Dis­ci­pline, deco­rum des­per­ately needed

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

FROM: RE­BECCA J. DEMMLER CHILDS

Mr. Wig­gin’s Aug. 5 Com­mu­nity Voice col­umn was well stated. It oc­curs to me that it is pri­mar­ily the more se­nior seg­ment of read­ers (I am one) who will be moved by the points he made. Re­spect, honor and dis­ci­pline are in­te­gral to mil­i­tary train­ing and lead­er­ship. Be­yond this, rev­er­ence and con­sid­er­a­tion for the feel­ings of oth­ers were fun­da­men­tal tenets of the up­bring­ing of the older gen­er­a­tion. I’ve lived long enough to ob­serve that with the pass­ing of time, these val­ues are fad­ing from the mind­set younger gen­er­a­tions.

Trump never served in the mil­i­tary, but this is be­com­ing less of an is­sue among the vast num­ber of vot­ers who also have not served. Like­wise, never hav­ing served in any or­ga­nized or elected lead­er­ship role is los­ing sig­nif­i­cance among the younger voter. This time around glitz and wild prom­ises be­lieved hold more sway than at­tributes that Mr. Wig­gins or I would think nec­es­sary for a world leader.

We are en­ter­ing a world where idol­iz­ing celebri­ties and liv­ing for and by our electronic devices is re­plac­ing ba­sic un­der­stand­ing of his­tory or geog­ra­phy and where the great­est ma­jor­ity has no con­cept of civics or of past sac­ri­fices which have made our present way of life possible. I just read in Time mag­a­zine that 98 per­cent of mil­len­ni­als can cor­rectly iden­tify the Poke­mon char­ac­ter Pikachu but only 61 per­cent of them can iden­tify Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den.

We would hope that Mr. Trump has read the con­sti­tu­tion, but how many vot­ers un­der the age of about 40 have read it? And do they care? I doubt it. Mr. Trump has been mak­ing many wild prom­ises. The grow­ing num­bers of young and naïve pop­u­lace lack­ing the his­tor­i­cal or civic knowl­edge of the pow­ers of the ex­ec­u­tive (what the pres­i­dent can re­ally do) and leg­isla­tive and ju­di­cial are eas­ily led.

Al­most as fright­en­ing, too many vot­ers lack a sense of the im­por­tance of re­spect­ful dis­ci­pline and com­mon-sense deco­rum.

Re­becca J. Demmler is a for­mer Ce­cil County Com­mis­sioner.

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