Playing Politics

I’m surprised, given Paul Ryan’s previous positions, that he won’t disavow Donald Trump after the most recent revelation of Trump’s attitude about women, which suggests that Ryan places politics over rectitude or values. Ryan initially indicated that he was unprepared to endorse Trump, who returned the favor, and he later called Trump’s comments about a Mexican judge racist, as well as criticized Trump’s reaction to a Muslim soldier’s parents and his hesitation about David Duke. However, he merely uninvites Trump to his recent rally rather than rejects his candidacy, and his worldview, as an increasing number of Republicans have done, and that seems insufficient, and could, and probably should, cost him politically and personally — what respectable leader wouldn’t repudiate such an individual from his own party?

True Love

A woman was caressing her boyfriend’s face and reading Bible verses to him on the train. He stopped her to explain how much she is going to love his church because it has a team that marches to a nearby nursing home and wheels the chair- and bed-bound residents down the street, up escalators, and to the services. I imagined what such a procession must look like — wouldn’t those bed-bound bodies just roll out on the stairs? — and then I realized that perhaps I missed the most important part of their conversation, which I discovered had turned to their mutual love of a Leviticus verse. Yes, I thought, I probably did.