9/27/15

The Donald is Everyman

In the Middle Ages a man named Donald Hood 
took from the richer and gave to the poorer.

In 16th century England a type of play, known as a morality play, was performed in the village square of every town. The drama was a sermon that was acted out in public. Its purpose was to teach a moral lesson on the distinction between right and wrong.

A morality play is a type of allegory in which the protagonist is confronted by characters, who are personifications of virtues and vices. Starring roles may be hope and charity as well as pride and greed. Even things, such as money and death, may have a walk-on part.

The biggest hit at the 1500’s box office in England was a play billed as Everyman. Its author unknown, the play’s cast grappled with the moral choices of English life under regal rulers from Henry IV to Henry VIII, whose wealth, castles, string of wives, and wars with Rome dominated the moral choices confronting the kingdom’s serfs.

Now, in the 21st century the blockbuster attraction in the morality play category is a reincarnation of Everyman, starring Donald Trump in an unfolding drama, The Donald Versus The Empire. This modern day Everyman pits the protagonist against a menagerie of characters, personifications of the individual vs. the state, dependence vs. wealth, and freedom vs. serfdom. [continue reading]

9/26/15

The Donald Mythological Figure

I have been to the mountain top
and have seen the promised land
The Donald is an archetype, a mythological figure, a creature who is larger than life itself. The Donald is the entire Greek pantheon rolled up into one persona. He manifests the assets and the quirks of all the gods. He channels the power of Zeus, likewise the wisdom and courage of Athena. He is Ares the god of war, Aphrodite the inspiration of beauty, and Hades the ruler of the underworld. He emits the erotic love of Eros, yet emanates the smell and earthiness of Pan. His behavior exhibits the complexities and contradictions of Apollo, the prophetic deity of medicine and healing, who could bring both health and deadly plague.

The Donald, as the Greek pantheon itself, is a metaphor for a pragmatic view of life, which values art, beauty, and the power of the individual. It is a counterpoint to a minority yet powerful view, which values political correctness, diversity, and the power of the collective.

To the Greeks one of the most important moral concepts was a fear of committing hubris, that is, excessive pride or self-confidence. Although pride and vanity were not considered sins themselves, the Greeks emphasized moderation. Pride was not evil until it became all-consuming or hurtful to others. In Greek tragedy hubris was excessive pride in defiance of the gods which led to nemesis, the inescapable agent of someone’s downfall.

The 2016 version of the morality play unfolding on the campaign stage is unfinished and not rehearsed. The denouement in its final act, as important as it is to the future of a nation, is cloaked beneath a shadow of suspenseful apprehension. 


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9/20/15

Trump as Savior and Redeemer

Followers of Donald Trump view their candidate for president as a savior and redeemer. They see him as a force, who has come to save a crushed people from the hands of their oppressors. Trump promises to restore respect and dignity to the masses alienated from the system under which they toil to survive. His fans see themselves excluded from the political process. They sense a loss of their freedoms. They want to know what happened to their democracy. Society’s former Middle Class has become its Forgotten Class.

The usurpers of political power, cozy in their new found fortunes were not expecting a savior, a redeemer, or a messiah to challenge their ill-gotten authority. Pharisee Class of Washington DC views itself as the self-appointed guardian of the keys to the kingdom. At the first appearance of a potential savior the high priests connive and collude to marginalize any grassroots savior, who might incite the starving masses to revolt. America’s oligarchy is threatened by a savior who challenges their authority and is capable of leading the oppressed, the ignored, and the disillusioned out of the desert and across the Red Sea to return them to their promised land.

Savior

The definition of a “savior” is a person who protects others from harm or delivers others from some dire situation. A savior is a person, but it can also be a force such as a welcome rain that relieves the drought on a parched land. A savior is often seen as a healer, one who restores health to an organism which has become infected or diseased. 

Christians accept Christ as their savior, who saves them from sin and the consequences of sin. Recognized pre-Christian, religious saviors are Moses (Jews) Buddha (India), Krishna (Hindu) and Horus (Egyptian). Cultural saviors are Ulysses (Greece) and Romulus (Rome). Ideological saviors are Voltaire and Rousseau (enlightenment) and Marx (communism).

