Metaphysics: The faux impeachment inquiry
The recent restaging of Shakespeare’s "Much Ado About Nothing" on Capitol Hill brings to mind the ancient Greeks and their perception of Reality. The Greeks reckoned there was the physical world, the Physics. The Greek Realists said the Physical world consisted of that we could see, taste, feel, hear, and smell; however, some philosophers felt there might be something after, something beyond.
So, they took the concept of Physics and added the Greek word "meta," which means after or beyond. Viola! We have Metaphysics.
Fast forward to the present: The Greeks would consider the transcript of the July, 2019, telephone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky as being in the world of Physics. The kind of thing even the least gifted among us can see, touch, read, and even understand. The fanciful parody of the Trump-Zelensky phone call that Congressman Schiff read into the Congressional Record is, by definition, Metaphysical.
And so the metaphysical hearing droned on with no actual witnesses to a crime but only bureaucrats spinning tales of hearsay which one Democrat lawmaker said is better than direct testimony. If Congressman Quigley learned that unique concept at the Loyola School of Law, one might question the school’s accreditation.
One reason the Democrats are in charge of the U.S. House of Representatives has to do with Hedonism. Most people think of Hedonists as seeking pleasure; however, to the early Greeks, Hedonism had more to do with the avoidance of pain and suffering. The seeking of pleasure was secondary.
Recall, that just prior to the congressional elections of 2016 over 40 Republican House members (some call them RINOs) decided to retire, creating open seats that were gobbled up by Democrats, putting Nancy Pelosi back in the Speaker’s seat. Rather than endure the pain and suffering involved with running a campaign for votes, they retired to enjoy the other element of Hedonism: a pleasurable lifetime of drawing their generous congressional retirement and healthcare benefits.
Already, in 2019, we are seeing scores of GOP House members refusing to defend their seats in 2020 and that could cause the House to remain under the gavel of Speaker Pelosi, portending at least two more years of the people’s business not getting done.
Meanwhile, if the environmentalists running for the Democrat presidential nomination were serious about protecting the environment, they might practice some form of Jainism (no, nothing to do with Jane Fonda). The Jains were a religious group located mostly in India.
The Jains had such reverence for life they would sweep the path in front of their footsteps in order to avoid stepping on some insect. The Jains also abhorred any form of hate speech. The Jains were so against the unnecessary consumption of the earth’s bounty that geriatric Jains made what they figured was the environmentally sound decision which was to starve themselves to death.
Perhaps, AOC, her squad, and the other global warmers might think about the Jains before they set off for climate-change conferences in chartered jets. And before they call for harm to befall the current U.S. President. Also, they could set a fine example for other global warmers by practicing the Earth’s-bounty-saving environmentalism of the geriatric Jains. We suggest. You decide.
©2019. William Hamilton.
William Hamilton, is a laureate of the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame, the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame, and the Oklahoma University Army ROTC Wall of Fame. Dr. Hamilton’s Formula for Failure in Vietnam: The Folly of Limited Warfare will be published on December 31, 2019. For pre-publication orders: Toll free: (800) 253-2187 "Central View," can also be seen at: www.central-view.com.