Stop the Hate- Let’s make America Great – By Yvonne Sam

Stop the Hate- Let’s make America Great 

– By Yvonne Sam

Opinion - commentary -analysisKindly jolt me from my reverie and self –induced stupor by gradually whispering into my auditory canal that November 8, 2016 has come and gone. Do not be startled by my dazed and stupefied reaction as I gradually become aware of my immediate environment, for all around me I get the feeling that November 8 is yet to come.  I turn on the television CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, you name it and even talk radio have gone on anabolic steroids regarding the bashing of Donald Trump.

Although he has won the election, you are left with the impression that we are still in the race leading up to the nomination, the way the Christians, the far Right, the Left, the Republicans, school children, Libertarians, and even television announcers are attacking him non-stop, and on a constant onslaught of hate and desperation to ensure that he never steps foot in the White House.  

According to the haters Trump presidency does not necessarily translate into a White House residency. What does America really and truly want? Pray tell me, for they certainly cannot have their cake and their bake. Speaking from a politically correct perspective, it is either one or the other. Either Donald Trump will make America great again, or he will destroy America.

Canada displaying sympathy or simplicity

Certain Canadians cities also joined in the foray under the guise of support, marching with placards and slogans decrying the misogynistic, loud mouthed, foul spewing, xenophobic racist. One would have credited the Canadians with greater insight and commonsense, not to find themselves involved in the knee-jerk reaction of cognitive dissension, anger and frustration towards those who operate under a totally different political environment.

According to one of the Canadian participants, “we are here in solidarity with all those protesting in the United States.”. It is my profound belief that America is hopelessly and irretrievably lost, with resultant illogical and irrational thinking by the citizens. If the truth be told, the Canadians should not be harboring any inkling of a thought regarding reciprocal measures being shown them at any time in the future. For as Canadians we have our own share of political dilemmas and faux pas to deal with and  should allow our neighbor, of a different piscatorial genre to deal with theirs.

The truth  should be given preeminence over ideology

I wish to assure all readers that I am under no illusion that I am in parlance with them from my perch on Mt. Olympus, and further state that I do not claim monopoly on knowledge, wisdom or intellect, but it is the truth that is dominant and holds the weight. So I will always give truth

preeminence over  ideology, and will never attempt to  bend the truth into a more inviting fit for my purpose. According to Friedrich Nietzsche, the famous philosopher, “most people do not want to hear the truth because they do not want their illusions destroyed”.

Simply because Donald Trump trumped the odds, historically, to capture the nomination fair and square, even though his rants were despised, even though his tactics were disapproved of, yet they were all legal. The voting populace was neither duped nor hoodwinked as they are trying to make us to believe. Trump’s message to the people was crystal clear and simply put—we are disgusted with the establishment and tired with a Congress that suffers from inertia, and we need a leader that is capable of attacking the system by the horns to defeat it, restoring and returning the country to the people who stand for the same principles that once made America great.   Every candidate had their deep faults, and Trump capitalized them enough to gain traction, and eventually the majority of delegates.

Protests—What Progress?

Folks have marched, protested, been verbally abusive, leveled denigratory remarks and carried out threats against other human beings, called for recounts, all in a do–or- die effort to show their growing dislike and sanguine animosity for the winner of the election. The poignant question that must be addressed is – Has there been any significant progress? What change if any has been brought about by these various activities?  None! The president elect is still scheduled to be inaugurated on January 20, 2017, when he will officially take up residence in the White House vacated by the former Black President.

It is blatantly apparent to the mostly severely myopic and the profoundly moronic that the Trump haters are both impatient and clueless when it comes to politics and how the real world functions. Psalms 27:14 in the Good Book, clearly outlines, the course of action that should be taken in situations such as these, “wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord”.

Presidential Acts and Civic Facts

Granted, President Trump will attempt in his peculiarly assertive manner to implement his campaign promises, but he will find himself facing fire from his opponents. The Democrats have already started firing the first salvo. In addition there are millions of citizens lying in wait to confront him on policies that they deem racist and dictatorial. Surely, there is no sane person harboring the notion that President Trump will subjugate the United States, herald in authoritarian government while the nation recoils in silence. There cannot exist even the slightest of doubt that Americans will just go about their everyday business and allow Donald Trump to dissolve the traditions of democracy that Americans have accepted as essential to existence.

Blacks absent from the political conversation

Of noteworthy interest is the fact that Blacks are nowhere in the political toss-up let alone conversation on either the Republican or the Democratic side.  Shortchanged once again! They have once again found themselves on the outside looking in.  Gone are the rousing speeches especially in churches that caused them to feel good but never made them go out and “do good” for themselves. Let’s face the fact- politically the Black voters are obsolete.  Yes- I repeat….. Politically, Black voters are obsolete, seemingly no longer needed, and in some cases, no longer even wanted. Who will they turn to now that it’s all over and President Obama is on his way out? Martin Delany points out in his book, “The Political Destiny of the Colored Race on the American Continent that “no race can be free who themselves do not constitute an essential part of the ruling element of the country in which they live. The freedom of no man is secure who does not control his own destiny. Where is destiny leading them now?

