Below is an email I sent to my friend Eric, who is one of the several people I know who finds Trump to be morally compromised.  Eric is a student of Kung Fu, and his school holds four virtues sacred:  Wisdom, Benevolence, Sincerity, and Bravery.  Eric said he thought Trump was Sincere and Brave, but was neither Wise nor Benevolent.

After Trumps’s August 16 speech about America’s inner cities, I felt inspired to share my thoughts about it with Eric.


Subject: watershed

Well, my friend, you’re wrong about wisdom.  Last night was a watershed moment, and completes, for me, the diagnosis of what ails our country, who and what is responsible, and what to do about it.  If you watch nothing else, watch this, at least the first 10 minutes:

I am not arguing for one man’s perfection or individual virtue.  I am arguing for the most passionate, genuine, clear-eyed description of our country’s several predicaments I’ve ever heard in my adult life.  I am arguing for a fearless confrontation of the things that bleed, divide, and endanger us.

I had given up on the ossified idiocy of our government.  I had thought that it was impermeable to common sense and had come to see it as a heartless wrecking machine with a relentless legacy of carnage.  I am now hopeful in a way I didn’t know I could be hopeful.