Snowflake Nation update

April 25, 2018 |

Latest Updates from Snowflake Nation: About 25 Duke University students with a megaphone recently crashed an alumni event (ironically, the 50th anniversary of the “Silent Vigil”), stormed the stage, shouted down the speaker, made a bunch of the usual demands (including a claim that Duke needs to hire more counselors – that I could believe), and generally acted like the overindulged toddlers that too many of today’s college students have become.

But something unexpected happened: some alumni voiced support for their right to protest, but others booed, heckled, cursed them or just turned their backs to them until they finally shut up and left. Those students are now absolutely shocked that they might have to face negative consequences for their actions.

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First of all, they’re stunned that the audience booed them instead of applauding. They’re so used to having their every action validated and their every bowel movement praised as great art that they actually expected the university officials to tell the booing alumni, “That’s not appropriate,” or even remove them for daring to express disapproval at being disrupted. Now, the students are warning that by sending them letters about their conduct, the school might traumatize them, and either spark new mental health problems in them or exacerbate preexisting mental conditions (again, that last part I can believe.) And they call themselves “social justice WARRIORS”? We might have to change the “W” in “SJW” to stand for “Whiners.”

I realize that today’s college students aren’t getting much of an education in the Bill of Rights, or else they wouldn’t be holding protests to demand that their own rights be taken away from them. But I’ll try to explain how freedom of speech works clearly enough so that even a Ph.D. candidate can understand:

You have a right to stand on a soapbox and say whatever you want. But you don’t have a right to be listened to. You have to earn that by establishing that you know what you’re talking about, or failing that, by at least spouting your nonsense in an entertaining fashion. You can’t force people to listen to whatever drivel you’re coming out with. Those people who booed you? They were exercising their free speech rights, too.

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I understand your confusion. You’ve attended a lot of classes and absorbed a lot of lessons, few of which have to do with how the Bill of Rights works. So let me clarify it for you: a windbag standing up and spouting a lot of leftist gibberish to a captive crowd who are forced to sit quietly and pretend to show respect is not how “free speech” works. That’s just how all your liberal arts classes work.


Ironically, the snowflakes on America’s college campuses have now become so fragile that they can’t even survive where other snowflakes do: outdoors. The Outing Club has existed for nearly a century at Penn State. It organized healthy outdoor activities, such as hiking trips in nearby parks. But after doing a new risk management assessment, the school has decided that the club’s activities are beyond the threshold of acceptable risk for student groups, so the Outing Club members can no longer go outside. Likewise, the Caving Club may no longer visit caves, and the Scuba Club may no longer scuba dive.

Here’s my suggestion for the Outing Club members: tell the school officials that your next planned outing is to go to an anti-gun protest. They'll definitely let you go to that. Then take a hike instead. And if the school officials find out and complain, tell them to take a hike.




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  • Linda Immoos

    04/30/2018 10:13 AM

    As usual you are right on. I have a hard time understanding where these liberal whiners come from. If you believe in our constitution life should be pretty clear. Thanks for being a voice of reason
    On another subject. You are so right about not needing a college education to be successful. I have many friends and family who didn’t have access to college and have been extremely successful. My best example is my son in law who attended a continuation high school due to a car accident that got him behind. After graduating he went to work for a man who finished concrete. Two weeks before their wedding his “boss” died of a heart attack. The job was gone! He was 21 years old borrowed money from his grandmother (which was paid back in one year),took the contractors license test and started his own concrete finishing business. My daughter ran the office end from home and he worked 12 to 16 hour days. Five years later they were making $300,000 a year. Knowing he couldn’t do the physical work for ever he went to a small local bank and got a line of credit for 1.5 million dollars bought property, a batch plant and five concrete trucks and started a new business. Giving the previous business to the main man that worked for him a immigrant from Mexico who he also helped become a American. He and my daughter now own three concrete company’s. They were millionaires at 28 years old!

