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Re: Tea Party, Republicans, and the BULLYING epidemic
There is an article on the front page of today’s San Francisco Chronicle (November 6, 2013) written by Kristen V. Brown, a S.F. Chronicle staff writer: “Far beyond school playground, bullying common in workplace.”
The sidebar quotes the definition of a bully according to the National Institutes of Health as aggressive behavior to another person in a “physical, verbal or relational manner,” then goes on to explain: …that includes everything from teasing, name calling and rumor spreading to forcing someone to do something against his will, encouraging others to gang up on a person, or threatening physical harm.
The question that immediately presented itself was: “What’s the difference between that definition and the behavior we see from the political right?”
I couldn’t think of one.
The Tea Partiers and their Republican supporters starting with John Boehner and Mitch McConnell and continuing all the way down through their ranks, are nothing more than the national manifestation of the same bullying problem that is apparently rampant in our schools, and if we’re to believe this article, rampant also in the adult world of the workplace.
One begins to wonder which came first… Is the bullying epidemic the cause of the national manifestation? Or is the national manifestation the cause of the bullying epidemic?
According to NIH, the best advice on how to deal with a grown-up bully is to
- Name the problem,
- Speak up
- Get others on your side
What would happen if the Democrats connected what the right is doing on a national scale to the adult version of the destructive behavior we call “bullying” in our schools? Would that resonate with the public?
In my book it’d be worth a try.