From The VG Bookshelf: “Bullies” by Ben Shapiro

From The VG Bookshelf: “Bullies” by Ben Shapiro

From The VG Bookshelf:  “Bullies”  by Ben Shapiro

This week, the VG Bookshelf brings you “Bullies” by Ben Shapiro. The book is not new, but it is a timely subject and worth your time. Don’t let the fact that this book was written in 2013 deter you. Published at the beginning of the second term of President Barack Obama, it is a trip down memory lane.

Since the Trump inauguration, the kinetic intensity of the news has dimmed our memories of the silver-tongued bullies of the previous administration. Every false word spoken by the representatives of that administration gave the media a thrill up their legs. They spoke in the pretty diplomatic, Ivy League tones. And, a large swath of the population swooned. Many of us saw them for what they were. But, then came Trump, and his plain-speaking language offended the American aristocracy.

I had forgotten about the Obama Anti-Bullying Summit held in 2011. Ben Shapiro reminded me. From the book:

On March 20, 2011, President Barack Obama led a White House conference on a crisis plaguing America: the crisis of bullying.

In the middle of the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression, with American soldiers involved in two wars overseas, with Iran on the brink of nuclear weapons development, the White House was focused, laserlike, on kids getting thrown into lockers.

This was a weird pitch to say the least. After all, America has the greatest anti-bullying record of any country in human history. America hates bullies. Over the course of the twentieth century, America defeated Nazism and communism abroad, Jim Crow and sexism at home. Why would Americans – Americans, of all people on earth – need a remedial course in anti-bullying?

We didn’t. We just needed a bit of Obama reeducation.

The strategy here was simple. Obama and his friends in the media and on the organized left picked the one thing all Americans can agree on: bullying. They strategically placed President Obama at the head of the anti-bullying cause. Then came the brilliant gambit: they appropriated bullying to apply only to anything remotely conservative.

Just who were the evil bullies? Evangelical Christians, Tea Party members, Pro-Israel Americans, Chik-fil-a lovers, supporters of traditional marriage were all bullying jerks. And, even though those of us who fall into any one of the slots fought back, it was too late. In each chapter, Shapiro exposes a category of bullies.

In the video below, Ben Shapiro discusses about how the left’s tactic of shutting down debate, it the tactic of bullies, along with the book:

I did not know that Ben Shapiro first met Andrew Breitbart when Shapiro was only a 17 year old college student. Much of this book is a love letter to the late, brave hero Breitbart.

Everyone is kvetching about the incivility of Donald Trump. This six year old book is a timely remind of the fact that pretty words may cover the bully, but he is still a bully.

We need to take up the advice of Andrew Breitbart. When a bully punches us, we need to punch back. Harder. Maybe, Donald Trump is the President to take on the bullies and teach us how to punch back. Harder.

I cannot recommend the book “Bullies” enough. Read it. Keep it by your bedside.

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  • Kevin says:

    We’ve seen where “an eye for an eye” gets us. Our nation is blinded by the fighting, bickering, brawling and feuding between one another. For me, here’s the ultimate question … Who is the bully?

    I wish I could post a graphic in the comment section so I will do my best to describe it instead. I saw a political cartoon 15 years ago that made an indelible mark on me. Picture this … the cartoon takes place at the start of evolution where a tadpole is walking out of the water onto land … there are 10 species of life at different levels of development. The most developed form of life (at the front of the line on land) is looking back to two tadpoles exiting the water. One of them is poking the one behind it. The one at the front of the line says, “Yosef, stop teasing your brother Moshe!” The caption below reads … That start of the Israeli Palestinian conflict.

    Here’s my point … the bullying, fighting, name calling, feuding, attacking has gone on for so long now … generations and generations … so many people are hurt and injured … and each one that is injured and hurt only wants to get retribution on the next person … it never ends and only gets ratcheted up to even an even more outlandish and horrific result.

    Donald John Trump’s election is the result of ratcheting up the insults, bullying, and attacking of anyone that appears in the cross-hairs. Bullying at it’s most pristine definition.

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