Sunday, May 26, 2024

Stop Giving Stupidity Ammunition.

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( On Thursday, April 23, 2020, United States President Donald Trump made a suggestion to help combat the COVID-19 virus spread. He suggested that “scientists should explore whether inserting light or disinfectant into the bodies of people infected…”

Ouch.  As a sarcastic person, I shook my head as I saw so many people on social media and news outlets share this story and give their viewpoint on his statement.  As a person with sense, I also shook my head because I know better than to drink a liquid that can kill me.  I gave his statement the appropriate amount of time, 30 seconds, and went on with my life.  Why?  I do not give stupidity that much time in my life.

I will admit that I did not have a lot of common sense growing up, but I was fortunate to have some family members that helped me. They taught me that some people and situations are not worth your time or energy. This is one of those times.

I get it.  Trump was probably attempting to be humorous in the midst of a very serious situation.  He had probably seen his predecessors do something of the same, and he thought he could do the same.  However, there is a difference between his predecessors and him. First, most of these presidents did not have social media to exacerbate and scrutinize their every move and action. The one who did, Barack Obama, knew how to use social media to his advantage.

Another reason is because most of these presidents knew that in times of crisis words are more powerful than any type of gun or bomb.  For example, President George W. Bush, a Republican just like President Trump, had difficulty after the attacks on September 11.  The night of the attack, President Bush spoke to America. His words were calculated by using words like “faceless coward”, “hunt down and punish”, and “protect America and Americans”. Throughout his speech, he did not make any quips or jokes because this was a time of seriousness. Did President Bush probably say other things about the events? I am certain he did.  He also knew there was a time and place for it. He read his audience.

Statistics prove that most leaders are not going to be liked during a crisis because you cannot make everyone happy. However, you can know that there is a time and place for certain actions and statements.  When the country is divided and on edge because they cannot work or operate how they normally operate, it is best to leave the sarcasm out and stick to diction that helps people feel secure and confident.

At the same time, we have to stop thinking that “sharing is caring”.  I know many childhood shows encouraged us to do this so we could think of more than ourselves, but sometimes we take it too far. We all know one person that would take Trump’s statement to heart. We all know someone who turn it into a joke. We all know a person whose hate for government is more than their love for society. Since we know people like this, we know that this information in their hands is not productive.  Common sense should tell you that some things do not need to be repeated.  It is giving stupidity a chance to run amuck more than it already is.

Staff Writer; J. W. Bella

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