POLITICS AND THE MAGICIAN. I can't help but think that much of politics is an attempt at a magician's sleight of hand. We look over here at the diversionary activity while the magician easily slips out of the box over there (almost in plain sight) while our eyes are diverted.
OFF THE HOOK. I think this about the so-called moral vote in the recent presidential election. While the gullible were told to focus only on abortion and gay marriage, the candidate got off the hook for accountability for the war in Iraq, domestic disarray, and international buffoonery.
NO FOOLING GOD. And, like a magician, candidates gloat in profusive adulation, all the while knowing they got away with deceit. But every magician ultimately has to pray. There's no fooling God.