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No Saints in Politics

March 1, 2020

Don’t look for Saints in our political classes. Add this notice about British PM, Boris Johsons, to a comparison of Boris and Donald Trump. Maybe our Republican friends in Utah got it right!

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 of the elected leaders of the United Kingdom and the United States.

                                Donald Trump          Boris Johnson

Birth city                     New York                    New York

Wives                          Three                           Three

Mistresses                   Multiple                      Multiple

Bastards                      One                               Two

Religion                       Presbyterian                Anglican

Secondary School      NYMilitary                   Eton

University                   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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