Nov
28

Suck It Up, Buttercup!

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Two men sank into adjacent train seats after a long day in the city.  One asked the other, “Your son go back to college yet?”  “Two days ago.”  “Hmm.  Mine’s a senior this year, so it’s almost over.  In May, he’ll be an engineer.  What’s your boy going to be when he gets out of college?”  “At the rate he’s going, I’d say he’ll be about thirty.”  “No, I mean what’s he taking in college?”  “He’s taking every penny I make.”  “Doesn’t he burn the midnight oil enough?”  “He doesn’t get in early enough to burn the midnight oil.”  “Well, has sending him to college done anything at all?”  And the man replied, “Sure has!  It’s totally cured his mother of bragging about him!”

College students have not reacted well to the election of President Donald Trump.  And this has led school administrators, in an attempt to ease their students’ pain, to provide such things as: crying rooms, petting ponies, play dough, coloring books, card making, bubble blowing, etc.  As well, university faculty are giving attendance passes and exam exemptions to pupils too election-stressed to be in class.  Now folks, I’m not talking about four or five year-olds, but twenty and twenty-one year olds.  As a matter of fact, there is a new term for such people – snowflakes.  Snowflakes are defined as, “young people who can’t handle emotionally charged topics and need to be provided safe spaces where they can avoid any dissenting opinions”.  In other words, like a snowflake, they are easily crushed and need to be handled accordingly.

All of this has led to one lawmaker filing legislation that would cut government funding to public universities double the amount spent on such “grief” counseling – that such places of higher learning are constantly coming to the taxpayer saying they need more money for tuition, yet they have the funds to spend on things like this.  The bill is called, “Suck It Up, Buttercup”.

✓Note – The famous saying is attributed to Captain Williams, who was serving in World War I as a company commander in the 5th Marines. When advised to withdraw by a French officer at the defensive line just north of the village of Lucy-le-Bocage on June 1, 1918, he is said to have replied: “Retreat?  We just got here! Suck it up, buttercup.” Captain Williams would not survive the ensuing battle, and was posthumously promoted to major and awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

Attached to the proposed bill are these words, “Such coddling is not helpful but harmful.  In the real world, if your car breaks down, your kids get sick, or you have to take a second job to pay your mortgage – you don’t get to go to a cry zone, you aren’t given a pony to pet or a jar to blow bubbles.  You have to deal with it.

The bottom line?  The honest truth is, as has been verified, most of these students never even showed up to vote.  As a former college student, any time I can get a day off class I’ll take it, especially if you get to play!