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Sunday, 22 November 2020

Norman Vincent Peale

 was never my idea of a writer

and his ideas about spirituality

were implicitly pale and racist.


Not for him the grit of being black

and inch by inch taking back 

your sense of agency

from a wealthy white culture

that boxed in non-whites

with laws where the poor 

simply had to be stronger, 

to endure the privations 

that white folks heaped upon them.


Peale has now gone down further in my estimation, 

his were the sermons that young Donald used to hear 

in the church that the Trump family attended every Sunday.


As an adult Donald now believes in golf more than in God. 

His Sunday Service is on the course on his own, 

with club and ball, his security at a distance from him.


There is where finds his respite from the burden

of his property empire with all it's debts

and from being the leader who has to be 

his own press agent whilst president

because the press agent is the presidential staffer

who the press expect to see most 

whilst the person that the people 

should know most is their president. 


It is one of the 'what if's' of history

to ask what candidate Trump would have done

had he not won the presidential hole-in-one

of being elected the first time he stood ?


Would his being made to wait to stand again 

have improved him as a man and as a governor?

Would he have become more patient?

Nobody could begin the guess the answer.


Winning first time and serving one term

has done him no favours whatsoever.  

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