The nice little elementary school where I work is plastered with reminders to refrain from bullying, something I suspect most parents heartily endorse. At the same time, I wonder how many of these children will grow up to be professional bullies.
I wonder that because bullying has been institutionalized in this country. It is difficult to name a government-supported agency or -endorsed group that doesn’t actively engage in bullying. IRS, EPA, FDA, OSHA, TSA, ACLU, AFL-CIO, NEA – acronyms all for bullying.” Who are the targets? All who don’t agree with them, who don’t pay “enough,” who claim a right to believe and act according to Constitutional law. We are bullied for oppressing women, invoking God’s blessing in public, thinking babies have a right to live, believing our borders should be secure, making profits through labor and intelligence, supporting traditional marriage, taking spots in colleges or businesses that could be filled by “others” (regardless of qualifications), using electricity or petroleum, owning guns, not supporting the spending habits of politicians.
We are bullied for believing, saying, and doing anything that someone could take offense at, like offering a prayer at graduation, calling terrorism by its name, or supposing that the new life created by husband and wife – their own child – is NOT “community” property. Consider these current news items:
In St. Johns County, Florida, the FFRF (Freedom From Religion Foundation) is threatening any school district with a lawsuit for “adopting a policy allowing inspirational messages, including prayer, at graduation.” Such is protected under the First Amendment in addition to Florida law which specifically allows student prayer. However, the bullies of FFRF, ACLU, and Anti-Defamation League are not only patrolling graduations, but offering scholarships to youth activists [Future Bullies of America?] to help make sure “everyone’s [being] reasonable” – their term for being afraid to pray!
It’s interesting that the origin of most of these groups was to protect us from being bullied by “big business.” In fact, they have replaced smaller bullies with a menacing monstrosity that includes taking every penny we earn through the middle of May (this year; it goes up next year) to pay the thugs that ensure our compliance. Scandals, fraud, and cover-ups define the SS-like taxpayer funded organizations that bully citizens on every front.
Other officially sanctioned bullies protect children from their parents. Current examples include that of a California couple whose 5-month-old son was “snatched” by police after the parents took their son from Sutter Memorial Hospital to get a second opinion at Kaiser Permanente Hospital. The Romeike family fled Germany in hopes of finding freedom to teach their children their own values at home. Despite being granted asylum in the U.S. by an immigration judge, the Holder-run DOJ (alias “Gun Runners”) had that verdict overturned. Some parents in New Jersey gave their 11-year-old his birthday wish – a gun. Police showed up with a child services official (who refused to reveal her identity) and demanded to search their home without a warrant.
Now we have a Common Core State Standards Initiative to give some government-supported private corporations privileged (up until now) information regarding intimate details of your child’s life, including psychological testing and treatments. In fact, those corporations get to CREATE the testing instruments that determine your child’s behavioral health as well as academic status. You parents, however, play an important role. You pay for it. And if you’re not happy about that? Well, talk to the Bully Department. But you may have to take a number and get in line.