I’ve been far more active on social media over the past couple of months than I have in a long time. Even more so since the 2020 Presidential election was called for Joseph Biden.
I’ve been quiet for a long time because, well, life. Starting a new career, finishing three degrees in eight years, starting a family, you know.
But, there’s a reason I’m taking more action and being more vocal lately.
Here we go…
When I was growing up, I was bullied. A lot.
Yes, there were a few physical altercations but mostly verbal ones. I was a pretty shy kid and I moved to a new town and school in between 4th grade and 5th grade.
I was and have always been a geek. I love the things that, during the eighties, it wasn’t so cool to love, unlike the Geek Renaissance we’re experiencing right now in pop culture.
The school system I moved to was fairly small and fairly elite. And by elite I mean that, if you weren’t from the town, you weren’t accepted. It was even worse for a kid who didn’t play sports, liked comic books, cartoons, and sci-fi/fantasy books. And whose parents were not members of the wealthy elite.
I saw bullies of every variety over the next 7 years until I graduated. I saw kids and parents who would do just about anything they wanted to because they believed they could. And no one stopped them.
I saw a football player come out from a hallway wall and punch me right in the stomach because he thought it was funny.
I saw clothes stolen out of my locker during gym class and stored in other places by people who just thought it would be fun.
I saw a student gripe and complain about not being able to cut through the high school parking lot during a marching band practice because, you know, there were students out there working hard and then I saw the same student write an article in the school paper about it with the full blessing and support of the newspaper sponsor; a bully teacher herself who would go on to become the high school principal and spew her poison on other students for years to come.
I saw bully parents and bully students fully support a basketball team that went 2-20 or something in one season but had a hard time supporting a marching band that won contest after contest and a state championship, excelling at every level but getting no respect from anyone even when no other extracurricular activity at that school was doing much of anything in the way of “winning.”
I saw kids punched in bathrooms, kicked in hallways, backpacks stolen, and a whole host of other despicable behavior that was never properly addressed or stopped because “they’re just kids” or “we’re a good school” or “we have great test scores” or “it’s just part of growing up.”
And then, on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, I saw those same bullies, or at least people who acted the same way, break through barriers at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC, and waltz into the halls of Congress, destroying property, endangering lives, and attempting to stop or overturn the certification of the results of an election that has been verified as legitimate over and over and over again.
All because the king bully told them to. All because they didn’t get their way, even though they really have no reason to be upset at all and their lives haven’t been affected like the thousands of others who protested in the last year who had legitimate grievances.
I’m upset because I’ve seen lots of bullies in my life and, if we don’t do something about, the bullies will continue to win.
Stop the bullies. They’re not worth it. They are the lowest form of human. They are crybabies, they are weak, they are small.
I’m going to be significantly more involved in future elections and getting the right people in office who are ready to take action and make drastic change to create a better future for our nation and the world.
I don’t know where to begin but am actively seeking how I can help in whatever way I’m able. So if you know of someone to direct me to or are one of those people, hit me up.
Don’t let the bullies win.
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Supporters of US President Donald J. Trump outside the senate chambers after breaching Capitol security in Washington, DC, USA, 06 January 2021. Protesters entered the US Capitol where the Electoral College vote certification for President-elect Joe Biden took place.
Protestors enter US Capitol, Washington, USA – 06 Jan 2021