Charles Blow, the visual Op-Ed columnist at the New York Times, wrote an excellent column entitled “Bullies On The Bus,” where he aptly uses the bullying of the granny in Greece, New York, as a metaphor that reflects the bullying and vitriol the currently exists in our “politics and our pulpits and our public squares.”
I couldn’t agree with him more.
Whether it is a Republican debate audience booing a gay soldier or Rush Limbaugh’s vicious attack on a female Georgetown law student or Newt Gingrich’s salvos at the poor, bullying has become boilerplate. Hiss and taunt. Tease and intimidate. Target your enemies and torture them mercilessly. Maintain primacy through predation.When he wrote “those doing the attacking in every case are from the right,” surprisingly he didn’t say that they are white, predominantly male, and they belong to the Republican party. Though on further reflection, anyone with half a brain knows that when you say someone is “from the right,” that they are predominantly white male Republicans.
The country is changing, and that change is creating friction: between the traditional ruling classes and emerging ones; between traditional social structures and altered ones; between a long-held vision of an American ideal and growing reality that its time has passed.
And that change is coming with an unrelenting swiftness.
A Gallup poll released Thursday found that a record number of people (54 percent) say that they would be willing to vote for an atheist for president, and a Gallup poll last month found that more people support same-sex marriage than oppose it.
These dramatic shifts are upending the majority-minority paradigm and are making many people uneasy.
Women are under attack. Hispanics are under attack. Minority voting rights are under attack. The poor are under attack. Unsurprisingly, those doing the attacking in every case are from the right.
The bullying on that bus was awful, but so is the bullying in our politics. Those boys were trying to exert power over a person placed there to rein them in. But bullying is always about power — projecting more than you have in order to accrue more than your share.
Sounds like the frightened, insecure part of American society.
I truly hope that America wakes up before the November 2012 election, and realizes that voting to send any Republican to Washington, will be a prescription for disaster.
Check out the entire column, it really is a must read.
VIA: The New York Times
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