I’ve watched it happen over and over again since I was a little boy. It seems to be happening much more frequently these days. What’s happening? The dehumanization, the defaming, the “put down,” the destructive belittling of those persons who do not or will not conform to another’s way.
It happens in the elementary school classroom and on the playground. It happens in high school. It happens in churches. It is a practice used by those who are in power or who are seeking power to maintain or gain the chair at the head of the table. In its worst form this practice is the tearing down of a person. It is more than bullying. A bully is a person “who habitually seeks to harm or intimidate those who they assume are vulnerable.” What is happening now is more like that of an abuser. An abuser is a person “who treats another person (or a situation) with cruelty or violence—regularly and repeatedly.”
Domestic abuse has become a national pastime. Any person or situation that comes along to oppose the present seat of power, or disagree, or challenge it is made out to be a “hoax.” Every person who takes a different stance becomes a traitor, unpatriotic, as someone who hates America. Non-violent protesters are thugs, terrorists, criminals unless “they like me!”
Yesterday it was Hillary, Mueller, Comey, Kaepernick, Gold Star families and McCain. The list is so long that it is impossible to remember everyone whose life has been impacted and defaced, whose character has been impugned, whose career has been terminated.
And now it is Dr. Fauci.