Bullies and the further adventures of my bleeding heart
friend missing the point.
In response to the column on bullying this week, on all but
one point I agree.Making a law against
bullying would be akin to making a law against bad breath.Both bullying and bad breath are accepted as undesirable,
even by the people who exhibit such faults.Natural law has already singled out bullying as an unacceptable means of
behavior of an individual in a community.Laws exist to identify boundaries where they are ill defined.Bullying is not ill defined.Bullying is when an individual holds another
in such contempt that abusing them becomes a means of entertainment or
thoughtless advancement of a personal agenda.
Where my lovingly liberal friend again veers too far to the
left (like my ’87 Honda Accord used to before I discovered a slightly bent
frame) is when he identifies the tea party movement as bullies.There is no doubt, Gordon sees the world as
tilted toward eight o’clockso here in
the radical center, we just see some issues differently.I can say that we remain friends because we
are both committed to the same outcome (love your neighbor would sum it up I
think), so it’s just method we don’t agree on.In this case, however, my friend is just plain wrong.
In brotherly love, I must call out my friend.I simply can not allow him to remain so
woefully uninformed, and in public, in black and white newsprint no less.
What is bullying?We
must make sure that we are discussing the same concept.An attempt to demonstrate real or perceived
power through actions directed toward another who lacks real or perceived
power.This is most often associated
with perceived physical power, as in the case of the middle school
bruiser.Bullying is also exemplified in
those who hold real power, either physical or hierarchical, exemplified by the
micromanaging boss or gang thug.Bullying is overt demonstration of power on someone who is not in a
position to resist. The bully makes a
show of power because he or she can.
The question remains, why would anyone with power behave in this
manner?Why would they feel the need to
make such a demonstration.?Why would
someone in power or with power need to use someone powerless as a living visual
prompt?Some ascertain that the seeds of
bullying lies in insecurity.The bully
is trying to convince themselves of power.The victim is but a prop.While
that certainly could be the case, I don’t believe that to always be true.
of bullying is contempt.Holding other
people in such little regard that they cease to matter as another human.Other people exist as but a means to the
bullies personal gain.Another person’s
value, to the bully, is in what they can do for them.In the case of the overbearing boss, the sense of mistrust is palpable.The bully boss, either implicitly or
explicitly states that no one in the company is as capable as him, so everyone
needs to just keep their ideas to themselves and do what they are told.This attitude betrays a poisonous contempt
for the people around.
Now, does this sound like the tea party movement?Actually this idea sounds a lot more like our
condescending, and dismissive Democratic leadership in Congress and our “always
the smartest guy in any room” President.Now let me be clear (so all you idiots will understand…says Obama), our
previous Republican congress and President also fit neatly under that
The tea party’s ringing bell message has been and remains
that government has stopped listening to the people.Like mad King George and his taxes, our
government siphons money from regular folks to fund their own quest for, and
expansion of power.
Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama are classic bullies.In Bob Woodward’s new book on Obama, the
famed Watergate reporter states that “President Obama clearly believes that he
is always the smartest person in the room…any room.”Another bullying moment from a Democrat was
California Senator Barbara Boxer’s dressing down of a 4-star Army general for
calling her “ma’am” with “you can call me Senator.”The elitists now in control of our national
government are most contemptuous toward main street Americans when they explain
the overwhelming rejection of their agenda as a problem of messaging. Bill
Maher and his constant belittling of Christians as “mentally deranged”, and
Vice-President Biden’s assertion that the White House policies were unpopular
because they were too complex for most people to understand are but two of
innumerable examples of the bullies on the left.I won’t even start on the bullies in the
media.The motto of today’s Democrat Party should be,
“If you were smarter, you would love us.”
No, my neo-Marxist
friend, it’s actually a very clear understanding of the policies forced upon
the country (for our own good…I’m sure) by Mr. Obama and congress, that have
led the majority of Americans to reject them.
To be sure, there are bullies leaning toward five o’clock
too.Beyond the obvious names like
Michael Savage, Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh, who employ the same contemptuous
tone, there are the bloggers and talk radio lightweights who sing their Ode to
Ronald Reagan in the key of loud.Conservatives get stuck on the idea that
democracy works for us so therefore it must work for everyone else, reminiscent
of the crusades.Pursuit of profit to
the point of exploitation, and a foreign policy that seems to start with, “all
the rest of you need to learn to speak English” smack of a bullying attitude as
well, but remember, a bully must have power.
In 1994, in response to the over reaching of the Clinton
administration and a sense of disenfranchisement (remember Clinton was elected
in 1992 with less than 40% of Americans voting for him), Republicans were swept
into office riding the pages of the Contract with America.Reagan’s political progeny declared that our nation
would get, line item vetoes, term limits and balanced budgets.The death of “politics as usual” was touted
from AM radios everywhere.
The dot.com bubble came and our “conservative” congress
celebrated with new entitlement programs, a war in Iraq (Afghanistan and 9/11 I
get), no changes to ailing programs like Social Security and Medicare, and even
a new prescription benefit to speed up the national bankruptcy.In simplest terms, there were no real changes
in how things are done.
Therefore, the country gave up the dream and inexplicably
elected Democrats hoping they would be more fiscally responsible.(laugh track…actually a poll in ’06 said that
56% of Americans believed that Democrats were more likely to lower taxes…louder
laugh track)The big comeback was 2006
and the “I’m not Bush” primary election led directly to the mythical 2008, Barack Obama election.(I still contend that America elected a man
that does not exist.Most people were
simply voting for the vague idea of Hope and Change.Without realizing that the change he was
talking about was mind-boggling spending programs and European style
socialism…how’s that working out in Paris these days?No more retiring at 29!)
With each swing further left and then further back right we
experience the centrifugal nature of our two-party system.Centrifugal means, from the Latin, “to flee
from the center.”Who are the people in
the center?A simple distribution would
tell you that the center would include the overwhelming majority of citizens in
any voting district.Ours is supposedly
a representative democracy.Who remains
to represent those people in the center?As I have stated in many a retort of a Meriwether position, the answer
to that question is clearly no one.
So tell me now my friend.When you hear the shouting voices of the tea party, are you hearing a
bully?Or are you hearing the bully’s
victims finally standing up and saying.WE
HAVE TAKEN ALL THAT WE ARE GOING TO TAKE!
The Republicans are
the party of NO.The Democrats are the
party of YES, oh wait, what was the question?While the tea party is the party of ENOUGH!
In summary, Gordon sees the tea party and Fox
News as bullies because they stand in opposition to people that hold a
different view than he does.While my
conservative friend David, sees MSNBC and Joy Behar as bullies when they
disparage views that he holds.The tea
party, in its purest sense (without being co-opted by opportunistic Republicans
trying to ride the wave back into bullydom) is as inclusive a political
movement as there has been in the US since the American Revolution.The message is not complicated.Our forefathers did not defy, depart and
defeat the British crown only to establish another system of government that holds
them in contempt.This country was of,
by and for WE, the people.Remember what happened to those bullies?The tea party isn’t over November 2.