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The Bully Party?

Updated on May 17, 2012

It Starts Young

Wherever you have large groups of people together on a regular basis, you are going to have pranks. But there's a line between pranks and bullying. The alleged incident from Mitt Romney's days as a prep school student probably stepped over that line.

For one, need to remember that bullying was not the issue it is today. It may have been seen as a part the education process; boys were required to learn to stand up for themselves, in girls it was likely a secret or something that only 'bad girls' engaged in.

But a closer look at Romney's incident may say a lot about his character and that of the American Right. Romney and his friends allegedly chose their target because he was "different".

The idea of directing anger or singling out the "other" seems to be a common component of right-wing though. Since most right-wing movements are based on some notion of a top-down plutocracy, a kind of corporate state, they need a way to convince the masses to support their ideas. The main way they do this is the creation of outgroups. The American Right has several they can chose from; African-Americans. Women, Latinos, and as recent events have shown, Homosexuals.

But there's another force that may drive many on the right. I wonder how many of them were bullied. I could see a right-winger being picked on, and a measure of revenge may come from the idea of "picking on" a member of one of the many right-wing outgroups.

This could be a reason why many on the right take issue with anti-bullying programs and initiatives. It keeps their ranks from growing.

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    • TeaPartyCrasher profile imageAUTHOR

      TeaPartyCrasher 

      6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      Who's baiting who?

      Anyhow, the right seems to rely on the ignorant to stay in power--look at the states and parts of states they draw their strength from.

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      Gusser 

      6 years ago

      Baiting you is too easy. Some are so ignorant as to bite everytime.

    • TeaPartyCrasher profile imageAUTHOR

      TeaPartyCrasher 

      6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      Gusser:

      Red-baiting are we. Some things never change.

      But I'm talking to someone who can't accept that in the 1860s and the 1960s his side lost!

      Just put up your Stars and Bars and plan the next Klavren!

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      Gusser 

      6 years ago

      I was correct again.

    • TeaPartyCrasher profile imageAUTHOR

      TeaPartyCrasher 

      6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      Just listen to Beck, etc and repeat what they tell you--KLUXER!

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      Gusser 

      6 years ago

      TPC- Do you ever have anything intelligent to add to the conversation? Thought not.

    • TeaPartyCrasher profile imageAUTHOR

      TeaPartyCrasher 

      6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      Billy, watch it, Gusser will call some freinds and there will be a charred cross in your front yard!

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      Gusser 

      6 years ago

      Changing tunes eh? So when RepubliCRATS win in 2012, you're OK with their brand of bullying?

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      Dr Billy Kidd 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I can't help it if Republicans have such a hard time getting elected to the Senate.

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      Gusser 

      6 years ago

      Billy the Senate had all DemoCANS vote for it. How many RepubliCRATS? Bullies

    • TeaPartyCrasher profile imageAUTHOR

      TeaPartyCrasher 

      6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      Billy:

      You have to understand that Gusser has a mask and a sheet that affect his vision.

    • Dr Billy Kidd profile image

      Dr Billy Kidd 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      It seems like the Republicans in the Senate really have become bullies. They don't let any legislation go through that might help the economy--unless there's a big public fight and they lose, i.e., the debt ceiling showdown and that over extending the Social Security tax credit for the middleclass. As Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel said, "Our number one priority is to defeat Obama."

      But Gusser ... c'mon, you know the Senate passed the first version of the healthcare bill 60 to 40, and then because Kennedy died, they only got 59-41 on the next vote. What do you want: 75-25?

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      Gusser 

      6 years ago

      Like the Democratic party bullying the healthcare bill through congress? OOPS

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