January 20, 2017— Inauguration Day or Black Friday? – By Yvonne Sam

January 20, 2017— Inauguration Day or Black Friday?

By Yvonne Sam

Opinion - commentary -analysisAbraham Lincoln, the 16th president, guided America through the most devastating experience in its national history–the CIVIL WAR. Is Donald Trump the 45th president and also a Republican up to the task?

What is past will certainly be prologue. It has all happened before and will happen again

What is past is prologue.

The Bard of Avon is quoted as saying, “What is past is prologue”.  In Act 2 Scene 1 of the Shakespearean play The Tempest, Antonio attempts to convince Sebastian to murder his sleeping father Alonso, King of Naples, so that Sebastian can become king. All that had taken place up until then- their past- was merely a prologue, to the great things to come if they carried out the deed. The past is of vital importance, as it defines the present and as a consequence sets the stage for the future. For Donald Trump the soon to be inaugurated 45th president of the United States, the stage has already been set,the future ill defined, with disastrous consequences looming on the horizon.  

January 20, 2017 the day and date of the inauguration is fast approaching, bringing in its wake a national challenge totally unseen before except for the inauguration on March 4, 1861 of Abraham Lincoln the 16th president of the United States of America. By the time Lincoln arrived in Washington, D.C.,for his inauguration, the threat of war hung heavy in the air, and in his inauguration speech he spoke clearly of his intentions to enforce federal laws in the seven Southern states that had seceded from the Union since his election —six weeks later the American Civil War began.

Now Trump is embroiled in an uncivil pre-inauguration war of his own, for it is not only celebrities who are shunning the Inauguration celebration, but also former presidents. Currently the only one who has confirmed his attendance at the event, which is historically attended by all former living presidents, is Jimmy Carter.

Many people had been hoping that by now the tumultuous nationwide protests that followed Donald Trump’s election victory would be quieting down, but this is certainly not what is happening. The Not My President movement is organizing their forces, with the hell bent intention of ensuring that January 20, 2017 goes down as the most chaotic Inauguration Day in American History.  This is just another sad reflection of how Dis-United is the United States, and further undisputed evidence that the bonds that unite the people as a nation are further fraying. Regardless of which former presidents or politicians attend, and which singer, dancer, entertainer decides to perform or not, the transition of the most powerful executive office in the world (mighty power) will take place. Sad to say, but nevertheless painfully true, in the grand scheme of things, their presence and willingness to perform or not are absolutely meaningless—except to the people who they most care about- themselves..

What people voted on Election Day is one thing, but what is of greater importance is how they respond to the elected once in office if they truly want to change the country. Hitherto, Inauguration Day has been a day of joy and gladness for the nation at large,but may be replaced this time around with unprecedented scenes of chaos and violence leading to ultimate bloodshed. Try as we may, there appears to be no possible way that the entire nation will unite behind Donald Trump, and the saner, more rational thinkers are wondering if America Is entering four years of the worst civil unrest ever experienced.

What is past will certainly be prologue. It has all happened before and will happen again.

Yvonne Sam.

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Comments

  • Henry  On January 6, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    I do agree with you. Something huge will follow. This country is not ruled by the King. In England the King can do no wrong but not in America, there will be the first civil unrest/bloodshed in USA, we never know.

  • Clyde Duncan  On January 20, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Opinion: The End of the World Starts Today

    Trump is being portrayed as a zero with no coherent worldview. But what can you do? He actually presented a very coherent worldview, whose title is ‘America First.’

    Nehemia Shtrasler | HAARETZ

    In a matter of hours, the end of the world will arrive. Donald Trump will be sworn in as president of the United States of America, and according to very important pundits, we can expect worldwide devastation; an increase in discrimination and racism, poverty and distress; the dismantling of the NATO alliance; the destruction of democracy; and America to sink deep beneath the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

    But right before all this happens, one man is actually smiling today: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He’s convinced his life will be much more pleasant with Trump. He believes that from now on, he’ll no longer be surprised with unnecessary peace conferences in Paris, and he certainly won’t be preached to about the settlements. From now on, he’ll have a true friend in the White House, who will not only move the U.S.A. embassy to Jerusalem, but will also support every Israeli act of insanity when it comes to expanding the settlements and deepening the occupation.

    But wait, can Netanyahu really smile? After all, the defense minister-designate, Gen. (ret.) James Mattis, said at his Senate confirmation hearing just a few days ago, “The capital of Israel that I go to is Tel Aviv.” And not so long ago, he also said the settlements “are going to make it impossible to maintain the two-state option” and create a risk of “apartheid.” His colleague Nikki Haley, who is slated to become ambassador to the United Nations, said this week that settlements in the territories “can hinder peace.”

    In other words, the Trump administration’s policy toward the Middle East isn’t yet clear, or even fully formed.

    In any event, when Netanyahu watches Trump being sworn in this evening, he’ll also have to keep in mind that Trump is a completely unpredictable person, who will only start seeing the classified foreign policy material as of tomorrow.

    Thus it’s possible that, if he reaches the conclusion that Israel is endangering the Mideast’s stability, and that this is contrary to America’s interests, he’ll summon Netanyahu and tell him in the most undiplomatic language possible:

    You have a month to reach an agreement with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Get up, get started, and don’t come back without an agreement.

    It sounds like a fantasy. It doesn’t sound realistic. But who would have believed, three months ago, that Trump would be sworn in as President of the United States of America, today?

  • Clyde Duncan  On January 20, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Dearest Eager Watchers [in Caracas] of the alleged, orange, gringo Chávez,

    I bet most of you – a bit like me – are just loading up your “I-Told-You-So-Gun” to aim merrily at our North American friends.

    I mean, if it’s so hard for us humans to learn from our own mistakes; how could the Americans have possibly learned from Venezuelans?

    But, in the eve of this tragic day, I want to stress upon our dear readers a point that has been raised before, by brighter minds than mine.

    As John Oliver put it: THIS IS NOT NORMAL. And I’ll go further: THIS IS NOT RIGHT.

    This is not a rampage against Democracy or a call for the abolition of the Electoral College. And I’d like to call out on those “give-him-a-chance” people who want us to suspend judgement on Trump at least until he is, well, President.

    To that I say: this is not a matter of public policy, governance, or ideology.

    This is, simply stated, standing up against the biggest bully getting the biggest job. The fact that he was elected legitimizes the way in which he campaigned.

    And that, in itself, is a HUGE ISSUE.

    Many have ideological and policy differences with Barack Obama, but none can deny he’s a gentleman. His poise and statesmanship have given a degree of class to the post of President that none can ignore. Furthermore, he’s a master communicator.

    And then, there’s Trump. Everything Obama isn’t (which is music to some people’s ears).

    But as an example, as a role model, as a leader – well, let’s just keep our focus on that point.

    This is NOT normal. This is NOT right.

    Have an amazing weekend.

    Cheers,

    Eddy the Editorial Assistant – Caracas Chronicles
    (Carlos M. Egaña)

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