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November 15, 2016 8:55 am

America’s ‘No Fair’ Cry Babies

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An anti-trump protest in Chicago in March. Photo: Wikipedia.

An anti-trump protest in Chicago in March. Photo: Wikipedia.

Since last Wednesday, when Donald Trump was officially declared the winner of the US presidential election, college professors across the country have been excusing their students from classes and exams, to engage in a form of collective mourning not seen since the bombing of the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

Psychological services were immediately made available to those young adults, who were old enough to vote for Hillary Clinton, but too fragile to accept the victory of a candidate not to their liking.

No wonder these infants in adult bodies — the best and the brightest of the land of the free, whose mommies and daddies are forking out obscene sums for their higher education – had the nerve to take to social media and equate 11/9 with 9/11.

Not all students opted to stay home, or stage protests with signs reading, “Trump is not my president,” however. Some actually turned up on campus, to be coddled and embraced by like-minded teachers and administrators concerned for their mutual well-being.

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For example, Tufts University in Massachusetts made an arts and crafts center available to students whom they thought might fare better with finger-paint than a lecture on the Constitution and Founding Fathers.

The University of Kansas provided therapy dogs for their bereaved campus community. You know, the kind of canines that serve the war-wounded and shell-shocked who served in Iraq or Afghanistan and watched their fellow soldiers blown to bits, while their peers back home were safe and sound in the halls of Harvard, dissecting the literary works of Bob Dylan.

To make the process of infantilization complete, the University of Michigan offered its devastated students Play-Doh, crayons and coloring books. Perhaps the instructors handing out the clay assuaged the fears of the poor darlings, who reportedly have been running out to stock up on birth control before Trump’s inauguration in January. But, given their behavior, they should probably be hoarding diapers – for themselves – instead.

Then there’s Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York, which held a “cry-in,” during which faculty members distributed hot chocolate and tissues to their weepy charges. One hopes they didn’t forget the marshmallows. After all, there is so much deprivation a person can tolerate in one fell swoop.

If this sounds like a feature in The Onion, that’s because it ought to be. Sadly, in the United States led by President Barack Obama, art can no longer imitate life. Indeed, the current state of affairs in America – that which sealed Trump’s election — has made satire unnecessary, if not obsolete.

Meanwhile, in the Middle East, girls younger than these college students are being kidnapped, married off, raped and slaughtered not only by terrorists, but by members of their own families. Nobody is handing them hot chocolate or tissues with which to dry their tears – something their U.S. counterparts are too immature even to contemplate, let alone attempt to understand or do something about. But this would require actually learning about history, geography, religion and culture.

If these students and their professors are outraged by the Republican sweep that took the country by storm last Tuesday, they might want to stop whining and take a look in the mirror.

Watching their behavior from my perch in Israel reminded me of winters long ago, when my children were very young. Whenever snowfall was predicted, the nightly newscasters would announce that schools in affected areas would be closed the following day. Though Palestinian suicide bombers never paralyzed the Jewish state, a few inches of snow has always been a source of panic.

But, since weather forecasts are about as reliable as polls, the storms predicted did not always materialize.

“No fair!” my kids would wail in the morning, when informed that their prayed-for excuse not to get out of bed was suddenly taken away.

“Complain to God,” I would reply, hastily preparing their lunches and organizing their clothes – tasks that I, too, had hoped a snow storm would render unnecessary.

Twenty years later, one of those kids – by this time a student at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem — was called up for reserve duty in Gaza, to fight in Operation Protective Edge, on the day he was supposed to have an exam for which he had studied very hard.

When the war was over, and he returned home to his pregnant wife, he was given a new date for the test, from which neither he nor any other of his fellow war-weary students was excused. And though Israelis from all over the country showered all of the soldiers with loving kindness – and lots of home-cooked meals – not one of those heroes was greeted on campus with hot chocolate and tissues. Not one yelled, “No fair!”

American students did not suffer a loss last Tuesday. They were already losers.

Ruthie Blum is the managing editor of The Algemeiner.