Redeemer

The definition of a “redeemer” is a person who brings back goodness to what was lost; who returns originally accepted values back to their former state of acceptance after they have been corrupted; who makes the unpleasant better; who frees others from distress, harms or the consequences of bad choices; who retrieves what was damaged and makes it worthwhile again; who reforms and changes deteriorated life situations for the better; who repairs, restores, makes good and fulfills a promise.

Trump as Savior and Redeemer

A savior and a redeemer are not necessarily the same. Nor are they mutually exclusive. A redeemer is typically a savior. However, a savior is not by definition a redeemer. The crucial distinction is that a redeemer returns others to a previously preferred situation that was enjoyed prior to that desired state being corrupted and lost.

As a savior, Trump is seen by his followers as a protector of traditional values. He can save them from their perceived demise. He can deliver citizens from the deteriorating social environment which they are witnessing and experiencing.

It is Trump, as the redeemer, who observes the collapse of social and political stability and the threats to the nation’s liberties that have inspired him to lead his national movement to regain what was lost by returning to the dreams of the nation’s founders and to the principles of the United States Constitution. His mission is to return the rights of citizens to the protection of their freedoms. His battle cry is to reinstate the rule of law. Trump’s efforts to regain, return and reinstate are attributes of a “redeemer,” bringing back what once existed but which now is threatened or lost.


Trump is not a Messiah, which is a special class of savior or redeemer, whose arrival is expected by an enslaved or damaged people, precisely because the arrival had been announced by prophets in the past. Trump’s leading role in the current drama was not prophesied or expected. His arrival on the stage was a surprise, a welcome surprise for the suffering masses, and an unwelcome surprise to their enslaving masters.

9/19/15

The Donald Archetype [Part 1]



We met the Hero and he is us.
The Donald Archetype [Part 1]

The Donald is more than a mythological figure, carved out of marble, a descendant of Greek Chaos. The Donald is more than a literary caricature of Everyman. The Donald in his most powerful role is an archetype, a transcendent character commonly present in the unconscious depths of humankind’s psyche. 

In Jungian psychology, inherited from Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, an archetype is a fundamental quality or character of human existence embedded within the “collective unconscious” of all human beings. Examples of archetypes are the Hero, the Villain, the Scapegoat, Good versus Evil, the Innocent Youth, the Mother Figure, the Fall and Redemption.

Humans didn't "invent" archetypes, but they do express archetypes in the conscious world of art, literature, and religion. The Hero or the Villain is not someone or something "out there" in the world; the Hero and the Villain are part of us. To paraphrase Pogo, “We have met the Hero, and he is us.” Likewise, “We have met the Villain and he is us.” [Continue Reading . . . ]



The Donald Archetype [Part 2]

We met the villain and he is us.
The Donald Archetype [Part 2]

It should be obvious that one person’s hero is another person’s villain. Was Elliot Ness the hero or the villain in his take down of Al Capone? It depends if you were a teetotaler in the suburbs of Chicago or a drunk in a Chicago speakeasy. Ness and Capone were each simultaneously a hero and a villain.

And, so it is with The Donald. To The Lost Generation of the hinterland, the forgotten Middle Americans of yore, it is no surprise that the yellow coiffed billionaire in the blue business suit is King Arthur, Robin Hood, Don Quixote, James Bond, Joan of Arc, Beowulf, and General McArthur, all rolled up into one persona. on the other hand The Donald is a villain and the enemy to the small coterie of privileged elite who inhabit the halls of Congress, the upper echelons of executive privilege, the news desks of the Newspeak media, and the family dynasties of political succession, all of whom cling to their claim of their Dieu et mon droit, their Divine Right to Govern. [Continue reading . . .]

9/16/15

The Donald is Our Shadow

Si, Jefe, Que vaya con Dios

Before we discuss how Donald Trump is our shadow, we need to define two concepts used in psychology – shadow and projection. 

A simple definition of shadow is our “dark side.” Our shadow contains the hidden parts of our persona, which we want to ignore, avoid, and repress. Carl Jung, the eminent Swiss psychiatrist, originated the concept of the shadow to describe those elements in our unconscious, which we do not want to acknowledge. We keep our shadow suppressed, so that others do not see our “dark side.” Jung insists that we all have a shadow.

Lurking in the closet of our personality are our personal ghosts, which we hide from the world – our fears, hatred, insecurities, covetousness. Not only do we hide our shadow from others, we hide it from ourselves.

