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Buckle Up, Buttercups: Everything Will Be Fine

By  |  November 14, 2016, 01:00am  |  @Gabby_Hoffman

Following the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, turmoil has ensued in major cities all across the country. Protestors–primarily white, college-aged liberals–have taken it to the streets to challenge Trump’s legitimacy as President-elect.

While there may be some peaceful protestors, a large chunk of those participating in these demonstrations are not being productive. Are they cognizant of how much time they are hogging from law enforcement? Are they aware that kicking and screaming–including questioning the legitimacy of the election results–renders little to improve society? Are they demonstrating that “love trumps hate” only when their ideas prevail?

As a result of Tuesday’s outcome, American universities have offered emotional counseling, therapy dogs, hosted “cry-in’s”, and offered Play-doh to calm students’ nerves. Even more hilarous were the calls for my home state of California to secede from the United States. Here’s more from Wall Street Journal:

Colleges nationwide scrambled to help students process Republican Donald Trump’s stunning election victory. They’re acknowledging that many students were up late watching results and so may not be at their sharpest in early-morning lectures. More so, they’re responding to a widespread sense of shock and despair on campuses to the victory of a candidate who offended Mexicans, Gold Star mothers, Muslims and the disabled during the course of the campaign.

The touchy-feely approach won some catty comments from skeptics, calling students “snow-flakes” for their inability to handle the result. But schools said the concerns were real for many students.

“People are frustrated, people are just really sad and shocked,” said Trey Boynton, the director of multi-ethnic student affairs at the University of Michigan. “A lot of people are feeling like there has been a loss. We talked about grief today and about the loss of hope that this election would solidify the progress that was being made.”

There was a steady flow of students entering Ms. Boynton’s office Wednesday. They spent the day sprawled around the center, playing with Play-Doh and coloring in coloring books, as they sought comfort and distraction.

Buckle up, buttercups: You cannot protest and scream your way to electoral victory. Or even employment.

Why the bizarre, cry-baby reactions?

Many of these protesters were expecting to be taken care of with so-called government “freebies” had Hillary Clinton won the presidency. Additionally, many have been sheltered and coddled by their professors and campus administrators who have poisoned their minds with trigger warnings, micro-aggressions, and hypersensitivity to real world scenarios. I would know, I graduated from a top public school and saw inklings of this behavior manifest when I attended UC-San Diego from 2009-2012. Here’s how administrators at my alma mater responded to Trump’s election:

Following college graduation, I worked with conservative and libertarian college students studying in the Northeast during my nearly four-year tenure at Leadership Institute. The situation up there in New England was worse than I thought. The countless instances of leftist bias were astounding and yet, many students weren’t willing to fight back or feared jeopardizing their grades if they got involved. Nevertheless, many students were bold enough to reach out to the organization and combat the ignorance on their campuses. It’s encouraging to see brave college students balance out their classmates, so be sure to inspire more of this!

Elections have consequences–for better or worse. This election cycle was a repudiation of President Obama’s policies and that of the Far Left’s agenda. Regular folks of all stripes, shades, and backgrounds voted against Hillary Clinton. Accept the facts.

Did conservatives demonstrate against and question the validity of the 2008 and 2012 elections? Hell no we didn’t. So now it’s time to suck it up like adults and accept the results. Use this occasion to hold Trump accountable and make him keep his promises, not undermine our Republic with impish, petulant behavior. Are you better than a five-year-old? You should be.

Are universities lost causes? Not entirely. While the majority of students attending college today appear lost, there is a silent majority of those fighting back through organizations like Young Americans for Liberty, Students Supporting the Second Amendment, and Leadership Institute, to name a few.

My advice for those protesting right now: Get off the streets and educate yourself about the world around you. Talk to someone you politically disagree with and hear them out. Learn how the electoral process works. Understand that people wholly reject and dislike big government policies forced down their throats. Read and study documents, books, and articles that may be opposite of your worldview. Learn to accept reality: you don’t always get what you want in life. And more importantly, get out of the academic bubble, away from the city, and pick up useful skills. Unleash your human potential and help make this country greater than it already is!

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – Ronald Reagan