By: Michael Brown
January 31st, 2013
Government bullying is getting out of hand, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, personifies the worst of the bullies. If he were a public school student he’d be in detention.
Perhaps he should join detention here in Denver with former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
Earlier this week he threatened banks in Chicago to quit doing business with gun dealers, manufacturers, part suppliers and others.
Today he announced that he is asking several mutual funds to divest and blacklist any gun manufacturers that oppose commonsense gun reforms.
If private citizens, shareholders or others wanted to pressure financial institutions to not do business with legitimate businesses such as firearms manufacturers, that’s one thing. But when individuals infused with the authority of government try to force financial institutions or others to refrain from doing business with other legitimate businesses, that is government bullying – of the worst kind.
Think this isn’t bullying?
Let’s go to the government itself for a definition of bullying. According to Stop Bullying, a website of the United States government, bullying is easily recognized. It’s defined as follows.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Seems the government is bullying and should be stopped.
Amazingly, the government even helps us understand how to stop the bullying:
When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time.
The time has come for the adults in this country to put an end to the bullying.