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Joe Biden and the politics of the Golden Rule

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Updated 1506 GMT (2306 HKT) December 24, 2020

Joe Biden won the presidency with a campaign centered on good faith in politics. He ran as a uniter against a divider. In a time of hyperpartisan polarization, he promised “I’m running as a proud Democrat. But I will govern as an American president … I’ll work as hard for those who don’t support me as those who do.”

He expressed his commitment to restoring a civil society in an uncivil time. “We’ve got to change the nature of the way we deal with one another,” Biden repeatedly said.

Political life in the Trump era is full of reasons to believe this is naïve, as Biden has acknowledged. But because of Trump’s toxic bluster, we have not focused enough on the success of Biden’s core message and the fact that it helped him win more votes than anyone in American history.

Boil it down and you’ll see it’s a philosophy that is all but extinct in politics today: to treat other people as you would like to be treated.

Politics predicated upon the Golden Rule might sound silly on the surface. This is simple kindergarten wisdom, rooted in the most basic enlightened self-interest. But some of the thorniest political debates become clearer when held up to this lens: the fight for equal rights is, at its essence, about treating other people as you would like to be treated. And for those who like to say they support “faith-based” politics, there’s nothing more faith-based than this idea. It’s the core of what Jesus preached at the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:12) and is expressed in every major faith tradition.

After the Second World War, as President Harry S. Truman tried to rally the nation to win the peace through what would become the Marshall Plan and the United Nations, he gave a speech called “The Golden Rule for World Peace,” in which he declared “I am asking you to exercise that admonition which we will find in the Gospels and which Christ told us was the way to get along in the world: ‘Do by your neighbor as you would be done by.'”

But self-interest and situational ethics have been the overriding impulse of the Trump era.
The most indelible example has come in the weeks since the election, when Trump and a majority of his fellow Republicans have refused to recognize the reality of the election results without evidence and assert obvious lies like Trump won the election “by a landslide” and then use the rhetoric of violence and oppression in search of a remedy. It’s not hard to imagine what they would say if a Democratic president did the same thing.

It is easily excused when we’ve been conditioned to seeing political opponents as personal enemies. But it bears repeating that much of the evil in the world comes from seeing and judging people as members of groups rather than individuals.

De-escalating this condition in our democracy will not happen overnight. Trust has declined and bipartisan muscle-memory has atrophied. There will be partisan pressures and plenty of pearl-clutching at the Democrat’s slightest deviation from the high-road, used as an excuse to play the victim and scuttle any deal.

Presidential leadership matters. Crucially, Joe Biden believes that decency can be the most practical form of politics.

And that could make all the difference as we try to turn the page to a new chapter in our history, if we try to pull ourselves from our respective partisan ramparts and insist on treating other people as we would like to be treated.