“Who’s The Bully” an essay by Cheryl Pass

Today’s Guest Saturday post comes to us from Cheryl Pass of the My Tea Party Chronicle blog. It was originally published on friday, May 11, 2012.

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Who’s The Bully

(First, before I carry on with the subject of my post, I want to thank all of my friends and supporters for their understanding and help during this incredibly busy time with my husband’s family situation, i.e. his brother’s death, his mother’s care, and subsequent arrival of vultures going after both estates.  We were able to get my mother-in-law into a very nice assisted living center, moving her in just yesterday.  The saga continues with the vultures circling, even though my mother-in-law needs her estate for her care.  The situation has been emotionally draining and exhausting, with two sets of financial lives to figure out, with one person deceased and one with dementia.  You can imagine.  We will soldier on.  But thank you all.)

As I am hearing the bits and pieces of news over the last few weeks, the thing that keeps attracting my attention is the Alinsky tactic on the left of spreading unfounded lies about everything and everyone in the opposition.  Today it happens to be some ridiculous story of Mitt Romney cutting some kid’s hair when they were very young.  If true, this was no doubt a mean thing to do to someone as a prank.   Then, to make it seem like Mitt Romney is some sort of monstrous bigoted bully, the left adds that the someone whose hair was cut must have been a homosexual even though there is no evidence of that.  So of course, Mitt Romney now supposedly hates homosexuals.  And this is terribly convenient coming on the heels of the North Carolina vote to support heterosexual marriage and Obama’s sudden decision to go in the opposite direction and support same-sex marriage.  Next. of course, Mitt Romney has to go into reactionary defense mode.  Will the accusations prevail?  Oh, and Mitt Romney hates women, too, don’t you know.

What does this tactic force us to do?  Waste time playing defense.  One of the biggest smears of late is the word “extremist.”  This along with many others including; “racist,” or “bigot,” or “homophobe,” “misogynist,”  the verbal war on Americans who actually believe in freedom and responsibility is heating up exponentially as Obama’s company of Communists falls from favor on the national stage.  (Please God.) The Zimmerman / Martin case in Florida was typical of the tactic.  A tragic event happens and the next thing you know the liars start yelling at the top of their lungs all over the media.  Or a Communist policy is proposed by the Obama administration and, if you happen to be against it, you are targeted as an “extremist.”  Even better, a “right wing extremist.”  I’ve had this happen personally many times over the last 4 years for expressing my views on what I see Obama and his global socialists doing.  When I wrote in support of traditional marriage, I was called all kinds of lovely names.
Tragically, this Alinsky tactic works to take the oxygen out of the air.  You are going about your life and, wham, you are hit with some accusation that is so ridiculous and outlandish that you have to step back and figure out how to combat the lies.  If you think back to high school,  a time in life when Romney made his prankish mistake, you’ll remember that name-calling is what teenagers do.  The immaturity of this name-calling is undeniable.  As adults, it is worse.  What is ironic about this is the left is literally the “pot calling the kettle black.”  All the while the left is pushing anti-bullying laws, they are practicing verbal bullying every day and using the media to do it.  It truly is laughable.  They say that if you act like a bully in school, you should be arrested and prosecuted.  Yet, as they bully people by calling them names (racist, homophobe, bigot, extremist, etc,), they get the media to repeat and promote the bullying on national media outlets.  This happens so frequently today, that you would never be able to defend yourself enough against libel and slander.  If you tried, you would have to spend every waking moment and all of your fortune on court cases.
The national conversation on policies requires us to assign labels to political philosophies.  That, in my mind, is very different than than just calling people names or using hateful adjectives to describe a persons character.  So before someone accuses me of using name-calling myself, let it be known that when I use the word “leftist,” or the word “Communist,” I am labeling someone’s political philosophy.  I could, and probably have, associated the word “thief” with Communist, so what I have said is not flattering.  So there are caveats and innuendos to be considered when labeling people.  The way to understand this is to know that there is actual proof of thievery involving Communists.  I don’t take this labeling lightly.  But to assert that someone who cut someone’s hair as a prank automatically assumes homophobia is absurd.  (So far, there is no proof that the kid whose hair was cut was a homosexual, or that Mitt Romney would have any idea of that in any case.)  In the case of Zimmerman / Martin, there is no evidence that Mr. Zimmerman had some racist agenda when involved with the skirmish with Travon Martin.  Nevertheless, the personnel attacks began on unfounded suppositions of racism.  Because someone doesn’t believe in giving away free contraceptives, paid for by everyone else, doesn’t mean that person is a “misogynist.”  (woman hater, male superiority)  And there rests the difference between slander and truth, between bullying and using labels to support arguments against political philosophy.  The left is using full out bullying tactics and will be, nonstop, throughout our discourse with them from now until forever.
Can we arrest and prosecute the leftist Alinskyite bullies?  It’s hard to laugh it off and carry on when someone has smeared you in the public press.  What is the choice?  Laugh it off?  Go on defense?  When does the left stop “calling the kettle black?”  ( I learned a long time ago that someone who accuses you of some unfounded nasty action is most usually telling you what is in their mind, not yours.)

