The headlines are full of leaks from Washington ... leaks that threaten national security ... leaks that embarrass the whole country. It's enough to make a grown man cry. But, at the risk of being facetious, please bear with me for a moment, so that I can suggest a way to stop the leaks, which really need to be stopped, because they are re-filling the D.C. swamp much faster than it can be drained.

First, though, I want to express the hope that the leakers are not among the evangelicals who are credited with helping to put the current president into office. Evangelicals should be familiar with the Bible proverb, “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.” Is there still such a thing as a secret in Washington? Or a trustworthy person?

But, back to a possible solution to stop the leaks: The idea for my proposal began to germinate when I received a package from Walmart.com, along with the day’s Standard-Times. There they were, the cardboard box and the newspaper, side by side. One proclaimed headlines about more leaks, and the other contained the solution.

Is Walmart actually selling a product these days that would be effective in silencing the Washington leakers? No, they aren’t actually selling it, but they are shipping it in their packages, along with the products they are selling.

The carton that was delivered from Walmart brought me everything I had ordered online: shampoo, bathroom cleaner and some paper goods. But it also brought me a big headache. Before I could use the shampoo or the bathroom cleaner, I first had to remove the blue tape that they had placed across the mouths of both bottles.

And that blue tape proved to be VERY difficult to remove. First I had to find an edge that I could lift with my fingernail. But that was easier said than done. Then, after painstakingly lifting an edge, I had to pull the blue tape loose from the bottles — without ripping off the bottle caps or disfiguring the labels so badly that they looked more like junk retrieved from the trash than brand new products purchased online.

It was only after winning the struggle to remove the blue tape from both bottles that I finally saw the light — Walmart could help put an end to Washington’s leaks.

The blue tape that had covered the mouths of both bottles was plainly printed with this message, explaining its purpose (apparently to sooth the tempers of frustrated customers like me): “Sealed to prevent leaking.”

Ah ha! Congress and the White House should solve their problem, and put a stop to these annoying headlines, by switching from their current tape supplier to Walmart. Instead of all the red tape that entangles everything and everyone in Washington, they need to switch to this blue tape.

Another familiar saying from a different chapter of the Bible's Book of Proverbs says, “A gossip betrays a confidence, so avoid anyone who talks too much.” I’ve never encountered a politician who didn’t talk too much, so avoiding them in the nation’s capital would be a real challenge. But, if the blue tape Walmart applies to the mouths of bottles could be applied instead to the mouths of leakers, just think of the potential benefit.

David A. Reed is pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church, New Bedford.