Wow, Mr. Minsky... your allusions are masterfully constructed and pack quite a cognitive punch:
"While it’s true that the mainstream media burps up undigested objections to the Trump phenomenon, their utter lack of depth provides The Donald sanctuary in their preferred infotainment narrative: Trump as The Star on another reality show. And herein may lie one source of Trump’s success. On balance, reality shows reveal a tawdry world of desperate Americans willing always to walk over each other, stabbing any semblance of solidarity in the back."
George Lakoff should read YOU. What a depth of nuance! The deep sea diver's realm applied to words... snorkeling past the exotic surreal images.
Would it surprise you to know (should you, as some other writers tend to do) stop into these threads, that this IS the end of the Age of the Two Fish... destined to swim in opposing directions.
Soaking up the daily analysis of the craziness called news in our world, I've come to the conclusion that either those two opposed fish--which can work as natural complements and counterbalances--come into a new Divine Phase of reconciliation, or the whole Biological Show splits apart... lethal black-hole style. And that's too many years of biological research--in the form of APPLIED trial and error--for any supposedly sentient species to cast off, nonchalantly.
The real archetype of the "American Experience," is Mars, my friend. And remember that as the consummate warrior that he is (with centuries of practice "in the field" of war), he knows how to pretend to be crazy as a fox. M.A.D. has many levels of application (including tactical ones). The madness that defines all aspects of this election might well serve as ONE of them.
This one... you hit OUT of the ballpark! So incisive!
"So as we move on to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, let’s be clear: The great tragedy of the moment is not rooted in the Republican Party’s self-cannibalization. It’s with a Democratic Party that “successfully” suffocated responsible answers to the crises consuming our world."