Verbal abuse is tough to deal with, but truth will prevail.  Don’t give up or give in….

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6 thoughts on ““Who’s The Bully” an essay by Cheryl Pass

  1. This is what the left does when they cannot win based on facts or ideas. They try to discredit the opposition with smear attackes and it is straight out of Alinsky’s handbook. The left is so desperate for power they will do or say anything and our struggle is twofold because the media is helping them right along.

  2. One tactic I’ve used in arguments with people, who insist upon resorting to the intellectually dishonest strategy of assigning inflammatory labels to those who support any point of view with which they disagree, is to first ask them where I can find the original source for their argument (“Mitt Romney bullied a kid!” “Oh? Wow. Where can I find a copy of the police report, or the interview with that kid?”), then asked detailed questions about facts relating directly to the issue at hand (“You mean the law actually says people who are attracted to members of the same sex should be barred from employment? Do you have a bill number for that? Oh. Can you tell me where to find a transcript of the interview where Politician Y said those people shouldn’t be allowed to work at McDonald’s? Oh.) It changes the entire conversation. Facts are powerful. It also helps if you pause to give a brief lesson on something us kids of the 70s and 80s were taught — how to read/listen for bias! It irritates me to note how many people ONLY read sources that confirm their opinions.

  3. Re-reading my own post…I just realized I misspelled personal. (I put personnel, instead…oops) Apologies. At any rate, thanks Jim for posting. I have been trying to catch up with news stories, since my side trip into the family circus, and find the bullying theme from the left is escalating against supporters of Romney. I’m sure this is just the tip of the iceberg. Thanks for the comments above. Good advice from Irishsignora.

  4. I’m pretty sure that most people out there don’t care whether he cut someone’s hair, seriously what a crock. The left can smear and lie all they want to, I’m sure the majority are not going to be frightened by their lies.

  5. I’ve been in the line of duty, and profiling has saved my life. I wear a hoodie ALL THE TIME so im not using this as a determining factor of anything, but I will be less patient with whites over blacks and hispanics simply because of the area I am in, most white people I have dealt with are meth heads, but when I see two young men flashing gang symbols yelling racial slurs, making threats, I know they are gang members, key factor being the gang symbols, who else but gang members would do that? No intelligent person at least… When I call in for backup or to make a report, their skin color is used for a description. It is not because we are racist, its because its describing. And Profiling someone is a good way to tell who is doing what, because they follow the same trends. I have had to break it to parents and grandparents that their ‘innocent’ children are in jail or in a body bag because they attempted to shoot up night clubs, sell drugs, or some other illegal activity. Now, should Zimmerman have been charged with something before now? Most definately, should people like you and everyone else on both sides of the fence keep calling everyone else’s post theorys? No. We do not have the evidence. We do not know, for certain, because everyone believes what is typed out for them. If i were to say Hey guys the world is flat, would you believe it? No, because its proven otherwise, and until its proven, please try to be open to the fact that Trayvon may not be the victim.

  6. las artes, I did not say who was at fault regarding the Zimmerman / Martin case. I was pointing out that Mr. Zimmerman was immediately targeted as a “racist,” without any proof that he is such as far as anyone knows. That made Zimmerman a victim of bullying tactics. No one here, including myself, jumped to any conclusion on the merits of the incident ending in Martin’s death. That is yet to be decided.

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