Bully Pulpit

          President and Mrs. Obama were in full campaign mode this week (as if they ever really stopped campaigning). Continuing with their belief in “All Obama. All the Time”, they delved back into the schools with the release of their anti-bullying video. Now there’s really nothing wrong with that in and of itself. It’s not that unusual for presidents and first ladies to send the school children a valuable message every once in a while. Telling them that bullying has no place in schools is a good thing, right?
          Yes. However, on this particular topic, it seems the irony never ends with this president. Let’s take a walk down memory lane…
          On the campaign trail in 2008, Obama said to his supporters, “I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.” Hmmm…sounds a little like a bully doesn’t it?
          Then, once again from the campaign trail at a fundraiser in Philadelphia in 2008: “If they [the Republicans] bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” He continued, “Because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.” Such violent rhetoric!
          Is this the same man who lectured everyone on how we needed to be more civil in our political discourse following the tragic shooting in Tucson, AZ in January?
          And then there are the unions. These are the people who spent millions of dollars (of their members’ union dues) to get Obama elected in 2008. These are the people who the president chooses to associate with time and again. Some of the more outspoken members of unions are becoming known for their bully tactics towards those who disagree with them. Examples include the beating union thugs gave to an African-American man who was selling “Don’t Tread on Me” flags at a town hall meeting on health care in St. Louis during the summer of 2009.
          More recently, a Tea Party supporter was shoved against an iron gate in downtown Atlanta last month while watching union members protesting there. There was never any sort of admonishing from Mr. President to his union buddies after any of these incidents. In fact, his minions in the media always find some way, regardless of the facts to the contrary, to blame Tea Partiers, conservative talk radio, Sarah Palin, and even (still) George W. Bush for what they see as an increasingly hostile and divided political climate.
          Flash forward to this past Wednesday, when the Republicans in the Wisconsin state senate finally passed the legislation that will limit the collective bargaining rights of unions for government employees. Following this vote, the state capitol was swarmed by violent protesters, and an email was sent out to Republican senate members that was a lengthy death threat to the state senators and their families.
          So, here is our president who often uses bully tactics (usually through surrogates) to force his agenda on the American people (i.e. Obamacare), and who has surrounded himself throughout his political life with the very types of people he told America’s school children to avoid being like. It seems the bullies aren’t just in schoolyards anymore. And they’re stealing much more than lunch money. They’re stealing freedom.

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2 responses

  1. It’s interesting to see this point of view. I can’t say fore sure if I agree or not, but it is something I will think about now.

  2. libertybelleblog | Reply

    Thank you-it’s not that important that you agree, but you did say the magic words: “It is something I will think about now.”

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