|Femi Ajayi's Outlook|
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
ere comes the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald John Trump, whose behavioral problems forced him out of the Kew-Forest School at the age of thirteen, and enrolled in the New York Military Academy (NYMA). Born on June 14, 1946, in Jamaica Estates, Queens, New York; a German ancestry, on his father's side and Scottish ancestry, on his mother's side. He is one of the biggest real estate developers in New York City. Trump has five children by three marriages, and has eight grandchildren. His first two marriages ended in divorce.
Trump clinched the pass mark of 290 Electoral Votes, to defeat Clinton who scored 232 Electoral Votes. That election results amounted to the popular votes of 60,981,118 for Clinton, about 47.8%, and Trump with 60,350,241 popular votes about 47.3%. The passing score has been set by the Founding Fathers at 270 out of 538 Electoral Votes are needed to win United States Presidency, which makes American Democracy very unique and fascinating; thus one of the reasons Presidential candidates always focus on some key States, including swing States, either Democrat or Republican for the USA President.
Trump broke the political jinx as the second major-party presidential nominee in American history whose experience comes principally from running a business, Wendell Willkie was the first. Trump is the first United States President without prior government or military experience, and the first without prior political experience since Dwight D. Eisenhower. Trump, an entertainer, is also the oldest first-term president, 70 years. With nearly 14 million votes, Trump broke the all-time record for winning the most primary votes in the history of the Republican Party.
The world is dazed and rendered the yellow journalism polls inept for the election of Trump. The media devalued Trump, to the acceptance of an average conservative American, who are highly 'entertained' and clinched to the 'coup' of Trump. His success at the polls took the same path of a former wrestler, Jesse 'The Body' Ventura, who became Minnesota Governor, for two terms. He started joking around, spoke the language Minnesotans wanted to hear then. Mind you, Trump is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) fan, like myself. He is a friend of WWE owner, Vince McMahon, who hosted two WrestleMania events in the Trump Plaza and has been an active participant in several of the shows.
Trump victory brought about changes to the American political map. Trump blew his own trumpet, loud and clear from the beginning of the election campaigns, a true picture of himself. Regardless the protests, negative comments, Trump will be inaugurated January 20, 2017, and remains American President for the next four years, all things being equal. Republican controls the Congress at least till December 2018 when there would be mid-term elections to the Congress.
Unfortunately Trump has made some un-presidential, scary, very distressing statements during the Presidential campaigns. Possibly the world would see the second Trump as suggested by Dr. Carlson, one of the 2016 Republican presidential candidates.
There have been expressed dissatisfactory statements on the election outcome, which gave birth to the demonstrations, elevating into riots in about twenty-five Cities across the States. Some swing novice analysts, without principles, would claim their accuracy, being mentally indolent as the yellow journalism of the 2016 USA Presidential election portrayed. Possibly Clinton e-mail issues, with the FBI eleventh-hour probe, and later reiterated its July 2016 verdict, couple of days to the election, came too late; while major election damages had been done to Clinton's victory at the polls, which charmed the conservatives to the polls.
Unfortunately, while comic Trump continued to capitalize on what interest most American Conservative as for every 'joke' transmitted by Trump during campaigns, most Journalists, who are obviously in support of Clinton, twisted the statement, which gave room for Trump to deny, partly contributed into Hillary Clinton's failure. PolitiFact.com wrote, "it is difficult to determine Trump's stance on issues, given his frequent changes in position and his penchant for using confusing, vague and even contradictory language." It counted at least 17 times when Trump said something and then denied having said it.
Trump belongs to the intransigent conservative and a political swinger, who perfectly played the game. Trump's party affiliation has changed over the years. From 2001 to 2008, he was a Democrat; in 2008, he endorsed Republican, John McCain, for President and officially changed his party registration to Republican in 2009. In December 2011, Trump became an Independent for five months before returning to the Republican Party, where in 2016 he emerged as US President. Trump floated the idea of running for president in 1988, 2004, and 2012, and for Governor of New York in 2006 and 2014, but did not enter those races.
Trump once quantified the Republican voters, that gave him victory at the 2016 Presidential elections, reported by the People Magazine in 1998, that "If I were to run, I'd run as a Republican. They're the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they'd still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific". Prophetically his winning numbers are terrific (Trump 290 to Clinton 228 Electoral Votes) and changed USA electoral map, while Republican voters made Fox News their guiding Angels for the election.
