♪ Newcastle Brown,
I’m tellin’ ya,
It can sure smack you down
Take a greasy whore
And a rollin’ dance floor
It’s got your head spinnin’ round ♪
— “30 Days in the Hole.” Humble Pie
This weekend’s Weekend Politics Thread title arrives courtesy of your Catholic-school-educated host’s spotty memory of scripture. A few moments of predawn googling revealed to an abashed Uvular that he had for deacades remixed Proverbs 11:91 with Hosea 8:7 to produce the nonexistent Bible quote, “Whoever inherits the wind shall reap the whirlwind.” Which makes sense and lacks all sense at the same time.2
How does that Hosea line actually go? Per the New International Version: “They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up.”
And what do you call that act? The Trump Administration!
The sentencing of foreign policy adviser/coffee boy George “Loves It When They Call Him Big” Papadopoulos to 14 days in jail for lying to the FBI tied Uvular to the cowcatcher of this train of thought. In vino veritas, Pops. With the moral amounting to “Show up drunk to all depositions.”
♫ To tell the truth
Is a big mistake
Homes will crumble and hearts will break
Baby, why gamble when there’s so much to lose ♫
— “Consequences,” Robert Cray
Picture your preschool picture book and call to mind the image of the Gingerbread Man who escapes the baker and his wife only to get eaten by the fox who promises to ferry the animate confection across a creek.
Heck, just caption this.
First, Trump eats the folks who come into his orbit. Then Trump transmogrifies into the cookie, boasts no one can catch him, and gets chomped by the canid.
King Solomon,3 credited as the author of the first 29 chapters of what moderns such as your no-longer so terribly confused of a Bible reader and WPT host know as the Book of Proverbs never met a Trump or Trumpist. But he knew them.
Make a game of tagging a Trump family member, a Trump cabinet member, or a Republican in Congress to each of the following verses from Proverbs 11.
1 The Lord detests dishonest scales,
but accurate weights find favor with him.
2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.
3 The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
4 Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death.
5 The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight,
but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.
7 Hopes placed in mortals die with them;
all the promise of their power comes to nothing.
8 The righteous person is rescued from trouble,
and it falls on the wicked instead.
9 With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors,
but through knowledge the righteous escape.
10 When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;
when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
11 Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.
12 Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense,
but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.
13 A gossip betrays a confidence,
but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.
14 For lack of guidance a nation falls,
but victory is won through many advisers.
15 Whoever puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer,
but whoever refuses to shake hands in pledge is safe.
16 A kindhearted woman gains honor,
but ruthless men gain only wealth.
17 Those who are kind benefit themselves,
but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.
18 A wicked person earns deceptive wages,
but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.
19 Truly the righteous attain life,
but whoever pursues evil finds death.
20 The Lord detests those whose hearts are perverse,
but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.
21 Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,
but those who are righteous will go free.
22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout
is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.
24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more;
another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
25 A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
26 People curse the one who hoards grain,
but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell.
27 Whoever seeks good finds favor,
but evil comes to one who searches for it.
28 Those who trust in their riches will fall,
but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
29 Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind,
and the fool will be servant to the wise.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and the one who is wise saves lives.
31 If the righteous receive their due on earth,
how much more the ungodly and the sinner!
Or just comment as you normally would. No one can cast their bread upon the waters all day everyday.4