When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.—Winston Churchill. Sometimes it feels like our political environment is just another television "reality show." It can have that effect. Actual reality: like a nasty infection, divisiveness continues to spread across our nation. The great mystics recommended love and union as the bottom line in life, but it seems that we are increasingly turning our backs on that wisdom.
I initially submitted a different column than the one you're reading now. For a variety of reasons, I contacted the paper on Monday and asked them to pull the column. They graciously complied, even though I can imagine what that does to the already-busy people who are working up to a deadline. Anyway, I'm glad I pulled that column back. I wrote it in a reactionary mode, and I didn't even realize that I was stuck in it. I was certain that I had a correct (and potentially humorous) read on the Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki.