Monday, June 3, 2013

Why bullying doesn't work (politically)

Here is the reason bullying hasn't worked for the LGBT activists, Women Priests, the alphabet soup squad, the Know Nothings, the KKK, and other such organizations that have tried it with varying degrees of violence.

It doesn't work because whatever your cause, it just serves to make those you are working against *more* determined to defeat you. And if you are numerically inferior, such as LGBT activists or the Lavender Scare, while you might make a splash for a day, in the long run people are going to get tired of your violence and turn against you.

It is tiresome, so maybe you should take a lesson from Ghandi and Dr. Martin Luther King instead. And *start* by making sure everybody supporting your issue, swears off of violence and name calling.

11 comments:

Bill S said...

"And if you are numerically inferior, such as LGBT activists or Al Qaida, while you might make a splash for a day, in the long run people are going to get tired of your violence and turn against you."

I think you are grossly exaggerating the LGBT activists' use of violence to further their cause. Especially the way you mention them alongside Al Qaida.

I mean, really. You are taking the actions of a few undesirables and trying to demonize a whole segment of society to try to satisfy an obsession. You should resist the urge to bash gays if you at all can.

Theodore Seeber said...

You are right- I've removed references to Al Qaida, and in the second sentence added the truly gay bashing Lavender Scare from the 1950s.

Theodore Seeber said...

PS. Looking up the reference to the Lavender Scare, led me to the name Roy Cohn, which led me to Billy Joel's song We Didn't Start the Fire and the wikipedia writeup thereof. Who said GenX invented ADHD?

Bill S said...

Gays still have a long way to go in overcoming gay bashing.

Theodore Seeber said...

Near as I can tell, REAL gay bashing pretty much ended with the Matthew Sheppard books, play, and movie. And that is when it started reversing in earnest. There are certain parts of my metro area you don't take kids to unless you want to be spat upon and called by the slur "breeder".

Bill S said...

"There are certain parts of my metro area you don't take kids to unless you want to be spat upon and called by the slur "breeder". "

That might have happened once or twice and you present it as if it happens all the time.

Theodore Seeber said...

In those areas, where the political party Environmentalists for the Extinction of Humanity is strong, it does happen all the time. It's been far more than one or two instances- and I sometimes get that attitude *because* I'm a special needs father (whose son, they imagine, will never be productive enough to produce more than he uses).

It's the same culture that caused Tre Arrow to blow up logging equipment and spend several weeks sitting on a ledge on a high rise in protest.

I drive through those areas with my windows closed.

Bill S said...

"Environmentalists for the Extinction of Humanity"

Really?

Theodore Seeber said...

Yes. On the other hand (since there is good in everybody) those extremists *do* promote voluntary sterilization as the primary method (contraception not being good enough for them to prevent new human beings from being born).

Bill S said...

I assume they don't like people saying this land is your land this land is my land this land was made for you and me.

Theodore Seeber said...

That's for sure.

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