‘Nature Abhors a Vacuum’ — The Trump Presidency Reminds Us That Politics Does, Too

Written by John DeGroff on May 18, 2018

It was Aristotle who is credited with the saying, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” In an era before modern scientific equipment, the best means of measurement and therefore of understanding was simple observation. It was easy to understand that in the natural world empty, unfilled spaces are unnatural. Just as water in its liquid state seeks its own level, any sort of a void will not remain empty for long.

The very definition of vacuum is: emptiness, void, nothingness; a vacancy or absence; a black hole. (The proper definition also includes: vacuum cleaner, or to use a vacuum cleaner…or something that really sucks.)

This type of observation from ancients such as Aristotle lead to what is known as empiricism, or the study and cataloging of knowledge which is gained through experience and/or observation.

It’s not much of a stretch to understand that just as nature has a profound way of dealing with a vacuum (or empty space), so does politics.

With the (fortunate…thank you, Jesus…) removal of Barak Hussein Obama from power, the bullet dodging 2016 election, and the Presidency of Donald Trump, we’re seeing exactly what happens when a political vacuum is filled. Think in terms of the empirical evidence of what happens in an absence. In this case, what was absent was leadership.

On a personal level, I used to believe that perhaps it just might be a good thing for America to be isolationist for a while. It always seemed like we were spending too much time, treasure, technology and talent (…and American lives…) on parts of the world that only cared about America when they wanted something from us. Otherwise, we got blamed for everything and royally defecated upon most of the time. So why bother? We have our own problems at home to deal with. If these people don’t have the stones to rise up and change their own lives by changing their governments, then why should we give an airborne copulation? Let ’em fester in their third world hell holes.

However, with the example of what happened in Syria when Obama did nothing, I see that I was wrong. Same thing with the missed opportunity in Libya after Kaddafi was removed. In both instances, the Obama regime did nothing and created a power vacuum that became quickly filled by towel-head extremists.

Couple these two examples with another power switch of a world leader. In 2013, Pope Benedict XVI abdicated the papacy. He is only the 5th Pope to do so in 1000 years. Now, the official reason offered by the Vatican was that since he was getting on in years, he was concerned that he would no longer be able to fulfill the duties of the office at some time in the future. Previous popes had stayed until death.

I know it’s speculation on my part (perhaps even a bit of a conspiracy theory of sorts…) but I feel there was a lot more to it than just old age. Consider the new Pope Francis. Last July, he was quoted in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica as saying: “I am afraid there are very dangerous alliances between powers who have a distorted view of the world: America and Russia, China and N. Korea, Russia and Assad in the war in Syria…the danger concerns immigration…this is why the G20 worries me.”

Since space doesn’t allow for more detail, Pope Francis is basically advocating for a sort of federalized European continent with open borders. He has allowed Islamic prayers in the Vatican and has a clearly defined globalist view of Islam.

In hindsight of the swarms of Moslems that have invaded several European nations, could it be coincidental to say the abdication of Benedict helped create a vacuum of common sense towards global immigration policies? We now have a Catholic Pope, in the 2000-year-old tradition of St. Peter, who has helped open the flood gates to those who wish to kill Christians. And it’s clear that Francis is telling America to follow Europe’s example.

These are only a few examples of what happens when there is a lack of American leadership and clear foreign policy. For those who take issue with the notion of American exceptionalism, just take another look at Syria. Thanks to Obama creating a power vacuum, the Iranians are making a play to control the entire Middle East.

What President Trump has done by following through with moving our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, regardless of how the Palestinians have reacted (like we knew they would…), is a start to reset our alliance with the only democracy in that region.

North Korea is another example of American exceptionalism stepping up to help fill a void.
While the absolute certainty of any deal leading to the complete nuclear disarmament of the Hermit Kingdom is kind of fragile at the moment, President Trump has at least moved toward the possibility of bringing everyone in the region to the negotiating table. Is reunification of the Korean Peninsula possible? Not for a long time, probably, but at least the very thought has crossed the minds of the right people.

We’ve had far too many examples of what happens in a leadership vacuum during the eight years of Barak Hussein Obama. Lack of action, doing nothing for whatever reason, creates a void. That void will eventually be filled with something either positive or something negative…but the void won’t remain empty for long.

Consider these versus:
I Tim. 2:1-6 (in part): “I urge that…prayers…be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high places…”

Ps. 122:6: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; they shall prosper who love thee.

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John DeGroff
John DeGroff is the original bass player for the Christian rock band Petra. He currently plays for the band GHF which is comprised of other original members from Petra. DeGroff has extensive experience as a freelance music journalist and newspaper reporter as well as an on-line music reviewer. He is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and lives in Warsaw, Indiana where he is employed as a care giver for mentally challenged adults.