On Manafort, Cohen, and Trump

Sometimes, people and/or events unfold in today’s news that leaves most in stunned silence, and a scintillating quote from a literary bard captures it with aplomb: “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

This is why great literature is always relevant. 

Edith Wharton once wrote, “People either choose fear or love to guide their lives.” It seems as if 37 percent of the American public has chosen fear. And now it seems that all of the guilty will either be saved by a presidential pardon, or in the case of Individual Number One, a compliant Republican Congress. Of course, when Anne Boleyn arrived at the scaffolding to be beheaded, she kept looking around, believing until the last moment that Henry VIII would come in and save the day. Of course, he never came.

History is like an old skipping record. It continually repeats itself. Robert Mueller and the Southern District of New York are just too damn smart to think that anyone is going to get away with selling our country to our greatest adversaries. 

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