Critics of Donald Trump describe him as uncouth, boorish, ego maniac, prideful, narcissistic, mud-slinger, trash-talking, seeking the spotlight, and headline-grabbing. Critics sit in judgement of The Donald. They find it easy to point their fingers at Trump to criticize his failings, flaws and foibles which they disapprove of . . . [continued]

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9/13/15

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9/12/15

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9/4/15

I Am Spartacus

I am Spartacus

"I am Spartacus" is the battle cry of slaves, who at the time of the Roman emperors around 20 BC, rose up to challenge their Roman leaders. Spartacus was a Roman soldier, who rebelled agains the powers of Rome, was enslaved, and afterward, from consideration of his strength, became a gladiator. The famous affirmation "I am Spartacus" arose from the incident, where a Roman Centurion confronted a legion of rebellious slaves seated on a hillside, and asked, "Which one of you is Spartacus?" After a pause of silence, two men rose and said, "I am Spartacus." Then, another arose and yelled, "I am Spartacus." Then, another; then, another yelled, "I am Spartacus." There followed small groups of men who jumped up and individually screamed, "I am Spartacus." Finally, the entire hillside of bound slaves sprang to their feet, each shouting at the top of his voice, "I am Spartacus." 

Imagine the consternation, fear and apprehension the Roman officers experienced to have an army of rebellious slaves yelling in unison, "I am Spartacus." If you have not seen the movie Spartacus, starring Lloyd Bridges, portraying Spartacus in this scene, view the YouTube video to appreciate the impact of what it means.
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Slaves arose to dedicate themselves to a leader, by identifying with the name of that leader, and proceeded to march on to confront, challenge and overcome the injustices that were the cause of their suffering.

Having viewed this scene and appreciating the impact of what an army of slaves can accomplish, when, not only, vocally identify with their leader's name, but also, spontaneously arise to follow that leader, you can appreciate the power of name identity, acceptance of a purpose, and commitment to a cause.

The comparison of Donald Trump to Spartacus is easy to see. Yes, The Donald is a wealthy individual compared to Spartacus, a slave. However, ignoring the wealth difference, the common sense population of the United States, not surprisingly identifies with Donald Trump, because of his outsider challenge to the unresponsive, political establishment in Washington, DC. Donald Trump is ridiculed and rejected by his party's leadership and by the mainstream media, who, likewise, ridicule and reject the middle class, who they claim to represent. The slaves have had it. In response to the oligarch's question, "Which among you is Trump?" the nation's slaves, one by one, yell out, "I am Trump." Quickly the hardly heard response roars into a thundering movement to demand recognition and fundamental changes. A choir of voices shout out, "We can't take it anymore." "We want our country back." "We want our democracy back."

This is where we have arrived in the current moment. The enslaved citizens of the USA rising up in unison, "I am Trump"                    

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9/3/15

Je Suis Trump


Je Suis Donald

Je Suis Trump and Je Suis Donald are reincarnations of the same spirit awoken in the aftermath of the killings in France of the editors who published the magazine Charlie Hebdo, which printed a cartoon of Mohammad to the disapproval of Muslims, who shot the editors. The slogan Je Suis Charlie became an instant symbol for people to show a spirit of support for the murdered publishers and a badge of personal identity and solidarity with their cause of freedom of speech and freedom of the press for which they were killed.

What do the killings of some cartoonists in France have to do with a political campaign for president in the United States?

The similarity is that the symbol becomes a badge of personal identification with a cause, with a movement, and with the person who leads that movement. Je Suis Charlie was the image of support for the cause of freedom of speech in France and throughout the world. It is not unlike the red-splashed word, Solidarity, that fired up the shipyard workers of Gdansk, Poland in their quest to bring down communist control of their county, a successful movement which spread and regained political freedom for millions of people across eastern Europe. It is no different than the cross for Christians, who have rallied behind their crucifix, a symbol for their leader, Jesus of Nazareth, for whom they gave their lives over two thousand years in dedication to their beliefs.


Je Suis Donald and Je Suis Trump are the most current manifestations of the same issues of identity with a leader, solidarity with a cause, dedication to principles commonly shared by millions of followers, and a mission to build a better world, where their principles can be implemented as the guiding lights to overcome the darkness and return freedom and justice to those who have suffered and long for their chains to be broken.