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  • Andrew

    While many students have, in fact, seemed to regress to toddler-like responses in the days following the presidential election, it is imperative to note that Mr. Trump has made countless, absolutely hateful comments directed towards so many groups of historically suppressed people. A lot of these “no fair cry baby” students are a part of these every increasing groups being attacked by Mr. Trump. Furthermore, as a millennial, I can say my generation is by far the most racially and culturally accepting generation in America today. I am friends with people from so many different backgrounds, cultures, religions, and races. Even though I am a straight white male and my future will likely not face severe negative impacts due to a Trump administration and his blatant intolerance for nonwhite males, I have friends that will. I have black friends that fear they will have to witness the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s in reverse. I go to school with students from other countries that have worked their butts off to come to America to receive a quality education. Those students fear that they will no longer be able to stay in the US to continue their education under a Trump administration. In response to the section in the article that claimed students received sympathy from “like-minded teachers,” I would like to say that even though the vast majority of my professors were less than satisfied with the outcome of the election, my classes continued just as they would have normally with no more than a brief comment at the beginning of class regarding the election. Furthermore, the article claims that universities thought students would “fare better with finger-paint than a lecture on the Constitution and Founding Fathers.” Considering these are students at some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities, I’m pretty sure they have a much deeper understanding of the constitution and the Founding Fathers than the average American and probably Donald Trump for that matter. So to make such a claim is just to insult the intelligence of some of this country’s brightest students. Good one. You tried. Do you want a participation award? As for the comment in the article that said students’ “mommies and daddies are forking out obscene sums for their higher education,” I can say that, for a vast majority of US college students, that is simply not true. I held a job for 3 years in high school. During the school year (when I attended school for 7 hours per day, 5 days per week) I worked somewhere in the range of 10-20 hours per week (while juggling 1-5 hours of honors and AP-level homework each night and about a dozen extra curricular activities–some seasonal and some not–to which I dedicated an average of about 30-40 hours per week). So, during the school year, my schedule was full for a bare minimum of 80 hours per week–double the time of the typical full time job. More weeks than not, however, I was probably busy at least 90-100 hours per week. Additionally, in the summer I worked between 35-50 hours per week in addition to doing yard work for my parents, grandparents, and two elderly neighbors. My summer tasks didn’t end there though. I also had summer homework assignments to complete, and some of my school-related extra curricular activities carried over into the summer. Adding all of that together, my schedule was booked for a minimum of 50 hours per week in the summer. Most weeks it was probably closer to 60 or 70. I don’t bring all of this up to complain; in fact, I loved every minute of my high school career. I just want to drive home the point that I worked as much as I could and saved every penny that I could. EVERY. PENNY. I stretched myself to the limits trying to save up for college. Even though I received a considerable amount of scholarship money, the money I saved up in 3 years of working for anywhere between $7.95-$8.30/hour, I was able to pay for just one semester (15 weeks, less than 5 months) of school. That’s it. You think my parents are going to foot the bill for the rest of it? Heck no. They are both underpaid college graduates (one with a master’s degree) with 2 other children (one of whom has special needs and will never be able to physically or financially live on her own) to care for. I am on my own. It is insane that I worked my butt off for three years and can barely make a dent in my educational expenses. It is people like Mr. Trump–the extremely wealthy–that are profiting from not only absurdly high tuition prices but also an extremely low minimum wage. Decades ago, it was possible (difficult, but possible nonetheless) to work a minimum wage job to pay one’s way through college. Today, that isn’t even close to being true. On top of the relatively stagnant minimum wage and exponentially increasing price of tuition, the interest rates on student loans are absolutely insane. Why the heck should my student loan have an interest rate of nearly 11% AFTER rate cuts for having a cosigner with excellent credit AND a loyalty discount with the financial institution? Why can multi-million dollar corporations borrow money at 3-6% when I can’t? Interest rates on student loans should be next to 0. There is no excuse for this kind of corporate greed. However, we have elected a man who has shown that he has taken advantage of the system just like all of the other extremely wealthy people and corporations have. A man with a net worth of nearly 4 billion dollar should not be exempt from paying income taxes when my parents have to pay between 20% and 30% of their income in income tax. For God’s sake, I paid more in income taxes than Donald Trump as a part-time minimum wage employee. How the heck is that fair? THESE are the injustices that millennials are “crying” about. Some say that because Donald Trump is an outsider, he will fix the “corruption” in Washington, but what motives does he have to do that? NONE! In fact, he has motives to ensure that it continues. Extremely wealthy people like him benefit from tax loopholes and the influence that special interests have on our government, so the claim that he will fix the problem is completely outrageous. While I can understand why many people think millennials are whining about not getting what they want, their assumptions are simply not true. In today’s culture, having a college degree is the equivalent of having a high school diploma 30 or 40 years ago. Even so, the cost of a college degree has skyrocketed in that time. Millennials face a challenge to achieve education greater than any other generation has, and because Donald Trump is out of touch with this almost unanimous fact of life for so many young adults, millennials don’t trust him with their futures. Even though Hillary Clinton probably wouldn’t be able to completely solve the economic and educational problems that millennials are facing today, she would have certainly managed to take a step in the right direction. All of this said, sure there are some protesters that are taking things too far. However, the VAST majority are simply trying to make their voices heard.

