Dr. Leonard R. Friedman’s Aug. 8 letter, “Trump, as Zeus,” is clever. As his referenced author Charles Hall and statesman Paul Nitze may have hoped, I continue to ponder the ramifications of re-electing President Trump in 2020.
Dr. Friedman’s letter impels me to wonder what the original founders of the U.S. would recommend. The latter were plutocrats, as well as self-proclaimed Christians, who waged war against the demagoguery of King George III and the oligarchs within the U.K. Parliament of their era. Jacksonian populism would come later.
What, too, might past and present disputes among Jewish sages offer the citizenry of a democratic constitutional republic like the U.S. with regard to admiring a likeness of our current Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief to that of any chief deity of a polytheistic pantheon? Would this approximate idolatry?
At this moment I wish I could attend a discussion by three past sages. Two are Jews and one a post-Christian Native American. These are Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972), artist Hyman Bloom (1913-2009), and Nimipu (Nez Perce) Chief Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-keht (Joseph II) (1840-1904). This fleeting daydream inspires me to try to envision a country that exemplifies humane beauty. Because of my Judaic heritage and U.S. culturalization, such a country bares a likeness to a past Canaanite fortress on a hill that eclectic Abrahamists will always call Tsiyon (Zion).
Dick Freeman, Framingham