Sunday Afternoon

Spreading shadow and light on surrounding walls
Sun sprays through the twisting curtains.

In the table you’ve just polished
The window glistens.

Foot in his mouth and dreaming
Our sleeping cat curls in the corner
No sign he’s aware that you’ve left.

While clock on its pivoting pendulum clicks
A sparrow chick chirps out a chorus;

And as travelers drone above
March moans round the skylight in canon.

Behind the curtains a bare branch tickles the light.

Media and Reality

Of all the caricaturing journalistic jargon I’ve read since Donald Trump got into the contest to be the Republican candidate for president of the United states in 2016 I’ve noticed two bits of writing saying something about reality. One piece by a New York Times reporter confessing that he hadn’t taken Mr. Trump’s candidacy seriously says that he should have known that Mr. Trump’s candidacy was real and that it represented the force of a great number of voters’ discontent, supporters that Mr. Trump would betray.

The other report of political reality that I noticed online just yesterday were of words spoken by Democrat Mr. Sanders who was depicted as having said almost imploringly that the poor do not vote.

A Road Well Travelled

As the dust settles around the Donald Trump image and he adopts a proper humbler attitude with apologies widely heralded online for at least a week, he seems to be growing into that middle of the road. As Democrat former President Jimmy Carter said some time ago: Mr. Trump is malleable which to me means he’ll go with the flow. He thinks U.S. wages are too high no surprise to made in Asia or Mexico labelers of products that global importers sell. So what if the Clintons and their trade allies created laws that made the globe a manufacturers’ oyster unfettered by high North American wages  opening doors to opportunities for all who can afford them. And today one online writer seems in agreement with Mr. Trump’s favouring low-interest rates that make the U.S. debt affordable, the kind of position investment professionals like for buying financial assets despite the rising cost of living that neither they nor governments see.

Working Class/Middle Class

Salon’s Stephanie Land article reveals that the lines separating middle class and working class are blurring. In fact I think that before Donald Trump started running to be the Republican nominee for president I had thought that almost every one in the U.S. saw themselves as middle class even university degree less labourers. The working class which to me meant those whose living style was based on earning a living by physical labour seemed to have meaning in Canada and in Britain, not the U.S.A.. In Canada’s recent federal election though, the group most championed by the Liberal winners was the middle class which surprised me because Mr Trudeau’s middle class political pitch sounded just like the one President Obama and his fellow Democrats had been pitching for some time in the U.S. without any mention of a working class. In Britain there is still a political party named for the working class. In Canada we used to have the CCF that my father used to see as the working man’s party. Sometimes that old CCF used to be called a socialist or communist party, but since it became the NDP party it’s begun to take on a centrist Liberal party appearance seeming to represent a more family oriented liberal middle class, and  led by a former Quebec Liberal party cabinet minister.

So Ms. Land’s article is puzzling because the working class label that I hadn’t noticed in years of following United State’s politics has come to replace the notion that everyone in America was middle class. And this new awareness of the existence of a working class has come to light because of a wealthy salesman politician who is neither from the working class nor the mythic middle class. And Ms. Land whether she is the person endorsed by writer peers as an accomplished writer and editor or simply the Stephanie Land who wrote a couple of articles for Salon, her manner of work cannot easily be comprehended by the political-sociological label, working class. In fact Ms. Land’s recent article in Salon may reveal the truth behind politicians’ highlighting the plight of the real middle class, the educated, intellectual class who may be falling into a life style similar to that thought of as working class.

In the 19’th century Karl Marx predicted, despite 20’th century political systems in Russia and China, that a classless communist society would emerge when everyone fell into the same social class.

Defining Working Class

I just read a Salon  online article by Stephanie Land who identifies herself as a working class white person the same people that many online journalists say are Donald Trump supporters. When I put her name into the Google box I discovered a Stephanie Land  who is a writer and editor celebrated by her peers. According to my definition of working class this Stephanie Land having been college educated and working as a writer and editor regardless of how much money she has seems more middle class, and not working class like her blue colour relatives and neighbours whose peers are not writers as are Stephanie Land’s.

 

I’ve twice attempted to link to the Salon article by Stephanie Land but the URL wont link.

So here’s the header to that article by Ms. Land that I read yesterday, April 16, 2016.

 

ELECTION 2016

Donald Trump Is a Fraud: I Am a Member of the White Working Class, and We Must Not Fall for His Lies

When you are one illness or broken-down car from losing everything, it’s scary. But Donald Trump is not the answer.

Charity

When I put donaldtrump into the Google box here’s one of the things that came up:

“Donald Trump’s ‘Charity’ Is a Money-Making Scam

Not only does the GOP frontrunner avoid giving any of his own money to charity, he manages to make some serious profits from his ‘donations.’”
Reminds me of what I was wondering when I saw a bunch of zillionaires on television telling us that they’ve been giving the vast percentage of their zillions to charity. One’s charity is researchers. Charity that’s some word; reminds me of the words free and apology.

Willy Loman, Jay Gatsby & The American Dream

Journalists writing about politics too often seem to share the same glossary of offensive unthinking epithets. When one wishes to learn what a politician is doing that might improve public life writers simply revert to their derogatory journalese of racist and sexist. They rarely try to inform readers or television listeners precisely what a politician has done and how his racist or sexist acts will affect public policy. They seem mainly concerned about how the races or genders affected by hearing of a candidate’s racism or sexism might vote. People who self consciously see themselves as not being part of a dominant culture may see a candidate branded by media as racist as someone who will use public policy to exclude them whether they see themselves as light or dark members of a minority culture of immigrants or native born. I remember while television and other news media were charging Mayor Ford with racism that the person who in my presence spoke most highly of his accomplishments was a member of a visible minority, the other.

Online these character diminishing labels are often repeated in file headers by news organizations from one end of the English language world to the other with never a thought to attempting an informing analysis of these charges of racism or sexism. These kind of media characterizations of Mr. Trump as he’s been attempting to win the Republican nomination to run for president of America in the 2016 illustrate the dearth of the kind of political information people need to make informed decisions about who to vote for. Voters rarely see candidates speaking for themselves and if they do their perceptions are filtered by video or made concrete by the whims of journalists who too often seem to follow one another in their name calling charges of racism or sexism. Accurate and thoughtful analysis of facts is what voters need. When Mr. Trump began his campaign, instead of saying that he was not a serious candidate, journalists should have been informed enough to know that he was seriously trying to be president. They should have known that Mr. Trump must have been aware of the many citizens who had been suffering from increasing impoverishment and that those sufferers were desperately looking for a way out, the people media have branded as unsuccessful white men as though women and people of varying skin tone were all better off. But from my vantage point way up in Canada I’ve learned that everyone regardless of skin tone, race, or gender is suffering from an economic malaise that began before racism or sexism had become popular political epithets permitting that malaise and its devastating effects to persist.

What people should have been told from the start of his candidacy is that Donald Trump the billionaire business man came to be in the economic and legal morass he wishes to untangle. They should have informed everyone that his manner is that of a deal making salesman, a person who likes everybody and wants to be loved by everybody, like Willy Loman or Jay Gatsby. And they should have pointed out that like Willy and Gatsby he’s been trying to bring back the past, trying to get the horse back into the barn.