“The quality of being authentic [not false or copied; genuine; real]; genuineness” is in the news this week.

First we have a Hillary Clinton to Show More Humor and Heart strategy, complete with “new efforts to bring spontaneity”.

Ponder that statement for a moment. We all know that liberals are irony-poor people, but, really guys, must I spell it out? Effort precludes spontaneity.

While touting the new spontaneity, on the same week she apologizes for her private email which violated all security rules; she and Bill made themselves very rich peddling influence but she bemoans a “political system hijacked by billionaires and special interests.” Spontaneity just oozes out from Hillary at the least excuse.

The news of rebranding Hillary yet again as authentically spontaneous comes from

a corner office at the campaign’s Brooklyn headquarters with shabby mix-and-match chairs and expansive views of Manhattan

As spontaneous a setting as you could get.

Then there’s the BuzzFeed “I am Christian but I am not . . .” video (transcript here), which shows BuzzFeed’s idea of what Christians are: a bunch of Pharisees who don’t mention Our Lord Jesus Christ, nor His death and resurrection.

To complete the authenticity triad today, here’s the latest reincarnation of James Bond, where he lives together with Pussy Galore and has an outspoken gay friend, in 1957 England.

I leave you with Tolkien,

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring.

Tolkien, by the way, knew the real thing.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.