Leave it to a sensible Midwestern state to come to terms with this latest outbreak of infantilism on college campuses following last week’s election results.
In Iowa, a state lawmaker plans to introduce a bill he simply calls “suck it up, buttercup”.
The thrust of the pending legislation:
— Target state universities that use taxpayer dollars to fund election-related sit-ins and grief counseling above and beyond what is normally available to students.
— Those that do would be subject to a budget cut for double the amount they spend on such activities.
— And it would establish new criminal penalties for protesters who shut down highways, like those who briefly closed Interstate Highway 80 in Iowa City during an anti-Trump protest last week.
“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, the bill’s sponsor. “I find this whole hysteria to be incredibly annoying. People have the right to be hysterical . . . on their own time.”
Any other legislative fixes come to mind?
Feel free to guess the first state that gets something like this passed.
I’m going to go out on a limb and predict: not my California.