Nowadays, we have a proliferation of people who go by a different creed: "Talk loudly, and carry a big chip on your shoulder". Bill O'Reilly is the poster boy for these people. Be as loud and obnoxious as possible, that's their mantra. Bill is certainly not alone; CNN, FOX News, and even Blogger.com feature a host of these know-it-alls.
I have always been of the opinion that the louder and more obnoxious a person is, the less that person knows what he is talking about. These people use name-calling, their brusque, mean demeanor, and "you wanna fight?" attitude, to cover the fact that they are not very intelligent. It is a smokescreen that anyone with a modicum of intelligence can see through.
Being the gregarious sort of guy that I am, I have some words of wisdom for these people:
- If you have nothing worthwhile to say...shut up!
- If you don't know what you are talking about...shut up!
- If you can't state your views without name calling, bullying, and swearing...shut up!