The second part of the longform article ‘The Existential Vote: A Socially-Distanced Post on the 2020 U.S. Election’.

III. Bankruptcy Protection from the Devil

“The stars move still, time runs, the clock will strike,
The Devil will come, and Faustus must be damn’d.
O, I’ll leap up to my God! Who pulls me down?” — Marlowe, Doctor Faustus

President Trump Visits St. John’s Episcopal Church — Credit: The White House

IV. Event Horizon

“What I see is that he’s a person who has a death wish that’s always been there, a self-destructive impulse… The way he views the world is that nearly everyone now is out to get him. And what he does is he creates the evidence to reinforce the view. It’s like a vicious cycle. So he’s constantly making true what he in his paranoid way fears is true…. he is bringing his worst fears to life by doing what he is doing.” — Tony Schwartz, co-author with Donald Trump of The Art of the Deal, 24th October 2019

Woolsey Fire, California, November 2018 — Credit: Wikimedia Commons

V. The Book of Lichtman, The Prophet

“That he seems rapt withal. To me you speak not.
If you can look into the seeds of time,
And say which grain will grow and which will not,
Speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear
Your favors, nor your hate.” — Banquo, Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 3

The White House — Wikimedia Commons

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