  • Beverly Sutfin

    Fortunately there are still a few left of the generation that aren’t spoiled rotten. I’ve raised a son who is paying his own way through college, and my nieces and nephews are hard workers, there was no crying after the election in my family.

  • Euripedes_Smythe

    Touche! Right on point. Great article.

  • Reb_Yaakov

    One does not need a lecture on the founding fathers of the U.S. to know that they did not fully trust the judgment of the people in the election of the president, and that is why the electoral system was established.

    • allen

      Only in part … As to the people upon whom the Founders lavished such a gift as a constitution, I would wage that not 1/100 knows anything about the Electoral College.

  • Bonnie Geller

    Wonderful article. It is shocking how these spoiled, rich,entitled kids, who all got stars of course in school,so no egos would be damaged, praise beyond belief whether deserved or not, and whose helicopter parents harass professors to give their children A pluses even if not deserved, because after all the course was paid for even if they never attended one class, has made this generation the least capable of surviving adulthood. They are not prepared for failures, disasters, jobs where bosses may not appreciate safe spaces and whining, nor the stresses of partners, children or eventually old age. I imagine this is how in the end, most of the great civilizations ended with the entitled elite’s offspring being totally incapable of surviving when they took over.

  • allen

    When my eighteen-year-old uncle went down with what was left of his ship in November 1943 (Thanksgiving Day), his poor mother received no comforting embrace. Instead, a young fellow, riding a bike – carrying a canvas bag filled with telegrams – delivered to her a short telegram informing her that her son was missing in action. Later, by form-letter, the government gave her to understand that her boy was presumed dead.

    For twenty-five years, she clung to the hope that by chance or miracle, her son would be found on one of the myriad atolls and islands in the Pacific. How she came to accept his death after a quarter-century, which included destroying his letters home, she never divulged. What was obvious to those who observed her was her tendency of quietly measuring life’s catastrophes on a scale based on the pain of her son’s loss.

    What is going to happen to these tender buds when life well and truly knocks them to the pavement? I shudder to think how they and their enablers will fare when reality comes calling one fine day.

    • proudoleh

      If there is one thing we’ve learned recently, courtesy of Obama, is that one can remain a tender bud for one’s entire life. Just search out the right enablers. You are entitled to a trophy for participation, exemptions from course requirements, obscene grade inflation. Heck – you can even be entitled to the editorship of arguably the most prestigious law journal in the world without writing an article. And you can live your life just kicking the can down the road. If reality eventually hits some generation in the future – well, it doesn’t affect me and my WhatsApp group. I shudder to think what will happen after this Cupcake Generation leaves this earth. We desperately need Ruthie’s kids and their fellow travelers.

  • Robin

    Wow!!!! Great article. It really sums up the losers in this country. How sad.

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