“Suck it Up”: Republican Bashes Coddling Colleges After Election
Iowa Republican State Rep. Bobby Kaufmann has had it up to here with public colleges giving students special favors after the election left them distraught. In an interview with Fox & Friends, Kaufmann said he would be introducing a new “Suck it up, buttercup” bill in Iowa to fight back against some of the more ridiculous proposals.
“I saw schools with rising, skyrocketing tuition costs where they are also finding money and expenditures for things such as cry rooms,” Kaufmann said Wednesday. “I heard reports of rooms where you can play with Play-Doh, where you can color on books and talk about your feelings, and I was hearing reports of some schools that were bringing in ponies to be able get students through the election.”
Kaufmann’s proposed bill would slap state universities with a budget cut equal to twice the amount they spent on election-related therapy initiatives. He assured critics that mental health services already in place at these schools would not be affected by the bill. He said he was excited to see other states follow his lead.
“I believe I’m the first,” he said. “I wanted to fire a political warning shot.”
This bill is probably more symbolic than anything else, but if it works to elevate resistance to this kind of movement, all the better. The point isn’t whether or not these schools are wasting taxpayer funds – they’re probably doing it in much more flagrant ways than this – but whether they are living up their charters. Education is only part of the package, which should also include a commitment to prepare these kids for the real world. The coddling we’re seeing for students who hate Donald Trump is only the latest in a long and worrying sign of campus deterioration.
We saw it with the Black Lives Matter protests, we saw it with Halloween costumes, and now we’re seeing it with Trump. There’s something about these young college students where they don’t seem able to accept reality as it is. They can’t accept that not everyone in the world shares their opinions. They are right, you are wrong, and that’s the end of it. And every time they run smack into reality, they have a breakdown of some form or another.
Rather than encourage these psychotic episodes, colleges should start opening these students’ eyes to a world larger than the one they’re getting from their liberal professors. It will be for the best.