The rest of that quote is …and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.The quote is from the St. James version of the bible. Proverbs 20:1.One of the things that happens as you hit the 60s and up is that you hear statements and pronouncements that your parents uttered repeatedly whether you understood them or not.Of course you experienced them obsessing about things that their parents repeated over and over again.At the time you may have thought it was just a presenile aspect of old age but being more generous with yourself you may decide that the repetitions are purposive.
When I heard those words from my father(wine is a mocker…) as a child I thought ,probably correctly, that he was warning against the use of alcohol.My mother on the other hand used the expression in contexts that I didn’t understand and I inferred that alcohol use and abuse was only the beginning of allegory.Those words have come bouncing back with the presidential debates. I am reasonably sure that they apply to both parties although I believe not equally.
The mocking wine is a soothing,comforting mantra or compendium of assertions that deceives(mocks)the uncritical receiver. The raging aspect refers to its popularity( related to its simplicity).”Whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise”, is easy to understand.
OK lets play!One intoxicant that goes down so easily, is the belief in an American exceptionalism that is God given and unrelated to diversity of expression and superior access to opportunity over that in other forms of governance.(this is a close relative of manifest destiny).Another intoxicant that goes down easily is the belief that the complexity of governance and distribution of the products of labor and industry is beyond the comprehension of all except the privileged who have had access to making those judgments historically.It follows that voting rights are to be jealously guarded since their wide distribution puts that in jeopardy.Denial of voting rights and gerrymandering are then justified.
Here’s yet another.On the international front, compromise is a sign of weakness since we are guided by divine judgment so it’s “our way or the highway”and an overwhelmingly strong military belonging to the world’s last superpower will make diplomacy an archaic term unless it is preceded by “Gunboat”!
Reality Check:The latest conferencing between the U.S and Russia has produced solidarity on the principle of military opposition to Isis with the eventual fate of Assad off the table and the Iranian treaty taken as a given.The not quite unanimous opposition by republican hopefuls may smack more of”drinking the Koolade” than quaffing wine.