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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 27, 2014

Roots of bullying lie with government

By James Lee Elliott | Aug 15, 2013

To the editor:

I am writing in response to an article published in the July 18 Fairfield Ledger, “View from across Iowa.”

This article was from the July 11 Sioux City Journal, “Second bullying summit provides opportunities.” This article stated that this summit provides an opportunity to build support for another try at strengthening Iowa’s antibullying laws by addressing cyberbullying thus giving school administration more authority under state law to address cyberbullying even if the bullying occurs away from school or school functions. It also states that school officials would involve both the parents of the bully and the bullied in an effort to stop the harassment. If the bullying persisted and parents did not cooperate in putting a stop to it, the bill would allow school officials to seek remedy through the county attorney’s office.

Virtues, values and ideals are not hereditary and are not a permanent quality in human nature and neither can they be mandated by executive, legislative, or judicial city, county, state or federal branches of government. They have to be cultivated continually and exercised from hour to hour, and from day to day.

Our Founding Fathers looked to the home, the school and the churches to fuel the fires of virtue, values and ideals from generation to generation in this nation. The door was shut on this nation’s founding educational principles when the United States Supreme Court negatively impacted the quality of public education in this nation based on a decision that was instigated by one atheist. Since that time many decisions have contributed to the continual destruction of this nation’s original intent.

Now when as a nation we are wondering why kids are tormenting, threatening, harassing, embarrassing and even worse to each other – could it also be because this nation’s Supreme Court has taught them no respect for life in the womb? If respect for an unborn infant is null, then respect for the youth and the grown will also be dull. Ronald Reagan once said, “We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life – the unborn – without diminishing the value of all human life.”

Just look at the 21st century result of faithlessness based virtue, values, and ideals. It used to be that the main behavioral problems we had in this nation’s public schools were talking, chewing gum, making noise, running in the hall, getting out of line and not putting trash in the wastebasket.

Now the driving forces behind this nation’s public school policies are drug and alcohol abuse or use, suicide, mass shootings, lockdowns, security and cameras, alternative lifestyles, bullying, positive behavioral intervention support and continued government interference with promises made but often not kept, but the strings attached can never be broken.

Is this not enough reason to say “no” to government meddling and return to the guidelines of encouraging parents to exercise their authority in love, children honoring their teachers, their pastors and Sunday School teachers?

Our Founding Fathers knew that a free society could not survive as a republic without a broad program of general education – educating the whole people.

Short-term politically expedient based fixes and morality are frequently incompatible.

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