Trump statement on the Republican voters have been reinforced by Andy Borowtz, by stating "Stopping Trump is a short-term solution. The long-term solution - and it will be more difficult - is fixing the educational system that has created so many people ignorant enough to vote for Trump."
H. L. Mencken, once predicted as reported in the Baltimore Evening Sun, of July 26, 1920, that "As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desires at last, and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and a complete narcissistic moron."
Meanwhile, Senator Harry Reid sent a strong message to Trump and summed up the election of Trump as "…The election of Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America. White nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump's victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear - especially African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, LGBT Americans and Asian Americans. Watching white nationalists celebrate while innocent Americans cry tears of fear does not feel like America. I have heard more stories in the past 48 hours of Americans living in fear of their own government and their fellow Americans than I can remember hearing in five decades in politics. Hispanic Americans who fear their families will be torn apart, African Americans being heckled on the street, Muslim Americans afraid to wear a headscarf, gay and lesbian couples having slurs hurled at them and feeling afraid to walk down the street holding hands. American children waking up in the middle of the night crying, terrified that Trump will take their parents away. Young girls unable to understand why a man who brags about sexually assaulting women has been elected president. The texts, emails and phone calls I have received from them have been filled with fear - fear for themselves, fear for their Hispanic and African American friends, for their Muslim and Jewish friends, for their LBGT friends, for their Asian friends… Every news piece that breathlessly obsesses over inauguration preparations compounds their fear by normalizing a man who has threatened to tear families apart, who has bragged about sexually assaulting women and who has directed crowds of thousands to intimidate reporters and assault African Americans...If this is going to be a time of healing, we must first put the responsibility for healing where it belongs: at the feet of Donald Trump, a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate...If Trump wants to roll back the tide of hate he unleashed, he has a tremendous amount of work to do and he must begin immediately."
Bernie Sanders of Vermont, 2016 Democrat candidate, a rival of Clinton would advise Trump "…to the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him. To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him."
If he had lost the election, Trump would have had nothing to lose as his empire equates that of US Government if not more than that, with his Air Plane, with TRUMP boldly written on it, is as huge as the Airforce One, and lives the life of an Emperor or any other political leader, even the USA President. Trump says whatever his brain microwaved for his mouth, and vehemently refused to change his statements during campaigns, plus the ways and manners he acts, JUST BEING HIMSELF. He followed his dreams, despite all the hurdles along his path, like an elephant wading through the thick forest; and finally smiled at the mirror in his room, that he has been destined to be on top of the world, a successful businessman, as of 2016, he was listed by Forbes as the 324th wealthiest person in the world, and 156th in the United States, and now the president of the most powerful Democracy in the world.
Trump once said as published by World News, Tuesday, October 27, 2015, "African Americans are very lazy. The best they could do is gallivanting around ghettoes, lamenting how they are discriminated. These are people American does not need. They are enemies of progress. Look at African countries like Kenya and Nigeria for instance, those people are stealing from their own government and go to invest the money in foreign countries. From the government to opposition, they only qualify to be used as a case study whenever bad examples are required. How do you trust even those who have run away to hide here in the United States, hiding behind education? I hear they abuse me in their blogs but I don't care because even the internet they are using is ours and we can decide to switch it off from this side. These are people who Import everything including matchsticks. In my opinion, most of these African countries ought to be recolonized again for another 100 years because they know nothing about leadership and self-governance."
Specifically on Nigerians residing in the States, "We need to get the Africans out. Not the blacks, the Africans. Especially the Nigerians. They're everywhere. I went to a rally in Alaska and met just one African in the entire state. Where was he from? Nigeria! He's taking our jobs. They are in Houston taking our jobs. Why can't they stay in their own country? Why? Because they are corrupt. Their government are so corrupt, they rob the people and bring it all here to spend. And their people run away and come down here and take our jobs! We can't have that! If I become the President, we'll send them all home. We'll build a wall at the Atlantic Shore. Then may be, we'll re-colonize them because obviously they did not learn a damn thing from the British."
