Can the Dumb — define the Divine?
I’m pretty sure Dickinson knew the answer to that one long before she asked it. But think of it: when she wrote that line, she’d never met even a single one of the 2016 Republicans, neither candidates nor voters! Makes me think that maybe Dumb and Divine have a longer history than just the last sixty or-so years that I’ve been pondering said relationship.
In any case and for whatever reason, in this, the current political season, both Dumb and Divine seem to be in permanent rotation around each in the cluster of Republican presidential candidates. I frankly can’t recall a moment anywhere in previous political campaigns that has been so overladen with religious posturing as we witness today. What’s most puzzling is not so much the topics, but the vitriol tossed in the midst of would-be civil discussion by each, against all, and oh so often in the name of the Divinity commonly known as ‘Judeo-Christian’ — and all other versions be damned! Gives new meaning to the old “holier than thou” notion, but always with conclusion that Dickinson’s question is now answered: Can the Dumb — define the Divine? No. Definitely not. No way!
A couple of recent non-events did offer me reason(s) to grin, however, especially when I dropped them into Emily Dickinson’s context. She never heard of either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, but if she had I’m betting her response would have been something like See, I told you!!
First, this little gem:
Interesting twist embedded in this one, a twist that does seem to suggest that the Pope’s long-rumored Divinity may indeed be genuine, especially if one dares to accept the reverse of Dickinson’s question, i.e. can the Divine define the Dumb? In this case, the Pope didn’t actually ‘define’ Trump as Dumb, but the Pope-inspired Trump reaction pretty much did the job for him (see below)!
Not sure, though, that defining the Dumb should be strictly limited to the Divine, because if that were the case, most of us Progressive-Liberals would have to be defined as Divine, since we really are good at defining the Dumb . . . etc. Still, Trump’s comeback definitely confirms the thesis that the Pope can most certainly pluck the Dumb out of even a YUGE pile of candidate vitriol!
Trump: I guess this is a little bit for the press, so I just wrote this out, very quickly about the Pope, do you want to hear it? Should I read it to you? He actually said that maybe I’m not a good Christian, or something, it’s unbelievable and not a nice thing to say. So as a response —
If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’ ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president. Because this would not have happened if ISIS has been eradicated. . . .
Right. Perfect response. Expected. Definitive, and definitely NOT Divine!
Trump’s supporters, meanwhile, seem to lend further credibility to the notion that the Pope is genuinely Divine, as demonstrated by their attempts to define him. Below are a handful of Trump-supporter Tweets on the matter, each and all of which serve as solid proof that the Dumb really can’t define the Divine (or much of anything else, for that matter).
Ryan Edmonds ?@EdmondsRyan76
I thought the pope was “supposed” to be sinless…isn’t he making judgment on Trump? He’s prob a Muslim in disguise like Obama.
Chuck Plum @ChuckUmeboshi
LENIN’S POPE, ACCUSER OF THE BRETHREN, ON TRUMP: ANYONE WHO WANTS BORDER WALLS ISN’T CHRISTIAN
Vatican is Walled!
pope-a-dope is a commie beard, OK w/ Obama turning back 2 Christian persecution,against Trump 2 STOP persecution?
Stop the Clintons @barackmustgo
Pope stay out of our polotics. Trump stays out of your decisions.Pope gets wall/ protection why cant We? Very dissapointed.. cnn-shame on U.
Jack Hennessey @republic2016
The pope clearly revealed himself as an anti Trump political South American Communist as has been rumoured. Reveals elite open borders plan
There. The Dumb defined. By themselves. Thanks to a little help (which I don’t think they really needed, but what the hey!) from the Pope who is, according to some, Divine. Ergo yes, the Divine can, indeed, define the Dumb. Q.E.D.
Finally and on a somewhat different plane, there was this, courtesy of TRUSTED Cruz:
“[W]e are seeing an assault on religious liberty from Washington that is unprecedented . . . much of this persecution is the fruit of the Supreme Court’s disastrous gay marriage ruling last year . . .
“I believe that decision was fundamentally illegitimate, it was lawless, it was unconstitutional and it will not stand. And I would note, that is precisely why Dr. James Dobson has endorsed me in this campaign, it is why Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has endorsed me in this campaign, it’s why the National Organization on Marriage [sic] has endorsed me on this campaign and has said it cannot support Donald Trump or Marco Rubio because if we’re not willing to defend marriage, we are giving up the foundational building blocks of the family, we’re giving up the Judeo-Christian values that built this great nation.”
Just a guess, but the impression I invariably get from Cruz is that he does, indeed, see himself as bright enough and smart enough to define the Divine; he also KNOWS the Divine definition of marriage and how IT also defines the United States as being ITS own creation and ITS most favorite nation, etc. etc.
That is, come to think of it, pretty much the way the Dumb almost invariably define the Divine. It’s also pretty much the way Republicans — candidates and voters alike — define their perception of the Divine, and greatly simplifies the Progressive Liberals’ task of defining the Dumb: aka Republicans.
OK, so: as Judy Woodruff likes to say, “We’ll have to leave it there . . .” etc.
The Future — never spoke —
Nor will He — like the Dumb —
Reveal by sign — a syllable
Of His Profound To Come –