“The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Being Right About Donald Trump.”
When we first heard on Toronto’s CP24 all day television news that Mr. Trump would finally get a chance to exercise his political skills, my wife’s querulous musing about why he was going to try to be the Republican’s candidate for president of the United States in the 2006 election, provoked my instant unthinking: “I’m sure a lot of Americans feel the way that he does“ a response probably learned from watching American interview shows, like how Mr. Trump was supposed to have developed his views about the U.S. military by watching, perhaps, those same television broadcasts. I read somewhere online that despite his wealth Mr. Trump has a kind of “Everyman” personality and prefers talking to real people like cab drivers rather than his fellow filthy rich who he’s been reported to have said are not all that happy. But when he started performing his “cool” McLuhan esque street-talk rhetoric, reporters pounced on the very unschooled, un media ease words that poured like a stream of impolitic thought that’s been brewing in America’s mind for more than a generation, held in check by media discipline, and the fear of appearing uneducated or branded racist.
And journalists are still not accepting what he’s saying, for his words signal thoughts, issues that were believed to have been subsumed by the vacuous cry of “change” , words alluding to problems and fears of the “change” that’s already happened, and the middle class/elite collegial superciliousness that says I’m alright; so what’s your problem?
But that problem, too often highlighted by a cautiously artificial politeness, expressed through letterized “a” “b” “c” to “z” words, cannot forever avoid the undercurrent of discontent expressed by the reported outrage of Virginia parents who in resisting an Arabic calligraphy assignment, one of many lessons in a government textbook formally teaching students about our planet’s many cultures, cried for the firing of the teacher who’d given the assignment. This inexplicable eruption in response to a teacher’s dutifully doing what she was supposed to occurred just about when almost every online header in the U.S. and U.K. mockingly highlighted Mr. Trump’s saying he’d like to put a pause on “Moslems” entering the United States, likely just repeating what Mr. Billy Graham’s son had been suggesting some time before the San Diego shootings that had provoked Mr. Trump’s stern comments, comments that likely expressed the fears of many Americans in the un-sanitized, unfiltered world of cabbies and blue collars, or journeying “On The Road” where one needs to be, to be “Right About Donald Trump”.