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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Who's the bully?

from Aleck

As of this moment, there are a number of people accusing others of bullying our Mayor. The accusers claim that “people who preach diversity” will only permit “their” opinion be heard, making those protesting the Mayor's leadership “attackers and the bulliers” [SIC]. It's all analogous to the Salem witch trials, they claim.

But are the people calling out Janice Daniels, in fact, bullies?

Let's step back for a moment and determine what it takes to be a bully. A definition of “bullying” is to “use superior strength or influence to intimidate a person someone, typically to force him or her to do what one wants.”

Thus, the formula for bullying is straightforward. To be a bully, one uses force, targeted at a person or group, to achieve a goal set by the bully.

At its essence, bullying is an abuse of power.

So who really are the bullies in Troy?

Are the bullies the people who tried to force the City Council to give special dispensation to David Wisz, and allow him to have 15 minutes to talk about the transit project?

Are the bullies the people who attack marriage equality, who go on to compound the attack by claiming that there is a “higher incidence of (overall) disease in the homosexual community”?

Are the bullies the people who violate council rules to read a 20-minute screed that ends with an attack upon the city manager?

In my estimation, each of these acts is an abuse of power. Each of these acts were committed by one person: Janice Daniels.

Janice Daniels is a bully.

The people calling out Janice Daniels on her bullying? Those are people exercising their right to free speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment. They're patriots.

1 comment:

  1. Glenn Clark and Bob Gosselin also fall under that characterization of "bully."