Mick Jagger is old enough to be the grandfather of a good number of the protestors who have taken to the streets following the major presidential upset of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by Republican Donald Trump. Maybe they’ve never heard of the rock star — or the Rolling Stones for that matter. But it’s about time to sit those folks down — along with much of the blatantly biased secular press, a fairly long list of political pundits, and lawmakers who are still in a total meltdown mode now weeks after the election — and inform them, as one of the classic Stones’ tunes explains, that guess what? You can’t always get what you want.
It’s one thing to peacefully practice our First Amendment rights. There’s nothing wrong with marching or rallying to raise awareness about an issue. Pro-lifers know all about disappointments and defeats. We have been peacefully pushing back for more than 40 years since the Supreme Court gave us abortion-on-demand through nine months of pregnancy in the infamous Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions. Plenty of concerned Christians and other religious groups have also been very vocal in a variety of ways about the attacks on life, marriage and religious freedom that have occurred over the past eight years under the Obama administration. The major difference is: Our efforts have all been legal and peaceful. We understand there are ways to make a difference. But what we’ve seen since Nov. 8 has crossed into recklessness and lawlessness by people old enough to know better.
Not only are adults taking part in the violent acts that have occurred during some of the anti-Trump protests, but in many ways, they’re adding to the problems by encouraging the ridiculously bad behavior, keeping silent about it and in some cases even using our tax dollars to coddle those who just can’t deal with reality of defeat.
That’s why a new measure introduced in the Iowa State Legislature is so timely and, frankly, so refreshing. Republican Bobby Kaufmann says he and a good portion of his constituents have had it with the kicking, screaming and coddling. In an interview with the Des Moines Register, he said what he calls the “‘Suck it up, Buttercup’ bill” would cut budgets at public colleges and universities that are spending extra money on students upset over the presidential election.
“I’ve seen four or five schools in other states that have established ‘cry zones’ ... staffed by state grief counselors, and kids come and cry out their sensitivity to the election results,” Kaufmann said.
He is saying what a lot of us have been thinking: This is not how life works. Where is the acceptance of the reality that hurt and disappointment are a big part of life? Why are conservatives the only ones who have to “suck it up” when it comes to getting kicked in the gut about issues that are important to us?
“My concern is if you think that when adversity hurts you you’re able to press pause on reality, you’re gonna be hit with a strong slap on the face. You’re not going to get to do a timeout,” Kaufmann said.
Proposed legislation would target schools using tax dollars for election-related events above and beyond what is normally available to students. The bill also would prevent protestors from blocking highways, which has happened in a number of the protests taking place across the country.
Who knows if Kaufmann’s efforts will succeed, but at least he is expressing what a good chunk of America is feeling and also asking. Or to say it another way: Where is Mick Jagger when you need him?
Teresa Tomeo is the host of “Catholic Connection,” produced by Ave Maria Radio and heard daily on EWTN Global Catholic Radio and SiriusXM Channel 130.