ARE YOU THE same person you were 25, 35 or 50 years ago? Should you be defined or held accountable for a few actions you may have done when you were a teenager or 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 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 that 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 not the same person she was years ago. Is it fair when people with an ax to grind go digging up information from decades ago to discredit her?

Shouldn’t we recognize our champions’ humanity?

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RECENT POLLS by Gallup and the American Action Network have shown Democratic primary voters in every group view socialism favorably. Many capitalists find this trend disturbing.

Among Democrats 45 and younger, 45% preferred socialism to 19% capitalism; 60% said socialism would have a positive impact on life in America. 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) reported that the top 20% of earners pay 84% of federal income taxes. The top 10% pay 53% and the top 1% pay 35%.

Karl Rove, a conservative pundit, said 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.

Americans are clearly frustrated. One poll found that 61% of Americans either strongly or somewhat favor Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to assess an annual 2% tax on the assets of those whose net worth is greater than $50 million and 3% on the assets of billionaires.

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

Socialists aren’t 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 don’t say what the bottom 60% 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.

Warren said the American economy is now a rigged system. She called the wealthy and upper-income households freeloaders. Sanders told supporters that America is “owned and controlled by a small number of multibillionaires whose insatiable greed is having an unbelievable negative impact on the fabric of our country.”

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 wealthy Democrats to target. This is OK with socialists, as long as those freeloading wealthy liberals continue to advance their interests.