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Are Trump & Biden the Same "Kabuki Theater"?

Two of my favorite long time Catholic Monitor commenters apparently think I'm wrong to back Donald Trump. First, I'll give their take and then I'll give my response:

Debbie said…
Unfortunately, Mr. Martinez I disagree with your analysis of Trump. I voted for him the first time because all the right people hated him. I voted for him the second time because I wanted to believe him and of course stop a Democrat from getting in. But, in this is huge for me....he gave us warp speed vaccine. And, do you have proof or links that clearly show he reduced funds to PP. I've read that he most certainly did not. And his first two years he had both the Senate and House to build the wall and defund PP. I think his whole presidency was kabuki theater.

Aqua said…
Debbie - and Trump was the one who set the precedent that government has the right and authority to “shut down the economy” and remand private citizens to house arrest in the name of a government declared “emergency “.

We may disagree about length of lockdowns and severity ... Democrat Governors go all in, R Governors are more circumspect, ALL (except two) are in consensus it is right and proper to suspend liberty at central government executive discretion .

And ultimately the first one to do so, who got us all to accept it - was Donald John Trump.

Kabuki might be the best description if this insanity
[See: Les Femmes: "General Franco, President Trump, Archbishop Lefebvre - What do these three men have in common?": https://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2021/04/les-femmes-general-franco-president.html] 
 
Debbie and Aqua, I agree and disagree. My point is, more or less, I prefer and back a semi-Modernist, true yet flawed, Catholic Pope Benedict XVI (I wished Benedict was Pope Pius X, but he isn't.) to a Modernist Francis. I prefer and back a semi to possible full-believer in the vaccine who would allow us to choose to take it or not take it and who used Title X against Planned Parenthood to an apparent Socialist stooge of the Deep State and China who also holds a fraud presidency, that will increase funds for Planned Parenthood, who may want if he had enough political strength to force us all to take the vaccine by pure brute tyrannical government mandate.

On the lockdowns, you have Donald Trump who wanted to open up and you have Joe Biden as well as friends who want apparently forever lockdowns and forever "suspend[ing of] liberty."

As with Benedict and Francis so with Trump and Biden: they are not the same. [See: "If Pope Benedict was a Hegelian, does that mean he was a Full Fledged Modernist Heretic?":

As a side note, I loved your Kabuki theater analogy despite not totally agreeing with it. Here is Urban Dictionary's explanation it:

Kabuki

Theatre, artifice, fake, insincere, something done only for show. AKA lip service
Congress stated that mine safety would be a priority but I fear that it is just kabuki and nothing will happen...

... Showy posturing performed as an act of theater. Typically used by pundits to describe an empty political performance which serves to satisfy or distract an audience. The name refers to the Japanese tradition of Kabuki theater, eliciting imagery of heavily costumed characters performing sweeping gestures and holding exaggerated poses for an audience. The performance may appear as elaborate and sometimes strange (foreigners in drag).

While the public remained fixated on the Kabuki of the kind words and state visit by the charismatic leader, his administration was doubling down on trade violations and human rights abuses.
[https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Kabuki]

Francis Notes:

- Doctor of the Church St. Francis de Sales totally confirmed beyond any doubt the possibility of a heretical pope and what must be done by the Church in such a situation:

"[T]he Pope... WHEN he is EXPLICITLY a heretic, he falls ipso facto from his dignity and out of the Church, and the Church MUST either deprive him, or, as some say, declare him deprived, of his Apostolic See."
(The Catholic Controversy, by St. Francis de Sales, Pages 305-306)


Saint Robert Bellarmine, also, said "the Pope heretic is not deposed ipso facto, but must be declared deposed by the Church."
[https://archive.org/stream/SilveiraImplicationsOfNewMissaeAndHereticPopes/Silveira%20Implications%20of%20New%20Missae%20and%20Heretic%20Popes_djvu.txt]

- "If Francis is a Heretic, What should Canonically happen to him?": http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2020/12/if-francis-is-heretic-what-should.html

- "Could Francis be a Antipope even though the Majority of Cardinals claim he is Pope?": http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2019/03/could-francis-be-antipope-even-though.html

 -  LifeSiteNews, "Confusion explodes as Pope Francis throws magisterial weight behind communion for adulterers," December 4, 2017:

The AAS guidelines explicitly allows "sexually active adulterous couples facing 'complex circumstances' to 'access the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.'"

