by Mike Pyatt
That quote, attributed to Ben Franklin, is nearly universally agreed upon as true, but compromised ubiquitously. As one who venerates the wordsmith and defends the majesty of language and eloquence of words, experience reminds this columnist that our human race talks incessantly. Whether it’s in the political arena, or in other realms of one’s life, fewer rarely take a step in the direction of translating words into deeds. A crude bromide captures this principle, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Theologically it’s flawed. But on a practical level it’s hard to refute. One anonymously captured it this way, “You may have a heart of gold-but so does a hard-boiled egg.” Feelings must translate into behavior. The average citizen knows it’s sadly true-people spend more time talking and dreaming than being engaged in action. For those who’ve been ardent supporters of our 45th President, one of Trump’s slogans is “Promises Made-Promises Kept.” His harshest critics admit he has done what he said he would. A rarity in politics.