Saturday, October 22, 2016

On Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton not shaking hands

I don’t know whether it was Donald that refused to shake hand with Hillary at the start of the second debate, or Hillary that refused to shake hands with Donald or if it was mutual, but I think it is wrong.

 Don’t get me wrong, I think Hillary is a totally despicable person and unfit to be president and I am embarrassed that she is even a candidate and, I don’t think much better of Donald, but if I were introduced to either one of them or if I was on a public stage at a forum with either of them, I would smile and shake their hand.

I have had to shake hands with people I do not like in the past.  In my last council race many years ago, my opponent ran a very dirty campaign and engaged in a campaign of smears and lies.  Nevertheless, when I encountered him at a later date, we shook hands.  I went through a very bitter divorce once upon a time, but when I met my wife's lawyer, I shook his hand. I don't understand not shaking hands.  I don't understand not being polite. It is just what civilized people do.

I have not fully developed it, but I have this thesis in mind called, The virtue of Hypocrisy. Good manners and civility toward someone you do not like is hypocritical, but I think it a virtue. Good manners keep us from hitting people we don’t like. Good manners mean less violence. It is not that I am always opposed to violence; violence often solves problems and violence has its place but good manners keeps us from engaging in unnecessary nonproductive violence. In addition to reducing violence, good manners just maked life more pleasant, if not for you then for those around you. In Congress people of opposing views often address each other as, “the distinguished gentleman from …” That is much better than saying, the SOB from ….”

Below are pictures of some famous people who probably don;t like each other, shaking hands.  Donald and Hillary need to grow up. 

Reagan and MIKHAIL GORBACHEV President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev

Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat

President Nixon and Chairman Mao
President Richard M Nixon shakes hand with Chairman Mao Zedong

 Neville Chamberlain shakes hands with Adolf Hitler

Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. GrantGeneral Robert E. Lee shakes hands with General Ulysses S. Grant

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