Essay

Hollywood Humanity [Flash Fiction]

I have come to bury Trump, not to praise him? The good that the rich do often gets lost in the ways they manage to make an awful lot of money from the thinnest veil of good they lay over whatever serious need exists in a society. I am not who you think I am; I am not that man you have assumed me to be; his voice and my voice are not one, anymore than Lear was Shakespeare, or Edmund, or Iago, or Hamlet or MacBeth, or Olivia or Rosalind or Desdemona or Juliet or Romeo or any of the personas worn throughout the sonnets—do you see? Stand under and feel the weight of my argument. I am not him as he is not always who you think he is; all the world is truly a stage—how many roles, characters—the masks we wear outside and in, too many now for me to count.

It seems reasonable that a universal humanity should be defended, and that that defense should be well articulated. Woman has been prime for this kind of defense for a very long time. Hers is a humanity less than deservedly respected, even now when we think we are honoring and respecting women, socially, politically, institutionally, ethically, interpersonally, however else you might imagine we respect and are willing to defend a woman’s rights–we are not. Inadequately at best? Imagination deadening again?

We do suffer a media-bombarded deadening of our imaginations, our sense and our sensitivity–it has an effect on our sensibility, too. Just how sensible we are has been as curtailed as the measured decline in our attention spans. All of the former notwithstanding nonetheless, “Sole proprietorship” is a rational position based on an inherited legacy of human rights that we need a heightened historical awareness to be able to defend adequately.  We must couple this with a concerted effort to increase  our general level of literacy to handle correctly any defense of a woman’s unalienable rights –yes correctly–although, ironically, just what political correctness has mismanaged.

My opposition herein to how political correctness has mismanaged the defense of the rights it has purported to be an advocate for is not in line with Donald Trumps “Know-nothing” populism. Re-examine the Know-nothing Party of the mid-nineteenth century and Trump does not appear as if he fell from the sky, or rose up from the depths. In fact, The Know-Nothing Party’s platform is very similar to Donald Trump’s; the party was founded in 1845 and lasted until about 1860 and was ripe with Anti-Catholic sentiments and bigotry, as well as the view that the country was being overrun by Irish and Bavarian-German immigrant hordes. Daniel Day Lewis’s Nativist character in Scorsese’s Gangs of New York is a continuation of this virulent reactionary politics.

 

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