Donald Trump, in his quest to become president of the United States, is a person who has garnered a ground swell of support from common-sense people across the county. He is ridiculed and rejected by the establishment political leaders and by the mainstream media. In the eyes of the common folk across the fruited plains living day-to-day Donald Trump's message of common sense, delivered in straight forward talk, rings true on receptive ears. Feeling rejected themselves, America's masses are drawn to the man who speaks their language. They admire his independence from the powers that be and his willingness to fight their battles. 

"I am Donald" and "I am Trump" are easy words to say. Their meaning, when uttered by the forgotten and ignored, strike a cord as deep within their souls as "Je Suis Charlie," for freedom of speech, as deep within their bones as "Solidarity" for political freedom, and as deep within their hearts as "Jesus of Nazareth" for freedom of religion.

Competing political candidates beg and borrow other people's money to prop up cookie cutter campaigns, each not much different from the next. Trump is not a campaign. Trump is not a sound bite. Trump is not a hallow sound from a teleprompter echoing across a half empty room. It is impossible to imagine a battlecry raised aloft with the sounds of "I am Jeb" or "I am Rand" or "I am Carly." What would those mean?

There is no doubt what "I am Donald" and "I am Trump" mean to the common sense folks living today along the highways and byways of America. What the words mean is that there is a living human being, named Donald Trump, whose soul, bones, and heart are palpable within one's own soul, bones, and heart. Whether in English "I am Donald" or in French "Je Suis Trump," the words are made flesh.


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Beware the "Global View"

Bret Stephens, writer of the "Global View" column in the Wall Street Journal, describes Trump as an “appalling,” “realty-TV star,” a “loud mouth vulgarian,” a “rising star in the “fringe politics” of this “clown-time” political season. Mr. B.S. describes Trump”s “fans” as “disgusted,” “vulgarians,” who “lack mental maturity,” are “incapable of class,” "bellyache non-stop,” and, are “paranoid (and losing)” as part of the “dwindling white majority.” 

You get the sense that Mr. Global View doesn’t think much of the Trump phenomenon. He disparages and discounts several views, which he claims have been offered to explain Trump’s popularity – his “can-do image,” and bluntness. “He toes no line, serves no pack, abides no ideology, is beholden to no man.”

Yuk! The Global Viewer pukes on his page. He can’t stomach this pablum. In fact, he pinches his nose at the “parade of semi-sophisticated theories that act as bathroom deodorizer to mask the stench of his (Trump’s) candidacy.”

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9/1/15

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It is true that we can’t compete with Trump when we compare ourselves to his billionaire, business, media, and entertainment categories. However, comparing other qualities of our lives to those of the giant, many similarities begin to manifest themselves. On closer examination we say, "Hey, he's just like the rest of us." Indeed we do share commonalities with Trump in many areas. Here are 20.

#1 Trump is a loner fighting the big system. Each of us stands alone confronting the same gigantic system.
#2 Trump is an outsider to the political ruling class. Do you know anyone on the inside?
#3 Trump is self-funded with no donations with strings. We each pay down our credit cards and write out checks from our own checkbook.
#4 Trump belittles famous and powerful people. One of our favorite pastimes is belittling our neighbors and co-workers in order to make us appear better.
#5 Trump lambasts incompetence when he sees it. If you don’t, you should.
#6 Trump is criticized for his lack of a plan. And, what is yours?
#7 Trump is prone to put his foot in his mouth. How does yours taste?
#8 Trump seems to genuinely like his family. Most of us do.
#9 Trump calls it like he sees it. Is there any other way?
#10 Trump is a braggadocio. Don’t we love inflating our little stories.
#11 Trump changes his position on issues. Did you ever do that?
#12 Trump is or isn’t a true conservative. Labels, labels, labels!
#13 Trump likes to flit around with the beautiful people. Who wouldn’t!
#14 Trump lobbies government on his own behalf. What do you ask for from your local politicians?
#15 Trump gets testy when reporters probe his personal life. And, you wouldn’t?
#16 Trump wants less government intrusion in his life. I doubt you disagree?
#17 Trump exposes his shadow side now and then. How well hidden is your dark side?
#18 Trump slaps back when attacked. Do you just take it?
#19 Trump wants more money. Do you know someone not in that line?
#20 Trump wants to make America great again. Who wants to make it worse off?

