While watching political-attack ads and debates on TV , I began to reflect on the lessons that politicians of all parties are teaching our children on-air.
- If you cannot say something nice, say
nothing at allsomething mean, nasty, hurtful, hateful, defamatory, and derogatory. Interrupt others because your opinion is more important.
- Never take responsibility for your own actions. Always blame someone else for your faults and failures.
- Take credit for others’ achievements. Never recognize anyone else’s contributions. Pride is for winners and humility for losers.
- Lie. Lie BIG. The bigger the lie, the better the lie. Lie more when someone responds with the truth.
- Call others liars. If someone does not agree with your version of the truth, dismiss their opinions as fake news or false delusions.
- Bully people. Use your power and position to torment and tyrannize other children.
- Appearance is more important than substance and looks supersede character.
- Look out for #1. Treat everyone else like, well, #2.
- Finally, never trust national media outlets or local blog authors.