Isn’t it amazing that one man can so easily rile up millions of people, who seem to sincerely believe the national election was stolen from him, no proof needed.
I am reminded of my youth at a boarding school. By “tradition”, young boys lacking confidence and struggling with being away from home, were stuffed into a cramped wooden tea box, legs and feet hanging out over the edge of the box. Wooden rulers were then used to attack the boys feet and legs , which were covered in glue. The box was then pushed around, tipped over and pushed under a table. By this time the child ( usually 12 or thirteen), was hysterical and terrified.
This style of bullying was immortalized in a recent a movie about Alan Turing, the mathematical genius, who was at that same school (The reality was worse than devised by the film- makers). In any event, the one of the bullied boys subsequently threw himself in front of a train; the other was made mentally ill and was permanently hospitalized. I am proud that, when I had the opportunity I had this gross, un-Epicurean behavior towards young boys stopped. Period.
Make no mistake – what has happened over recent months in the US is the same thing, on a massive scale, writ large – the bully-in- chief cow-towed to by his followers, and those standing for law and order treated to physical or verbal violence. These spineless yes-men know the “ leader” is morally wrong, but they do what they are told as self- preservation, glad to have someone to “lead” them, while abrogating any idea of protecting the weak and distraught or the reputation of the nation ( school). The bully is only stopped if confronted by superior force.
In my day, as a senior boy soon to be off to the army, I asked the headmaster, for the sake of the school, to back instant expulsion for perpetrators. These weak people understand a serious threat. The bullying apparently stopped – dead.
Do not enable self-reverential bullies!