I apologize.

Learning to apologize childishly through instinct and imitation, whenever I realized I’d stepped on someone’s toe inadvertently I’d say in all humility, I’m sorry: “from the bottom of my heart … I apologize”. Yesterday and in recent years “apology” has come to represent rhetorical just payment for past wrongs committed conventionally before the apologizer was born.

Who’s Qualified?

I’ve been struck by media attention to qualifications for being president. In 2012 media seemed concerned about Mr. Obama’s and Mr. Romney’s leadership. So I guess it was assumed that Romney and Obama were both qualified presidential candidates. When Mr. Regan and Mr. George Bush junior were being elected as president I again don’t recall their qualifications being discussed, though I may not have paid attention or just forgotten. But today that’s mostly what I hear especially because hardly anyone thinks Donald Trump has the qualifications to be president. And qualifications have become so highlighted that Mr. Trump himself has accused Ms. Clinton of not being qualified, and even Mr. Sanders who says he’ll vote for Clinton if she and not himself becomes the Democrat candidate for president, I think said that she’s not qualified.

Yet if being president requires certain qualifications those qualifications should be stated at the beginning of primary voting so everyone who votes can vote on the basis of whether or not the person they vote for is qualified. Once a candidate’s qualifications have been certified, then their policies, personality, and character could be considered. Now Republican President Ronald Regan, a famous movie star might have been questioned as to his qualifications to be president especially since he was rumoured to have dosed off at a meeting when he was president of the United States. I know he once governed California; but so did actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. And wrestler Jesse Ventura got to be governor of Minnesota. And President George Bush junior another Republican seemed a bit out of touch when he was shown reading a story to school kids on receiving the news of the 9, 11 catastrophe; and when they put him on that aircraft carrier to say “mission accomplished” as though the Iraq war was over within a year of its beginning, mindless of the terrors that he had unleashed. So the notion that a person needs to have certain qualifications to be president doesn’t suit my understanding that a president was not supposed to be a qualified professional, but simply a person whose outlook is of the citizens of the country he/she represents. In a way this notion of qualifications seems to distance a president when he should be involved. I bet if Mr. Bush had not been so dependent on his advisers he might have seemed less out of touch, sort of taking charge, not behaving as he was supposed to to look qualified and professional and all.

Fearing Donald Trump

Story image for donald trump from USA TODAY

Donald Trump makes Aziz Ansari ‘afraid for my family’

USA TODAY11 hours ago
After Omar Mateen shot 49 people at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, actor Aziz Ansari called his parents, who are Muslim, and begged his mother …
Aziz Ansari: Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My Family
Highly CitedNew York TimesJun 24, 2016
The above headers have been appearing in response to my donald trump Google searches on at least 3 different dates, though all except the New York Times say they’ve been posted little more than 12 hours ago.
Whenever I see, as I too often do online, the same header piled together this way I know that the articles aren’t worth reading. Even George Will quitting the Republican party is becoming a distraction. Ansari  ad infinitum  has gotten into my thoughts and got me wondering why only Donald Trump scares Mr. Ansari and not the destruction of Moslems in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and recently Libia.

It’s the globe stupid.

June 23, 2016

As the day wears on I’ve had time to pay attention to the vote over whether or not Britain will leave the European Union. That vote will likely end as the vote about Scottish independence did. With the head of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (a former U.S. lawyer born in France) some British labourites, that country’s Conservative prime minister and most business types except Donald Trump against Britain leaving, it’s difficult to imagine Britain surviving alone in the new global market place.

June 24, 2016

The vote did not conclude as did the Scottish vote to leave Britain. David Cameron prime minister of Britain resigned because his remain-in-Europe side lost; but to the chagrin of Donald Trump, the Scotch unlike their failed leave Britain try, seemed to have voted that Britain stay in the European Union. I guess the majority felt they’d be treated better by Europe and the globe than by British rulers who’ve been at them since back in the 12 hundreds.

Now more than ever I think Mr. Trump’s online coverage is unprecedented.

In the past few days I read an online article that quickly disappeared in which Mr. Cain, a former Republican Nominee for president, said Mr. Trump is not a racist; the white candidate who won the 2012 Republican primaries, governor Romney, keeps being reported as having said Mr. Trump will produce trickle down racism if he becomes president.

And today for the umpteenth time since Sunday June 13, 2006 someone again mocked the man called the presumptive Republican candidate for president by quoting only the first half part of his Sunday Tweet: “Appreciate the congrats on being right on radical Islamic terrorism” which numerous media reports and headers highlighted by excluding the second part of the tweet statement with its “I don’t want congrats” to make it seem that all Mr. Trump wanted were compliments:

“Appreciate the congrats on being right on radical Islamic terrorism I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”

This selective reporting recalls the months of articles implying that  Mr. Trump wanted to keep all Mexicans immigrants out of the U.S.A.

 

America’s Past and Future

Today, June 14, 2016 I just spotted a Daily Beast article “… This is America’s Senior Moment” celebrating Clinton’s 69 years and Trump’s 70 years that reminded me of the following that I published on May 12, 2016.

I wrote the piece that follows before Mr. Trump became the presumptive Republican candidate for president. I’m publishing it today because I saw a report online that the 72-year-old former Republican speaker of the house and writer of the contract for America has been mentioned as a possible vice president running mate for Mr. Trump.

