The last time I screwed up, I got the name of a comet wrong, I received 3, lengthy, emails from NASA scientists explaining why I should never procreate. So I shouldn’t be surprised that this new screw up engendered the kind of response usually reserved for serial killers. And what sucks is the fact that it is all my fault. There is nothing I can do but suck it up and take my lumps. Two days ago I wrote about Congressman Paul Ryan’s switch from Ayn Rand to St. Thomas Aquinas. In doing so I violated my own rules; I wrote while angry, I wrote with an agenda and I wrote quickly without taking time to fact check anything. Individually each is indefensible. Collectively they are a recipe for disaster. On the plus side, I am now convinced that more people read this stuff than I’d thought.
I mixed Thomas Aquinas up with St. Thomas the Apostle and then it all went downhill from there. The only saving grace was that I didn’t add the wit and wisdom of Thomas Paine and then claim that my aggregate Thomas invented the light bulb.
Obviously Ryan, a staunch conservative, would find solace in a philosophy that espoused “As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power.”
Also, Ryan would find it easy to support a Dominican philosopher since, as has been noted before, the Dominicans are responsible for some of the worst persecutions in the history of the church. The Spanish Inquisition was just the most noted.
The irony is obvious; had I been right about Ryan following the Apostle Thomas it would have meant he’d widened his world view. I guess that should have been my first clue that I’d missed something obvious.
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