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March 18, 2013 - 11:00 am

Click to submit book suggestions for the new daily feature at PJ Lifestyle. Mondays focus on family-oriented themes and culture.

A book recommendation often with excerpt(s), usually attempting to fit the daily theme. Family and Relationships on Monday, Practical and Technology on Tuesday, Laughter on Wednesday, Culture on Thursday, Intellect on Friday, Health and Fitness on Saturday, and Religion and Ethics on Sunday. Image courtesy shutterstock / robert_s

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Bugs Bunny was very much the same. He was generally decent to everyone who wasn't a jerk, and the jerks really caught it from him. Like Mickey, Bugs protected weaker people like Granny and others.

To a lesser extent, Jerry Mouse fit this mold. His main enemy was Tom Cat but there were others and Jerry also tried to save other animals from Tom.

Perhaps that is why these characters were so popular, because they were the good guys fighting against sometimes powerful odds very often to protect others not because they would gain somehow but because it was the right thing to do.

Pity that the newest iteration of Bugs and pals is just a copy of sitcoms with the main character being the couch they sit on and gripe.
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Mickey Mouse and other characters who stand up to bullies do more to teach correct responses to bullying than any leftist documentary. Standing up to bullies is a great route, but also we must realize that another great weapon against the bully is the ability to ignore him. The bully wants a reaction to feel superior, if he has no reaction, he is only a jerk.

The left peddles victimhood, and insists on information campaigns as the solution. There are two real solutions to bullying. One is easy, get rid of the bullies who cross the line of violence or threats of violence and punish those who cross the line of privacy. This solution doesn't require a campaign, but a simple policy statement by schools and other groups that work with kids.

The second solution is long term, and not too easy. Raise better kids. Kids who don't crave attention from peers, but strive for excellence out of habit. This would obliterate both the bully and the victim. This can't really be done by large, national organizations. But rather primarily by parents, and secondarily by other adults in the community with a relationship with kids. Teachers, pastors, etc. Groups like BSA, Boys and Girls Club help, but only on the personal level, not on an organizational level.

Bullying only became a large problem when we rejected personal solutions and demanded big government and NGO solutions.

To touch on the second excerpt, Senators McCain and Graham have infuriated me with their response to Rand Paul's filibuster. Paul's filibuster was certainly over-the-top, but when the Attorney General is wishy-washy about the rights of Americans, a strong response is indicated.

McCain and Graham routinely back down from the left because they have no ideological values. They have nothing for which to fight. The left imposes their ideology, but they backdown if it doesn't fall in a certain range of issues (like specifically affecting their constituents or hampering national defense). I'm sure both men have great personal values they will not compromise on. We need politicians with a vision for government, who will not compromise on values of policy. They will always fight for the vision of government for which they were elected. Do they need to let some things go once in a while? Of course, but they need to require a high price in conservative policy implementation if they are to pay with compromise for progressive policy.
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