Exploring The Shallow Depths of Sophistry

This is a partial examination of Dr. Ed Berry’s latest article titled, Donald Trump Will Be Our Next President.

It’s a strong possibility that Donald Trump could become our next president, so there’s not much sense in arguing over that aspect of Dr. Berry’s premature assertion. What bothers me is the good doctor’s unfounded assertions and double standards in his zealous promotion of the candidate of his choice. So let’s begin to analyze the more important aspects of Dr. Berry’s sophistry, and start where he states:

“Trump will return the power back to the American people where it belongs. As more Americans catch on to this fact, they will support Donald Trump.”

It’s a fact Trump will return power back to the American people? btw, wasn’t “power to the people” the mantra of the 60’s radical groups protesting da man?

Of course the author didn’t bother to provide anything to substantiate his bold assertion, but I can provide some to the contrary.

One of the first things I’d do in terms of executive order, if I win, will be to sign a strong, strong statement that would go out to the country, out to the world, anybody killing a police man, a police woman, a police officer, anybody killing a police officer, the death penalty is going to happen. ~Donald Trump in New Hampshire (12/10/2015)

For those who are illiterate of the enumerated powers of the Constitution, the President has no authority to order the Judiciary, whether federal or state, to sentence anyone to the death penalty. The killing of a police officer is a local and state level crime. So like Obama, Trump has no problem with unconstitutional executive orders, as long as he agrees with them. Which is the definition of a Despot.

As I discussed in a previous article exposing Donald Trump’s erroneous ideology, Trump is an advocate of the subversive doctrine called Judicial Supremacy.

You have to go with it [same-sex marriage]. The decision’s been made, and that is the law of the land. ~Donald Trump on Supreme Court Decision, MSNBC Morning Joe (Sept. 4, 2015)

So according to Donald Trump, not only can the Supreme Court write law, they can write laws contrary to the enumerated powers granted to the Congress who does write the laws.

Article VI, second paragraph of US Constitution:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land…

Alexander Hamilton explains the principle of Article VI in Federalist #78.

There is no position which depends on clearer principles, than that every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm, that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.

So when comparing Trump’s constitutional interpretation of laws to Original Intent, clearly it’s not a fact that “Trump will return power to the American people”. As if we need some government official to return power that was never rightfully theirs. What we need is for the American people to understand the principles of the Constitution so they can discern and elect public servants who have the fortitude to uphold and defend them in the most turbulent storms.

Dr. Berry in his pragmatic quest to win elections at any cost, goes on to declare: “Trump brings Democrats, Independents, and Republicans who had given up on the Republican Party.”

Considering Donald Trump doesn’t represent republican principles, the Republicans Trump brings are Dupes and Republicans In Name Only. Dr. Berry is promoting the same Big Tent Philosophy the GOPe does which has led to the current predicament of the Republican Party standing for nothing. Both the GOPe and Dr. Berry take the conservative base for granted and seek to appease Democrats for votes. Ronald Reagan didn’t pander to Democrats, he won them over by giving a strong uncompromising case for conservatism that contrasted with the self-refuting principles of the Democrat Party.

Yet Dr. Berry has the gall to declare anyone who doesn’t vote for Donald Trump a Democrat. In his vitriolic nonsense, Dr. Berry uses the “Editorial We” when declaring, “It does not matter who you claim you are. We judge you by the results of your actions. If your actions help elect Hillary, you are a Democrat.”

Is Dr. Berry under some delusion that constitutionalists and conservatives care if some political hacks calls them Democrats, all because they won’t vote for his progressive candidate?

Apparently so because he thinks there are only two sides in America, either being for or against Donald Trump. Talk about an extremely myopic view…

Dr. Berry moves on to rightfully question Ted Cruz’s Dominionist ties, Cruz supports a pastor who tells you to kill gays.”

But it’s pot calling kettle black in the case of Donald Trump. It’s interesting that a highly educated Trump supporter would bring up the religion of another candidate, when Trump has just as many problems, e.g. the minister who Donald Trump still praises to this day, Norman Peale.

In 1984 Norman Vincent Peale was interviewed on the Phil Donahue program, said, “It’s not necessary to be born again. You have your way to God; I have mine. I found eternal peace in a Shinto shrine …I’ve been to Shinto shrines, and God is everywhere:” Shocked by this, Phil Donahue responded, “But you’re a Christian minister; you’re supposed to tell me that Christ is the way and the truth and the life, aren’t you?” Peale replied, “Christ is one of the ways. God is everywhere. (Christian News, May 12, 1997, 11.)

But I doubt that Dr. Berry would have a problem with that. Just over a month ago, he was promoting Joseph Campbell’s nonsense ‘The Power of the Myth’ and calling Christian Fundamentalists dangerous kooks.  Despite the name calling, which only exposes his own intellectual dishonesty, Dr. Berry is correct in this aspect, a biblical worldview is dangerous to his worldview. And so it should come as no surprise that the opposite holds true as well, his erroneous worldview is dangerous to the Christian worldview but for different reasons. One view is true and exposes the other as false, and in turn, the false view must attack its opposite, whenever possible, for the sake of its own unjustified existence.

For those who don’t know about Joseph Campbell, here is a sample of his teachings.

The virtues of the past are the vices of today. And many of what were thought to be the vices of the past are the necessities of today. The moral order has to catch up with the moral necessities of actual life in time, here and now. And that is what we are not doing. The old-time religion belongs to another age, another people, another set of human values, another universe. (1988 PBS documentary, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth)

Interesting, especially when compared to the immutable word of God.

