Well, the primaries are underway and it is a bastion of subject matter for people such as myself who write blogs. And, by the looks of my title you may think I am going to write about Donald Trump, and that the “Mr. Nice Guy” headline is meant sarcastically. But, on the contrary, today I watched an interview with a presidential hopeful and while it certainly wasn’t a long enough interview to really know how suitable this particular candidate is to be our country’s commander-in-chief, it was long enough for me to appreciate how he handled himself in one particular instance.
I’m not going to “name names” today. Maybe down the road I might tip my political hand a bit. Time will tell. But, for now I just want to describe what I heard and why it is important.
The interviewer of the candidate gave him what was the equivalent of a lob ball – you know the kind, “hit it out of the park.” You see, the interviewer made mention of a couple of this candidates rivals and asked what he thought of their actions. And, he asked the question in such a way that the candidate could have easily taken a few pot-shots at his rivals and no one would have really noticed. Because it would have looked as if he was merely answering the question that had been asked, not actually attacking his rivals.
But, this particular candidate didn’t bite. Instead he commented on how he has his own understanding of the particular issue that was being discussed, but he did not feel the need to say anything derogatory about his opponents.
When I told my 11-year-old daughter about this, she immediately got it. She was like, “when I see ads on YouTube of people running for president, all they do is talk about what’s so bad about the other people, instead of what’s so good about themselves.”
We might think our next leader should be a brash, tell-it-like-it-is leader who conjures up a phrase such as “no more Mr. Nice Guy”. But, we also need to remember that the youth of our nation are watching, probably closer than at any other time in history. What do we want them to learn about how we treat people, be it our friends, or maybe even more so, our adversaries?
Maybe “Mr. Nice Guy” isn’t the best phrase to describe someone who would be our next president. But, certainly someone who has restraint, is articulate, and doesn’t feel destroying the reputation of others is a justifiable means to an end. If it is, then we have lost regardless of who wins.
On a ponderous note.