The Politics of Bullying

Guest Submission by Tom Hill

Nobody likes a bully. Bullies create fear, which soon leads to frustration. The injustice of bully attacks leaves victims feeling helpless. Bullies leave a trail of wounded victims in their wake.

Bullies pervade virtually every aspect of life. Road rage threatens our streets and highways. Children encounter them at school. Bullies plague the workplace. Everyone quakes in fear of the government bullies of bureaucracy who harass honest citizens.

Bullies even permeate politics. America’s President, Barack Obama, began his political career with ACORN, an organization noted for its bully tactics. As President, he operates as a bully with his disregard for the Constitution and Congress. He implements his personal agenda by force and coercion. His reelection campaign has begun with heavy reliance upon bullying.

Sadly, in the search for a Republican nominee to oppose the President in the fall elections, many Republican candidates have resorted to bully politics. From early in the primaries, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Michelle Bachman, Rick Perry, and Newt Gingrich have bludgeoned each other, wasting millions of dollars. Only Rick Santorum has resisted these tactics, concentrating upon issues.

Campaigns based upon deceit and defamation of character foster coercion, threats, and intimidation. One can conclude that these candidates believe that only a bully can gain victory. Further, egged on by their supporters, they falsely think that only a bully can defeat the President (another bully) in November.

The American electorate has an option. Bully politics can continue as a normal, necessary practice with the voters’ implicit approval. Or, they can end it. The time has come to end bully politics.

The voting public must disregard the false messages of the political bullies. Reject their pious attacks. Identify hypocrisy and discard its deceptions. Refuse to support candidates who use these methods.

Just as importantly, voters must choose leaders instead of bullies. Leaders demonstrate strength without coercion. They exhibit boldness in the face of trial. They rely upon firmness of principle instead of adapting to changing opinions of focus groups. Leaders demonstrate a toughness that surpasses the bravado of the bully. Leaders lead by serving, not by force.

Although bullies dominate the current political landscape, voters can and must reject them. The bullies have controlled matters long enough. The American electorate must identify and support a candidate (from the current field as well as any new entrants), whose record exhibits leadership instead of bully politics.

It’s time for zero tolerance of bullying in politics.

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Tom began writing a newsletter in 1981for a small audience of friends. In 2008, he began to write a blog on his web site. Every month, thousands of visitors from all over the world come to his web site and view his blogs. In 2009, he published the book, Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and his web site, Tom Hill: Grand Rapids, MI 49546; 616-855-5406.

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