The Word That Says It All

by James M. Wall

I took a three-month break from blogging. When I reported back to duty, I found the word that says it all.

It is “puerile”, which is fully explained on Word Genius, which you may access by clicking here.

We have an abundance of evidence of the suitability of the term puerileto sum up the behavior of President Donald Trump. 

The President faces a near certainty of congressional Impeachment and potential removal from office should a few Senators acknowledge their own purile lust for holding onto power.

The evidence against Trump piles up daily, starting each dawn with a twitter storm of insults, falsehoods, and cries of self-pity.

Surrounded by headlines that stir anticipation of only the fourth presidential impeachment in American history, we must plow ahead to defend “puerile” as the appropriate word for what led to this moment.

If you have failed to read the link above here it is in part:

Puerile PYUHR-ill Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, mid-17th century
1 Showing immaturity; silly or juvenile2 Relating to or characteristic of a child
Examples of Puerile in a sentence 
“The puerile pranks earned the boys a few weeks detention on top of the punishment their parents gave them.”

 “The older sister was irritated at being forced to wear a puerile outfit to match her sibling in the family photo.” 

Think of it this way: If a child in your care behaved in an egregious puerile manner would you allow him or her to retain the freedom to continue such behavior?

You would terminate that freedom immediately, if that child had a fully-loaded stolen gun and a twitter account that spewed lies and hatred to an audience in the millions.

This is no time for “grounding”, or censure. It is time to terminate that freedom for the sake of this republic..

On the morning I found “puerile”, The Chicago Tribune announced the dismissal of McDonald’s CEO for having an intimate relationship with one of his employees. His action violated company rules.

Corporations have rules enforced by governing boards. Our country is a nation of laws. We have an impeachment clause enforced by the people through their elected representatives.

No discussion of such matters would be complete without recalling the famous response attributed to Benjamin Franklin at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

A lady asked him a question as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation.

“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”

  “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

About wallwritings

From 1972 through 1999, James M. Wall was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, lllinois. He was a Contributing Editor of the Century from 1999 until July, 2017. He has written this blog, wall, since it was launched April 27, 2008. If you would like to receive Wall Writings alerts when new postings are added to this site, send a note, saying, Please Add Me, to Biography: Journalism was Jim's undergraduate college major at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He has earned two MA degrees, one from Emory, and one from the University of Chicago, both in religion. He is an ordained United Methodist clergy person. He served for two years in the US Air Force, and three additional years in the USAF reserve. While serving on active duty with the Alaskan Command, he reached the rank of first lieutenant. He has worked as a sports writer for both the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, was editor of the United Methodist magazine, Christian Advocate for ten years, and editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine for 27 years. James M Wall died March 22, 2021 at age 92. His family appreciates all of his readers, even those who may have disagreed with his well-informed writings.
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9 Responses to The Word That Says It All

  1. Patricia says:

    The Republic is being destroyed! Americans are so ignorant! Thanks for a good concise perspective!

  2. Mary Davies says:

    Glad you’re back!

  3. Rev. Bob Hannum says:

    Yes!! A phone call in the middle of the night and our Kurdish friends are being sacrificed, 180,000 Kurdish people are now living in deplorable conditions in an Iraqi refugee camp, and the Middle East is handed to Putin and the Turks, plus Iran. Thanks, little man.

  4. oldkahuna says:

    I hope YOU are doing ok!

  5. wallwritings says:

    As Win Strake put it, “I am in good shape for the shape I’m in”,

  6. John Kleinheksel says:

    Glad you are back blogging, Jim.
    And tracking with our region.
    Found this quote from Jon Cook (today’s blog) valid and relevant:

    No party representing Israel’s Palestinian citizens has ever been invited to participate in government. As Ahmed Tibi, a [Knesset] legislator from the minority, once neatly observed: “Israel is a democratic state for its Jewish citizens, and a Jewish state for its Arab citizens.”

  7. Ronald R Graham says:

    I look forward to the time when you will be sharing your wisdom on line again. Glad to hear that you are healing. Ron Graham

  8. Dan Casey says:

    Nice to hear from you Jim.
    I’m still working to change congressional representation a few more seats each time.
    It’s working but do we have the time?

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