Ancient Wisdom for Current Politics

This morning’s BCP Daily Office readings:

Sirach 10:1-18
Psalm 37:1-18

They are both timely and comforting the morning after the third Presidential “debate.”

The government of the earth is in the hands of the Lord,
    and over it he will raise up the right man for the time.

— Sirach 10:4

The Lord has plucked up the roots of the nations,
    and has planted the humble in their place.
The Lord has overthrown the lands of the nations,
    and has destroyed them to the foundations of the earth.
He has removed some of them and destroyed them,
    and has extinguished the memory of them from the earth.

— Sirach 10:15-17

 

Do not fret yourself because of evildoers;*
do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
For they shall soon wither like the grass,*
and like the green grass fade away.
Put your trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.

— Psalm 37:1-3

Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers,*
the one who succeeds in evil schemes.
Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; *
do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.
For evildoers shall be cut off,*
but those who wait upon the Lord shall possess the land.

— Psalm 37:8-10

Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest.

Deplorable Math

Back of the envelope math: 50 million "not America" Americans in Hillary's "basket of deplorables." So much for #StrongerTogether
50 Million Deplorables

I have friends taking issue with my math regarding the 50 million Americans that Hillary Clinton is writing off as irredeemably “not America.”

It’s possible that I’ve overstated, and it’s really something like a mere 30 million.

Since her description was delivered with a wink and a nudge (you know, “those people”…) there’s no precise number available. The only one who really knows how many millions are in Hillary’s Big Basket o’ Deplorables is… Hillary Clinton.

Perhaps someone should ask her.

When she’s well enough to take questions, of course.