Friday, April 24, 2009

What America Is Becoming Has Become

My bullied son's last day on Earth

Bermudez said she thinks her son felt like nobody wanted to help him, that nobody stood up and stopped the bullies.

This is a really sad story but I think she hits on something in that sentence. We are becoming the culture of the bullied. Almost the first thing we're taught is don't hit back, don't fight back, tell the teacher. If a kid stands up and defends himself, who gets in trouble? The innocent kid, that's who.

When we get out of school, what happens? Same thing, don't defend yourself. Give them the money, the car, whatever they want. Don't fight back, call the police. And in most states, if you defend yourself, if you shoot the bad guy, what happens? They figure every which way to prosecute you for defending yourself. God forbid you made one mistake they can seize on in court to put you away - you, the innocent party who wanted nothing more than to be left alone.

OK, so what happens when you do tell the teacher or call the police? Most times, nothing. They make a report, but most times don't get the bad guy. If they do he's out of jail in no time and preying on his next victim. Teachers for the most part do nothing to stop the bullying, the bullies never seem to get kicked out of school. They love to proclaim their "zero tolerance" policies but that really only applies to innocent kids who bring an aspirin to school, or a pen with a gun manufacturers name on it. The real problem kids get away with it.

Having grown up in that environment it has taken me a while to shake that sickness. And sickness it is. Now the disease is spread fully into the government, top to bottom.

America: nobody stood up and stopped the bullies.

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