Discipline, decorum desperately needed
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.