A Totally Unsolicited Lecture from a Thoroughly Annoyed Liberal

Hello, my liberal friend.

Despite our best efforts to pretend that it has not happened, or to scream and yell about it,  Donald Trump is still our president-elect.  That’s not changing… whether we like it or not.  And, a lot of us don’t. But, there seems to be a really strong stigma against anyone who isn’t crying themselves to sleep about it… or, for goodness’ sake, if they voted for him.  And, I kind of have a problem with that.

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Leo (Colin Morgan)

If you have a minute, read this article on USAToday.com.

If you are short on time, this quote should help you to get the gist.

“But when you treat an election… as a traumatic event on a par with the 9/11 attacks, calling for counseling and safe spaces, you’re implicitly saying that everyone who supported that “wrong” candidate is, well, unsafe. Despite the talk about diversity and inclusion, this is really sending the signal that people who supported Trump.. aren’t really included in acceptable campus culture. It’s not promoting diversity; it’s enforcing uniformity. It’s not promoting inclusion; it’s practicing exclusion. And though it pretends to be about nurturing, it’s actually about being mean to those who don’t fall in the nurtured class. Schlissel wrote he wants the university to be “a welcoming place for all members of society,” but how welcome can students who backed Trump feel in the wake of this performance?”

– Glenn Harlan Reynolds

OK, so…

SERIOUSLY GUYS, STOP YOUR CRAP. I hate Trump, personally, but treating this as a national disaster is teaching the kids of this generation that when things don’t go their way they don’t have to take tests, show up to class or act like adults. They oughta be really prepared for real life this way. I had an interview the day following the election. I guess I should have cancelled it so I could participate in a collective scream, or color and eat candy….

Oh wait. I’m a grown up. I have responsibilities and kids to raise, and a house to clean, and work to do. I am not granted the luxury of mourning this election like my dog died.  But, we are telling young people that life is so unfair and hard because the country elected the “wrong” president and that they have been victimized by this cruel and terrifying world.

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When you act like this, you aren’t only crippling young people, you’re making the divide deeper and acting like the exclusionary dicks that you hate. And, the safety pins are really just a way of marking yourself as a liberal who didn’t vote for Trump. You’re wearing it as your own badge of honor, in my opinion. So, instead, smile and show genuine love and respect to everyone you meet. Ask someone how they are. Hold a door. They’ll get the idea without a pin on your chest. Seriously.  You might be surprised.

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