Unless a critical number of Black people are organized,  who are collectively willing to leverage their dollars as a trump card against a political system that has no regard for them, then Blacks are doomed and stumped as a concern in public policy.

 

Stopping the hate to make America great.

Strange but true hate has become America’s new form of entertainment. As we interact daily with news media we anticipate how President Trump will shock us not by his actions but by his words. .  The American people have spoken and have elected him for a reason. Now, as is clearly being demonstrated there have been elements of hate and seeds of discord sown, much to the distress of the citizens, young and old alike. However, even if we disagree with his reasoning and all else, he is still the next President of the United States.  He is the man chosen to represent the people.The impasse and divide that has swept such a great nation will only be perpetuated if Donald Trump is not given a chance from the outset. Everyone must do their part to stop the hate and make America great once again.

Yvonne Sam.

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  • demerwater  On November 29, 2016 at 7:30 am

    I do not use the word “Hate” lightly. What I think is happening, is that opinion is solidifying into two ‘equal and opposing forces’ – For and Against.
    Name a topic and gauge reaction. Abortion. Gun Ownership. Free Speech etc.
    It reminds me eerily of the Black and East Indian composition of the Guyana population, how the electorate voted ‘en bloc’ (or apan jaat if you prefer) and how the country stagnated.
    I remember members of the Opposition lying down on the roadway inside the gates of the Public Buildings in Georgetown – to disrupt a meeting of the Legislature – not unlike the unenlightened strategy of Mitch McConnell & Co. towards the newly-elected President Obama.
    And from the lessons of that Continentally-exceptional country in South America, it seems that a “PR” allocation of Electoral Delegates at the State level, inclusion of “Third Party” elements may clear the path forward for the USA.
    Remember the NLF and its single elected Legislator – Stephen Campbell? How the NLF became the UF and changed the direction of politics in British Guiana?

    • Thinker  On December 3, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      Fact check. Was Stephen Campbell ever in Parliament independently of the UF?

      • Thinker  On December 3, 2016 at 3:11 pm

        Demerwater is absolutely correct.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On November 29, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Excellent analysis by Yvonne Sam.

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 29, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Opinion

    ‘Post Truth’ – How We Laundered Trump’s Lies

    A word already exists for the Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year: it’s called ‘lie.’

    – Doron Koren – HAARETZ

    There are a few problems with the term chosen last week by the Oxford Dictionaries as their word of the year: “post-truth.”

    The editors, who said that use of the word, had increased by approximately 2,000 percent thanks to Brexit and Donald Trump’s U.S.A. presidential election victory, defined “post-truth” as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

    What grates most is the artificial, somewhat condescending differentiation the definition makes between “objective facts” and “appeals to emotion” – as if intellect and emotion are mutually exclusive, and there is an emotional riffraff out there incapable of grasping “objective facts.”

    But all the information in an election campaign operates on both the intellect and emotions. The question is whether that information is correct.

    Indeed, the real problem with the awkward “post-truth” is that it’s being used to supplant an older, more practical and much clearer word: “LIE.”

    Trump triumphed in large part because of the false propaganda he knowingly and brazenly employed. It was no coincidence that Steve Bannon told the Wall Street Journal that he draws inspiration from Leni Riefenstahl, the maker of films for the Nazi regime. As he articulated it, “Leave the politics aside, you have to learn from those past masters on how they were trying to communicate their ideas.”

    Trump lied with all the ludicrous labels he attached to Hillary Clinton – an intelligent, warm and decent leader – and with the “crooked” image he created for her, with the inflammatory chants of “Lock her up!” at his rallies. And all for the minor technical offense of using a private email server – a completely negligible matter compared to his own serious tax evasion, or his defrauding of students who enrolled in Trump University (he just paid $25 million to settle that case).

    Trump also looked like a total liar when he denied – in the spirit of the familiar male advice to “Deny everything” – the credible claims of women who said he’d sexually assaulted them. The chauvinistic disdain he showed for the possibility that a woman could become president, meanwhile, was just a repulsive continuation of that same lie.

    Trump lied in things he said about President Barack Obama, in his racist comments, and so on. All this is well known. And his lies were then compounded by the viral lies supporting him that popped up on social media, citing fictitious radio stations and newspapers (an FBI agent was murdered on Clinton’s orders; the pope supports Trump; a city in Michigan is ruled by Sharia law, etc).

    None of this is “post-truth.” It is all simply lies. And we’re not living in a new age that requires a new “post” prefix, something to go with post-modernism, post-nationalism, post-Zionism, and all the other “posts.”

    False propaganda in an election campaign is certainly nothing new. It was used by the biblical Absalom against his father, King David, when he stole the nation’s heart through groveling and false incitement against his father.

    Hitler used false propaganda to seize power, too. In a 1943 poem, Natan Alterman imagined Roosevelt’s “four freedoms” (freedom from fear, freedom from want, freedom of worship, freedom of speech) lined up to race, when suddenly they are joined by another competitor, the Nazi-inspired freedom to distort. The latter is ugly and limping, and everyone laughs at him at first – as we all laughed at Trump’s lies. But then, to the crowd’s amazement, he goes on to win the race.

