Today my thoughts come from a really timely column written by Mitch Albom, in the Detroit Free Press on June 30. You’ll remember Mitch from his book and TV show Tuesday’s with Morrie.

          The column was titled: The ricochet effect of public shaming now on full display.

          He talks about the old use of the dunce caps in classrooms in hopes that by shaming someone in front of their peers they’ll think twice about repeating their misdeed.

          He points out today this type of bullying in classrooms is not acceptable, but in our political world unfortunately led by our President the shaming of others using rhetoric is more than common.

          Recently Sarah Hucklebee Sanders, the White House Press Secretary was asked to leave a restaurant in Virginia because the help was upset about her politics. The media has shamed Sanders since even though she was guilty only of doing her job and reportedly left the business without incident.

          The hypocrisy here is the offended employees were reported gay yet they very likely do not support the recent Supreme Court decision saying the Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple was exercising his religious rights.

          Albom points out the call by Congresswoman Maxine Waters to her supporters in Los Angeles, she said,  If you see anybody from that (Trump) Cabinet in a restaurant, department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and create a crowd….And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.

          Mitch says, Public shaming. All that’s missing is the dunce cap. Except this time, the dumb behavior is from people who think they’re being smart.

          My point is to lift up how often the words being used today in way too many political situations are inappropriate.

          Mitch Albom brings up the wise words spoken by First Lady Michelle Obama several years ago when she said, When they go low, we go high.

          That’s great advice that unfortunately is being followed today by few from either political party. While President Trump is the uncontested ringleader in inappropriate rhetoric there’s plenty of blame to go around.

          Would it not be interesting to make a rule that for a day or a week or longer that politicians had to -  not say anything if they couldn’t say something nice?

          Not a chance!

           I’m Steve Sauder

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