Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Chameleon Trump: What You See Is Not What You Get

A Pig In A Poke What You See Is Not What You'll Get | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
"According to registration records, since 1987 Donald Trump has been a Republican, then an independent, then a Democrat, then a Republican, then “I do not wish to enroll in a party,” then a Republican; he has donated to both parties; he has shown loyalty to and affinity for neither." 

"Donald Trump, Jeb Bush said, is “a chaos candidate, and he’d be a chaos president.” Unfortunately for Bush, Trump’s supporters didn’t mind. They liked that about him. Trump, however, didn’t cause the chaos. The chaos caused Trump. What we are seeing is not a temporary spasm of chaos but a chaos syndromeChaos syndrome is a chronic decline in the political system’s capacity for self-organization. It begins with the weakening of the institutions and brokers—political parties, career politicians, and congressional leaders and committees—that have historically held politicians accountable to one another and prevented everyone in the system from pursuing naked self-interest all the time. As these intermediaries’ influence fades, politicians, activists, and voters all become more individualistic and unaccountable. The system atomizes. Chaos becomes the new normal—both in campaigns and in the government itself."

"How American Politics Went Insane"
(Why Smoke-Filled Backrooms Are Preferable To The Chaos Of Radical Individualism)
The Atlantic

"Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad"
Deus perdere vult, dementat prius.

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Alan: The evangelical/fundamentalist love affair with Donald Trump is based on the structure of a largely subjective faith that not only enables Christian conservatives to believe - but obliges them to believe - any sort of shiftless whimsicality required by their "personal relationship" with God. 

Compendium Of Pax Posts About Donald Trump, Updated June 3, 2016 

Conservative Christians -- particularly those driven by an implacable need for "salvation assurance" -- pride themselves (to the point of hubris) that the tenets of their faith are detached from any touchstone of reasonably-predicated scientific truth, and in their quest to validate forms-of-faith that would flabbergast Jesus himself, they willingly delude themselves with lickspittle submission to St. Paul's teaching that "the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight."

"The wisdom of this world" (at least as Paul understood its essence) is the same foolishness that now deludes self-professed "Christians" into thinking Donald Trump is their political savior. 

As Lao Tzu pointed out 2500 years ago: "The profoundest truths are paradoxical."

Thomas Aquinas was right: "Arguing against those who said that natural philosophy was contrary to the Christian faith, (Aquinas) writes in his treatise "Faith, Reason and Theology that "even though the natural light of the human mind is inadequate to make known what is revealed by faith, nevertheless what is divinely taught to us by faith cannot be contrary to what we are endowed with by nature. One or the other would have to be false, and since we have both of them from God, he would be the cause of our error, which is impossible."" "Alladin's Lamp: How Greek Science Came To Europe Through The Islamic World" by John Freely 

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