First Lady Melania Trump Speaks Out Against Childhood Bullying

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Yesterday, First Lady Melania Trump delivered an impactful speech to the United Nations audience in New York City, as noted by The Hill.

Excerpts and Explanations

The First Lady began her speech with the following statements:

We must teach each child that they are at the core of the kindness, mindfulness, integrity and leadership, which can only be taught by our own example. By our own example, we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they inherit.

Mrs. Trump is absolutely correct. For better or worse, children are the future of America. Instilling values of honor, kindness, and respect within young people is more important than ever. Children innately look up to adults and pick up various behavior patterns from them; setting a positive example is paramount to the success and fitness of our young people. The First Lady divulged into further detail to truly drive this point home:

We must remember that they are watching and listening, so we must never miss an opportunity to teach life’s ethical lessons along the way. As adults we are not merely responsible, we are accountable. I hope you will join me in recommitting ourselves to teaching the next generation to lead and honor the golden rule, do unto others as you would have do unto you. Which is paramount in today’s society, and my focus as first lady. It reminds our generation’s moral imperative to take responsibility for what our children learn.

She then tied in social media usage and its impact on children and bullying:

We must turn our focus right now to the message and content [children] are exposed to on a daily basis through social media — the bullying, the experience online and in person.

Feedback From Critics and More

Unsurprisingly, critics came out in droves after hearing the First Lady’s speech. They admonished her, asserting that her husband, President Trump is a bully himself. Firstly, this simply isn’t true. The President speaks his mind. Likewise, when attacked, he hits back. This does not make him a bully. It makes him a strong leader who defends himself, which many people respect about him.

Melania Trump’s speech truly touched on some important points. Instilling the appropriate values into the future generation is critical for the prosperity of this great nation. Likewise, bullying, especially via social media, has very harmful impacts and requires collective combatting. The First Lady’s message transcends partisan and party lines. Whether you are liberal, centrist, libertarian, or conservative, we should all agree that childhood bullying must end.