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In yesterday’s post, your humble blogger explained the NORMALIZATION PROCESS™ as being a function of God’s creation. What one should have also observed is that one does not need to be Catholic or even “c”atholic to agree with that which was posited in our post titled Trump: On The Right Side Of History (see here). In other words, being CATHOLIC does not need to entail a confessional prerequisite. The reason that your humble blogger can make the above statement is that the subject matter of the above mentioned post contained information whose nature is UNIVERSAL.
Being the good Thomists that we are here at the Deus Ex Machina Blog (DEM), starting with defining terms is in order. Accroding to the MerriamWebster Dictionary, (the official dictionary of the DEM Blog), we read the following definition: (see here) (empahsis added)
: done or experienced by everyone : existing or available for everyone
: existing or true at all times or in all places
If we then consult our official DEM Blog thesaurus and look up the term UNIVERSAL, one of the synonyms that appears is CATHOLIC. Given this “coincidence”, returning to the dictionary, the definition for CATHOLIC is as follows: (empahsis added)
1: a often capitalized : of, relating to, or forming the church universal
b often capitalized : of, relating to, or forming the ancient undivided Christian church or a church claiming historical continuity from it
c capitalized : roman catholic
2 : comprehensive, universal; especially : broad in sympathies, tastes, or interests <a catholic taste in music>
Notice that to be CATHOLIC according to the definition above in no way implies belonging to any particular confession. This exclusively secular, non-religious definition of CATHOLIC can be restated as follows: existing or true at all times or in all places.
And if we recall our definition of the LEX ARMATICUS, namely:
Those individuals and institutions that comply to the et Invisibilium, will remain a part of the Visibilium Omnium. Those that do not, will be consigned to the trash heap of history.
… we are merely making a secular or non-religious statement that explains a state that is “existing or true at all times or in all places”, regardless of whether one acknowledges the existence of God or not. In other words, we are also making a CATHOLIC statement. An example of a CATHOLIC statement is: 2 + 2 = 4.
The explanation above allows us to state that in order to be CATHOLIC, all one needs to do is accept and conform to the body of knowledge that has been acquired through the academic disciplines, i.e. the physical sciences and the observational sciences. Or at least that part of the body of knowledge that is “existing or true at all times or in all places”.
To finish this train of thought, the word for the concept of something that is “existing or true at all times or in all places” is TRUTH. The concept behind the word TRUTH in turn, has been defined by Western Civilization in antiquity. It was Aristotle who first defined the meaning of TRUTH as: what is, that it is.
The most important characteristic of this understanding of TRUTH is that it is completely OBJECTIVE. An example is 2+2=4 is true because it is, that it is. The same can be said for any other TRUE concepts which span the continuum from the physical sciences, e.g. laws of physics to the observational sciences, e.g. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
Which brings us to today’s subject matter. A CATHOLIC post appeared on the Of Two Mind Blog titled How Do We Make America Strong Again? Start Telling the Truth. (see here) In the post, Charles Hugh Smith makes the following observation:
You want to make America strong again? The only way to do so is to start telling the truth and insisting on the truth.
And why is “insisting on the truth” of utmost importance? Here is the prescient part:
Telling the truth, and insisting on the truth, requires courage, a moral foundation and strength. Telling lies, accepting half-truths and living with fraud as a way of life is easy because it requires no courage, moral foundation or strength.
And Charles concludes:
You want to make America strong again? The only way to do so is to start telling the truth and insisting on the truth. Accepting statistical lies, propaganda and fraud as “truth” because it’s easy and doesn’t challenge our assumptions is a one-way road to ruin.
Read LEX ARMATICUS!
If we carefully watch the Trump campaign and the accompanying “circus”, what we can easily observe is the emotional frenzy with which the attacks are directed at the candidate. What one also notices is the absence of any reasoned, substance based responses to Trumps assertions.
The absence of a RATIONAL response is very telling. One of the better observations for just this phenomenon comes from David Pottruck via the ArmstrongEconomics blog who as early as the 10th of March 2016 made the observation that the basis for the TrumpHaters is their institution’s fear of change. Here is the relevant passage: (emphasis added)
Hate it (institutional change) with a PASSION!
That’s because when there’s a new way of doing things, a new way of solving problems, a new way of relating to everything, they feel threatened as a deep personal-loss.
The “deep personal-loss” is derived from:
Change renders meaningless the value of their hard-won experience and know-how. In politics, it may mean family member lose their cushy jobs and perks. (Read the rest here)
The feeling of the “deep personal-loss” applies equally to the Republican who will lose his influence in the corridors of power as well as the new college graduate with her worthless “gender studies” degree and every vested interest in between.
Given the above, what we see in fact transpiring is nothing short of a “caged death match” between various vested interests. On the one hand we have the personal vested interests of the TrumpHaters while on the other hand we have the vested interest, both personal and professional of the candidate Donald J. Trump himself.
And naturally, to complete the above “caged death match” fight card, there is also the general public who likewise has a vested interest in this election. The question then becomes, which of the two former vested interest best aligns with the vested interest of the general public.
From that which we have observed above, it is rather self evident that the vested interest of the general public aligns more closely with those traits outlined by Charles Hugh Smith, i.e. The only way to do so (making America strong again) is to start telling the truth and insisting on the truth. This also happens to be the definition that we described above as being CATHOLIC.
Therefore, it would appear, OBJCETIVELY speaking, that Donald J. Trump is in fact the CATHOLIC candidate in this year’s presidential election.