Almost everything I’ve been seeing online concerning primary candidates is about how candidates or their supporters can be classified according to level of education, gender, and nationality. Donald Trump of course provokes howls of ridicule and bemusement usually because his statements seem inspired by uniformed impulse. And of course his supporters like him are uninformed and poorly educated white men who’ve been losing out in the job market to their better educated female and non white counterparts who’ve been doing quite well thank you. A Royal Bank of Canada executive yesterday characterized Trump’s supporters as people opposed to “change”, the change that’s caused the knowledge based jobs that made manual work skills outmoded.

So though media caricatures may mow be abating in place of policy characterizations, I’ve decided to try understanding what’s hardly ever written about ’till now online by speculating about what I see in the Democrat and Republican primary candidates. And what first strikes me is that of the four candidates remaining, three are old. Sanders and Trump seem almost too old; Sanders could be about 78 at the end of his first term and Trump 74. Clinton though not in her 70’s probably would be by the end of her first term as president. The only person embodying the hopefulness of youth is Mr. Cruz; so it might seem that voters wishing to face the future with new innovative ideas might instinctively gravitate toward Cruz even though he’s recently being backed by his party’s stalwarts more rooted in a conservative past.

And Mr. Trump also seems more rooted in the past; he’s from Manhattan, New York where America started with those Dutch sailors Fitzgerald reminisces about in “The Great Gatsby“. Trump wants to bring back that old America with its old values. Cruz’s name and heritage are of Latin America far from the past’s north eastern Yankee dominance. He’s of the present, one of that brave “new global” post national populace born in Canada to a United States citizen, irrevocably re-linking North and South America.

A Poltical Smorgasbord

The most significant division in North American politics are the result of the breaking apart of individuals from the oneness of a common culture. Marshal McLuhan portrays King Lear’s bequeathing his kingdom in 2 parts to 2 daughters and their noble spouses on the basis of personal feeling ignoring the legalisms of the culture that had determined kingship and nobility up to Shakespeare’s day to represent the breaking apart of societies as the disintegrating effects of technology.

Today nearly 500 years after England’s Elizabethan society, privileged royalty has been followed by democracies separating into political parties, while within those parties sub groups threaten to break apart the confines of party unity through the desires of individuals like Lear breaking apart his English kingdom motivated by personal desire.
These sub divisions have appeared most visible in the Republican party of the United States in the Tea Party and those who identify with something called conservatism. Perhaps the Tea Party and conservative Republicans both represent those Ms. Clinton meant when she said President Clinton was a victim of a “right wing conspiracy”. Left and right wingers are another broader area of conflict that at times seems to engulf members of both the Democrat and Republican parties making one wonder how the left and right wingers got into the same party. In Canada we have a phrase “red Tory” a contradiction in terms maybe because a red is a communist and a Tory is a right-winger descended from the British House of Lords.

And this multiplicity of sub groupings within political parties threatening to break apart the bonds of party unity reflect a cast division that has been developing without identifiable party affiliation, comprising the economically dispossessed descendants of old nations, and the casualties of sexual, environmental and educational conflicts.

Education once thought of as an egalitarian unifier has become a means of classifying and separating good people from bad. Those with less education appear to likely harbour racist or sexist sentiments and to favour non-renewable energy sources. And those who are correctly educated get financially and mathematically literate and get good jobs; and are neither sexist nor racist, and favour renewable energies.

Mr. Trump representing the Republican political party sometimes appears to have inherited the scorn that’s been heaped on Republicans in recent years. Their awful policies have made one writer announce he’d probably vote for Ms. Clinton despite his reviewing her many foibles. It’s difficult to understand why anyone would prefer voting for someone who may have broken the law rather than supporting any of the array of Republican primary candidates most of whom appear, in media accounts, to be model citizens. And this morning of June 10 another self identified media member said he’s voting for Ms. Clinton but secretly hoping Mr. Trump is president so he can enjoy and profit from the financial and investment chaos that journalists have predicted would follow a victory by Mr. Trump and his dumb supporters.

But here again cultural groups, and maybe even media and investors in financial assets are better served by Democrats than Republicans. For unlike Ms. Clinton’s Democrats,  Trump Republicans display racist tendencies which may ultimately disrupt global financial markets. And according to a recent online article Abraham Lincoln would disavow Mr. Trump’s racist tendencies as does even Mr. Sanders. So Mr. Trump’s supporters who are poorly educated and of a disgruntled working class and sharing in Mr. Trumps deplorable opinions are mocked by media and physically attacked by protesters. Still these Trumpites are characterized in terms that make it seem that they are the have-nots in the dichotomy of the haves and have-nots, the 99 percenters written about in the U.S. and Canada in recent years. Excepting Mr. Trump and Ms. Clinton the haves or one percenters have a kind of mythic identity because we rarely see them. But the have-nots, persons of varied cultures and races are everywhere we use our feet to get around, on sidewalks, seated in public transit silently staring into electronic devices or empty space, or tossing the free local paper at our doorstep. Perhaps the have-nots are among the poorly educated working class, despite Republican Trump’s party reputation for favouring only the haves, media believes that without the educational ignorance of Trump supporters, the working class, there’d be no Trump; and maybe even no Republican political party.