8 Fundamental Principles and 2 Yuletide Wishes

© 2019 Jim Spence -  A column written by pundit Gary Abernathy of the Washington Post is titled, In the age of Trump, it's OK to be (deeply) conflicted. Abernathy’s commentary chronicles the double standards imposed on Donald Trump and his mouth. To paraphrase the latest example of Trump’s intemperate mouth, Abernathy cites a recent incident when Trump jokingly questioned the destiny of the late John Dingell’s soul. Trump had begun his comments with the idea that Dingell was looking down on us. But then Trump had the audacity to muse that Dingell might actually be looking up on us from the infernal region.
Away we go. These Trump comments created considerable consternation among all the mortally offended Christians in the Democratic Party. Deplorables, be damned.
Abernathy goes on to adroitly point out how ANYTHING said by Trump is fair game for withering criticism but not vice versa. Blah, blah, blah. Come on folks it is Christmas time.
Let’s all try to come together and create a modest list of fairness principles that Americans can embrace. Regardless of political affiliation, occupation, gender, sexual preference, race, creed, or ethnicity, below are eight very simple and universal principles that civilized people can all agree on. Right?

  1. Elections have consequences. Election outcomes should be respected by the losers.
  2. It is fundamentally unfair to discriminate against others based on race.
  3. It is barbaric to allow the killing of helpless babies who are born alive.
  4. Two nations operating under different leaders/laws, with different governing documents, different cultures, and arising from different historical backgrounds, both have the fundamental right to maintain both borders and immigration laws that should be mutually respected.
  5. A person is NOT greedy to have the desire to control the fruit of his or her own labors.
  6. A person is NOT generous if he or she condones forcibly taking the fruits of another’s labors.
  7. It is unwise to confer high school diplomas on teenagers who are illiterate.
  8. It damages society to pretend that million of fatherless households are not the primary cause of systemic poverty.
Can virtually all Americans at least agree on these eight fundamental principles? The answer is not surprising. But the answer is embarrassing. The answer is NO, we Americans can no longer agree on any of these simple applications of fundamental fairness. Let’s go through them one-by-one.

  1. Barack Obama famously and quite correctly lectured the Republicans after he won, and the GOP lost. He said, “Elections have consequences.” Democrats really liked the words Obama spoke. However, Democrats never quite embraced the principle Obama was asserting. In the age of Trump, the Democrats response to the consequences of losing in 2016, was to form a “resistance movement” and fantasize that they did some time travelling back to France in 1940.
  2. Democrats routinely support racially discriminating against Asian-Americans. Asian-American students are constantly cheated by Democrats in control of college admissions. Democrat judges condone this. Thousands of Asian-American students are not rewarded for outstanding individual academic achievements. Instead they are turned away to make room for students who are not of Asian descent. Of course, Democrats will not apply this absurdly racist practice in the area of athletic scholarships. Great athletes are rewarded, however, great students are often punished by Democrats, especially if they are Asian-Americans.
  3. Many Democrats do not believe it is barbaric to kill babies born alive. Instead, many have been attempting to pass laws that would make the actions of human butchers like notorious convicted baby serial killer Kermit Gosnell legal. It is incredible they try to legalize murder as an extension of “choice.”
  4. While refraining from all criticism of every other nation on earth that also maintains borders, Democrats bitterly condemn all Americans who call for the same.
  5. For thousands of years slaves were by force, compelled to perform labor without enjoying the fruits of their efforts. U.S. Democrats were so opposed to the abolition of slavery in America, hundreds of thousands of them died trying to preserve slavery during the Civil War. In the 21st Century, Democrats accuse all others who oppose the confiscation of the fruits of people's own labors, of being greedy.
  6. Curiously, Democrats think themselves more generous as opposed to greedy, merely because they support confiscating the fruits of the labors of others, to fund an endless string of Democrat's pet political projects.
  7. Democrats control almost all U.S. public schools. In most Democrat strongholds, public high schools routinely confer high school diplomas on functionally illiterate teenagers. Democrats fight all efforts to reform this practice. It is no wonder home-schooling has proliferated.
  8. Though poverty rates for racial minority households with two married parents living at home, are identical to those poverty rates of non-minorities, Democrats reject the idea that a two parent household is the primary factor that prevents the scourge of multi-generational poverty. 

Let’s return to the premise of the Washington Post column by Gary Abernathy, It’s OK to be deeply conflicted in the Age of Trump. Abernathy implies those who reluctantly realized that Trump was the only logical choice in 2016 (and will be again in 2020), are somehow "deeply conflicted."
It seems more objective to assert that those who reject the eight fundamental principles cited above, are in fact, the people who are deeply conflicted. Embracing these fundamental principles has nothing to do with anything but basic fairness. Accordingly, there are two Yuletide wishes appropriate for America as 2019 comes to a close.
Let’s hope independent thinkers (not partisan automatons):

  1. Recognize after careful consideration, they should embrace all eight of these fundamental principles listed above.
  2. Reject any candidate for any public office, who pretends any of these eight fundamental principles can be nuanced with a series of "YEA BUT" political double talk.