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To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Sunday, May 19, 2024


Bullying, Congressional-Style



There are two methods of controlling human beings: One is to negotiate a resolution; it is an attempt to calm the savage soul. The other is to intimidate; nothing negotiated just simple brute force used to steam roll and control.

Interestingly the two apparently opposite methods are employed politically in tandem.

There is always the slick, sophisticated presentation of an apparent desire to “work it out.” The polished well published periodical approach to convincing and propagandizing.

The new Jim Crow in the pinstriped suit approach – all dressed up and looking and sounding like something other than what it truly is. It is the “Wall Street” look. Exuding confidence and wealth. It is the ALEC [American Legislative Exchange Council] approach to legislating away the very fabric of social advancements while appearing respectable.

It is how we are manipulated and controlled.

When that fails – and in concurrence with the negotiating – comes the intimidation. If you are not convinced by the ruse you will regret it. You will simply be run over, you and yours.

Laws are passed that take away individual freedoms, little by little. It is all done for the sake of intimidation. The playground bullies really never grew up or changed they simply appropriated a different style.

Republican-governed states with governors looking to pass voter ID laws, restricted rights for women and the poor – nothing more than intimidation.

“You won’t shut up so we will shut you up” or at the very least “Put you in your proper place.”

Out of one side of their mouth they want to woo us and connive to convince us – out of the other side they threaten to whip us into submission. It is nothing but hypocrisy.

There is no concern for the welfare of all of us. There is an abundance of care for the welfare of a few – and they are not the needy, they are the wealthy.

Benjamin Disraeli once observed that “the world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.”

It is, I think, implied therein that what we are given as a storefront from which we are governed is not where our government resides.

Another observation of Disraeli: “I repeat … that all power is a trust; that we are accountable for its exercise; that from the people and for the people all springs, and all must exist.”

Whether or not we have ventured too far a field to ever return is a matter of concern. We have been “sweet talked” and some have been calmed to the point of not being aware.

When I hear talk of “shutting down the government” as a means to an end, I do not hear concern or negotiation – it is the ranting of the bully, and I want to beat him down.

Don Nelson lives in Lawton, OK and is an occasional contributor to The Oklahoma Observer


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  1. It seems to me that our State officials give little credence to “gov’t. of, by, and for the people”. I fear that there is a “flash point” when how we are governed now will result in a backlash…a very rude backlash.

  2. I feel that the government likes to “push” us into the corner until we have to submit to what they are wanting us to do. They will slowly take away our voices and make us believe they are trying to do what is best for the country, when in fact they are molding us into what they feel they can control and become a mindless society. I see past there fancy suits and long out drawn out debates. I’m tired of the American citizens being “bullied” into laws and stipulations that will take away our voices.In conclusion I feel us Americans need to stand up against the “government bullies “, look past the fancy suits and beautiful pictures they are painting us. Lets not allow them to force ideas down our throats and make us feel we have to agree with them. We are no longer in grade school and they cant just keep picking on us until we believe the ideas of our controlling government.

Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.
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March 9, 2023
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Brette Pruitt
September 5, 2022
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