Yes, I realize that the “Fletch” books date from the 1980s. Language hasn’t changed THAT much over twenty years. The books were popular and were made into successful films. And McDonald wrote something a few pages after that three-simile page that I thought was pretty pertinent nowadays.
From page 66 of Gregory McDonald’s _Fletch and the Man Who_, softcover edition from Warner Books.
“The American people don’t want anyone with deep convictions as President of the United States. People with deep convictions are dangerous. They’re incapable of the art of governing a democracy because they’re incapable of compromise. People with deep convictions put everyone who disagrees with them in prison. Then they blow the world up. You don’t want that, do you?”
Heh. He worked in a bit of sidewinder philosophy. You probably couldn’t get away with that nowadays *sigh*, but I see fun things like that in the old Shell Scott books, in Dickens, in late-model cyberpunk novels. Finding these gems is part of the fun of reading fiction for me.