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Letter to the Editor: Everybody else is doing it

I was about 10 years old and I had just learned to cuss. I thought I would try out a dirty word on Momma. So I said it right at her and the conversation at dinner stopped. Then my daddy hit my shoulder with a slow straight right and I knew I had crossed the "dad line.”

“You don’t talk like that,” he said. 

“But everybody else is doing it,” I replied as I got off the floor.  

And then I got the standard “if everybody jumped off a cliff would you do that too.” 

I had jumped out of a pretty tall tree once so a cliff did not seem like such a big deal, but I had enough sense not to say yes.

I see in the news that a full grown senator of the United States did not have as much sense as I did at 10. He said, and I kid you not, that because the president set the tone of the nation we should expect others to be crude and mean. That senator still needs a more forceful dad.

I agree that President Trump says things that he aught not to say and tweets things that are better left unsaid.  

Almost all his tough talk is in response to some smart mouth attack upon him.  He is a verbal counter puncher and if you leave him alone he will leave you alone. But the left rags on him all the time. 

He is not a bully by my definition.  He is just loud and from New York where that is pretty standard behavior. If you spend a lot of time in New York City you will find that verbal confrontation is normal and you sort of get used to it. They don’t really mean anything by it and are very nice people underneath that big city bluster.

A real bully does a lot more than talk. They club, beat, stomp, cut and shoot. And they run in large packs.

Trump has not run anyone out of a restaurant. He has not gone to someone’s driveway and yelled and screamed. More importantly he has not adopted the brutal tactics of Hitler, Stalin, the old Japanese military, Ho Chi Min, Pol Pot, ISIS or the Taliban.

We need to tread carefully. Provoking language is a fuse on a cannon. Harsh words will lead to hard deeds. Real violence could start, and if it does, it will engulf us all.



Gary Pichon

Marble Hill