I understand that politics has reached the point that we don't merely disagree with one another, we must destroy the opposite side. And we must point out that not only are they bad in their current jobs, but they were also always bad.

It's like sin, but in politics and repentance is not possible. Once a sinner, always a sinner.

Nikki Fiske, in the Hollywood Reporter, says she was White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller's 3rd-grade teacher and that he ate glue.  It wasn't even glue sticks that he ate. He used to pour liquid glue onto his arm, wait until it dried, peel that off, and then eat that. I don't know if there is a hierarchy of glue eating, but that sounds far worse. We must condemn Miller!

I'm confessing now that while I didn't eat glue (or at least, I can't remember eating glue), I too used to pour Elmer's Glue (let's face it, other brands are awful) onto my hands, let it dry and then peel it off. It was fun. I would probably do it today if I could buy Elmer's glue in this country. I expect Inc. to revoke my contract at any moment for this youthful indiscretion.

It doesn't matter what anyone did in elementary school. The whole point of school is to turn us from feral glue eating creatures into responsible adults. If Stephen Miller were the only boy Ms. Fiske ever had that ate glue, I'll eat my hat.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Monica Lewinsky and praised her response to invasive questions from a reporter. While I got a lot of positive response to the article, I also got a lot of emails and comments that said: "she shouldn't have flashed her thong."

Well, of course not. She made a mistake. Miller shouldn't have eaten glue. You shouldn't have written "Tom is a poopy face!" on a note in 2nd grade either. But that was a long time ago. We need to allow people to change and respect that they do change. 

But there's another thing going on here: Violating laws for our 15 minutes fo fame. Apparently, Ms. Fiske is still teaching school in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. I couldn't access their website. I suspect that I'm not the only person trying to gain additional information on this teacher. I will continue to try to reach out to them and will update if I'm successful.

But, my understanding is that releasing information about a student is a violation of the law--even if that student is someone whose politics you hate, and who was a student 25 years ago. If Ms. Fiske is still a teacher she should be severely disciplined for releasing this information.

And The Hollywood Reporter? What a dumb story to publish. Will we next look at the fact that, as far as we know, all White House staff used to wear diapers! In public!

This attempt to look back--way back--is not limited to the political sphere. I had an accountant with a large investment bank contact me saying that, even though he's a licensed CPA with a master's degree and a decade of experience, they wouldn't hire him until he produced his high school transcripts. The company, through a spokesperson, adamantly denied doing such a thing. I found numerous other people who verified that this company had asked them, as well, for their high school transcripts but not one was willing to speak on the record. The universal response was, "they will destroy my career."

I asked about this on LinkedIn and got numerous responses from professionals about companies requiring people with years of experience and college degrees (and higher degrees!) to produce their high school transcripts or not be considered for the position.

Other people were asked what their junior high teachers thought of them, and for a reference for every single job they'd ever had. If you couldn't provide a human reference from your high school job, you were taken out of consideration.

Do you realize how ridiculous this is? Frankly, it doesn't even matter what you did professionally 20 years ago. 

It's time to recognize that people grow and change, and we need to look at who they are now, not who they are in 3rd grade. Let's give up the concept of career original sin and reintroduce the concepts of repentance, forgiveness, and growth.

Published on: Oct 11, 2018