Did you ever hear “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
Yeah, we all grew up hearing it, but guess what it’s not true, words can hurt, when hurled by the person who knows your vulnerable spots.
And I say we all have them.
I had never heard such vitriol and hate-filled words as those used during this last Presidential campaign and now.
The words were used to hurt, and denigrate going way below the belt.
Expertly delivered by someone who guessed correctly the ones that were guaranteed to do the most harm.
“Little Marco, Crooked Hillary, Low Energy Jeb, Lying Ted, Psycho Joe, Low IQ Crazy Mika, and the Weak and Beleaguered Attorney General.”
There was also the infamous talk about the size of hands.
As a semi functioning adult who thought I’d heard it all, the name-calling leaves me befuddled, and very disappointed.
What do parents tell their children after hearing these insults coming out of the mouths of grown men and some women, and not just by their peers on the school playground.
I hope some of that juvenile language is not on a lot of school yards today, they certainly were not on any I grew up around.
I know that was ions ago, no social media then, but decency, courtesy and respect for others should have no expiration date.
One parent told me she actually covered her child’s ears when the President Of the United States was giving a speech to the Boy Scouts, you just never know what’s going to come out.
More effective is limiting the TV news watching time, the news has taken on an ominous turn best not to take any chances, another parent finds it a little more effective than covering the ears.
What’s a parent to do in the Era of Trump?
What can any of us do?
My instinct was to fire back, when the 71 year old grandfather said the White House was a “real dump”, my vulnerable spot, insulting the People’s House, my well-placed zinger got a lot of hits on Facebook.
But we want to be better than a snappy retort to an idiotic tweet from the Commander-In- Chief.
We All need to straighten our act, and maybe a General can improve some of the language and actions of our leaders.
Only time will tell, history is recording every word.
One of my favorite passages, needed now more than ever.
Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight,
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