President Obama was apparently moved enough by a letter from a Philadelphia fifth-grader about bullying that he wrote back and encouraged his correspondent to continue her quest to end bullying. Oh, how rich the irony!
Barack Obama is nothing if not a bully. There, I said it, and I believe it's true, no matter how politically incorrect and inconsistent with the mainstream media's narrative it is.
Before getting to some examples, let me direct your attention to the White House's comments on the exchange and the reaction of Obama's fifth-grade correspondent, Zina Stokes.
White House spokeswoman Moira Mack said, "The president feels it is important to hear directly from the American people about their ideas and concerns."
Zina Stokes said: "He showed how he cares. I think even before his four years are up, when he gets done with the oil spill, something will be done with bullying in school."
Though those two statements appear innocuous enough, they reveal a prevalent attitude being promoted by the Obama White House and increasingly embraced by a growing dependency culture.
It's laudable for a president to want to hear the concerns of the people, but it's not healthy to encourage people to believe that the buck for every problem stops at the White House. Many problems fall outside the proper scope of government, and classroom bullying is one. Though liberals often try to politicize aspects or categories of "bullying" and to twist the term to serve some politically correct agenda, this is a matter best left to local school administrations and school boards. When government fosters the notion that eradicating bullying is the federal government's business, it does a disservice to our culture.
In her response, Zina Stokes makes my point. "When he gets done with the oil spill" -- as if he's going to remedy that personally -- "something will be done with bullying in school."
Clearly, Zina believes Obama should and will intervene directly on this matter and micromanage a solution in her school and others across the nation. To her credit, however, at least Zina is also taking a proactive approach and lobbying schools to address the problem. Even she instinctively understands that people must not wait on a big federal government to solve their problems.
But it's especially ironic that Obama's spokeswoman touted Obama's receptiveness to the will of the people, for in his own bullying, he exhibits the opposite tendency. He consistently runs roughshod over the will of the people to implement his agenda, about which he will brook neither dissent nor criticism.
Now for a few disturbing examples among the plethora.