August 2, 2015
It is impossible to understand the human capacities of politicians, past their media depictions as racist, sexist and in the case of Mr. Trump dumbness. Indeed based on my awareness of Republicans and their policies portrayed by various forms of American and Canadian news media, just about all Republican policies appear almost as dumb as Mr. Trump’s media represented depictions including the puckered-lips-first photo that pops up every time I put “Donald trump” into a Google box, like the one of Toronto’s Rob Ford with bulging eyes. Dumbness the attribute that everyone fears, like those old psycho labels that used to be applied to fellow human beings, dumbness a charge that only “the other” can detect, and that everyone self consciously fears is true of themselves has been projected on to those who might support Mr. Trump’s bombastic style and simplistic solutions.
In the presidential election of 2012 Migration News states in January 2013 that some 49% of the eligible did not vote. I sometimes think that maybe some of that 49% didn’t vote because they thought that they maybe didn’t know enough; I know some Canadians with the right to vote who feel that way: and if the array of public issues and political characterizations the media informs me of in “the news“ and political commercials are a measure, I certainly don’t know much, but I vote anyway to be counted and to express my own concerns and prejudices despite the epithets applied to those who vote as I do.
A few days ago I let my eyes fall on a page under the title MARIE LLOYD written way back in 1922 by American ex patriot in England, T.S. Elliot at the beginning of our movie and automobile age among his essays about poetry. In that little article bemoaning the cultural loss to the lower classes of English society caused by the death of MARIE LLOYD whose success he believed resulted from her music hall audience’s empathy believing that her performances spoke to them in terms that they understood and were of the world that they had to live. Today in North America we have advanced beyond the world of that audience whose betters were aristocrats and wealthy middle class industrialists and merchants to a more abstract society of middle class owners of technical knowledge about politics and finance who understand right thinking and how wealth is accumulated, and who believe that the crude, common to speech, metaphor-like expressions of common people signal a kind of misinformed dumbness not characteristic of the more gracious journalese of the educated “knowledge-based” voter.