Thinking about Confucius on Super Tuesday

Confucius said: “In all matters, the first thing that a petty person thinks about is profit.” The Chinese ideogram that the translator has rendered as “profit” means “calculated self-interest.” Is that not an accurate description of most American politicians? And does it not perfectly capture the character of Mitt Romney? And by the way: For Confucius, the expression “petty person” meant “failed human being.”

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