History does bend towards justice, John, but, like anything that’s pliable, it also bends towards injustice. How can countries accept this America-Is-Not-Out when they see President Trump demonstrating the same ethical lies and bombast that characterizes classic dictators? The countries most worried about us are the ones that have had their own Trumps, and they know all the telltale signs. They also see considerable weakness in the American voter believing Trump’s message of hate and intolerance. They’re saying: “If Americans believe that, they’ll believe in sectarianism. They’ll believe in the strong against the weak. They’ll believe America is too great to have to consider the fates of other countries.” I’m wondering, John, if your message should be directed at the rest of the world before America. Other countries need some assurance they won’t fall under the crazy chest-pounded hand of Donald Trump.

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I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

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