I have been noticing an issue that is causing me great concern from within our communities. This issue is one that seems to affect everyone, from boardrooms to school yards.
Bullying is the issue. No matter what your stance, politically, when the first or only response to someone whose views differ from yours is character assassination or name-calling that brings the speaker to the level of bully. Bullies operate out of fear and anger, insecurity and helplessness.
I am a supporter of freedom and of choice. I do not like when I am forced to give up either. And yet, it appears both sides of the political fence want to force me to give up one or both of these precious jewels.
Comments about how ignorant Trump supporters are is a perfect example of the issue of bullying. Just because we disagree doesn’t mean folks are idiots. I know folks on both sides of the fence … even those in the extreme right and left … and none of them at what I would call “ignorant.” They just think differently. When their opponents can’t find logical debate satisfying enough, insults are thrown instead. That does nothing to get friends to listen and consider different points of view.
I see that both sides want to curtail freedom and choice to fit their agendas. Why don’t we all just stop the name calling and insults and try to listen – just understand where our friends are coming from. Why don’t we just stop the bullying?
— Lori Haven, Magalia
Published at Tue, 30 Jun 2020 01:24:00 +0000