  • Dennis Puleo

    04/29/2018 01:12 PM

    My wife and I have long admired you & plan to get to know more about you through this site. I am USMC (ret) combat-decorated veteran. We have been married 49 years; & raised 2 children. One thing that puzzles us most; is this: (maybe you can give us your thoughts ?)
    Why on earth aren't more parents who are PAYING for college; demonstrating their dissatisfaction & discontinuing payments?
    Why aren't they making their adult children attend somewhere that THEY approve of ?
    Better yet: Why aren't they more discriminating when they ship their 18-19 year olds off to a school ?

  • COL (Ret) Joe Webb

    04/28/2018 09:33 PM

    Governor, Since you try to read all comments, please read this one!! Have you read Kim Strassel's article in the editorial section of Friday's (27 April) Wall Street Journal? She makes a strong argument that the President needs to consider, and act on, to save our form of constitutional government (at least in her opinion, and mine). Is it possible for you to get a message to President Trump and his legal team to please take note of Ms. Strassel's recommendations, you or the Press Secretary? The article makes a lot of sense, and seems to be a different direction than the President's legal team is pursuing. Thanks, and God bless your present "ministry."

  • Mark Barnett

    04/28/2018 08:40 PM

    As for the Duke student's punishment/reward, I'd recommend that they all be expelled from the school and set abroad with a scarlet letter emblazoned on their foreheads. I'll leave it to the public imagination as to the meaning of the "A."

  • Lauri Lacey

    04/28/2018 02:28 PM

    Love this. You brightened my day. Enjoy your weekend with the family. Your awesome!

  • Nancy La Ferney

    04/28/2018 02:25 PM

    Gov. Huckabees thank you for your common sense commentary. It makes me feel I have a voice in this crazy mixed up world. You alway tell your stories in an interesting way. Stay strong in the faith and courageous. God bless you and your family and President Trump and his family.

  • Anita Harrower

    04/28/2018 10:43 AM

    Today's students are what we used to call "spoiled brats"!

  • Louise A Winter

    04/28/2018 08:29 AM

    A key point that gets missed is that the right to "get up on your soapbox" and speak freely doesn't give you the right to get up on any soap box you choose and take over.


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  • Brewer Pearson

    04/27/2018 11:24 AM

    This whole entitlement generation makes me sick. I've tried to hire a couple of them to sell aircraft for me and their whole "you owe me a living" mentality makes them unworkable. None of them seem to want to learn and pay their dues like we did back in the 1970's. They expect and demand immediate gratification. Nothing they say or do surprises me now...

  • Joan Reynolds Gibson

    04/27/2018 10:25 AM

    During the past decades I have become increasingly appalled at what passes for so-called college education. My undergraduate institution, West Virginia University, has most of the campus as a “Free Speech Free Zone.” My MA in plant taxonomy/ecology and PhD in Plant Ecosystems are from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill just down the road from Duke. In the 1960's when I was there, UNC was known as the Berkeley of the East and late Senator Paul Wellstone shut the campus down as a graduate student. They are even nuttier now. I neither donate, nor will leave any of my estate to either school. My will designates a sizeable portion to Hillsdale College instead. I will not fund such actions by universities, administrations, faculty and students.

  • Kathryn Caputo

    04/27/2018 10:00 AM

    Unfortunately almost the entire generation has been educated to seek self-gratification and in the vocal and open hatred of all those who oppose their view. The small minority that were not brought up in that fashion are the fortunate ones. They had loving parents who did not allow the education system to take away their basic parental rights of teaching a loving discipline, sacrifice and common sense to their children.

  • Kathryn Rae

    04/27/2018 09:44 AM

    Perhaps a lot of parents are sending their offspring away to college today just to get them out of their sight. If I had raised up kids with this "sence of entitlement to everything that they haven't earned mentality ", I would probably send them far away, too. Kids that protest on college campuses should have to wear large nametags with the state and town that they come from. Let their families and neighbors see what these kids are doing while away at school.

  • Harold Levi

    04/27/2018 09:29 AM

    Babies with physical problems are born every day and we take them to medical doctors for help. Yet, when babies with mental problems are born they are given special rights rather than the psychiatric help they need. Why is that? Is it gross stupidity or someone's political agenda?

