SHOULDN'T BULLYING IN POLITICS STOP?
People should think about that.
Many people believed that bullying should be made illegal, and it could "happen anywhere and to anyone", as StopBullying.gov web site has indicated; and who wouldn't agree?.
However, the worst type of it should by all means be political bullying; which has been going on with both parties, Democratic and Republican, in media ads and statements to put their point across; and it should be regarded as fair, if it was left there.
Yet, when it should spread to the United States Congress, and leading members begun to attack other people in other branches of government, like the Executive, namely the White House, and even parts of an administration, (and it could be any administration) such as the DOJ, it became repulsive.
For example, the leaks of classified information by the press, which undoubtedly must be taken seriously as they affected an important issue no less than National security, it was proper for members of Congress to debate and point out the repercussions, if steps were not taken to stop them (leaks).
To use the leaks and say that the scandal was President Barack Obama's fault, and then to blast him all week and weekend long by honorable members like Sen. John McCain and Rep. John King, (R-NY); with the media Sunday panels adding more material to the accusations, made it somewhat pathetic to see a president trying to gain his composure on national television.
In all actuality, Obama's statement of "the private sector doing fine," was in reference to his own figures as the number of jobs being created or churned out over a period of 18 months during his watch, which were four and a half million jobs, and so they were very significant.
He was forced to restate the "doing fine" assertion after his Friday's news conference, just as he has said that the White House would not put out classified National security information. He has added that such an accusation was "offensive".
His administration had "zero tolerance" for such leaks, he had said; but his reversal of the private sector "doing fine" remark has come about by pressure to correct himself from outside sources.
Though, it was not done publicly, but it was felt by many people that there was some bullying going on; and that was totally humiliating, if not wrong, for the president to endure that kind of pressure.
The same went for Attorney General Eric Holder, who has been in hot water and in the "hot seat" for months before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, headed by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA). He too would not have any rest.
The committee "will consider a measure next week to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for failing to provide requested information on the department's handling of the "Fast and Furious" gun-smuggling sting operation." (CNN, 06/12/12).
Again, many would accept that members of Congress were doing what they were supposed to do; to probe cases like Fast and Furious, which the public was furious about. It was their duty to get to the bottom of that case; just as several investigative bodies, including the FBI, have cropped up to deal with the sources of the leaks.
All those steps were appropriate in due course; yet, to cite a contempt of Congress against the AG, after providing all the documentation that his department needed to present to the Committee was going too far, besides the prolonged brow beating by the Republican members of that committee that he has suffered.
If that did not constitute a from of bullying then nothing else would; and it should be recognized that, when such people, Obama or Holder, who basically were public servants, were subjected to that form of treatment, their families and supporters felt their pain too.
On top of that, if the situation in American politics became one of bullying, then not many decent individuals would find it necessary to be part of the "crop" that were needed to run the political and government institutions, as aforementioned; and that would be to the disadvantage of the nation as a whole.
Bullying in politics was like wearing a gun holster around the waist without a weapon; the emptiness of it was obvious, but the real message was lost, because of the shattering noise in which it was packaged.