Sound Familiar?…

Always deny what you don’t want to be known, and always affirm what you want to be believed. For, though there be much–even conclusive–evidence to the contrary, a fervent affirmation or denial will often create at least some doubt in the mind of your listener.–Francesco Guicciardini (Italy, 1483-1540; political theorist of the Medicis and friend of Machiavelli). The allusions to Trump’s despotic tendencies are no illusion.

Tariffs

Tariffs

The Enemy of Human Souls
Sat grieving at the cost of coals;
For hell had been annexed of late,
And was a sovereign Southern State.

“It were no more than right,” said he,
“That I should get my fuel free
The duty, neither just or wise,
Compels me to economize–
Whereby my broilers, every one,
Are execrably underdone.
What would they have?–although I yearn
To do them nicely to a turn,
I can’t afford an honest heat.
This tariff makes even devils cheat!
I’m ruined and my humble trade
All rascals may at will invade:
Beneath my nose the public press
Outdoes me in sulphureousness;
The bar ingeniously applies
To my undoing my own lies;
My medicines the doctors use
(Albeit mainly) to refuse
To me my fair and rightful prey
And keep their own in shape to pay;
The preachers by example teach
What, scorning to perform, I preach;
And statesman, aping me, all make
More promises than they can break.
Against such competition I
Lift up a disregarded cry.
Since all ignore my just complaint,
By Hokey-Pokey! I’ll turn saint!”
Now, the Republicans, who all
Are saints, began at once to bawl
Against his competition; so
There was a devil of a go!
They locked horns with him, tête-à-tête
In acrimonious debate,
Till Democrats, forlorn and lone,
Had hopes of coming by their own.
That evil to avert in haste
The two belligerents embraced;
But since ’twere wicked to relax
A tittle of a Sacred Tax,
‘Twas finally agreed to grant
The bold Insurgent-protestant
A bounty on each soul that fell
Into his ineffectual Hell.

Edam Smith (Ambrose Bierce)

It doesn’t have to be that way!

United is a temporary state usually brought about by a common enemy.
Instead, let us extend the concept of biodiversity to humanity (our common humanity) and celebrate our differences!
Now that’s a progressive philosophy.