1 Reason You Should be Reading Fiction On Line: The Falling Leaf Review, September 2016


How Garrison Keillor Remains a Status Quo Mouthpiece in The Washington-Clinton Post

I read Keillor’s commentary piece in the Washington Post tonight (it appeared on Wednesday), and  I wanted it to be funnier, but then decades of systematic under-eduaction and enforced semi-literacy have made his left-leaning readers and listeners a lot less able to handle the once more pristine ironies. I guess he knows his audience, and as insipid as his commentary reads, it rests an example of what is wrong with the left today. American Liberalism today can’t raise the bar significantly hgher than the right, and Keillor has stuck to the same reflexes the left has been responding with: everyone who supports Trump is stupid and racist, which must make him the enlightened white man because it was, according to too many people, white men and secretly white women who put Trump in office. Yet, 35 out of every 100 hispanic voters voted for Trump; Trump received double the votes Romney did in 2012 from African-Americans. I do not want to say Keillor is an idiot, except in the way Aristotle meant when Aristotle said an idiot has no general concerns–and Keillor’s concerns here are not general and only masquerade as social; his opinions were just continuing staus quo contemporary liberal cliches and trite analysis, the flip-side of America’s conservatives. Ping Pong again one of our favorite past-times? His commentary was effete and yes, again, insispid.

The Washington Post should give me space to respond– I’m not a Trump supporter, but then, I’m not a status quo mouthpiece like Keillor. The Washington-Clinton Post is so far from where it was when it brought down Nixon that it might as well be Hilary’s PR rag. It is about as far from that as the Clinton Democrats are from the average American.

When the American Political Party Diagram Shifts Entirely to the Right

Imagine a very large rectangle drawn on a piece of paper with a line equally dividing it in two; one side Left and the otherside Right, and I mean that politically. Then take a smaller rectangle also equally divided in two, one side Democrat and the other Republican. Then imnagine two lines, one above the other. The top one could be called The 70s the one below it called NOW. These would intersect perpendicularly the Left/Right axis of the larger rectangle. If we were then to place that smaller rectangle into the larger rectangle on the top line, The 70s, and orient it to the fixed center of the larger rectangle dividing Eternal Left from Eternal Right, we would find the smaller rectangle with its line dividing Dem and Repub Left of center of the larger Political Left and Right. The Dems would be firmly in the area of the Left; part of the Republicans would hover in the Left of Center area. Today, it’s the opposite. The Repubs are firmly all of them Right of Center, fully in the area of Eternal Right Wing when we place the smaller rectangle on the line NOW. Part of the Dems would also appear in that area too. This is how Trump happened.Theremight even be Democrats today right of political center than Republicans were lefet of political center—I cannot imagine a real way of determining that. This is my sense of our political shift.

How Trump Happened to You

It has been American Liberalism as it has transformed itself over the last half century that most vehemently attacked the notion of a capital ‘T’ Truth, attacked the rhetoric of traditional humanism abandoning us to relativism, situational-ism and topical-ism in our social ethics, government responsibilities, political decisions, fiscal management. We decided to throw the puppy out with the flea-bath water as well as abandon a commitment to a literacy that would allow more of us to understand and defend democracy and freedom and human rights. Back in the 80s I used to be asked by Italians from Italy on student visas why American Liberals were so stupid, so under-read, so semi-literate? They already knew American conservatives were lost. The Clintons and Obama neither represented traditional Democratic patronage, nor the interests of The People as this always stands opposed to The Public which always serves the State. The Dems today are not even Kennedy’s Democratic Party, let alone Al Smith’s (and don’t chuckle until u know just what Al Smith did for poor and working poor and immigrant poor here in New York State).