“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
That’s Matthew 7:12, also known as The Golden Rule. It’s also completely and totally false. You shouldn’t do it. If you do, you’ll be walked on, made into a doormat, bullied, humiliated, and ultimately pushed into the ultimate act of despair…suicide.
Victimhood is for sissies and liberals. I got this in reply to Peter Heck‘s explanation of why it’s a bad idea to ignore Trump’s grotesque and cruel tweets.
I'm waiting for the President to say something so mean that a reporter commits suicide so all the other reporters can blame Trump…
— Baby Elephant (@Conbabyelephant) June 29, 2017
Yes, this is winning. Get the other side to kill themselves in fits of despondency. And the other side will use that to generate compassion from the weak. It’s war, after all.
If you look at any media figure or pundit who opposed Trump’s social media timeline, you’ll see a plethora of evidence that this is the right way to go. They’ve been told to kill themselves, in various ways, for over a year, by Know-Nothings and Border Ruffians who form the core of Trump’s supporters (the ones who aren’t tweet bots and fake accounts).
Trump won on the backs of those who aren’t afraid to counterpunch ten times harder than they’ve been hit. We were on the verge of losing the Republic to the fascist left, with the full approval of conservative think-tanks and money-hungry GOP consultants. Trump fought.
To Hell with The Golden Rule. It never won anything. Civility has had its chance and lost.
What can they do against a tidal wave of dysfunction, immorality, and corruption? “Civic renewal” would do a lot of course, but that’s like saying health will save a cancer patient. A step has been skipped in there somewhere. How are we going to achieve “civic renewal”? Wishing for a tautology to enact itself is not a strategy.
Of course, the far left jettisoned the Golden Rule decades ago, when Saul Alinsky penned Rules for Radicals (a book everyone in America should own).
The left preaches victimhood until it gains power from compassionate squishes who identify the with underdog, then they crush those who let them have that power.
As Michael Gerson adnitted Thursday, civility is for suckers.
It is time to level with our sons and daughters. Winners — real winners, of the kind blessed by religious authorities and trusted with the highest office — are rude and belittling, even grotesque and personally cruel. They always insist on getting their way. And they are the angriest, neediest people in the room.
Our government is a reflection of our culture. And our culture has rejected The Golden Rule.
Everything I wrote above is a lie, with facts to support it.
The truth is that civility, reason, listening, and honoring others–The Golden Rule–are far more important than being right.
Right and wrong are not always a matter of factual correctness. It’s possible to be factually right, and morally very wrong at the same time. Jesus taught that the moral dimension of our actions is vastly more important than the factual.
I actually twisted Gerson’s words, because he continued:
Just forming these words causes revulsion. Why does such cynical and chaotic moral messaging bother us so much? For one, we suspect that political viciousness and callousness, over time, seep into our common culture, determining the boundaries of acceptable discourse. Truculent teens, nasty co-workers, egotistic exes and assorted misogynists across America can plausibly claim that “the president is on my side.”
The radical left, fueled by Alinskyites and community activists, claimed the same ground when Obama was in office. In fact, “Obama did it first,” is the common mantra of Trump defenders. Such shallow logic would have us commit genocide because Hitler did it first (at the risk of invoking Godwin’s Law).
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43-48.)
I would rather stand shoulder to shoulder with someone with whom I politically disagree, but love as a brother or sister, who who treats me the way they would like to be treated, than to claim “the president is on my side.”
We cannot repair American culture, or Make America Great Again™, without an absence of malice, and the presence of civility. We cannot act like the left did, and throw morality to the wind, in order to “win” and then hope to implement conservative policies that magically heal our culture.
It doesn’t work that way.
America is great because America is good (de Tocqueville). Trashing The Golden Rule will not make America good, or great. We can differ in our politics, in our world view, and in our theology (or lack thereof), but we cannot abandon civility. Doing so makes us no better than ISIS.
The entire reason I opposed Donald Trump for president while he was running in the primaries is encapsulated in the last 24 hours. As much as the left is making hay on this, I have to agree that it’s an American shame.
How did we get here?
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 29, 2017
If we cannot look to the president to lift us out of this humiliation, and we cannot look to the left, or the media, to whom can we look? (For the answer, scroll up to the top of this post.)