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All Honorable Presidents, Step Forward. Not you, Donald.

As usual, I have a lot of posts floating around in my head. But instead of picking some half assed thought to write about, I think I’ll let them coalesce into something more meaningful.

But I didn’t want this day to go by without honoring our presidents, and one in particular.

There was something different about Abraham Lincoln, the best president we have ever had. He came from nothing. He was born on a frontier. He taught himself law. He ran for office and didn’t wear religion on his sleeve. Whatever it was in his life experiences, none of which were uncommon for a man of his era, he had a developed a profound understanding of human nature.

He said:

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

This is a universal and ancient theme, the test of power, from Plato to Tolkien.

None has failed it so spectacularly as Donald Trump.


In other news:

Amy Berman Jackson, judge presiding over Roger Stone’s case, has scheduled a conference call for tomorrow with the prosecutors and defense attorneys. Stone is to be sentenced on Thursday.


Hilary Mantel’s last book in her Thomas Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, will be released on March 10, 2020. It’s in my audible wish list. But the world may end before then. I’m concerned that we will never really know what the aristocrats said to King Henry VIII to make him turn on Cromwell and how responsible Cromwell was for his own demise.

The audiobook is a whopping 39 hours long. So, what will I do with the rest of my weekend?