How did America become so neurotic?
You may have noticed it, what with all the protests this past year at universities by students expressing their fears over nothing. It got to the point where several professors and administrators gave up or lost their jobs, ultimately again over literally nothing.
(That’s not even to bring up the alleged professor of journalism who got caught calling for “some muscle” to wrangle a student journalist away from one such protest.)
The latest monster under the bed is Donald Trump.
Whether it’s his brusque, uncouth manner or his self-proclaimed penis size, The Donald is apparently intimidating the hell out of the Wimpiest Generation.
A recent poll reported that 7 out of 10 Americans reported that just the thought of Trump being president made them anxious. Fifty-one percent said Trump made them very anxious, with 18 percent saying they felt somewhat anxious.
None of the other candidates come close to The Donald, as only 51 percent total felt anxiety about Hillary Clinton, with 35 percent being “very” anxious. Ted Cruz clocked in at 49 percent anxiety level, with 26 percent very anxious; Marco Rubio had 48 percent, with 18 percent very anxious about the boyish-looking candidate. Bernie Sanders , an avowed socialist who has called for a revolution during his campaigning, stirred the same level of anxiety as the others, 50 percent with 24 percent feeling very anxious.
Anywhere around a 50-50 split makes sense for any given candidate in an essentially two-party system, but there’s just something about Trump that worries people who are nominally on the same side of the aisle, as witnessed by the active campaign by GOP members to stop him.
It’s getting so hysterical out there, in fact, that the Washington Post says D.C.-area psychologists are reporting an increasing number of therapy clients who feel stressed out by Trump’s successful campaign.
On Twitter, doing a search for phrases like “Trump freaks me out” dredges up a gold mine of neuroses, like the tweet from user Mariah, who said, “I’m in denial that someone like Trump could actually win the election, But what if he does? That scares me so badly. This is REAL. Wake up.”
But it’s not just in the field of politics that former residents of the land of the free and the home of the brave are turning into thumb-sucking crybullies. Our colleges and universities are apparently the breeding ground for them.
Take for example a recent speech given at the University of Pittsburgh by Breitbart’s resident Tech Editor Milo Yiannopoulos. Despite having an inexplicable dislike for the movie “The Princess Bride,” he’s just not a scary guy. Outspoken for sure, but not intimidating in any rational way.
Yet, following his speech, the Student Government Board held a public meeting at which students could vent their feelings of hurt and fear (their words, not mine) about Yiannopoulos’ talk.
According to the student paper, he called people who believe in a gender-based pay gap “idiots,” criticized feminists as man haters, and called out Black Lives Matter as the racial supremacy group it is. Whether you agree with him or not, those are perfectly reasonable opinions that many, many people share.
Yiannopoulos’ talk led to Pittsburgh Rainbow Alliance president Marcus Robinson mewling, “So many of us shared in our pain. I felt I was in danger, and I felt so many people in that room were in danger. ”
Urban studies major Claire Matway backed up the “traumatized” Robinson, saying, “This is more than hurt feelings, this is about real violence. We know that the violence against marginalized groups happens every day in this country. That so many people walked out of that [event] feeling in literal physical danger is not all right.”
The complainers even made Student Government Board President Nasreen Harun cry, “We’re very sorry people are feeling the way they are and it was not intended … and we’re sorry people are not proud to be at Pitt.”
Don’t you just want to slap these special snowflakes, really hard? Like maybe with a brick? Or a monster truck?
I have hopes that most Americans still have a spine, but to all the annoying, whiny, professional bitchers and moaners out there, I’d just like to leave you with a clarifying thought from ROTC leader Doug Niedermeyer in the movie “Animal House”:
“You’re all worthless and weak! Now drop and give me twenty!”