Government Uses The Age-Old Bully’s Trick: Pretending the Victim Is the Attacker … and the Bully is Merely Defending Himself

The Bully Will Keep On Getting Away With Harassing Others Until People Stop Falling For His Victim Act

Police have recently stated on the record that:

Indeed, in modern America, even being worried that the government is acting in a bullying manner can literally get one arrested, committed to a psychiatric ward or labeled as a terrorist.

(Of course, if you speak out too much against the government, even worse things could happen to you.)

In other words, the government is using the age-old bully’s trick: pretending that the victim is the attacker, and the bully is merely defending himself.

The same is true in terms of our foreign policy.  For example, when we accidentally kill foreigners, we pretend that they were armed or  pretend that they were “militants”.

The government invaded Iraq because it claims Saddam had weapons of mass destruction and that he had a hand in 9/11 … but everyone knew that both claims were false.

The bully claims that “9/11 changed everything”, that we live in a “post -9/11 world” and that the Constitution is no longer realistic after 9/11. But the fact is that spying on Americans, the militarization of police, and the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and throughout the Middle East and North Africa were all planned before 9/11.

And the bully’s pretense of victimhood goes even further …

Just as the murderers you’ve seen on tv will sometimes hit themselves with something to make it look like they were the one attacked, governments often attack themselves in order to drum up sympathy and a “justification” for “defending” themselves.   See this.

The bully will keep on getting away with harassing others until people stop falling for his victim act.

Postscript:   This is not a problem of one party or the other.  As Owen Jones notes today in the Telegraph:

Getting rid of Dubya wasn’t enough. The US remains a bully.

The issue isn’t Obama, any more than it was Bush before him. The issue is [the abuse of] US power.

Bush was a frontman for the bullies … just like Obama:

A teleprompter obscures U.S. President Obama as he speaks during a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio

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