“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” — John F. Kennedy, inauguration address, January 1961.
As election night ran towards its miraculous conclusion I had to pinch myself. Against my earlier predictions, and against all odds, Hillary Clinton and the entire Clinton-political machine that dominated the political landscape for three decades were on their death beds, and I couldn’t have been happier. I thought America got it right. They said they wanted change and they went out and got it.
I did something I hardly ever do; I turned the television to CNN. A shock wave began to reverberate in their studio. Anchors and expert analysts took on a look that I have only seen in World War II photographs — Parisians on June 14, 1940, when Hitler’s Wehrmacht marched unopposed into the city.
“How do I explain this to my children,” asked CNN political analyst Van Jones. The Washington Post the next morning ran a headline: “Van Jones gives voice to the ‘nightmare’.”
Jones, who is African American, questioned how parents could explain to their children how Americans elected a man widely labeled as a bigot, a racist.
Perhaps Jones can get some answers from another frequent CNN guest, Professor Marc Lamont Hill of Morehouse College who in July, just four days after a black racist in Dallas killed five officers and injured nine others who were protecting black protestors, said black people do not have the ability to be racist because they lack the “institutional power” necessary to “deploy racism.”
One thing Van Jones says he knows for sure is that President-elect Donald Trump was elected by angry whites.
Doing nothing to tamp down the idea of an angry young black man, Jones was insistent on shutting up CNN analyst Kayleigh McEnany who dared to repeat some of Jones’s radical comments about Trump.
McEnany continued to interrupt Jones.
“You need to back off,” said Jones. “You need to have a little bit of empathy and understanding for people who are afraid because your candidate has been one of the most explosively provocative candidates in the history of our country and there is a price to be paid for that.”
Jones said the next day that Trump’s victory was a “whitelash.”
Please mommy, make the bad man go away
I may not understand black anger but I realize being black in the 1970s and earlier was, in many places, daily humiliation and persuasive fear. Their reaction to the election of Trump was similar to the way many whites felt when Barack Obama was elected president in 2008.
What amazes me is the reaction and participation in the protests of white millennials, many of them well-to-do spoiled kids born between 1980 and 2000. Their reaction to the election is inexplicable. Some have even said that Trump was going to hunt down homosexuals the way Hitler hunted down Jews. Trump has been labeled everything from anti-Semitic to a racist, a homophobe, an Islamophobe, a xenophobe, a gynophobe and every other type of “phobe,” including the kitchen sink (remarkably, a name for that also exists — arachibutyrophobia).
Thousands of millennials were suffering near-nervous breakdowns the day after the election and were in much need of affirmation and a hug. I am talking about the generation aged 16 to 36. And unless you were in a coma over the past three decades, you must have noticed that baby boomers were going to meet their child’s every need and want.
My wife and I had our first baby in 1982 and our third in 1987. They are natural-born American millennials who didn’t like Presidents Bill Clinton or George W. Bush. They are curious to see if Trump can rejuvenate America; bring back that country that they have read about that existed under Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. All three are gainfully employed and are raising their own children with money they earned.
Many parents at that time ate up Dr. Spock and every new baby book published. Many believed that a child needs constant praise, attention and positive reinforcement. More than that, they weren’t going to raise their children the way they were raised.
Unfortunately, the 30-year-old still living in the basement and sporadically going to college is prevalent. According to a 2016 study by the Pew Research Center, for the first time in 130 years, living with parents is the most likely living arrangement for 18- to 34-year-olds.
In 1960, 62 percent of the nation’s 18- to 34-year-olds were living with a spouse or partner in their own household. In 2013 less than one third of this age group was living with a spouse or a partner.
Of course, the hands-on boomers selected the very finest universities for their children, not necessarily in terms of securing a job after graduation, but one that would cater to their child’s psychological needs.
If you think I exaggerate consider last week’s MailOnline:
Students at colleges across the country have started petitions urging their professors to cancel classes due to their emotional distress after Donald Trump won the election.
Petitions to cancel classes at Loyola University New Orleans, Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University in Maryland have attracted hundreds of signatures.
‘Loyola students are exhausted and exasperated from this election and no one wants to go to class,’ wrote the creator of the petition, which has attracted 341 signatures so far.
And don’t dare try and sell tough love at Rutgers University. PJ Media reported that Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos made an appearance at Rutgers. His reality speech so traumatized the delicate children who heard him that many attended a “group therapy” session afterward.
What happened was a fear and loathing that sounds more appropriate for the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943 than a top ranked university. According to Rutgers Daily Targum, students at the cultural center described “feeling scared, hurt and discriminated against.” One student told the newspaper, “It is upsetting that my mental health is not cared about by the University. I do not know what else to do for us to be heard for us to be cared about. I deserve an apology, everyone in this room deserves an apology.”
It was like a five alarm fire. First responders included Psychiatric Services, the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance and the Rutgers University Police helped the emotionally traumatized.
According to Targum:
Rutgers students are displaying clear-cut signs of the crybully phenomenon, whereby the regressive left feels victimized, traumatized and attacked even while they are viciously attacking others. In the case of Milo’s talk at Rutgers, there is no question that their behavior encompassed vandalism at the very least. Yet the students still believe themselves to be victims — so much so that they set up therapy sessions and complain about their mental health.
I was reading this nonsense while the television in the background was showing a documentary about charging Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944, and it made me angry. These sniveling crybabies don’t have any idea of what goes on in the world and their parents never told them of the sacrifices that were made by their forefathers, many who came back from wars without their minds and limbs. Tens upon tens of thousands never came back from those wars at all.
I saw some baby boomer parents who never put their child in a challenging sport where you have to get back up after you have been knocked down. While coaching youth sports, I saw a lot of overprotective parents who shouted at referees, coaches and teammates.
Many millennials have finally done something with their lives — they have turned to protesting. Large groups have gathered in major cities and been enjoined by Black Lives Matter and any group lamenting over their laundry list of entitlements that a Clinton administration was certain to increase.
What are they protesting, an election where their candidate didn’t win? These things happen, and even her loyalists admit that Clinton is probably the most flawed presidential candidate in decades.
That takes us back to the Kennedy quote at the top, “ask what you may do for your country.” So many millennials have made it clear they are not going to do anything for America. They will continue to live high on mom and dad’s hog or, if necessary, collect from the government. And as any six year old will tell you, having your allowance cut back just ain’t fair.
Yours in good times and bad,
— John Myers