I took this photo in the Metro, so I apologize for the poor lighting.
But never-the-less, to me, this wins for best diplomacy shirt.
In dealing with others at home and abroad, we must respect everyone.
And this is not just paying lip service to others while really giving a tacit nod to derision and divisiveness.
Rather we need to have genuine respect for all people, cultures, religions, freedom and human rights.
At the same time, we must fear no one.
We need to carry a big stick, as my grandfather used to say.
That along with plenty of carrots (but used strategically and not wastefully) to positively influence the good in others.
The point is that disengagement, appeasement, and weakness benefits no one.
Rather, it encourages violence, destruction, and refugees, and global disorder.
It’s time to stop fearing and running, and to make a firm stand for good and meaningful things that we really believe in.
We are not the police of the world, but we are smart, and good, and powerful, and will project and use that power wisely to ensure that good prevails over evil, always. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)