Sunday, June 18, 2017

I saw Scott Pelley on one of his last newscasts on CBS. It wasn’t his final show, but he was in his final week. He was offering commentary on the latest mass shooting – the one at the Congressional baseball game. His main point was that we need to think before we talk. I think many of my problem moments in my life stem from my inability to keep my mouth shut. I seem to have a fear of silence and often rush to fill the void, often to my disadvantage.

But, now stifling your speech is considered being politically correct. If you can’t say what is in your mind, unfiltered and immediately, then you are being PC. Trump is certainly in that category, whether speaking or tweeting. Of course, this is crap. Our parents taught us: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” And there used to be a more prevalent concept of politeness. I think the anti-PC crowd is often just rude and impolite. Manners seem to be a thing of the past, much to our disadvantage. We need the strong, silent type back! It would sure make our politics more civil and, probably, more effective.