“May I be honest; may I be decent; may I be unaffected by the technique of hucksters,” John Steinbeck once wrote in a letter to a friend. “May I for a little while, only for a little while, see with the inflamed eyes of a God.”

With the possibility of a huckster returning to the White House and subordinating public service to personal interests, Steinbeck’s prayer seems urgently relevant.

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