In their quickness to speak, the talk can get nasty, and the facts distorted. Never mind which party the speakers belong to, they have a job to do.
These days it is not so much a declaration of principles that is involved but an attack against persons. Political speech is like that.
Experts will listen to the recorded speeches and extract lines that can be used against the speaker.
Let us follow the Apostle James. Let us have what is sometimes called a "cone of silence."
That term arose from early radio navigation in aircraft. When the pilot entered the cone of silence where no dots and dashes or single tone were heard in the headphones, it was assumed that the beacon or airport safety were below.
Applied to political speaking, religious preaching, or bloviating, the "cone of silence" approach would be beneficial.
A month before an election, when most people have made up their minds anyway, no public speeches could be made. Television coverage, often disguised as "news," would cease.
To lift the spirits of television watchers, old episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show" could be aired. Churches would meditate in silence as the Quakers do.
The monthlong silence might be unbearable to some. The cone of silence might, on the other hand, be a blessing, as the American public could know that deliverance is at hand.
Whether one reads or honors the Bible is of no moment. The advice is sound policy.
It is worth a try.
This essay took 28 minutes to write. For the next 28 minutes, let us all keep silence.
Posey, a retired Presbyterian minister, lives in Charleston. His email is lwpo...@suddenlink.net.