Hymns of the 49th Parallel –or- Hallelujah in Dream Vision
The Allport Scale -or- The American Zeitgeist in the Global Theatre
The Field Notes "Dreaming of Donald Trump" and "Hilary Clinton Breaking the Glass Ceiling" posted this summer about the American voters choices in the 57th political cycle of the United States for the election of the 45th President. Then last month, I was working on a dream interpretation involving dreams collected by Kelly Bulkeley that mapped out the psychodynamics of the Zeitgeist snap shot montage of American dreams and nightmares. The social psychological focus of the Field Note was on the American prejudices reflected in this oneiric photomontage of the dreams of American voters. This photomontage of dreams I argued can be organized and viewed using the conceptual lens of the Allport scale. Sensing that Trump was going to win on November 8, 2016, I refrained from posting the dream interpretation. Was this "why bother, no one is listening" response a social psychological form and political reflection of voter's dream suppression in the United States I was sensing? (read New York Times article "After a Fraught Election")
As a "neighbor", the new Canadian comedy show "The Beaverton" (watch video) featured its' own post-election report and political autopsy of America and Americans on November 9, 2016. That following night I had a dream, in the dream I saw a map of North America. The US-Canada boundary of the 49th parallel was being moved further north. The dream seemed somewhat bizarre, even though Field Notes represents a literary cognitive mapping of psychodynamic landscape of those living on the planet. My first association was that the new Republican political power elite would push (read bully) Canada into renegotiating NAFTA, a stated policy goal of Donald Trump. I knew there was more. It took a few days to understand the dream. First, the Canadian songwriter Leonard Cohen past on (last Thursday November 10), one of his signature songs is, "Hallelujah". Hallelujah is also featured in Canadian songwriter K.D. Lang's album "Hymns of the 49th Parallel", a song she sang at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics (watch video). The first song on the album is "After the Gold Rush" by Neil Young, speaks about an ecological dream vision. The national dream vision mythos distinction of the 49th parallel is also discussed in an article I wrote over fifteen years ago about the "Canadian Dream". Hallelujah.
Then the other shoe dropped, the Saturday Night Live (read, The Atlantic editorial) opening sketch on November 12, 2016 featured a heartfelt mournful "Hallelujah" (watch video) tribute by a tearful Kate McKinnon, conceptually blending a lament of Hilary Clinton's election loss and Leonard Cohen's passing. That President Donald Trump will attempt to redraw the boundaries of the global geopolitical map in his own body political image is not news, the only question is what will happen when he meets with political resistance both on the domestic and foreign policy fronts? Take it to the bank he will meet with a political resistance movement, both peaceful and violent. Carl Bernstein on CNN the morning after the election called the result "tragic and dangerous". Certainly Canada and Canadians will resist any infringement on our sovereignty and political freedoms. Reading the front cover of the German magazine "Der Spiegel" (first image on the screen above, read editorial), Germans already appear resistant to President Trump. Turning to the other political extreme, emboldened neo-Nazi's in Sweden have hailed Trump's victory, calling for Jews to be hanged. On the American domestic front, the KKK are planning a victory celebration for Trump (read news report).