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One of the best ways to determine whether a particular situation or solution is valid is to conduct a simple mind game called ‘the mirror test’. When you hold an object to a mirror, you observe it in reverse; the same idea applies to a particular idea, thought, solution or plan. Simply imagine (you DO have an imagination, right?) the opposite of the thought and see from the available facts if it is still valid.
The oldest base idea for this, or at least the one that most frequently applies, is referred to as “The Golden Rule”, namely, “Do unto others as you would have done to yourself.” This is a precept in practically all religions; even agnostics and atheists preach that idea. Let’s try a few.
Scenario 1: You are born in Scotland. When you are two, your mother decides to come to the US for a better life, and enters the country, but without proper documentation. The immigration authorities detain you both, but your mom is taken to a detention center on the Canadian border, and you are taken to a military base in Georgia. Remember, you’re only two. How do you feel? How do you think your mother feels?
Scenario 2: The circumstances of your life up to age 7 or so are exactly the same as they are in real life, but then there’s a catastrophe of some sort, and your family is thrown into poverty. Your parents’ divorce, your mom works two and sometimes three minimum wage jobs just to barely keep food on the table and a roof over your head. You get a free breakfast and lunch at school and your mom gets food stamps to help the food budget. One day she comes home and tells you she lost her ‘best’ job, and also gets a letter telling her the government is cutting ALL the social benefits she’s relied on because they’ve given tax breaks to the wealthy and now can’t afford to help the poor.
Scenario 3: You’ve grown up in a middle-class home, gone to college, and had a career as a Federal employee, marrying, raising kids and being generally average sort of citizen. When you retire, you get a pension and a social security check. You have no savings or 401(k) because your wife died early and the medical bills ate those up. Now, you and your second wife live on your retirement and your combined social security checks. You have enough to live on IF nothing else happens. But you’re both aging, the cost of living goes up, and you SSA and pension don’t keep pace because the government can’t or won’t give adequate increases. Yet, Congress, with the President’s blessing, ‘borrows’ (steals) the money YOU’VE paid into the SS fund to cover their excesses, then turns around and tells you what you’re getting is a government ‘entitlement’ that is either being cut or being privatized – you lose, and someone else gets YOUR money.
These scenarios are NOT fictions; they ARE happening all across the United States – but of course NOT to the one percent that you and your GOP favor. So, please use the mirror test with these scenarios, and imagine how the most of America, supposedly the world’s richest nation, is forced to live: over 15% of our children in poverty, veterans who are homeless, people who work for minimum (or below) wage jobs – sometimes more than 2 – yet can’t afford a home or other necessities of life.
Mr. Trump, America is a mess. Maybe it’s unfair to say it’s all on you and the GOP, but I’d say 90% is. I don’t understand why the so- called conservatives in government refuse to be able to see how much of the country is hurting. Can you honestly apply the golden rule to any of the 3 scenarios? Would you want to live like this?
And that’s the point: do as you would be done by isn’t a pie-in-the-sky ideal, its’s how you need to learn to live.
Think about it.