Decency: Political and Human


Sincere apologies are rare today. Yes, we get the flat words that are now trite, such as, “My words do not express who I am” or “I’m not like that because I am married and have daughters.” While not direct quotations, these are two examples of what the viewing public are offered as contriteness. Also, too often some commentators or this president are more than eager to ridicule someone when the chance arises. Too often another’s misfortune is used as someone else’s opportunity.

However, this morning on a well-known national television show, the host said that his show would not indulge in discussion concerning the Conway’s recent resignations and nor would his show entertain any comments about the recording of Judge Trump regarding her brother’s character. The host basically said, “That’s family. We don’t go there.”

Last week on the same show, a well-known presidential historian was involved in some banter with a co-host about a shared interest. The historian made a comment that others laughed at, but when the full camera moved to him, he looked the camera (us) in the eye and I paraphrase him, “I should not have said that. It was wrong, and I am sorry.”

It is refreshing to witness such decency. The host and the historian gave examples of their humanity and offered any viewer the opportunity to follow their leads. Being kind is so easy if we will  just let our “old man” selves go. We do not need to be well-known, just caring for the troubles of another human being.

The host especially showed his decency because not many month ago,  The President of the United States of America used twitter to make horrific accusations concerning the death of a young woman twenty-eight years ago who worked in the host’s office in Florida. The tweets were so nasty that the family of the deceased woman asked the President to cease his unfounded charges and gossip. But the host took a higher road when offered an opportunity to broadcast aspersions based on Judge Trump’s recorded comments.

For over three years we have heard President Trump lie about anything that is of use to him. We have watched him ridicule anyone who he sees as an opponent or one who does not, as Jeff Sessions, do as he wishes. We have witnessed his mean, vindictive actions against people like Lt. Colonel Vindman. He is well-known for his use of mean-spirited nicknames for people he disagrees with. For over three years we have watched as the President of the United States of America has committed many wrongs, but worst of all we have witnessed his lack of faith in anything but himself.

Being President must be tiring and full of temptation. It is in many ways a thankless job because people are difficult to please. Every decision, like for any leader, will displease someone. However, perfection is not an expectation for the President of the United States. Nor is it an expectation for a television host or acknowledged presidential historian. It is not expected for any of us. Perfection is a goal, not a destination. But common decency is an expectation, and it was demonstrated by the host and the historian.

The President of the United States of America should do as much.



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