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Will the Real Bullies Please Stand Up?Posted Friday, January 11, 2013, at 4:29 PM
This is in response to a letter to the editor in the Thursday, January 9th paper. It was titled, "Stop the Schoolyard Bullies in Congress". My intent is not to demean the writer of the letter nor his well meaning letter. My intent is to point out who the real bullies are.
What is a bully? According to most dictionaries, a bully is one who intimidates others through insults, threats of violence or destruction, or actual physical force. There may be gestures, profanity, etc.
Most of us have been victims of some form of bullying in our lives. When I was in public school, I was bullied. For one thing, I lived in a Christian home with some strict convictions which forbade some activities in school functions. Because I had asthma, I was not very athletic. So, I became a target of some bullying. You've probably been bullied for other reasons. Who hasn't?
The writer stated that "Republicans want to bully us..." My contention would be that most Republicans don't want to bully anyone. There are some real bullies in politics and economics. Who are they? Will they please stand up?
One major bully is Big Government. It can be state or federal. Big government has ways to intimidate by insults and other means.
One way Big Government bullies is through taxation. "We've got to tax those evil rich people." "They've got to pay their fair share!" "See, the reason why they don't want to be taxed at the same rate as middle class workers is because they hate poor people." On and on it goes! This is the old class envy, rich vs poor, employer vs employee Marxist train of thought. The idea is that we should take from those who have more and give to those who have less. It is redistribution of wealth! One of the two pillars of New World Order Tyranny is the 16th Amendment instituting a progressive or graduated income tax. What we are doing is penalyzing success. The fair tax is a set percentage tax on income that is the same for everyone regardless how much or how little one makes. An example is the ten percent tithe instituted by God Himself in the Bible.
Another way Big Government bullies is by deficit spending. the intimidation technique is the cliche, "Spending cuts will hurt Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits and will take food aid from hungry children, weaken education and food safety, and let our bridges and roads crumble, etc." That is a scare tactic used by Big Government and spread via the media by politicians who love to keep spending our nation into economic bankruptsy. And of course you know who's guilty of wanting to cut spending. Those evil Republicans or conservatives!
Yet another way Big Government bullies is through taking away civil liberties. It was done by southern states to keep minorities from voting until the 1964 Civil rights Act was passed by Republicans and northern Democrats in Congress. Now, Big government wants to step on your Second Amendment right to bear arms. Did you know your rights as outlined in the Bill of rights do NOT come from government? NO! They come from your Creator! Our Declaration of Independence states that we were all "created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain inallienable Rights of Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness." The right to keep and bear arms is actually based on the God given Right to defend one's life, property, and family. Also, believe it or not, our Founding Fathers believed it was based on the God given right to defend citizenry from a tyrannical government just as it is the responsibility of good government to defend itself against foreign intrusion with a strong military. Big Government will use all kinds of thought speech though to scare the public into believing gun control is the right thing to do. Hitler used it and so did Stalin. In fact, all tyrants use it!
One other bully is the conglomerate of left wing special interest groups. Left wing groups are always on the look out for who to bully next!
Take for example, unions. Most present day unions are run by liberals with Marxist ideology. Unions, in and of themselves are not evil. Let me make that clear! When Michigan passed its "Right to Work" law, union thugs and Democratic Party state legislators converged on the state capitol and used all kinds of bullying techniques. Some were violent, destroying property. Hoffa is reported to have declared a civil war was about to begin. One state legislator proclaimed "there will be blood." It was mobocracy!
Take for example, Occupy Wall Street. There were news reports of violence, threats, profanity, indecency, etc. all in the name of protesting those evil corporations. what it really was was a protest against free enterprise.
Bullies like the ACLU and Americans for Separation of Church and State along with atheist organizations are always on the look out for some public violation of the supposed "separation of church and state", never mind what our founding fathers believed.
Then there is the left wing PETA and the EPA. Those two left wing causes use varying ways of intimidation to further their agenda. Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Rights Action League are bullying the public via Obamacare to fund abortions.
I can go on and on with examples of bullying from the left. We're afraid to say anything in opposition to President Obama for fear of being labeled racist (and racism is a sin). We're afraid to preach against unnatural lifestyles for fear of being labeled homophobes or of gay bashing (a form of bullying that is also wrong).
Well, all bullying is wrong. Bullying from one group doesn't make it right to bully back. But it appears, the real bullies of Big Government and Leftist special interest groups need to be opposed as well as their intimidation techniques!
God Save America,
Richard D. Swift
505 Hickory Hills Dr
Dexter, Missouri 63841
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My wife Susan (Sue) and I have lived in Soddard County since September of '96. We both graduated from Bible Missionary Institute, our denomination's small four year Bible college in Rock Island, Illinois. I was born and raised in Pomona, California while my wife was raised in Monmouth, Illinois. I am an ordained minister in the Bible Missionary Church. We attend and are members of the Dexter Bible Missionary Church. I've been employed by Tyson Foods for 14 years. My wife is a CNA. I've always been conservative in my political views and have always been active in politics and the Pro-Life movement. My politics have not always been Republican. From 2003-2009 I was vice-chairman of the Prohibition National Committee, the steering arm of the Prohibition Party. In '09, I joined the Constitution Party of Missouri. But, I've been attending the GOP rallys and club meetings since last year and have been campaigning for certain Republican candidates since we moved to this area. I'm on the SEMO Life Chain Committee.