“Children should be seen and not heard”

Did you happen to see Peggy Noonan's Op-Ed this past Saturday in the WSJ? It was titled "Button It, Mr. President." Normally, I'd link the content for you and I know a paywall subscription is required to access it.

For context, please note that I rarely step into the public arena of political discourse. In the immortal words of my father it went something like this. "Son, children should be seen and not heard. Let that be a lesson to you." (EDITORS NOTE: At the time, I rarely agreed with him. As I've noted previously in my blogs–I won the lottery being born to Earl & Darlene. Subsequently, as with most things, I've seen the profound wisdom in that one.) Continuing, taking some liberties with my father's exact wording; "Keep your politics to yourself. Whatever you say runs the risk of alienating half the people in the room. Best to keep a lid on it." Now, for grins and giggles, "hybrid" or bridge the two statements above.

The "gestalt" of Noonan's Op-Ed:  

President Trump tweet: "North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,' Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is much bigger and more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"

EDITORS NOTE: Certainly provocative. Unnecessary inflammatory rhetoric?

Senator Sam Nunn (GA.) response: "The danger of nuclear use is greater now than during the Cold War," he said. The impact of Mr. Trump's rhetoric? "It increases the risk of blunder."

EDITORS NOTE: Nuclear material isn't fully secured. Information on how to build and detonate nuclear devices is freely available on the internet. Hacking is pervasive thereby making it appear that missiles are coming when they are not. All the rhetoric, bravado and name calling increases the risk of catastrophic blunder particular when dealing with folks that might not have both oars in the water. I think I represent the views of most competitive Americans. If you want to make me mad, and motivate me to be the biggest thorn in your side that you have possibly ever encountered, go ahead & kick sand in my face and call me a loser. That'll do it.

President John F. Kennedy (prelude to the Cuban Missile Crisis 10/22/62): "Our policy has been one of patience and restraint, as befits a peaceful and powerful nation that leads a world-wide alliance. We have been determined not to be diverted from our central concerns by mere irritants and fanatics. But now further action is required, and it is underway; and these actions may only be the beginning. We will not prematurely or unnecessarily risk the costs of world-wide nuclear war in which even the fruits of victory would be ashes in our mouth; but neither will we shrink from that risk at any time it must be faced."

EDITORS NOTE: In my view, that one certainly stands the test of time, some 55 years later!  

Focus. "Children should be seen and not heard." I think it was President Theodore Roosevelt who said "speak softly, and carry a big stick." My take: Don't tweet. Trump, as you said, "the world is listening and watching." Indeed they are. Lead! Thanks for "shining" a light on it.

 

 

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