A comment to my last post, Manners?, got me thinking about why someone might want to make a “show of respect” even if they don’t feel respect. If we react to political posturing and sound bites we can believe that those in public office are nothing more than the puppets of special interests. When I listened to Ohio Republican and Speaker of the House John Boehner and Kentucky Republican and head of the Senate Mitch McConnell speak on CBS 60 Minutes I could see them for the concerned and intelligent people they are, and agree with much of what they said.
A Show of Respect:
- gives the impression that maybe you can work together for things both parties say they want: tax reform, easing the stress on the middle class, improving the country’s infrastructure, to promote trade, and defeat ISIS and terrorism.
- does not mean agreement, but your “scowl” will not receive private nor public mention.
- may make the public think you are the good guys, and with an awful 15 percent approval rating for congress, and 46 percent for the president, both need that.
- wins the respect of any man or woman, past of present, in the military when respect is shown to the Commander-in-Chief.
- gives the impression that you represent the interests of the country, and not a political agenda.
- makes you look a statesman, and not a politician.
- looks like you are listening with an open mind, and not closed and decided.
- makes you look like somebody I might vote for (and I know exactly how important that is to you).
- sets a good example for others for public (and private) discourse.
- shows you have class.