Great Advice For The President--But Will He Take It?

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President Trump hosted a business session at the White House Monday. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- It’s a funny thing about good advice – too often, the people who need it most refuse to take it.

Don’t ask me why people ignore good advice. When the meterologists are all predicting freezing rain and advising you to be cautious on the roads, you wonder about the guy who drives his car into a ditch because he was going too fast.

Think of all the heartache experienced by people who ignore the best advice ever given – if it seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t.

And yesterday there was a great example of excellent advice at the president’s meeting with governors to discuss school shootings, when the governor of Washington urged Mr. Trump to rethink his emphasis on arming more school personnel and added: “I just suggest we need a little less tweeting here and a little more listening.”

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Jon Keller sees a role model in a politician who realizes that Twitter is making us dumber.

If crossed arms and a deep scowl are any indication, that advice didn’t take, although as I write this on Monday night I notice the president hasn’t tweeted all day. But that was an excellent recommendation, and heed should be paid by all of us, not just the Tweeter-in-Chief.

Think of tweeting here as a catch-all phrase for knee-jerk reactions of all kinds that lead to superficial, often harsh conclusions without any real merit.

Doesn’t that describe what’s become of our political discourse in general?

Everybody is quick with a hot take, while thoughtfulness, empathy and nuance languish. “Listening” is a great suggestion, if listening means taking the time to hear other ideas, challenge your own, and seek compromise.

More listening and less tweeting, that’s great advice for everyone.

Too bad the chances of it happening seem so slim.

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