This is What Happens When You Grow Up Believing “Everyone’s a Winner”

Posted on November 29, 2016 in Public Policy by

Trump ProtestThe “participation trophy” generation shows their true colors in the wake of Trump being elected.

After it became clear that Donald Trump would be elected the next president of the United States, millennial’s reacted in the only way they know how: they threw a big old temper tantrum. In fact, the temper tantrum is still going on as they march down streets, cites, and college campuses. This tantrum has revealed several things that were merely speculation before the election.

First, this tantrum reveals that many Trump supporters were right. Many people across the country (even Democrats) supported Trump because they are tired of the elitist obnoxiousness from the liberals of the country. People in the heartland of the country are tired of being berated and demeaned for adhering to their traditional values and convictions. As violent and angry protesters throw their highly public tantrum and call Trump voters racist, bigoted, misogynist, and any other liberal moniker that crosses their mind, it validates the underlying reasons many people voted for Trump.

The truth, and this will be hard for the “participation trophy” kids to understand, is that many people voted for Trump simply to oppose Hillary Clinton. It wasn’t because she is a woman; it is because of her policies. She was the most pro-abortion candidate in history. Much of American is pro-life. Clinton showed little concern with the safety of our country. She promised to put coal workers out of business (it’s like she’s never been to West Virginia or Pennsylvania). Clinton was under FBI investigation for several reasons and has, for years, ignored the law simply because of her political position. America was tired of the Clinton’s.

But this truth didn’t stop the tantrum from happening. Rather than spend time in reflection of failed policies and the fact that a majority of America has now rejected the policies of the last 8 years. Many decided to protest democracy and spend time committing crimes to show their protest. A recent article listed some of the tantrum-fueled happenings post-election:

“Anti-Trump protests have spread to more cities and continue to turn violent. In Portland Thursday night, rioters stoned police and vandalized businesses and cars.

“Anyone expressing support for Trump has become the target of unrestrained venom: There are calls to boycott New Balance — its sneakers have been publicly burned — because an official said Trump would be better on trade issues.”

On college campuses around the country the protest became an exercise in self-centered pouting:

“ The University of Michigan offered its traumatized students coloring books and Play-Doh to calm them. (Are its students in college or kindergarten?)
“ The University of Kansas reminded its stressed-out kids that therapy dogs, a regular campus feature, were available.
Cornell University, an Ivy League school, held a campus-wide “cry-in,” with officials handing out tissues and hot chocolate.”

But I, like many political commentators and citizens across the country, am more inclined to call this a tantrum than a protest. I find myself agreeing with TheBlaze host Tomi Lahren when she remarked about the activities of these “sore losers.”

“Half of the country is angry right now. I get it. But before we start calling the reaction a protest, let’s get something straight. A protest is a peaceful objection to a grievance. A bunch of sore losers occupying a space is called a tantrum. And that’s exactly what we’re seeing around the nation after Trump’s historic and earned victory.”

But the insanity hasn’t stopped there. Articles surfaced that thousands of Clinton supporters are signing petitions to demand electors change their Trump votes to Clinton votes and reverse the outcome of the election.

We all know that if such measures had been taken after the election of Barack Obama in either 20008 or 2012, that people signing those petitions would be called racists. And if Hillary Clinton would have won the election and her opponents would have started similar petitions they would be called sexist. But these angry protesters are just exercising their rights so it’s no big deal.

The real problem here, as blogger Matt Walsh succinctly pointed out, is that those claiming to be the most tolerant, diverse, and inclusive people sincerely desire to mandate their tolerant, open-minded inclusivity on everyone else whether they like it or not. And somehow, the irony of that totally escapes them.

As part of the millennial generation, Walsh points out that his generation is not good at not getting their way. They are used to winning every presidential election and knew exactly how they wanted this one to go. But everyone else in the U.S. didn’t cooperate with their plans and now, they are throwing a temper tantrum. Walsh writes:

“What this all amounts to, then, is a temper tantrum. For the first time Millennials have not gotten their way in a presidential election, and it appears that a great number of us simply cannot handle it. An inability and unwillingness to cope with reality has always been a defining feature of my generation, and never has it been more prominently and embarrassingly displayed. That’s why protests and riots, though they have not been the standard reaction to a presidential election in America up until this point, may well be the new normal with my generation at the helm.”

Like all good temper tantrums, this one is bound to fizzle out if we ignore it. While we may want to spank the collective backside of these spoiled protestors, it won’t be necessary. If we ignore their silly behavior they will get bored and eventually find something else to be mad about. The “participation trophy” generation seems bent on protesting anything and everything they can. I’m fine with that; it’s their right. But their protests typically are short lived and accomplish little to nothing because, like the boy who cried wolf, we are all used to them protesting everything. So now, when they protest America pays little attention.

I don’t want to give legitimacy to their protest. Protesting a legitimate American election, though their right is a problem. First it’s a protest, next it will be petitions to overturn the election, and then it will be lawsuits suing to reverse the election. By degrees it undermines the democratic process. If you don’t like the outcome, take measure before the election to make a difference. Once the election is over, respond like an adult and work to create the change you desire. Maybe people will take you a little more seriously then.

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