American Values – The Compromise?

As a 46 year old teacher I for certain have observed this one interesting conundrum and that is, a class full of middle school students could do a better job than the federal government and especially the Democratic party. Why?  Because in elementary school is when you build a student foundation and middle school is when they get to apply it before they are asked to compromise one’s self.

Compromising in and of itself is a needed skill set to have as a member of a community and since it is connected to acceptance, it is one of the first character traits that demonstrates maturity.   A student who knows they didn’t prepare well for an exam is an easy example. The immature student blames the teacher, the mature student accepts the grade as a reflection of themselves and how much they studied.

That is different from compromising one’s self.  This is when society asks you to go against your core values, morals and personal ethics.  Somehow this is seen as a characteristic of an adult. I guess I am not an adult.

Let me explain, in its simplest form it can be summed up in the phrase ‘choosing between the lesser of two evils.’  Now I understand that this is inevitable sometimes like in the example of war. Both the first commandment and the golden rule firmly state that thou shalt not kill and to not harm your neighbor.  Good tenants to live by but the world is complicated and sometimes war becomes inevitable like World War II which by any standard was a just war.  

That’s not what I am talking about.  What I am talking about, and to simply further, act local and think global.  Ask any middle school student worldwide and 99% will say that every child should have shoes.  That every child should be fed everyday and that every child should be able to go to the dentist when they have a cavity.  There are certainly more challenging topics than this that are hard to explain to a middle schooler like no underage girl should be sold to a man to be his wife, that no middle school and under child should have to work grueling hours in factories to make clothes and other products and that no child anywhere should be found in the morning dead from hunger.   Yet all of these scenarios play out each and every day hundreds of times worldwide.

Why?  Because sometime between middle school and adulthood we are forced to compromise ourselves.  This is wrong and it is happening today to 10 million plus people in the USA. The NotMeUs family is being asked, not once mind you but twice, to compromise our core values to choose between the lesser of two evils.

Failed plans should not be interpreted as a failed vision. Visions don’t change, they are only refined. Plans rarely stay the same, and are scrapped or adjusted as needed. Be stubborn about the vision, but flexible with your plan.

John C. Maxwell

I for one am unwilling and unyielding in my willingness to even for a second entertain the thought.  I am unwilling to compromise on the person whom I believe will die trying to pass policy that aligns with my personal ethics and morality.   Bernie Sanders’ words have proven not to be false promises of future compromises and for that, I am immovable on my vote and whom I support for the presidency.

What the Democrats and GOP are asking all of us to vote for men who:

  • Abuse women
  • Hurt children
  • Willingly make choices to harm the elderly
  • Profit on sickness 
  • Lie to gain and maintain power
  • Are bought and sold by those more powerful
  • Go against the Christian values of our Nation
  • Go against god in any faith or denomination
  • Are immoral
  • Are unethical
  • Lack empathy
  • Allow death for power

To me, that’s not being forced to choose between the lesser of two evils, that’s forcing me to choose between the devil in two costumes. I for one will not and I hope many others will read this and understand that this is not a political fight between the Democrats and the Republicans but a battle between good and evil, ethical vs unethical and pain and suffering vs liberty and the right to pursue happiness.

I am proud to call myself a global citizen, I am also proud to know that I am an American who believes that our country is unwavering in our desire to maintain the freedoms and values that have forged a nation.  So I urge you to make a stand and demand using your voice in our Democracy to put Bernie Sanders in the white house instead of the lesser of two evils. It is up to you.

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