Before and after church, the president engaged in a tweet storm that insulted several people, including the late Sen.
According to Newsweek, "...major parts of the dossier have been verified by subsequent investigations into Russian election meddling." Trump's behavior at the Ritz Carlton in
The president referred to McCain as "last in his class at Annapolis." This was too much for McCain's daughter, Meghan, who said on "
This is the problem with insults and anger. They invite similar responses. Nothing is affected by harshness, except a general degrading of the office and of the people who shoot rhetorical arrows at others. Are such things a cause of our deep decline into the cesspool of decadence, or are they a reflection of much of the country's mood? I fear it is the latter, but good examples can set a higher tone. It is why we instruct our children not to call other people names. Don't we? If we do, why do so many tolerate it with Trump?
Among the many problems with the president's behavior is that it is unnecessary. It is also offensive. It is unnecessary because he is keeping most of his promises, including the naming of constitutionalists to the courts and presiding over a roaring economy that has lifted many boats previously thought to have sunk forever. According to a new
One can favor the policies of the president while criticizing his behavior. "Uncouth" is one word that comes to mind. It was used in an email to me by a prominent conservative talk show host (not
He threatens to sue "Saturday
Kindness, grace and humility go a long way and accomplish more than perpetual anger and demeaning people with whom one disagrees. The president should try it, not in a manipulative way, but seriously.
My grandmother -- and I suspect many other grandmothers -- used to remind me of an old saying: "you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar." It means you can accomplish more with being polite and kind than with vitriol and hate.
Perhaps at church Sunday there was a Christian Bible in the pew. The president should have opened it to Ephesians 4:32: "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."
Try it, Mr. President. It works. This advice is offered by one who wishes you success.
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Cal Thomas, America's most-syndicated columnist, is the author of 10 books.