— This article by Jerry Cates, first published on 6 June 2013, was last revised on 26 April 2014. © Govinthenews Vol. 4:6(5).
The Golden Rule is not mentioned expressly in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, or the Bill of Rights. It is so much a part of these documents that their authors didn’t see the necessity of spelling it out. In case you have forgotten, the Golden Rule goes like this:
Do Unto Others as You Would have Them Do Unto You… or, said another way,
Treat Others as You Want to be Treated…
Known more generally as the principle of reciprocity, the Golden Rule is enthroned in the doctrines of every mainstream religious faith. It is also implied, if not actually spelled out, in the founding and governing documents of every major governing body worldwide. It has this inherent permeability because it is one of the most logical, rational, and fair concepts ever devised by man. Never mind that it is dismissed by despots and tyrants as one of their first acts on taking power. Their subjects still embrace it, and it never dies in the hearts of the common man, even under the worst of circumstances.
Today the Golden Rule is all but dead in American politics.