Soccer coach Jurgen Klopp was asked by a reporter about the coronavirus, and his response was a master class in humility.

“What I don’t like in life is that for a very serious thing, a football manager’s opinion is important. I really don’t understand it,” he said.  “It’s not important what famous people say. People with no knowledge like me talking about it…people with knowledge should be the ones telling people what to do. Not football managers. I don’t understand politics, the coronavirus. Why me? I wear a baseball cap. I’m concerned like everyone else. I live on this planet and I want it to be safe and healthy, I wish everybody the best, absolutely. But my opinion on coronavirus is not important.”

What a refreshing answer!  How much better would our public discourse be if people showed this amount of candor and said, simply, “I don’t know” instead of having to shoot off a hot take every time a microphone or keyboard is stuck in front of them.

Kudos to you, Coach Klopp, for this very timely lesson.

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.