I sincerely and truly have always tried to live by the “Golden Rule”. “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”
Granted, I have also done unto others as they have done unto me, but I consider that to be simple justice.
During my career as a manager for the federal government, I was told by employees of mine that they liked working for me because I try not to ask them to do anything that I, myself, would never do.
They were correct.
Certainly there were times that we had to follow higher management’s decisions even if it was contrary to what we considered an appropriate course of action, but I always explained that we made our case to them and it was decided to go this way and now we have to go about trying to make it work.
When my children were young, I always impressed upon them that the difference between right and wrong was not whether you could get away with it, but, rather, whether you would want someone to do it to you.
That brings us, now, to the next president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, or, to put it another way, the antithesis of the “Golden Rule”. How absolutely frightening it is for anyone who truly believes in the “Golden Rule” to have this man sitting in the White House!
While there were so many reasons to find this man not just deplorable but detestable, despicable, disgusting, and disqualifying, it was the “Golden Rule”, or, rather, his total rejection of it, that, likely had the most impact on me as a voter.
This is a man who’s very business model was predicated on doing whatever he could get away with in the name of “smart” business.
This included not paying money owed to the contractors he hired and forcing them to settle for pennies on the dollar to avoid costly and time consuming suits in court.
As well, it included avoiding paying federal income tax like everyone else by assigning losses to personal income. Who loses close to a billion dollars in personal income? Let others fit the tax bill for our military, our roads and our society in general.
He became highly offended when opposing candidates and the media used his own words against him. This he claimed was totally unfair. Yet he, more than any candidate in the history of politics, used name calling as the primary weapon of his entire campaign.
Who can forget “little Marco” or “lying Ted Cruz” or “low energy Jeb” or “crooked Hillary”?
He ridiculed the Republican establishment all through his campaign and then was shocked when the Republican establishment, as a whole, did not overwhelmingly embrace his candidacy.
Yes, they have come around now that he has won, but they sure distanced themselves from him during the campaign. Golden rule, Donnie, golden rule!
The best example of “total and complete” disregard for the “Golden Rule”, of course, is Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, condemning Democrats for trying to delegitimize the President-elect. Specifically, she said: “The professional political left is attempting to foment a permanent opposition that is corrosive to our constitutional democracy.”
“The left is trying to delegitimize his election.”
“They’re trying to deny him what he just earned.”
This in defense of an individual whose entire political career grew out of his attempts to “delegitiminze” the presidency of our first African American president with his relentless “birtherism” campaign falsely calling into question the place of birth of Barack Obama.
The violation of the “Golden Rule” that will likely have the most impact on his presidency, however, will be his making of false promises. His campaign promises won’t be happening, but how the electorate that elected him will react to failing to keep campaign promises will define his presidency.
No wall will be built because, besides being undoable from an engineering standpoint, obtaining funding from Congress for such a massive undertaking falls somewhere between not a chance and never.
Have Mexico pay for it, you ask? Only if he can entice the Mexicans into enrolling in Trump University and bill them for the wall as tuition.
Round up 14 million undocumented immigrants? Not happening unless he engages our entire military in the process. Just the “bad ones”? Well, if he had a list of who the bad ones are and where they live, maybe. (He may want to check with Santa Claus.) What he is offering is exactly what is currently being done to the best of law enforcement’s ability.
Oh, and those voters who will be waiting for the textile manufacturing jobs that went overseas to come back?
You know, those jobs in Bangladesh that pay 63 cents per hour. Not happening; no one will want them and business would never give up on such a lucrative business deal. Besides, we do have a minimum wage, as paltry as it may be.
How about tearing up the Iran Nuclear Deal?
Nope, still not happening. Iran already received their money so all tearing up the agreement would accomplish is to remove the inspectors there to enforce the agreement.
Since the other signatories have no intention of going back on the agreement, the U.S. would being doing so all on its own and gain absolutely nothing by reneging on the agreement.
Further it would establish precedent that agreements signed by the U.S. cannot be trusted. Alright, maybe he will rip it up based on his lack of any understanding of the implications of his actions.
Repeal of the Affordable Care Act and throw 20 million Americans off of health care. Much more involved than his inexperience will allow him to understand.
Not happening either.
Those elements like coverage for pre-existing conditions will stay as will coverage until age 26. Those aspects that need fixing such as increased premiums will need to be addressed.
Sounds a good deal like what Hillary was saying all through the election.
Speaking of Hillary, I assume Trump will go forward with his campaign promise to “lock her up”. Wrong again.
Not happening. There is a difference between campaign nonsense and reality. Sadly, in this election too many voters could not distinguish the two.
Who to blame for this travesty? There is much blame to go around, but let’s start with the media.
The media was so intimidated by accusations about being too liberal, it sheepishly allowed email management to become the main story of the election just as it allowed “swift boat” nonsense to overtake the 2004 election.
Shady business dealings? Nope, sloppy email is the story. No tax returns?
Nope, sloppy emails is the story. Inciting racism, misogyny and xenophobia as well as allowing the white supremacists to enter the mainstream?
Nope, email management is the story for the 2016 presidential election.