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Today is synthesis day, in that your humble blogger has presented, or attempted to present a large amount of OBJECTIVE information over the course of the last few posts, while making the case that supporting Donald J. Trump is in fact supporting the CATHOLIC candidate in the upcoming presidential election this coming 8th of November.
Since we are dealing with OBJECTIVE information, we are dealing with information that is “existing or true at all times or in all places”. Therefore we can take this same criteria, apply it to any other candidate and assess, or as we say DISCERN, how the said candidate, or to be more precise his views, conform to OBJECTIVE criteria. Or to look at the above from a different perspective, what your humble blogger is attempting to do is define a METHODOLOGY by which we can discern what is CATHOLIC, i.e. OBJECTIVELY TRUE.
If we then make decisions based on this OBJECTIVE METHODOLOGY, we will be in fact acting in our own and our family’s “best self interest”. And if all parties act in their own best “self interest”, we will by extension as a community be acting in the best interest of that community. And to finish this thought, the only way that we can protect ourselves and our “best interests” and those of our families, is to correctly assess the OBJECTIVELY TRUE situation and make the corresponding decisions that reflect those “interests”.
And finally, when I use the term “self interest” , I am not injecting any SUBJECTIVE qualification onto the METHODOLOGY. In other words “self interest” is an OBJECTIVE STATE, e.g. self interest ≠selfishness.
Now to the subject at hand.
In a previous post (see here), we used an OBJECTIVE criteria known as Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as a tool to explain the significance of Economic Globalization and the derived phenomenon of “uncontrolled migration”. We explained how “uncontrolled migration” effects individuals in the United States by crowding out the higher earning indigenous population from the labor force and replacing it with low-wage labor of the newly arrived immigrants.
Today we will examine the “uncontrolled migration” issue with respect to where it falls on our OBJECITIVE criteria, i.e. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The position of the “uncontrolled migration” with respect to our OBJECITIVE criteria will give us an indication as to the most-likely voting patterns of the “affected electorate” for the respective candidates.
Now please let me be clear. The above should not be seen as a personal attack on immigrants. I myself and my family are immigrants to the US. I have also lived in various other countries, therefore, I am an immigrant several times over. What I am doing is trying to explain the “process” that lies behind “uncontrolled migration” so as to understand what is the OBJECTIVELY TRUE situation. Only by understanding the OBJECTIVELY TRUE situation will we as decision makers be able to make the choice that is in our and our family’s “best interest”. Excuse the digression…
Back to the subject at hand.
As stated earlier, we have identified “uncontrolled migration” as an OBJECTIVELY “bad” phenomenon on the basis that it creates displacements within the indegenous work force. It is this phenomenon that the Trump campaign has also identified as a “bad” phenomenon and has made it the central plank in his campaign. By identifying “uncontrolled migration” as a campaign issue, the Trump campaign has likewise identified a phenomenon that addresses the most fundamental human need, according the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
Hold that thought.
A secondary proof of this OBJECTIVE FACT of displacements within the indegenous work force can be observed in the below graph.
What we see in the above is the current unemployment rate which stands at 4.7% of the population. (Dark blue line)
The light blue line represents the unemployment rate adjusted for a “work force participation” rate, at the same level as it was before the financial crisis (2008).
The work force participation rate in turn is defined as: (see here)
… measure of the active portion of an economy’s labor force. The participation rate refers to the number of people who are either employed or are actively looking for work. The number of people who are no longer actively searching for work would not be included in the participation rate. During an economic recession, many workers often get discouraged and stop looking for employment, as a result, the participation rate decreases.
In other words, the number of individuals in the “accounted for” labor force who are working presently is the lowest number since 1968 (see here), while at the same time the “official” unemployment rate is at historic lows. The difference between these two figures, represented by the gap between the light blue and the dark blue lines represents the “unaccounted for” workers in the labor force that are not represented in the labor force participation rate. And to put a number on the size of this part of the labor force, it presently stands at…
“over 102 million Americans who are either unemployment or no longer looking for work”.
So why am I bringing this to your attention?
The reason is this. The inference that we can draw from what we are observing with respect to the issues identified by the respective candidates is as follows:
The Trump campaign has identified an issue that directly affects a sizeable number of people (102 million in a population of 323 million – roughly 31%)
The individuals who populate the 102 million figures are all of voting age.
The individuals who populate the 102 million figure for the most part want to be employed.
And finally, for these 102 million individuals who are either unemployment or no longer looking for work”, this issue falls in the category of the most basic issue according our OBJECTIVE criteria which is the human hierarchy of needs that Maslow identified.
Or to put it another way, the manner in which human beings vote is dictated by their basic needs. If 102 million individuals are having a difficult time acquiring resources that satisfy their basic physiological needs, then they will, with a high degree of certainty be voting for the candidate that addresses those needs.
And in the upcoming election, Donald J. Trump is, OBJECTIVELY speaking, that candidate.
The above analysis is also corroborated by the second principle of the LEX ARMATICUS, i.e. even neo-modernists need to eat.
Furthermore, the physiological need supersedes the need for security.
It will be this need and issues pertaining to it in the US presidential campaign that your humble blogger will be analyzing in the next post.