The Politics and Sentimentality of Descent

Over at The Epoch Times, our favorite doctor takes issue with President Biden’s bogus attachment to his Irish roots, which is done mainly for shallow and self-serving political purposes.

It was his character, not his origins, that counted, and this ought to be so in all elections. Those candidates who sentimentally recall their origins, near or distant, are appealing to the most primitive of allegiances and the worst of criteria for making a choice between rivals for office. No doubt this is to an extent inevitable, because it appeals to human nature rather than to human reason, but it should nevertheless count as a mark against them. We sometimes have to resist what comes most naturally to us.

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