In the harsh climate of endless election cycle, let us spare a brief moment in consideration of the wisdom from the long-dead English lexicographer Samuel Johnson.
Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.
This is best demonstrated currently by the odious, orange-visaged canker-blossom of the moment I need not name.
Johnson’s wisdom (and misogyny) are easily internet-viewable. Many a chestnut awaits the curious reader:
O’er preoccupied with scoundrels was this wordsmith? Perhaps. Although there are extant, today as then, so very many. From beyond the grave he expands my vocabulary: