Tao Te Ching
The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.
The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.
Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.
Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.
The States of the Unions
Will Trump Avoid a Constitutional Crisis?
The New Yorker by Ryan Lizza
In 1785, when Benjamin Franklin, then the U.S. Ambassador to France, was set to return home, King Louis XVI presented him with a snuffbox decorated with a diamond-encrusted painting of the king. While gift-giving of this sort was common in European diplomacy, the expensive present caused a minor scandal in America. One of the corrupting practices that the founders were trying to prevent from taking root was the European habit of subtly buying off foreigners with gifts. Franklin, who fell in love with France during his service there, was viewed by some of his American colleagues as an easy mark.
. . . A recent paper published by the Brookings Institution notes that President Trump would be violating the Constitution “whenever a foreign diplomat stays in a Trump hotel or hosts a reception in one; whenever foreign-owned banks offer loans to Mr. Trump’s businesses or pay rent for office space in his buildings; whenever projects are jump-started or expedited or licensed or otherwise advantaged because Mr. Trump is associated with them; whenever foreign prosecutors and regulators treat a Trump entity favorably; and whenever the Trump Organization makes a profit on a business transaction with any foreign state or foreign-owned entity.”