In one way, I have to give World Net Daily writer, Ilana Mercer kudos. First off, Mercer is perhaps even mean enough to force Ann Coulter to step up her game, but even more than that, she’s the first pro-bully party (Republican party) pundit that I’ve seen remain true to her pro-bully roots. Bravo, Ms. Mercer, for prolonging the bullying against bus driver Karen Klein, a woman completely undeserving of your taunts.
For those who haven’t seen the now infamous bus driver bullying, here’s the video:
The bus driver, Karen Klein, has become a bit of a media darling. The students have been suspended. Well-wishers have donated $667,000 to Klein. Even the right, for the most part, has been supportive of Klein.
While there are probably other examples, Mercer is the first I’ve seen actually say that Klein deserved to be bullied. Here’s just a sampling of her rant:
To the sight of a feeble adult who occupies two seats on the vehicle she’s supposed to supervise, too fat to budge and too powerless to perform the task for which she is being paid – the Internet erupted in cheers.
In defense of the wolverines who preyed on Klein, how is an adult such as herself to command their respect? From whom are these fiends, out on a wilding spree, expected to learn a lesson? From Supervisor Klein, who was not adult enough to holler for help? Klein lacked the wherewithal to ask the bus driver to stop the bus and set the kids straight, then and there.
Or, perhaps the bus drive is another fearful fatty who was unable to dislodge herself from her seat. Perhaps the two live in fear of potential lawsuits, lodged by the parents who sire these good-for-nothing seventh graders.
She concludes her anti-anti-bullying tirade with this:
Revive the value of seasoned, stoical masculinity in education. Men in authority are now a threatened minority. Again, and in defense of the pack that piled on Klein, America’s progressive schools are overrun by ineffectual females. This feminized, cloistered world is the perfect breeding ground for bullies in the making.
Mercer’s answer to bullying, it seems, is to bully the bullies into submission.
Bullying is a serious problem in our country. 2.7 million children are bullied every year. 2.1 million children are bullies. There’s no doubt that there is a lot of crossover in those two statistics. Bullying begets bullies. Abused children often lash out at those that are weaker because that’s what they learn at home. In the last 30 years, and I argue that it’s not coincidental that it follows the rise of the right-wing, suicide among adolescents has risen by more than 50%.
In our country, there is a very real hierarchy:
- Rich is superior to poor.
- Straight is superior to LGBT.
- Thin is superior to overweight.
- Jocks and cheerleaders are superior to everyone.
- Male is superior to female.
- Masculine is superior to feminine.
- White is superior to black or brown.
- Armed is superior to unarmed.
- Big weapons are superior to small.
- Bullies are superior to victims.
Notice that intellectual achievement is nowhere on the list. In fact, being smart is often a reason to be bullied.
To those on the right, the blame typically falls on the victims of the bullies. If you’re poor, blame yourself. If you’re gay, pretend to be straight. If you’re overweight, stop it. If you’re a woman, well, just shut up. If you’re effeminate, don’t be. If you’re not white, at least dress like you’re white (the prep school version of white, not the Mark Zuckerberg version). If you aren’t armed, why not?
Mitt Romney is the epitome of the Republican bullying mentality. As a child, he was a bully. As an adult, he’s still a bully, dismissing thousands of employees and their pension plans and then turning them into amusing anecdotes. He even bullies his sons, convincing them that pushing their faces into plates of butter is charming, a behavior which is assuredly being passed down to their sons.
Republicans have consistently been on the side of the bullies, whether it’s declaring war on unarmed countries or passing legislation that gives legal approval to bullies. People who stand for peace rather than war are seen as weak. Bullies like George Zimmerman, an armed man who shot an unarmed teenager, are elevated to folk-hero status. Relative anonymity of the internet has given bullies free-reign and they are no more evident than on right-wing sites, such as World Net Daily and Fox Nation.
The American version of capitalism has become bully capitalism. Monopolies squashing competition is seen as “good business.”
We’ll see if Mercer’s disgusting honesty will result in a rash of right-wing support.