It seems as though the Mayor of Porterville, California has gotten himself into a bit of hot water as he recently told bullying victims to, “grow a pair.” Now, his words were taken out of context, but he has since come forward to better explain himself.
In his original quote, Cameron Hamilton, explained, “I’m against bullying, but I’m getting damn tired of it being used as a mantra for everything and the ills of the world.” He then dropped the bomb that, “(Most) people just have to grow a pair and stick up for them damn selves.”
Now it should go without saying here that bullying is wrong, and there’s no point arguing as everyone agrees. That being said however, it seems that many are just about sick and tired of Liberal agenda infecting their ideal of “tolerance” on everybody therefore creating an environment in which just about anything could be perceived as bullying.
Instead however, Hamilton suggests that instead of a zero-tolerance policy – which, in all effect, doesn’t prevent bullying, but rather punishes it after the fact – that those being bullied need to stick up for themselves. Now yes, Liberals will all tell you that we need to create an environment that is bully-free, but really, we’ve seen how well that tactic does through the use of gun-free zones.
When it comes down to it creating a society that consists of tattle tales, doesn’t cut it out in the real world. In adult life, if someone is being mean, you can’t just go running to someone, tell on them and expect them to get in trouble – you have to deal with it.
The world is tough, and I believe what Hamilton was saying is that rather than raise a generation of over-sensitive people that don’t know how to handle stress, we need to teach children how to cope with real issues that adulthood comes with.
What do you guys think – perhaps he could have worded it different, but do you believe he was on the right track? Let us know in the comments below.