Saturday, August 23, 2008

At any time, there are only a few good kids; they are virtually friendless, surrounded by enemies, detractors, and the perpetually indifferent

Feeling lonely yet?
asks Christopher Cook as he wonders what the world would look like if it were a schoolyard.
The bully beats on the weaker kids, and the good kid's instinct is to stop him.

The left and the Democrats use a number of different methods and play a bunch of different roles, but their goal is always the same: to stop the good kid from doing anything.

Sometimes, they play the role of the schoolmarm who, foolishly seeing violence as wrong under any circumstance, sends BOTH the bully and the good kid to the principal for equal punishment (rather than rewarding the good kid for stopping the bully from harming the weak and defenseless).

Sometimes, they play the role of the other kids—not the ones at the bottom rung who are always bullied, but the ones who fear he might turn his eye towards them if they do anything to try to stop him. They implore the good kid not to challenge the bully, lest the bully's eye turn in new directions. Better to let the weak kids absorb ALL the bully's hatred.

Sometimes, they whisper in the good kid's ear, telling him that he's not as strong as he thinks he is, that he cannot defeat the bully. They slowly erode not only his self-confidence, but also his natural belief in the use of his natural strength to defend the weak and innocent. They try to convince him that he's no different from the rest of the kids, that there's nothing special about him.

And sometimes, they play the role of the kids who actually suggest that the only reason the bully is a bully at all is because he's aware of the good kid's plans to stand up to him, and he's engaging in preemptive bullying. The very existence of the bully is blamed on the good kid.

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