Demonstrating and protesting are time-honored American traditions. And unless they turn violent or prevent others from exercising their freedoms, these are forms of free-speech guaranteed by the Constitution. There’s no requirement that these demonstrations make sense, or that those organizing them exercise their intelligence.
If there were requirements that protestors not make idiots out of themselves, much of the nonsense we’ve been subjected to would have been illegal. But it is not, and other than those protests that have turned violent, this is all constitutionally protected. As it should be.
All of that said, the silliness of some of the actions of those stricken with grief over Hillary’s loss is getting old. Enter an Iowa lawmaker onto the scene.
An Iowa lawmaker has one thing to say to state universities that spend taxpayer dollars on election-related sit-ins and grief counseling: “Suck it up, buttercup.”
“I’ve seen four or five schools in other states that are establishing ‘cry zones’ where they’re staffed by state grief counselors and kids can come cry out their sensitivity to the election results,” said Rep. Bobby Kaufmann (R-Wilton) to the Des Moines Register. “I find this whole hysteria to be incredibly annoying. People have the right to be hysterical … on their own time.”
Kaufmann plans to introduce new legislation in January that he calls the “suck it up, buttercup” bill.
It would cut the budgets of state-funded universities that spend taxpayer dollars on election-related sit-ins and grief counseling beyond the usual amount related to students for double the amount that they spend on those activities, Kaufmann said.
The bill would also establish new criminal charges for protesters who shut down highways.
Sounds like he wants to stop funding the coddling of university students who are upset over the election, as well as stopping protestors from interfering with people’s right to use the roads and highways their taxes fund. Good for him.
In Iowa, more than 100 protesters blocked off I-80 for 30 minutes on Friday night, the Press Citizen reported.
Kaufmann said his bill would make it easier for law enforcement to charge protesters with a crime.
“I have no issue with protesting,” he said. “In fact, I would go to political war for anyone who wanted to protest or dissent and they couldn’t. But you can’t exercise your constitutional right by trampling on someone else’s. When they blocked off Interstate 80, they crossed a line.”
Of course they crossed a line by blocking the highway. Wonder if any of those protestors would have been willing to take responsibility for the losses incurred by parties that could have been denied prompt emergency services due to their closing down the highway?
And from one former college student to today’s students who claim to need their “safe zones” to grieve Mrs. Clinton’s loss, “Quit making fools of yourselves and get over it. You are in college, not nursery school.”
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