In school, a bully may approach a fellow student and say something like, “Give me your lunch or I will take it from you and there’s nothing you can do about it”. Sound familiar?
Right here in Parker County we have an excellent example of a childish ‘playground bully’ saying, “Give it to me because I want it. I didn’t earn it, but I’m going to take it and you can’t stop me”.
Those who are routinely involved in the political process in Parker County know precisely what I am talking about. Others, who do not know and do not care, will not understand.
Some make things happen, others watch things happen, but most simply wonder what happened. In which of these three categories do you fit?
Did you know this bully (a big fish in a small pond) has a long history of pushing folks around and demanding the submission of others. Fortunately, some eventually recognize the bullying for what it truly is. Unfortunately, others feed their pompous egos by following along blindly – never seeing, or admitting the truth.
On the playground a kid who has been repeatedly victimized by a bully, may one day find the courage to stand his ground – a lesson I learned from my own personal experience. My bully was much older and taller than me. He was totally surprised when I walked up to him and punched him in the nose as hard as I could. I was totally petrified because he was so mean to all the kids and so tall I could hardly reach his nose. Blood went flying everywhere and he ran crying to the teacher. That bully never became my friend, but never again was he a threat to me and my friends.
There comes a time when one must find the courage to say “enough is enough” and FIGHT BACK! As Admiral David Farragut so courageously said, “Damn the torpedoes – full speed ahead”!
How can we say we are going to change the country if we will not even stand our ground at home – Don’t Tread On Me!
by Lenny Leatherman