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2016: The Year of the Snowflake

As the New Year begins, and 2016 takes its place in history books, there’s no better time to look forward with hope that 2017 might perhaps be a little bit better than its predecessor.  It’s also a time to look back at a year that was often exasperating, wildly entertaining, nerve-wracking, inspiring and sad.  But that’s how life should be—from the presidential election that ended with a surprise (for Hillary Clinton), to tragedies from terrorists (Orlando) and nature (floods and wildfires); to the success of the American Women’s Gymnastics Team bringing home the gold in the Olympics, 2016 has been a wild ride.

Though the election of 2016 was the biggest story of the year, it will be the gift that keeps on giving to the 24-hour news cycle if these weeks since Donald Trump’s victory are any indication.  Calls for the dumping of the Electoral College were resurrected from media, political and academic elites who seem to be clueless as to what it is and why the Founders of our nation were so genius as to come up with it in the first place.

Meanwhile, a new term for the college students who have had their minds completely twisted by said elites has come into our American lexicon:  snowflake.  This doesn’t refer to all the white things that may now be collecting outside in your yard, but to privileged, white college students who are taught to feel guilty for being privileged white college students.  These millennials and post-millennials have been the main people protesting the outcome of our presidential election.  Their antics have ranged from the dangerous damage of property to the absurd need many have had to find their “safe space” where they can be free from perceived “micro-aggressions”.

Right after the election, college campuses across the country provided their students with outlets to cope with post-election stress disorder.  At Yale—one of our most elite schools—professors allowed students to skip their mid-term exams if they were too upset by the election results to take them.  Then there was the University of Michigan that gave its snowflakes Play-Doh and coloring books to help them process the election results. At Cornell University—another supposedly Ivy League campus—stressed collegians could attend a “cry-in” where they found sympathetic staff members who would give them tissues and hot chocolate.

We should all now stop for a collective shudder at the future of the country if these are the ones who will be in charge in 20 years or so.

In nature, it’s said that no two snowflakes are alike, but the same can’t be said for their human namesakes.  As much as these people like to believe they are so unique, open-minded and “progressive” (don’t get me started on that one), the truth is, they think alike, argue alike and are as hard to reason with as their guilt-ridden college professors.

Snowflakes have really come into their own in 2016 and it should be interesting to see what else they will find in the coming year to be afraid of from day to day.  They have been joined in their post-election malaise by the usual list of celebrities who promised us they would leave the country if Trump won—something that probably gave him at least a few thousand votes…but they also said they’d leave when George W. Bush got elected—and probably said the same when Reagan was president—but still they remain.  America will continue to be stuck with Miley Cyrus, Cher, Rosie O’Donnell and other lame-brains into 2017 and beyond.

And the snowflakes will keep being who they are until—hopefully—time teaches them lessons their professors never would:  life isn’t always fair and you won’t win every time. So…Get. Over. It.

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