Once upon a time, in a country that seems so far away now, our mothers and fathers used to teach us that if you don’t stand up to a bully, the bullying will only get worse!
I know what you’re thinking. In our politically correct culture today, our parents would most likely be accused of encouraging their minor children to commit a crime and subsequently find themselves being hauled off to jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
It’s a bit of an exaggeration, I know, but it’s really not so farfetched when you think about it. What were once considered sound principles or morals in our parents’ day, many years ago, are now deemed unacceptable for the most part.
Not to worry!
The government has come up with some “guidelines” for helping children to recognize bullying and stop it immediately.
The stopbullying.gov website teaches children how to identify bullying by defining it as:
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.
The website also instructs children on how to stop bullying. They are “never” taught to stop the bullying themselves but, instead, to seek the help of an adult.
Stop Bullying On The Spot
When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time…
The government website really got me thinking. I’m truly starting to understand their principles and think they actually may be on to something.
If “bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior … that involves real or perceived power imbalance” and that “behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time,” then hasn’t the Obama administration been “bullying” the American people for quite some time?
Let’s take gun control as an example.
Even as a U.S. senator, Obama spoke about the need to license and register guns.
Since President Barack Obama has taken office, he has repeatedly threatened to implement stricter gun control laws in this country which many believe infringe upon Americans’ Second Amendment rights. His longing for more gun control is not a new “behavior” on his part.
In 2013, Obama proposed 23 executive actions and three presidential memoranda towards his anti-gun agenda. Unfortunately, most of his plan required congressional approval. Americans were feeling intimidated.
But by 2016, having had enough of waiting on Republicans in Congress to pass the strict gun laws that he wanted, Obama “repeated” his advancement toward our gun rights by indicating that he would sign an executive order that didn’t require him to wait on Congress any longer. However, Obama did tell Congress that they still needed to act.
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Then late last week during a White House press briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest, was asked if Obama was going to take anymore unilateral action on gun control.
“Based on the most recent analysis done, the answer to that question is yes, the president has done as much as he can. That said, I wouldn’t rule out that at some point over the next 12 months that the president’s team goes back to take another look and see if there is more that can be done, but I’ll tell you that there is nothing that we are keeping in reserve in terms of additional action that the president could take,” Earnest said.
And that's not all. There are many more instances in which Obama has ignored Americans’ voices and pushed ahead to get his way.
Obamacare is a one example of when the majority of Americans was not behind him but he insisted that they were and proceeded to ignore what Americans wanted.
He also continues to insist upon allowing Syrian refugees to resettle in this country even when the vetting of these refugees cannot be guaranteed. Obama, in what can only be an attempt to “shame” Republicans over their terrorism concerns with the inadequate vetting process, has invited a Syrian refugee to his upcoming State of the Union address to sit with the first lady in the House of Representatives gallery.
These are only a few of the “highlights.” There are many other instances throughout Obama’s presidency that seemed calculated to provoke the ire of the American public rather than provide trust.
Why does this administration continue to infringe upon our rights and ignore our voices almost daily? Is there any way to stop these actions? No, not if we insist on waiting for the “adults” to stop the bullying.
This administration and many in Congress believe that they hold the key to the solutions that we need and know what’s in our best interests. They see themselves as the “adult.”
However, we have seen for years that many politicians are truly not all that interested in what Americans believe are important. These politicians appear far more concerned with their careers and positions of power than with their constituents.
As the government website indicates, in order to stop the aggressive behavior, an adult must “respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior” so as to “send the message that it is not acceptable.” However, Republican members of Congress have failed to respond either quickly or consistently to this President’s intentions to “enact” laws or change policy even though the GOP have the majority rule in both the House and Senate.
Due to years of the GOP carrying the water for Obama and allowing his actions to go unchallenged, the “power imbalance” between the American public and those that are supposed to represent our interests have increase significantly.
Many in America are holding their collective breaths until Obama leaves office in January 2017 because they feel it is the only thing left to do.
This administration is out of control because the “adults” we thought had our backs, actually have proven they would rather ignore the bullying. Unfortunately, this has only succeeded in emboldening the “bully.”
As is most often the case, our parents were right!
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