    Trump is far from being a Hitler, but his distortions proved winning too. And what starts with accusations of election fraud could, under certain circumstances, lead to loss of life. Democracy needs to defend itself against crude lies, particularly during critical times like elections – and especially in this era of instant mass dissemination via the internet. Because it doesn’t take much for a slanderous online post to become part of that “freedom to distort.”

    Which is to say that effective legal remedies are needed to contend with the spread of dangerous libels on Facebook, Google and Twitter. And that during election campaigns, there should be an oversight mechanism with a committee of judges who could force candidates to appear before them and ban the use of egregious lies.

    But the remedy begins with language, in calling things by their real name, and terms like “post-truth” serve to obfuscate rather than clarify.

    A lie is a lie, and it’s important not to blur the difference between a lie and the truth with terms like “post-truth” or “narrative.”

    And, yes, the lies coming from the House of Trump are no worse than the lies being spread about Israel by the BDS movement or Mahmoud Abbas. And it will be interesting to see what happens when these two lying groups meet.

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 29, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/yvonne-sam/

  • Clyde Duncan  On December 1, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    The 5-Minute Forecast:

    … beware the ides of March — there will be no comeback rally in 2017, says David Stockman.

    Under the “zombie budget” deal struck a year ago between President Obama and House Speaker Paul Ryan, Uncle Sam’s debt ceiling was suspended. We were spared any debt-ceiling showdowns between the White House and Congress this year.

    The national debt has drifted ever higher, to $19.3 trillion this week.

    The debt ceiling once again kicks in on March 15 of next year. The moment Trump takes office, he’ll have 55 days in which to cut a deal with Congress to raise the ceiling well past $20 trillion. His $1 trillion public-works program won’t happen without it. Nor will the tax cuts he’s proposed.

    “The debt ceiling expiration is the skunk currently slinking around in the woodpile,” says David Stockman. “It will lead to an immediate crisis of governance and one or more government shutdowns early next spring.

    “It will also lead to an ugly round of hostage-taking the Donald and his New York inner circle have not even begun to fathom.”

    Yes, the president has a majority in both houses of Congress. But it’s more tenuous than you might think. “The GOP Senate majority is razor thin (52-48) and deeply divided by regional interest and ideological differences,” David reminds us. Democrats can easily stymie any legislation with the threat of a filibuster that requires 60 votes to break.

    “They will adopt the same playbook as the GOP did during the Obama era — bash, battle and block the entirety of the White House’s agenda.”

    And in the House, the deficit-hawk tea partiers will make Speaker Ryan’s task of rounding up a majority akin to “herding cats” — although David tells us he prefers the analogy of “a circular firing squad”, heh – ha ha ha !

    Ryan needed the help of Democrats to pass a suspension of the debt ceiling a year ago; they’ll be much less inclined to help with a Republican in the White House this time around.

    “Washington will be paralyzed for months — even years — after the inauguration,” David goes on.

    “There will be no massive tax cut, no huge infrastructure initiative or any other variation of the ‘fiscal stimulus’ will-o’-the-wisp that seems to have sent the bond markets reeling and the stock averages to giddy flights of fantasy.”

    “Every block of votes Trump manages to wrangle for the debt ceiling increase will require a king’s ransom of compromises on everything he has promised to do in the first 100 days.”

    “President Trump may even be forced to back off from his promise to kill Obamacare in order to get Democratic votes for the debt ceiling increase. And that’s because there is not a chance in the world that tea party Republicans will go along with the idea that an election earthquake happened only so they could vote for trillions more of public debt as their first order of business.”

    “The stock market will swoon when it becomes clear that the Imperial City is descending into ungovernable political chaos and gridlock. And that is virtually guaranteed.”

    [Donald Trump said: “We are in a big, fat ugly bubble – B-FUB.”]
    So, if that doesn’t take the air out of B-FUB, nothing will.

    – Essential Insights On Time – Dave Gonigam

  • Clyde Duncan  On December 2, 2016 at 12:31 am

    When an American flag becomes worn, faded, torn or soiled, it should be retired and replaced with a new flag. There are several ways to respectfully dispose of the American flag without showing disgrace. The most common method is burning the torn or tattered flag in a special ceremony.

    .
    http://www.vfw.org/community/flag-etiquette

    The foregoing for the President-elect ….. USA

  • demerwater  On December 2, 2016 at 3:06 am

    It seems that the flag protocol varies by country. Further, some countries have a domestic protocol (inside its boundaries) and a differing external policy, for the national flag. It gets overwhelming.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_protocol
    As for the President-elect, he is “flying a kite” by way of a tweet – his preferred method. He observes the flurry of ‘pros and cons’ that results and presumably makes his decisions. I have seen the technique practised by Managers, great and small; we’d put it down to “divide and rule”. It reminds me of the frenzy by perai (piranha) when as little as a drop of blood is introduced into their vicinity.
    Ronald Melville demonstrated that – a long time ago.
    It can also be seen as an extension of “survival of the fittest”.

  • Clyde Duncan  On December 3, 2016 at 11:01 am

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