A remarkable coincidence of thought. If your thoughts echo what comes out of the White House, then you are drinking the Kool-Aid. Ask Don Trump for what he considers to be good points, he’ll have the same list.

But they aren’t good points at all. Look at them in a wider context. Full employment sounds good, but Jefferson Davis could have said the same about the folk in his nation who couldn’t vote.

If your nation has more of its citizens locked up than Stalin ever did at the height of the gulags, then I suggest that any points you make about national morality are too precious to be taken seriously.

And so on.

Being able to find beauty in dross is a positive, and we are guided by the example of Saint Eknath here, but that is a personal trait, and not one that works for the welfare of the wider community.

A shallow analysis works just fine if you are selling rubbish to those who don’t think deeply. Abraham Lincoln had some words to say about fooling the people.


Britni Pepper has always enjoyed telling stories. About people, places and pleasures.

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