  • L Roberts

    04/27/2018 09:17 AM

    I see all ages in a psychiatric outpatient office. Much of the US kids today are being raised by guilt-ridden or self absorbed parents who have taught their children how to manipulate them into 3,4,5 hours a day of video games, a free brand new car for turning 16 years old, and/or "No" is off-limits when being said to them. I used to see a parent a week choosing Heroin over their kids. Now I see it almost everyday, several times a day. We need an earth-shaking jerk back into reality in the US. The college campus is a microcosm of what has happened in this God given country. We are squandering our precious resources...the next generation.

  • Judy Single

    04/27/2018 07:58 AM

    Since their mental health is going to be compromised, has they ALL been placed on a do not sell firearms listing? Mentally unstable people have no business being around firearms and they have said that they may get or had the problem get worse so......

  • Robin K

    04/27/2018 07:15 AM

    I wish all government funding would be immediately stopped at these schools when kids act like that i wish the so called adults would grow up and stop allowing these entitled little ass wipes to act like they do

  • george w dockstaderWmark

    04/27/2018 12:14 AM

    Mark my word. Civil War 2 is right around the corner!

  • Maryann McLean

    04/26/2018 11:52 PM

    Thank you Mike Huckabee for your concise analysis of the incident at Duke. The Snowflakes are over-indulged Liberal Progressive extremists who are not very educated but are thoroughly indoctrinated in Socialist techniques ala Saul Alinsky. They are boring and I believe most Americans are tired of their temper tantrums and whining over their perceived idea of "social justice" issues.

  • Priscilla Nuckolls

    04/26/2018 11:51 PM

    I think as people of God we should stop name calling and start living as God would have us. We are living in the last days and all this hate just keeps making more hate. Please stop the hate and show God's love.

  • Stephen Russell

    04/26/2018 10:59 PM

    Hey alumni Defund the school. then C admin react BIG Time.

  • Bettye Caswell Carnahan

    04/26/2018 10:49 PM

    I love this article. Way to go, Mike.

  • Stephen Mitchell

    04/26/2018 10:45 PM

    When will all this foolishness end ? I'm so tired and discussed hearing and reading about it . I want to smack some fools in the head and let the chips fall where they may .

  • Tricia Kennemer

    04/25/2018 11:13 PM

    I hope everyone will start standing up to these entitled over indulged brats! They need to reap what they sow..X INFINITY.

  • Linda Dempsey

    04/25/2018 09:54 PM

    Well said, Mr. Huckabee! I worked at a university for over 17 years (1984-2001) and it wasn't like it is now. Although there were liberals on campus, both students and faculty, there was more respect for others who were not. I enjoyed working with the students and miss that part of working there. A university would be the last place I would choose to work now. Today's snowflakes should have had more "trips to the woodshed" and this type of entitlement behavior would have been "nipped in the bud."

  • Bev Rider

    04/25/2018 07:59 PM

    First of all going to College is a privilege and you go there to further your Education. You have NO BUSINESS trying to change the College or make demands to fit your PERSONNAL preferences and your Child like needs. Instead of being thankful that you have the opportunity to further your Education, you go there and pitch temper tantrums and make fools of yourselves with all these ridiculous protests. You are rude, ungrateful and self serving. Either go to College for the intended purpose of furthering your Education or go home ! Stop wasting time with these silly protests and STOP WASTING TAXPAYER funded Scholarships and other programs that We sweat blood and tears to provide to you. We are sick of it !

  • Sandra K Rouse

    04/25/2018 07:58 PM

    Great article!

  • Floyd Mason

    04/25/2018 01:25 PM

    Right on Mike... I believe we've been way to tolerant for way to long... College students or NOT, you are not entitled to ANYTHING unless you EARN that right... BY LEARNING, WORKING, SERVING IN OUR MILITARY. This should be the standard for EVERYONE young people, older people, immigrants.. I think it was Capt John Smith? who (back in the early days of the pilgrims) said, "If you don't work, YOU DON'T EAT!"
    And then the socialists/communists/dumocrats said "Your entitled and we'll take care of you."" I enjoy your information. Keep up the good work...