Mean What You Say

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In what interesting times we live!

Have you ever heard someone use the phrase: “Say what you mean; mean what you say?”

That’s the opening line from the rock group Moody Blues’ tune “Say What You Mean” on their 1965 album: The Magnificient Moodies.

The lyrics aside [which ARE great by the way], the meaning of that one line seems so appropriate for this presidency.

Trump’s up and down [“flip-flop”] stances on a multitude of issues during his campaign and during the transition afterward certainly lend themselves to this lyrical twist.

Abraham Lincoln enjoyed a creative turn of the phrase. However, his version of “mean what you say” brooked no such word-play.

I believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false, is guilty of falsehood; and the accidental truth of the assertion, does not justify or excuse him.[1]

Say what you mean OR Mean what you say OR Say only what you know is true.

Given Trump’s accusations, policy changes, and misinformation, in light of his letter excerpt, we know what Lincoln would say.

But the real question is: What should WE say?

Food for thought.



[1] “Letter to Allen N. Ford – August 11, 1846.” Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln. v.I:384

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