Niagara Gazette


September 13, 2013

HAMILTON: Thinking back to 'Quiet! I can't see'


Niagara Gazette — However, his ignored chastisement seemed to fuel the chatter more than to quell it, and as we passed yet another buoy on our way to port, Kiss’ real anger erupted. He again turned, grasping his binoculars firmly in his hands, the strap burying itself into the back of his neck, Kiss mustered up an even sterner admonition. Being the professional that he was, he had to quickly make the best case that he could for a return to decorum, one that was linked to the ability of the bridge watch and him to do our jobs.

What came out of his mouth didn’t initially help his case, though; and it made him look embarrassingly foolish. The short ensign ordered us in his sternest, most commanding voice, “Quiet! I can’t see.”

Everyone on the bridge stopped his chatter. A hush so thick that you could almost hear the salt of the briny sea tap beneath the keel of the ship as we slid towards home; and it lasted for about four-seconds.

Then, almost as if on cue, everyone, including the OOD, broke out into a roaring laugh. Ensign Kiss embarrassingly turned and continued his horizon scans. The bridge did become quieter; but no sooner than it would have had he said nothing and Farragut again successfully moored at the Naval Station’s Destroyer and Submarine Piers.

I thought of Ensign Kiss and “quiet, I can’t see” when I looked at the results of Tuesdays’ primary elections. They were more closely related than obviously what the voters may realize. It would seem that the voters, in their quest to either have political decorum that, as in the case of channel fever and their frustration with things not going as they thought that it should.

In this primary, the Democratic voters, who seemingly suffered from the phenomena of perhaps ‘election fever’ turned out a four-year incumbent, based upon the fact that he actually did something that was needed, but they did not like. But they returned two incumbents — a 16-year and a four-year incumbents — that most voters cannot tell anyone what they did during their terms, if they did anything at all; and they did this because they said that they wanted change.

I just shake my head, as I did on that summery day with Ensign Kiss. And like Kiss, I can’t see how the voters’ request changes anything — but perhaps it is because of all of the media noise!

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