-  On February 2018, in Rorate Caeli, Catholic theologian Dr. John Lamont:

"The AAS statement... establishes that Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia has affirmed propositions that are heretical in the strict sense."

- On December 2, 2017, Bishop Rene Gracida:

"Francis' heterodoxy is now official. He has published his letter to the Argentina bishops in Acta Apostlica Series making those letters magisterial documents."

Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Church by the bishops by the grace of God.

Election Notes:  

- Intel Cryptanalyst-Mathematician on Biden Steal: "212Million Registered Voters & 66.2% Voting,140.344 M Voted...Trump got 74 M, that leaves only 66.344 M for Biden" [http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2020/12/intel-cryptanalyst-mathematician-on.html?m=1]

- Will US be Venezuela?: Ex-CIA Official told Epoch Times "Chávez started to Focus on [Smartmatic] Voting Machines to Ensure Victory as early as 2003": http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2020/12/will-us-be-venezuela-ex-cia-official.html

- Tucker Carlson's Conservatism Inc. Biden Steal Betrayal is explained by “One of the Greatest Columns ever Written" according to Rush: http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2021/01/tucker-carlsons-conservatism-inc-biden.html?m=1
 
- A Hour which will Live in Infamy: 10:01pm November 3, 2020:
http://www.thecatholicmonitor.com/2021/01/a-hour-which-will-live-in-infamy-1001pm.html?m=1
 
What is needed right now to save America from those who would destroy our God given rights is to pray at home or in church and if called to even go to outdoor prayer rallies in every town and city across the United States for God to pour out His grace on our country to save us from those who would use a Reichstag Fire-like incident to destroy our civil liberties. [Is the DC Capitol Incident Comparable to the Nazi Reichstag Fire Incident where the German People Lost their Civil Liberties?: http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2021/01/is-dc-capital-incident-comparable-to.html?m=1 and Epoch Times Show Crossroads on Capitol Incident: "Anitfa 'Agent Provocateurs'":
http://catholicmonitor.blogspot.com/2021/01/epoch-times-show-crossroads-on-capital.html?m=1

Pray an Our Father now for the grace to know God's Will and to do it.
 
Pray an Our Father now for America.
 
Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Church as well as the Triumph of the Kingdom of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

 

Comments

Aqua said…
Fred, I agree with you. Given the alternative, I am in conflict over what to think about Trump (I am at peace with Pope Benedict XVI).

Still, our support for Trump must somehow be squared with the knowledge that he shut down the economy; he was the one who first locked us down and locked us up; he established that an executive *could* abrogate liberty and constitutional order for a time at his discretion; executive branch could rule by fiat in response to a declared emergency; executive could dictate to private enterprise stop and start, live or die (suspend the economy!!?); and it was he who gave us gene therapy and tort immunity for the makers of it from those who must now use it.

It all started with him, this ride we’re on. The greatest single mistake by a political leader of a nation in the history of the world. Or the greatest con. We live in a new nation with new rules today and he was the one who opened Pandora’s door. That fact has to be squared with everything else.

God bless you, and thanks for your blog!
Aqua said…
Here’s another def of Kabuki, when I agreed with Debbi’s use of it I was thinking more in terms of this -

“ noun: kabuki
a form of traditional Japanese drama with highly stylized song, mime, and dance, now performed only by male actors, using exaggerated gestures and body movements to express emotions, and including historical plays, domestic dramas, and dance pieces.”

Debbie said…
Thank you Fred. I understand your argument that Biden and Trump are not the same. My thinking is that Trump is actually far more dangerous than Biden. IF Trump was only telling us what we wanted to hear (kabuki theater), but actually doing the opposite....far more dangerous. At least with the libs (Biden) you know what you're getting...they don't bother to hide their evil intent. Trump reminds me of the parable of the two sons; the one that said yes, he would do as his father asked, but then didn't. As I've thought and said a thousand times.....I hope I'm wrong about him.

Thank you too Aqua....always love reading your input.

May God Bless and the Virgin protect us all!
Fred Martinez said…
Aqua and Debbie, Thank you and God bless you.

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