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De Mortuis

December 10, 2018

There is much wisdom in the old Latin proverb: “De mortuis nihil nisi bonum”: Regarding the dead say nothing but good.

However, when the alleged character of the dead is employed to darken the reputation of the living, we at least need to get our facts straight.

The death of ex-President George H. W. Bush has given a platform to implied contrast with President Trump: integrity versus licentiousness, class versus boorishness, etc.

But in terms of personal integrity, the contrast is not between an exemplary husband and a rake; rather it is between discreet behavior and brash shamelessness. We certainly do not have blameless husbands in either case.

Monty Ledford,

Aberdeen