On Wednesday, Donald Trump will cease to be the American president. Though I don’t want President-elect Joe Biden to be our chief executive, I won’t pretend I’m anything but glad to see Trump go.
Yet I also can’t pretend I’ve haven’t learned from Trump. He has dominated our national public life to an unprecedented degree and, in the process, served as an exceptional negative object lesson. And the chief lesson, for me, is this: You can’t compartmentalize character.
Lack of self-discipline in one part of your life will not stay contained. Habitual dishonesty won’t be isolated to a single relationship or role.