Here is the main text including the questioned parts. ps: this is a political statement.

As we proceed we cannot be gulled by promises of what will happen tomorrow—at bottom they really are rug merchants.

  • These are two different things. You're better off asking what this sentence means. Please also provide more context.
    – Joachim
    Mar 25 at 13:24
  • For example: "I promise that I will deliver tomorrow." Don't be gulled by that promise – pay after you have received the goods. Mar 25 at 13:34
  • In this setting, a promise of tomorrow implies an empty promise, and rug merchants implies used car salesmen. Mar 25 at 13:43
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    @YosefBaskin - I would have guessed toupee salesman.
    – Jim
    Mar 25 at 14:19
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    @YosefBaskin: With a handle like yours, I'm guessing you know that all the best Persian rugs must have a "flaw" of some kind (to avoid implying that the carpet-weaver's skills might eclipse those of his deity). So arguably if your rug had four "descriptive shortcomings", you got a real bargain (unless you failed miserably in the "haggling" phase, and agreed to give the seller all your money and your first-born child! :) Mar 25 at 15:00

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