I studiously avoided any coverage of the “inauguration” last week. I have, after that, done my best to avert my eyes from news. I did see that D.C. was turned into an armed bastion through the deployment of subsequently abused National Guardsmen. Sounds American to me. Right up there with, “Ausweis, bitte!”
Today I read a good piece at First Things by Chad Pecknold about Biden’s use of St. Augustine in his address. Pecknold exposes how “Biden’s call to unity is empty rhetoric.”
Pecknold explains how Biden misused (missed the point of) a line from City of God about what unifies a commonwealth or people: the common objects of their love. I direct the readership to go read the clear and concise piece over there. It’s really good.
Let’s just say that Augustine and Biden have rather different views.
For a good commentary on the monumental City of God, you might try Gerard O’Daly.