The ancient Greeks left us three gifts:
1. "The Odyssey" — the first travel guide.
2. The isosceles triangle.
3. Democracy — government by the people.
Travel and the guides are now major international businesses, the triangle spawned geometry and trigonometry, but democracy is having a much tougher time.
The leaders on either side of the
Atlantic show little regard for
constitutional rules or political norms:
a.) Boris Johnson has shut down Parliament and offended her majesty the queen; President Trump has closed down government.
b.) The “special relationship” has taken on a new twist.
c.) Long-standing trade partnerships are being replaced by tariff wars.
d.) Both have border problems : Johnson in Ireland, Trump with Mexico.
e.) Boris Johnson is pulling out of the European Union; President Trump has left the Paris Climate
Accord and the Iranian Peace
f.) Oxford educated, speeches gush out of Johnson with an occasional flourish in Latin; President Trump’s monologues are deadpan prompter-guided or impromptu rambles with garbled pronunciation and mangled grammar.
g.) Both men sport peculiar hairstyles.
As the old saying goes: Wise men listen, fools seldom agree.