President Obama’s newest crisis du jour is bullying. There’s even a new government website that addresses cyber bullying and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender youth bullying. With gas fast approaching $5 a gallon and bedlam engulfing the planet, it’s great to know the President gives precedence to teaching unemployed Americans how to recognize bullying and how to heed its warning signs.
Obama’s civility crusade began in response to the tragic shootings in Tucson. It was there that President Obama exhorted America, saying “We cannot and will not be passive in the face of such violence. We should be willing to challenge old assumptions in order to lessen the prospects of violence in the future…and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.”
In Tucson, the President spoke powerful words peppered with prayer, Scriptural imagery, and commitment to “decency and goodness.” Here we are just a few weeks later, and in the “face of [severe bully induced] violence” both here and abroad, instead of confronting the problem Obama chooses to sit in the Oval Office in a semi-circle with school children discussing how to “Take a stand. Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now.”
Libyan bully and violent dictator Muammar Qaddafi used machine guns and large caliber weapons against protesters who took to the streets in response to the pro-democracy mood in the Arab world. In an effort to stop the protestors, snipers and pro-Qaddafi fighters led a “cold-blooded massacre,” shooting down even women and children.
And where’s Obama? Why, he’s discussing the pressing issue of “Bullycide,” while Muammar, determined to keep control of the Libyan schoolyard, dispensed bully brigades who “drove hundreds of rebels from a strategic oil port with a withering rain of rockets and tank shells …significantly expanding Muammar Qaddafi’s control of Libya.”
Meanwhile, back at the White House, rather than address the bodies piling up in the morgues of Tripoli and Benghazi, Obama postponed deciding how to deal with the bloodshed in Libya and instead joined Michelle in hosting a lively White House conference on childhood thuggery.
Maybe Obama thought on the anti-bullying summit would provide insight into how to deal with bad boy Muammar. Or maybe in order to avoid having to take “unilateral U.S. action over the crisis,” which Hillary Clinton feels could have “unintended consequences,” Barack plans to attend the International Bullying Prevention Association conference where he can cultivate a global Qaddafi consensus.
In other words, Barack Obama is more concerned with pigtail-pulling at recess than he is with a “BBC news team [being] detained by Libyan security forces, beaten and subjected to mock execution.”
That’s Libya, but back here in the evil West, in Wisconsin, in response to opposition to Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to balance a 2-year $3.6 billion deficit, State Assembly Speaker Scott Fitzgerald recently declared the state capital “unsafe” for Republican legislators. While Obama evoked sympathy from school children by discussing his enormous ears and Muslim name, disgruntled union members threatened Republican Senators with certain death.
Which raises a question: Where in Wisconsin are the “order in chaos” and the making “sense out of that which seems senseless” that bully-buster Barack Obama spoke of two short months ago?
In Arizona, Obama referred to “reflection and debate.” The President encouraged focusing not on the “forces that divide us,” but rather on that which “unites us.” The same man who rushed to the podium to discuss the lack of civility in our public discourse remained silent on the day of the Bullying Prevention Summit when a hostile email was made public. The electronic message cited polite courtesies such as: “Nice little bullets in [the] head…several bombs” and killing and “assult[ing]…familes” [sic].
Why hasn’t Obama reiterated for the bully union workers in Wisconsin the words he spoke in Tucson:
But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do – it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.
Barack condemns bullying and lack of civility, but only sometimes. Bullies such as El Qaddafi mow down unarmed Libyans desperate for democracy, and a person harassed for superficial reasons such as protruding ears and a Muslim moniker wrings his hands trying to decide whether or not to intercede on behalf of children being blasted in the face with machine gun fire.
Moreover, at home when a lone gunman shot innocent people at a strip mall, Obama responded with rapid righteous indignation and public condemnation using the incident as a springboard to lecture America on civility and verbal etiquette – a lecture most respectful Americans don’t need. However, while stampeding chaos gripped the Wisconsin state capitol and rude Obama supporters lobbed insulting language at political adversaries, rather than readdress the tormenter issue the President spent time at an anti-bullying summit never uttering a word of denunciation against a situation that presents the perfect illustration of how not to behave.
The world is in chaos, and ironically Chicago politician Barack Obama believes he is the perfect spokesperson to condemn “habitually cruel or overbearing” hoodlums who pick on the small and weak. However, based on Obama’s history and tepid response to verbal harassment and violent persecution, bullying is acceptable only if it happens in places like the Windy City, oil-rich Jamahiriya, or bastions of liberalism like Madison, Wisconsin.
At the summit the President said, “We can, and we will, stop bullying now.” Superficial oratory aside, Barack exhibits an indifferent attitude toward oppression in Libya and an apathetic response to lack of respect in Wisconsin, which confirms once again, lest America forget, that Barack Obama is nothing more than a disingenuous hawker of rhetoric – heavy on the verbiage but deficient in substantive action and totally void of authentic conviction.