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

“Cruz’s VCEs claim they are “constitutionalists.” Yet they support Cruz who is not a “natural born citizen.”

Back in December of 2015, Dr. Berry made the declaration here that Cruz and Rubio are eligible by citing the fallacious works of Katyal and Clement, and Maskell; while dismissing Mario Apuzzo’s. Berry points out that Mario Apuzzo’s article doesn’t address the papers of the other three. While Apuzzo doesn’t in the paper Berry chose to cite, Apuzzo had previously addressed Katyal and Clement paper at his blog here. Dr. Berry ends his paper by challenging anyone to rebuke Jack Maskell’s paper and bets that they can’t. Well Mario Apuzzo already did that here, long before Dr. Berry contemplated masking his irrational opinions as logic on the subject.

So to summarize what Berry did, he first works to convince Americans that Ted Cruz is eligible, then has the audacity to question their constitutionalism after they believe him. And while doing so, he continues in his own constitutional ignorance: To resolve the “natural born citizen” issue, elect Donald Trump. He will ask Congress to define “natural born citizen.”

Congress has no authority to define “natural born Citizen”. If they did, they could redefine every word in the Constitution and thus bypass the amendment process altogether.

And finally, we arrive to address Dr. Berry’s conclusions so I can end this analysis of his unsound political sagacity

Americans will vote for Donald Trump.

Yes, when more than one American votes for Donald Trump it becomes plural. So what? Americans will also vote for Hillary Clinton and other candidates.

Donald Trump is the only Republican candidate who can and will win the presidency.

If Donald Trump will win the presidency, then why the need for all the fallacious propaganda to support him, or is that the only way he can?

He is the only candidate with the necessary and proven CEO experience to run American and to save our economy.

Governing and CEO experience is apples and oranges, irrelevant point.

Trump will win the final election against Hillary by a landslide.

Berry is repeating his second talking point, redundant.

He will choose the best people for his cabinet and advisers. He already has Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Carl Icahn, Rudy Giuliani, and other superstars on his team.

Progressives like Ben Carson, Chris Christie, and Rudy Giuliani are the best people?

Trump will choose the best Generals and Admirals. Trump will not micromanage how they do their job.

Trump will choose the best science adviser. I hope Trump contacts Princeton Professor of Physics Will Happer.

Trump WILL do this, Trump WILL do that. Berry sure makes a lot of truth statements like he speaks directly for Trump and it’s guaranteed. Funny how as soon as Berry gets done telling us that Trump WILL choose the best science adviser, he tells us how he hopes Trump will contact Will Happer. If Trump WILL choose the best, why does Berry  have to “hope”?

Trump will not take orders from the CFR. Trump will audit the Fed. Trump will build America’s economy. We need a strong economy to make America great again.

Yes, more of the Trump will do this and that rhetoric. But in the March 3 Republican debate, Trump was asked if he could reveal two or three names that he trusts for national security.

I think Richard Haass is excellent. I have a lot of respect for him. I think General Keane is excellent. I think that there are — I like Colonel Jacobs very much. I see him. I know him. I have many people that I think are really excellent but in the end it’s going to be my decision.

Richard Haass is in his 13th year as president of the Council on Foreign Relations, and both General Keane and Colonel Jacobs are CFR members.

On March 21, 2016 Donald Trump revealed another list of Foreign Policy advisers and named Carter Page, who is both CFR and Council of National Policy. So while Trump may not “take their orders”, it’s clear he is seeking their council.

Unfortunately Ed Berry displays the typical shortsightedness of a Donald Trump supporter, predominately all rhetoric with little to no actual substance. The success of Trump’s campaign is a testament to the validity of Screwtape’s advice to his young inexperienced nephew, Wormwood:

“[M]an has been accustomed, ever since he was a boy, to having a dozen incompatible philosophies dancing about together inside his head. He doesn’t think of doctrines as primarily “true” or “false,” but as “academic” or “practical,” “outworn” or “contemporary,” “conventional” or “ruthless.” Jargon, not argument, is your best ally in keeping him from the Church. Don’t waste time trying to make him think that materialism is true! Make him think it is strong or stark or courageous—that it is the philosophy of the future. That’s the sort of thing he cares about. ~C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

As well as a testament to George Orwell’s description of a nationalist:

Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them. There is almost no kind of outrage — torture, imprisonment without trial, assassination, the bombing of civilians — which does not change its moral color when it is committed by ‘our’ side. The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.

For a nation of Liberty, those directions only lead down, not up.​ Neither Trump or Berry know how to make America great again because they don’t know what made us great to begin with. If we expect to be great again in this or the next generation, it begins by returning to first principles now, not with empowering a usurper of a different stripe and then promising to return to first principles tomorrow. From my understanding of Scripture, God does not bestow good nations on the credit of promises to be good people later.

For those who wish to ignore the principles of a republican form of government, and proceed with continually electing the lesser of two evils, this is what is in store for you.

When a nation of Liberty is dying, it naturally transgress into a state of anarchy. But once the people begin experiencing the horrors of lawlessness, they always seek a strong leader who promises to restore law and order to make things great again. Yet the kind of person who promises such things is usually never satisfied in just stopping there. And that’s when we shift into the next phase, a state of tyranny. History provides no examples of a people immediately deposing the tyrant and returning to Liberty, by that time the people have already debased themselves. It’s only after generations of abuse that they finally reclaim their unalienable rights granted by God, fight a bloody revolutionary war, and live as freemen.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. ~Hosea 4







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