Are you the same person you were 25, 35 or 50 years ago? Should you be defined or held accountable solely for a few reckless actions you may have done when you were a teenager, or a college student?

Shouldn’t society be more interested in who people are today, not who they were decades ago. Is there no margin for repentance, forgiveness, grace and reconciliation when those people have taken responsibility for those errors of judgment, regardless how egregious they seem today?

Don’t we want to acknowledge people can change, mature and grow? People are prone to make mistakes, but can’t we separate youthful indiscretions from serious character flaws. A few bad acts decades ago should be put into context.

Growing up can take twists and turns. As you go through life, your perspectives on almost everything will change. How you react to spur of the moment situations can have consequences. You will make split second decisions that will not afford you a do-over.

Kirsten Powers, a CNN news analyst, recently wrote: “the punishment for ancient sins should fit the crime. We need to have humility and realize that there but for the grace of God go I.”

There aren’t enough perfect people available for the tough jobs. We need to cut some of the candidates a little slack. Society loves to topple its idols. Why do we take satisfaction in those “gotcha” moments?

What could be gained from this hypothetical example. We could have an internationally renown surgeon that has saved the lives of thousands of seriously ill people. Her fame has helped build and finance a major medical center.

She is highly respected for her contributions to the profession, but a background check uncovers the fact she was a wild and crazy teenager who broke the rules and didn’t change her renegade ways until her mid-20s.

Should her behavior back then be held against her? She is clearly not the same person she was years ago. Is it fair when people with an axe to grind go digging up information from decades ago to discredit her?

Shouldn’t we focus on recognizing the humanity of our champions?

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Recent polls by Gallup and the American Action Network have shown Democratic primary voters in every age group, every gender and every race view socialism favorably. Many capitalists find this trend disturbing.

Among Democrats 45 and under, 45 percent preferred socialism to 19 percent for capitalism. Sixty percent said socialism would have a “positive impact” on life in America. The times are changing.

The surveys have found that many Americans have long felt the rich pay “too little” in taxes, according to a 2018 Gallup study. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports that the top 20 percent of earners pay 84 percent of federal income taxes. The top 10 percent pay 53 percent and the top 1 percent pay 35 percent.

Karl Rove, a conservative pundit, says the new Democratic Party wants to tear down the wealthy to reduce income inequality. The old Democratic Party worked to raise up those on the bottom of the economic ladder.

Media darling New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the self-described democratic socialist, wants the top income-tax rate to jump from 37 percent to 70 percent on annual incomes topping $10 million. Sen. Bernie Sanders would like that top rate to be 77 percent.

Socialists are not afraid to admit they want the extra tax revenue to fund the Green New Deal. They don’t think the new taxes will kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. They also don’t say what the bottom 60 percent of earners can do to fund the Green New Deal.

The Green New Deal is an aspirational package of proposals that aim to address global warming and economic equality issues. Those proposals would cost tens of trillions of dollars over a decade. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described the proposals as the Green Dream.

The 2020 presidential candidates aren’t shy about making their plans public in front of high-profile liberal celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Tom Steyer, George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, Howard Schultz, Steven Spielberg, the Clintons, the Obamas and other Hollywood elites who profit from capitalism.

There is no shortage of very wealthy Democrats to target. This is okay with socialists as long as those freeloading wealthy liberals continue to advance their progressive interests.