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Boris and Donald

October 1, 2019

As early as the 16th century, the phrase “two peas in a pod” compared humans to a vegetable.  That lowly simile seems to make sense even today when we compare the similarities og the elected leaders of the United Kingdom and the United States.

Donald Trump          Boris Johnson

Birth city

New York                    New York


Three                           Two


Multiple                       Multiple


One                               Two


Presbyterian                Anglican

Secondary School

NY Military                   Eton


Fordham/Wharton      Oxford

Best Friend

Fred Trump, Jr.            Frank Luntz

Political Philosophy

Nationalist                    Nationalist

Top Issue

Illegal Immigration      Brexit

We Americans are heirs to the influence of Puritans and assume that the British exhibit a lower form of morality. England’s monarchical history was exemplified by lax morality at “Court.”  British military officers stationed in Boston in the 18th century, however found that Boston women were “loose.” .

Clearly, a similar pattern of lax morals has gripped Donald and Boris and, yet, for now at least, that has not impaired success as politicians. The secret of their success may be that neither has any fixed beliefs.



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