What animates the actions and words of American Politicians these days?
We like to think that, deep-down, when the rubber meets the road, most of our Politicians are animated by a love of what this country stands for. We believe that we are a unique people who, unlike every other nation that has ever been and is, are driven by a love of Freedom, Liberty, and Justice for all, that, ultimately, we’re pretty much all in agreement on this point.
Indeed, America is unique among the nations of the world in that it was animated by a set of beliefs grounded in Morality and Right Reason.
However, Human Beings are the same the World over. None are Perfect in any sense. As it is said: we are fallen creatures who are apt to let Evil into our Souls. Or, as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn put it in The Gulag Archipelago, Volume I
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