What to Tell the Children

Donald Trump is now President-Elect of these United States. In light of the serious accusations leveled against Trump, and his past (?) personal immorality, many people sincerely ask how to talk about this man to their children. The President should be a role model, right? What should we tell the children?

Well, God hasn’t blessed me with children yet, or a wife for that matter, but I suppose I’d say the following if I had an eleven-year-old son or daughter:

“There are two things you will make in life: mistakes and enemies. The day will likely come when an enemy points out one of your mistakes (flaws, vices, betrayals) in order to exploit it. Not to correct or punish you, but to prevail over you. Sometimes it will be prudent to concede, to yield, to surrender. But sometimes that won’t be an option. Sometimes you’ll have too many people relying on you. Your personal surrender will spell doom for a just cause. The cause will be worthy, even if you are not. In such a scenario, you need to set your face against the shame, grit your teeth, plant your feet, and stiffen your spine. You need to fight even harder. You might not prevail. But then again, you just might.” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/46473

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