The speak softly duck (his name is Bonkers) has a long and illustrious career that can be traced all the way back to August, 2020. Ok so it's not long, but we're quite fond of it.
Given the association of ducks and Forward Controls Design, ducks have more or less become FCD. The Speak Softly duck was drawn on a blackboard that hangs in one of our friends' kitchen, we like it so much, we're using it on our website, magnets, now the Speak Softly patch.
The duck carries a bat almost as long as itself. As to the meaning of speak softly, if you're reading this, you're most likely no stranger to the saying. Since we are the thorough type that print instructions for magazine release buttons, we have to uphold our tradition and explain it.
According to Wikipedia:
Big stick ideology
, big stick diplomacy
, or big stick policy
refers to President Theodore Roosevelt
’s foreign policy: "speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."
Roosevelt described his style of foreign policy as "the exercise of
intelligent forethought and of decisive action sufficiently far in
advance of any likely crisis."
As practiced by Roosevelt, big stick diplomacy had five components.
First it was essential to possess serious military capability that would
force the adversary to pay close attention. At the time that meant a
world-class navy. Roosevelt never had a large army at his disposal. The
other qualities were to act justly toward other nations, never to bluff,
to strike only when prepared to strike hard, and the willingness to
allow the adversary to save face in defeat.
In case anyone figured the duck just liked sports :)
2.1" wide and 2.5" long, Velcro backed.