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  •  why? because we're pacifists. But... deterrence! (3+ / 0-)
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    Because if we go down that road, we are dealing with people who have no problem at all with using violence when faced with real and concerted opposition.

    And once that gets started, there's no telling where it will go, and where, if anywhere, it will end.

    Now think of a kid who gets routinely beaten up by bullies but won't fight back because he's afraid of getting into fights, or he doesn't want to start a playground brawl, or whatever.

    That kid is going to keep getting beaten up by bullies.  His nickname is going to be Target.  

    But there's only one way to deal with bullies, and that is to demonstrate the willingness and the capacity to meet them with overwhelming force.  

    The overwhelming force could come in the form of the school district and local police being willing to prosecute bullying as criminal assault and battery, using a zero-tolerance policy.  Or it could come in the form of the victim being willing, ready, and able, to send the bully to the hospital on a stretcher.

    One doesn't actually have to do the deed: call the police, or send the bully to the hospital.  One just has to be willing, ready, and able to do those things if needed.

    That's called deterrence.   And it works.

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 03:54:24 PM PDT

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    •  Please don't use references to "force" (1+ / 0-)
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      no matter how subtle, in my diary comments.

      I understand the frustration, but I find it unhelpful.  See comment at end of stream.

      Thank you.

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 04:25:27 PM PDT

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    •  What we need to be prepared for (2+ / 0-)
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      is a strike.  A general strike if possible, but an extended strike for sure.  That's the power we have and we can bring the most powerful to their knees with it and we need to realize that we're at a point where that needs to start happening.

      The revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

      by AoT on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 04:34:11 PM PDT

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      •  Exactly right. (1+ / 0-)
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        That's power and it's peacefully wielded, and it's exactly the type of tactic we need to be discussing.  

        "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

        by G2geek on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 04:53:42 PM PDT

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