So, you may have noticed that I didn’t bother writing any sort of commentary on Sunday night’s Democratic Presidential Debate. This is mostly because there are about a hundred other horrible things I’d rather do than critique the political arguments of progressive hedonists like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders — like stick my head into a blender, stare directly at the surface of the sun or watch a Nicolas Cage movie. Suffice it to say, the whole thing was a total waste of time and an utter embarrassment for both the liberal candidates and their voters, much like the first debate. But, then again, any sort of event where both Hillary and Bernie are present is bound to become an embarrassing situation eventually. Speaking of Hillary, the poor woman is just awkward and painfully disingenuous. She strikes me as the sort of candidate who really hates having to mingle with the peasants and commoners, but knows that she has to because it’s part of the whole “campaigning thing.” So every morning, she puts on her pantsuits and phony smiles and does her best to come off as likable. At this point though, she's just failing miserably.
Of course, one of the most evident things during any Democratic debate is the progressive Left’s affinity for promising their voters lots and lots of free stuff. Really, it’s the only way they can even get support at all in many demographics. (Remember Obamacare and Obama phones?) Maybe this is why Bernie Sanders has surged past Hillary in a few states. After all, he’s essentially become the cuddly socialistic grandpa vowing to hand out free crap to anyone who will vote for him. But, try as he might, he won’t win. He’ll never win. Truthfully, my dog has a better shot at becoming president than a 74-year-old socialist dotard who honeymooned in the Soviet Union.
Anyway, rather than nitpick all of the ridiculous talking points from the debate, I’d like to focus on one of the many things Sanders says should be free for every American: a college education. Not only should it be free just because it’s “too expensive,” but it should be free because every American supposedly has a “natural right” to a higher education. Yes, apparently a bachelors degree is up there with the right to be safe in your own home (Fourth Amendment) or to be free from cruel and unusual punishment (Eighth Amendment) — although I’d say listening to Sanders blather on endlessly comes pretty darn close to violating the latter. I took to Twitter the other day to voice a few of my thoughts on this whole notion of free college and apparently opened up the floodgates of "social media offendedness” (as I like to call it.)
Naturally, the perplexed and outraged trolls came crawling out:
This is what it’s come to, folks: an entire demographic of voters and a generation of students who believe that college should not only be completely free, but that they’re actually entitled to it. Sorry, but college in America cannot be and will never be free. Ever. It’s economically impossible. I really hate to break this news to you, but everything costs money. It’s sort of the way that the world works. You have to pay for things and for services. Even Sanders know this. I mean, isn’t that why he’s out on the campaign trail, you know, like, fundraising and asking for your money? A presidential campaign is expensive and you need money to pay for it, right? Well, colleges have lots of things and lots of services. There are buildings that need electricity, computers with fancy software, libraries, laboratories with special equipment, textbooks, dormitories, gyms, and about a bajillion other things. There are also these people called professors — or teachers if you like — who get paid to, you know, teach. There are interns, secretaries, administrators, janitorial staffs, cafeteria workers, coaches, technicians and all sorts of individuals who get paid to make sure universities and colleges across this nation function the way that they’re supposed to. Unless Sanders and his supporters think that these people will work for free, someone will still have to pay their salaries and wages. And if it’s not the students (and/or their parents), it only leaves Mr. and Mrs. John Doe Taxpayer. (Just ask Germany.) I can’t help but to find it nonsensical to implement this sort of thing in a nation that is currently drowning in an $18 trillion debt with $127 trillion in unfunded liabilities.
Moreover, a college education is a product and a privilege. Let me repeat that: it’s a product. A four-year degree is something you pay for — usually to the tune of around $8,000-10,000/year if you’re attending an in-state public college and don’t plan to live on campus. Throw in all the miscellaneous fees, textbooks prices and dorm expenses and this number climbs pretty quick. And if you’re thinking about attending a private university or, God forbid, going out-of-state without a scholarship, you’ll probably be in debt for a very long time. So you’re essentially asking the American taxpayers to hand you a $40,000-$80,000 gift just because you think you’re special or think that college is necessary for the betterment of your life — the latter of which is total lie, and I say that as someone who graduated from a four-year university with a bachelors degree. Not to mention a lot of kids spend their four years of college drinking, partying, having sex and smoking weird plant extracts while occasionally passing a class or two.
Now, obviously there are plenty of careers where a college degree is actually a necessity: brain surgeons, doctors, lawyers, engineers, and some others. But, the vast majority of American adults— 60 percent to be exact — didn’t even graduate from a university. If college is as important as these liberal politicians and professors want you to believe, how is our country even still functioning? I mean, America should’ve completely collapsed by now, right? This argument that poor people can’t pave their own way without knowledge (as one of my Twitter followers so eloquently put it) is utterly absurd because it’s an argument based on emotion. It’s not based on facts, truth or reality. And the truth is that countless Americans who have never attended college are living happy, comfortable, fulfilling and even prosperous lives. Tens of thousands of people have pulled themselves out of poverty without a college degree and gone on to have successful jobs, support their families and purchase the cute house with the white picket fence. Yes, poor people can and have paved their own way without college. And no, college is not necessary for knowledge. Stop preying on people’s emotions and exploiting the poor class to push a socialistic agenda. It’s despicable.
You see, economics and math aside, free college is horrible idea because it promotes and encourages a destructive entitlement mentality. I’ll be the first to admit that college is ridiculously overpriced and often bankrupts many people before they even make it through the first year. But, just because something is expensive — and you mistakenly believe that thing to be necessary — does not mean that you are are entitled to have it. I find it sad and pathetic that this sort of truth even needs to be pointed out, but this is what liberal progressivism has done to our society. It’s fooled millions of people into believing that the government is some sort of magic fairy that can just sprinkle a truckload of pixie dust and make everything free for everybody. It’s absurd. And it’s dangerous.
If you can’t afford to go to college, or to pay back student loans after you graduate, then college might not to be for you. You might have to wait. You might have to opt for a different career path. You might have to consider a cheaper alternative like a trade school. You might tap into talents and abilities that you already possess. (And yes, every human does have God-given talents, gifts and abilities.)
Here’s a final truth and reality check: Mr. Sanders will never be president and his free college plan will never happen. My advice to every young person out there would be this: Don’t buy into the lie that college is an absolute necessity. It’s not. Don’t go to college just because “it’s the thing to do” or because all of your friends are going or because everyone in your family has done it. Think about the direction you want to go in life, be smart and wise, and then make your decision. And whatever you do, don’t ask me and the rest of America to pay for it.
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