Normal Americans are being bullied and we are allowing it. Again and again, we are told how to live, what to eat, what not to say, how much electricity and fuel to use, and where to live. We are told that we cannot own or carry weapons. Those doing the bullying are DEMANDING that they get what they want, or else.
When a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri reviewed reams of evidence and found no grounds to indict a police officer, race-baiter DEMANDED that the officer be indicted anyway. While another grand jury in New York came to a similar, yet questionable conclusion, the same DEMANDS erupted.
Meanwhile, PETA DEMANDS that we worship rather than respect animals.
Atheists DEMAND that no sign of Christianity be visible in public places. Home Owners Associations (HOAs) are DEMANDING that people not fly or display the American flag.
Muslims are DEMANDING that they be allowed to pray and work and school but that all signs of Christianity or Judaism be removed, while the ACLU DEMANDS the elimination of symbols of Christianity in any public setting.
The government in the form of Michele Obama is DEMANDING that American children eat substandard lunches and that the rest of us change our diets to meet government rules.
Illegal immigrants are DEMANDING the right to all the benefits of citizenship and the Mexican government is DEMANDING that we accept these criminals unquestioningly.
We are threatened with legal repercussions if we fail to agree to the DEMANDS of “climate change bullies”.
And now, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA) is routinely going into stores and DEMANDING that storeowners not allow legal weapons in their stores.
It is heartening to see some people standing up. For example, Krogers will follow the law and just said “no”, thrusting the DEMANDS of MDA protesters back in their faces. Some homeowners are standing up against HOAs and displaying their flags. Some are challenging the ACLU and others trying to regulate religion. And numerous school district are standing up against the bullying of Michelle Obama. That is the good news.
The bad news is that on a day-to-day basis the bullying goes on. If we say things that others may find politically incorrect, we are hunted, haunted, and hacked. If we attempt to hold others accountable on the job, we are threatened legally. If we dare say that the American judicial system, though imperfect, is the best in the world, we are at best laughed at and at worst called racist or even beaten or killed. If we dare question the ACLU we are threatened legally and if we question Islam, we are threatened both legally and with death. PETA and “climate changer bullies” have taken a similar tact, stopping just short of the death part (for now).
All of the groups mentioned make up a very small minority of America. We who disagree with them have shown our weakness. We wanted to be “nice”, “respectful”, and tolerant, so we backed down. Now that our weakness is obvious, we have placed ourselves at the mercy of the bullies. Their DEMANDS take precedence over common sense and over our own wellbeing and that of the country. The DEMANDING children have been appeased and we are feeling the effects.
The parallel of all this to parenting is obvious. Many American parents have given control of their families to children. They appease the kids to keep them quiet or because they want to be friends with their kids or because they don’t want to be accused of being “mean”. They do this even though what the kids really need are rules, boundaries, and fair but firm parents and role models. We are seeing the result of this weak, cowardly parenting in every example of bullying listed above.
Many years ago, when we went into a store together, my then two-year-old son would at times DEMAND that I buy him a toy or snack. He would push the limits until he fell into a full-blown tantrum. If he continued his tantrum after I had said “no” a second time, I would put him on time-out at the back of the store. It always worked. He learned self-control, that boundaries exist for all of us, and as a result he learned about respectful, socially appropriate behavior.
I think it is time that we all stand up and say “no” to these latter day two-year-old bullies. If they persist, I suggest that we all put them in time-out at the back of the store. Followed consistently, that kind of fair and firm parenting will go a long way in bringing the bullies into line with civilized Americans.