Something bad is coming in the criminal justice system that’s going to affect you or your kids. It’s coming in disguise like a Trojan Horse, and like a Trojan Horse you’re going to welcome it as a good idea. Then you’re going to find out just how bad a law prohibiting bullying really is.
“Bullying” is the current legal fad. It got its start when Gay kids were committing suicide and the parents needed to find a reason that didn’t in some way place the blame on them. Bullying fits the bill perfectly! Whatever someone does, unless they’re an adult, straight, male, it can be blamed on some kind of bullying. It’s made for a culture that loves to find a victim and do something governmental to protect them from the disease, drug, predator, or whatever evil is believed to be the cause of their victimhood.
The problem is a matter of definition. Like the crime of Domestic Violence people think they know what’s prohibited but they don’t.
The terms used are so vague that they can be applied to situations in ways nobody intended. Domestic Violence, for example, applies to persons in a “dating relationship.” Now just what’s that? One date? A “date” a month ago? Living together?
Is a “date” a “domestic” relationship? See what I mean?
The U.S. Department of Justice has put out a flyer that’s posted around the Courthouse. It has a morose teenage girl and three other girls laughing in the background. Presumably she’s being bullied. It tells us that “Bullies come in all shapes and sizes” it then goes on to define bullying as “threats” or “intimidation” or “gossip”, “harassment, “name-calling” or [get this!] “excluding the victim.” Now you probably didn’t think bullying included “excluding” someone or that being excluded from some group made you a “victim.” Well, the Office for Victims of Crime at the Department of Justice does. In fact they think damn near everybody is a victim of one kind or another.
Here’s what this is going to mean. The Federal Government is going to offer grants to the states if they will pass criminal laws reflecting the Justice Departments idea of “bullying.” States always take the money. Then the states will offer grants to county Prosecuting Attorneys, law enforcement agencies, and courts to enforce these laws. To keep getting the money and jobs they’ll provide, they’ll have to arrest and prosecute citizens [that’s you sucker] in sufficient quantity to show that they’re using the money properly. It’s the numbers that keep the dollar pipeline flowing.
That’s what happened with the Domestic Violence law. Now you have kids being prosecuted for pushing a girlfriend or boyfriend and people taken out of their homes in handcuffs for having a loud argument with trivial pushing and shoving. Don’t believe me…ask any lawyer who defends people in court. When there’s jobs and money involved justice and common sense be damned!
These are laws pushed by people who have ideological axes to grind that get enacted by state governments who can’t resist being bribed. Counties never turn down state money. And that’s how bad laws get enacted and enforced with the real victims being those people that have to be arrested and accused to keep the grant money flowing.