I usually try to stay out of politics, at least in print. But events in the last few weeks have got me riled up.
First, though, I must admit the whole country quit yelling at each other and looked up at the sky, savoring the eclipse and watching something that human beings had nothing to do with, for a change.
And that was beautiful.
Then we went back to yelling, and worse. A lot of people are blaming our recent hostility on President Trump, and I can see where that might be good thinking.
The Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will remember it.”
I’ve been counting on that with my own kids for years, and hoping it’s true.
Who trained up Donald Trump? His parents? His nanny? His headmasters?
What would a drill sergeant do with Donald? What does Miss Manners have to say?
However, in one recent press conference — of which there are too many — I had to agree with something he said at which a huge number of people took offense. He said both sides contributed to the mess in Virginia.
Almost everybody in the United States is in agreement at the Neo-Nazis and white supremacists and skinheads and whatever else those people are calling themselves are completely wrong and completely evil. (Who taught those folks?)
We also agree, most of the time, that if they got out and shouted their message and nobody came to listen and shout back, their whole purpose, which is to gain publicity, would be thwarted.
Back in my newspaper reporting days, we would occasionally have a protest of some kind hereabouts. Don’t ask what they were about. I don’t remember. But we will roll out with our cameras and a group would be standing idly about.
When they saw the cameras, they pulled up their signs and started marching and shouting. What they were really hoping for was the arrival of the TV cameras. But that seldom happened in these little small town rows.
As soon as we left, they left too.
So my thought for the day is this: Let’s shun the troublemakers, as do the Amish. Completely ignore their shouting and maybe they will shut up.
We need to convince the video media not to arrive for every march and not to publish every tweet. It will be hard for them, but they need to learn what is real news and what is just bluster.