I stopped adding more at 20. If I had more time, I’d add more. How about you? How many can you add?

Critics of The Donald phenomenon tend to rationalize Trump’s followers as “a bunch of disgruntled rednecks who are mad as hell and angry at the government. They join The Donald’s bandwagon to vent their frustrations and let off steam." Well, that is true to some extent and in some cases. What the critics fail to understand is that the identification with Donald Trump is anchored more in the long lists of commonalities, such as the 20 above, than it is in the “We’re angry” mantra.

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Continuation of Everyman

[ . . . The Donald is Everyman continued]
 
Donald Trump is Everyman. His issues transcend time. His role in the presidential campaign exposes controversial distinctions between right and wrong. He battles radical conceptions of good and evil. The drama is the season’s top-rated Reality Show whose ratings beat soap operas and reality shows combined.

21st century producers of morality plays have no need to send actors and minstrels from town to town as in days of yore. The protagonist’s performance is acted out on a virtual stage, an electronic projection of his starring role delivered live to ear buds, eye phones, hand pads, and flat screens. In today’s morality play all action is simultaneously viewed and ubiquitous throughout the realm.

Recall William Shakespeare’s famous phrase, “All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts.”

The starring role in today’s morality play has been awarded to Donald Trump. His entrance onto center stage is uncontested. In his time he plays many parts. He is the hero and the villain. Feared by members of the Rulers Club, pursued by the paparazzi, and acclaimed by the masses, Caesar returns to Rome. Approval or disapproval by the Academy is irrelevant. The show must go on! [return to beginning]

The Donald Archetype [Part 2 continued]

The archetypes that arise from the depths of the human psyche can be scary to behold and even challenging to embrace. They seem other worldly and out of reach to us common folks. The human response to primordial archetypes, in the case of the Hero, can be to adulate, emulate, and/or consecrate. Adulation can lead to imitation; emulation can lead to transformation, and consecration can lead to personal integration. In the case of the Villain, our response can be to denounce, deny, and/or destroy.  The results can be these: denouncing the devil will not make it go away; denial of evil does not lessen its power; and, any attempt to destroy an archetypical monster will embed it even deeper into one's unconscious.

As individuals we channel the Hero and the Villain. As individuals we do not create the hero. However, as the collective we ascribe hero status to those who arise to take up the sword to fill the hero’s role. Likewise, we do not create the devil. Our collective conscious ascribes evilness to those from the underworld, who threaten our customs, mores and very existence.

In summary, The Donald is the manifestation of the Hero, not because we crowned him so. Rather is the hero because a significant segment of the citizenry acknowledge his heroic persona and relate to his heroic qualities.

“We have met The Donald and he is us.”

The Donald Archetype [continued]

The Donald is an incarnation and personification of the Hero, a character larger than life, who fights and conquers the forces of evil to return peace to the realm. Examples of Heroes in literature are Hercules, Ulysses, Sir Lancelot, and Superman.

The Donald for others is the incarnation of the Villain, a character who opposes the Hero or whom the Hero must annihilate in order to recapture a lost treasure. Examples of Villains in literature are Long John Silver, Captain Hook, Moby Dick, and more recently the Joker from Batman. 

One is hard pressed to identify another person, in addition to The Donald, who carries the mantel of the Hero on the national political scene today. Hollywood actors play the parts of heroes. But after shooting their scenes and mouthing their lines they return to their pampered lives. Hardly heroes. Name a politician who qualifies as a hero. Politicians gain stature from their position and their rank. American politics is not a meritocracy. From the point of view of the American citizens politicians qualify more as villains, enslaved to their special interests and chained to the demands of their donors. How do you spell puppetocracy!

Can you not respect a man who puts his own wealth on the line, picks up the torch of freedom and takes his stand against the entrenched corruption of the most powerful, self-serving mega-politicial machine on the planet? He declares his purpose is to return Power to the People and Make America Great Again. Can you think of another person who vows to fight the machine in such a dramatic and compelling fashion as The Donald? No, of course not. The politicians are the machine! There is no Donald but The Donald!

Is it really that hard to understand why large swaths of beaten down, battered, and ignored citizens are awakened from a collective coma, inspired by a leader who claims he’ll regain their identify “of the people, by the people, and for the people/“ He promises to return their lost rights, stolen benefits, and constitutional protections, which are enumerated in the country’s founding documents?