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.