by Minnie Apolis
The Latin phrase of the week (week-month-year, whatever) is Reductio ad absurdum. If you recall from your course in Logic (What? You never took a class in Logic???? For shame on the American education system, which should make it a required course in every high school!!!), the phrase means literally, reducing to absurdity.
Definition in laymen's terms:
Use of this Latin terminology traces back to the Greek expression hê eis to adunaton apagôgê, reduction to the impossible, found repeatedly in Aristotle's Prior Analytics. In its most general construal, reductio ad absurdum - reductio for short – is a process of refutation on grounds that absurd - and patently untenable consequences would ensue from accepting the item at issue. This takes three principal forms according as that untenable consequence is:
a self-contradiction (ad absurdum)
a falsehood (ad falsum or even ad impossible)
an implausibility or anomaly (ad ridiculum or ad incommodum)
In other words, if you are arguing the merits of a proposed policy (whether in politics, business, or in your own family), you might point out how it could result in X wildly ridiculous interpretation and therefore your proposal is unsound. You will have used the Reductio ad absurdum principle with great success.
For my next trick, I will show how the voting public's ridiculous insistence on voting for political outsiders for the most important office in America has resulted in electing the single most unprepared occupant of the White House in history. I think the current occupant of the White House is obvious proof that the premise is ridiculous!
Does anyone still think that success in business (no matter how questionable that success may be) is automatically a qualification for public office???
Does anyone still think that Americans automatically just know how a bill becomes law??? I mean, other than seeing it explained in a MOVIE??? “Should we start right away or go to dinner first?” From what I know of Donny, I'd bet that he'd rather go to dinner first, his steak dinner with catsup, yummy.
Does anyone still think that it doesn't matter that the current occupant of the White House treats everyone with contempt, including reporters and the law?
Does anyone still think that the current occupant of the White House is anything but a joke and a mortal threat to the Republic?
Is there anyone out there who can see the sense behind the notion that a candidate should have at least a few years of experience in a legislative or executive capacity in public office under his belt before attempting to win the White House???
The premise that an Outsider is the first preference for the office of President is hereby rejected! Rejected totally and completely and forevermore!!