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The Gold Standard

17 Jan

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Remember when you were a child in school and one of the basic requirements was to learn about how to get along with others and to learn how to share with and respect others and how not to be a bully, or snob, or selfish, or a rumor monger? It was all a part of what was called socialization and learning how to live within a society of varied others who had different backgrounds yet shared the same basic tenet of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

That was called the Golden Rule and everyone has heard about it and just about everyone also recognizes it as the most important rule among all of the learned rules of childhood.

Consequently we were also taught that if one chose to live in opposition to that Golden Rule then one should also get used to a life of conflict and strife with others and possibly the living of a very stressful and unhappy life also.

So why is President-Elect Trump and his surrounding entourage of Republicans so mystified and angered by some Democrats declaring his soon to be presidency of possible illegitimate origins and of their unhappiness with his upcoming inauguration?

Did not Donald Trump wage a campaign for five years in which he declared President Obama to be an illegitimate president? Did Donald Trump not say that he had investigators all across America who were discovering amazing facts about President Obama’s birth that would prove that he was never an American citizen?

Did not the Republicans announce publicly on day one of President Obama’s administration that they would never work with him on any of his proposals and oppose him at every turn, even though he had been duly elected by the American people?

Did not Candidate Trump call Hillary Clinton a crooked, evil, nasty woman who belonged in jail based on information that he said he knew to be true but could not prove because after all is not proof simply based upon what one believes in one’s heart rather than what one can prove with factual information?

It’s quite apparent that Mr. Trump and all of Trump’s men (and Kellyanne Conway) did not learn their lessons in school…or have chosen to forget them. This is why it is so important to go to school in the first place and pay attention when in school, in the second place. We school teachers of course saw this coming and could have told them that they would soon be reaping what they had sown.

They can throw tantrums if they like but that will do them little good. Any parent worth his or her salt knows that “growing up” is the only answer for a child who is facing problems like these. But getting grown-ups to grow up?… After they have been elected to the Presidency and Congress of the United States?

It has been taught that when asked to sum up the entire Torah concisely, Jesus responded: “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow; the rest is the explanation; go and learn!

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