“America is a Nation with the Soul of a Church” – G.K. Chesterton

Like no place else in the First World, America insists on investing its political leaders with religious significance. From the “America Needs JC” poster (featuring Jimmy Carter with long hair, a beard and a long white tunic like You Know Who), to Bill Clinton’s grotesque claim to establish a “New Covenant” to this cringe-making bit of iconography, we tend to do this. It always makes me wince, but it’s deeply American. The photo of Bush, at least is a bit of serendipity. His head happened to be in the right place at the right time. But still… ick. The man’s a politician, not a saint.


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