We have a situation where I live, one that most people probably wouldn’t view as bullying. And, that’s why it’s so important to talk about, because it’s so subtle. It’s a reason why this is such a difficult problem to overcome.
This issue is fairly black and white, a case where some people in power want something someone else has. They’ve tried over and over to get it, and each attempt has failed. People have said, through all kinds of means, that they want things to stay as they are. But, “Group A” wants what they want. If anything, each failure has made things worse – concentrated attacks by people in power on an entity that helps people, on people who have done a lot of good in our community. These people don’t care about that, and they’ve waged a series of concentrated, purposeful attacks to try to get what they covet. They are vindictive, they’re unrelenting, they do not care what might happen to anyone else if they get what they want.
Is that bullying? Yes, yes, it is.
Here’s the definition of bullying, perhaps something I should have listed before – “the use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.” That’s exactly what’s going on here, although I believe I can guarantee if you told any one of this group you believed they were bullies, they would be angry and righteously indignant. They are in power, after all, so doesn’t that mean people have given them carte blanche to force others to do what they want?
In my view, politicians are supposed to be representatives, not leaders. They are supposed to listen to their constituents and represent their interests and their wishes. Obviously, that’s not always the case – but it’s pretty clear that from local to federal politics, many of our “representatives” are looking out for their own interests and their own power plays, some with an eye to the next rung on their political ladder.
It’s also clear that some, perhaps many, of these people will do whatever it takes to accomplish that goal – and they don’t care who they hurt to do that. There will always be people who vote for them, whether they are just straight party voters, friends, family or those who have some kind of personal agenda connected to the politician or someone who simply just doesn’t care.
I know in this case, people can believe they are “bulletproof,” that they can move through life without any consequence. In this case, they can do what they want, abusing their power and pushing through their personal agenda and damn the cost. But, this is a situation where a bully can be held accountable and that’s the ballot box. Hopefully, enough people will say enough is enough and vote against this person, giving a clear message – “You are a representative, and we will not tolerate your power grab or personal agendas.”
Only time will tell.