing that we can do as citizens is to not be afraid to call this for what it is. That is, spoiled brats throwing a tantrum. A bunch of crybabies that did not get their way. We do not say that to provoke people, but rather, to speak the truth. These millennials, and even older generations of Americans, have been living in a land where people literally avoid or get visibly upset at truth. Yes, millennials do not know what this is by and large, and their realization of what reality is will not come overnight. However, there is no reason that we should continue to tiptoe around them so that their feelings are spared. That is not to say that we should be hateful and ugly, because we should not. What I am saying is that the shielding from the real world needs to end, and it needs to end immediately.
One thing that I am confident about this generation of emotionally fragile people is that in the coming years, the light bulb will turn on. These young adults in college will graduate from their safe-zones and they will need things like a real job, a place to live that is not their parent’s house, a car, health insurance, and to be able to cook something for themselves that does not involve the words “Hot Pocket” or “Ramen Noodles”. When they get their first paycheck and see all those deductions that the government likes to take from them, it is at that point that they will realize that maybe, just maybe, all those “mean conservatives” were right about that whole, “You should be able to keep more of your money” type of thing. There will still be some Kool-Aid drinkers that will never see it that way, but then again, those people do not contribute much to society with degrees like “gender studies.”
At this point, all we can do, as those of us living in reality, is to speak the truth to these people (protestors). Never stooping down to their level, which usually involves political points of view punctuated by the F-word. Instead, articulating what form of government we have, and that the rights of others do not end where your hurt feelings begin. Stop being a bunch of crybabies America. It’s embarrassing, and the whole world is watching you.