Trump moderated his statement of African-Americans, concentrated on African countries with reference to Obama Kenya, and Nigeria, the notorious country for lack of visionary leaders and 'crooks' in the government, as he always do in his election campaign on African-Americans. Nigerians are Smart, God creation of special species; like Trump claimed to be smart by not paying taxes for decades in the system that he operates his businesses.
We should be proud of these Nigerians who immigrated to USA with their valuable and progressive contributions to the growth of the United States. We hope Buhari's earshot challenge has been fully restored, to put the 'crooks' where they belong and minimize the stolen of Government resources to USA, Panama, Dubai, Britain and other European countries for 'Investments' or spending. Possibly Trump would build walls on the space, preventing immigrants from Nigeria to USA, as swimming along the Atlantic Ocean may be a death wish; unlike swimming from Cuba to Florida; while other walls could be built along USA borders to prevent other unauthorized immigrants to the United States.
I doubt if any Country could concussively absorb the likes of Trump. Once you follow your dreams, with guaranteed liberty, equal justice for all, (to some extent), with the fear of God, you would attain it.
American Institutions are solid, may not be perfect. Unfortunately, Dangote, the richest man in Nigeria, with the competition from some 'crooks in Nigeria political club', dare not dabble into politics taking Trump's steps, hoping to succeed, the Nigeria system would chew him up, grind him into pieces, like dry pepper and blow it into his eyes possibly to blind him for life.
Obama has assured Americans that he has the obligation to start the president-elect on a good footing just like Bush did for him in 2008. That is democracy at work in the United States under God, with the exception of some staunch religious zealots, who are distorting God, in all ramifications.
Obama continued with his responsibilities with the Veteran celebration of Friday November 11, 2016, and the transition team has started work in earnest. All the election rhetoric are gone, and real service to Americans continue. Hillary Clinton has gone for hiking to communicate with nature, thanking God for the over 30 years in American public service.
Mockery of the deported Illegal Immigrants in the United States
In the country of immigrants, Trump's wife, Melania Trump, also known as Melania Knauss, a Slovene-American former model, was born Melanija Knavs, in Novo Mesto, southeastern Slovenia (then part of communist Yugoslavia) on April 26, 1970. She became a permanent resident of the United States in 2001 and a citizen in 2006. She will be the second foreign-born First Lady of the United States, following Louisa Adams in 1825. The world is awaiting Trump's handling of Muslims which he later changed to Muslim extremists; the Mexicans, against the wall for Mexico to pay for; and women. Trump owned part or all of the Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA beauty pageants from 1996 until 2015, when he sold his interests.
The Washington Post, opined that "Trump is a mix of braggadocio, business failures, and real success." An investigative story by the New York Times found that in the early 1990s, in order to avoid "financial ruin" Trump's businesses used methods which were "legally dubious" to avoid paying taxes, and that Trump's own lawyers described these activities as "improper". Trump once told the news media that his tax rate was "none of your business," but added, "I fight very hard to pay as little tax as possible".
Meanwhile, David Remnick, Editor of the New Yorker described Trump election as "the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Trump's shocking victory, his ascension to the Presidency, is a sickening event in the history of the United States and liberal democracy. On January 20, 2017, we will bid farewell to the first African-American President-a man of integrity, dignity, and generous spirit-and witness the inauguration of a con who did little to spurn and endorsement by forces of xenophobia and white supremacy. It is impossible to react to this moment with anything less than revulsion and profound anxiety."
In the country of immigrants Americans are awaiting Trump executive power to create a "deportation force" on his "Day one of my presidency, [11 million illegal immigrants] are getting out and getting out fast," on January 20, 2017 in his opposition of birthright citizenship. In addition, one of Trump's most controversial proposals, in 2015, was a "total and complete" ban on foreign Muslims entering the United States.
The American Institutions are on very solid base and it would be awkward for any "narcissistic moron" to disassemble. Despite the protests, demonstrations in the United States, as granted by the First Amendment, they would not stop Trump from being inaugurated January 20, 2017.
First meeting at the White House Obama and Trump, Melania and Michelle Thursday November 10, 2016
Unequivocally, Republicans could be ready for war with some religious fanatics, facing ISIS. America has been engrossed with diplomacy for too long; while electing a female to the White House seems to be a 'taboo' at this period. We hope that Trump would not jeopardize the health of most Americans by repealing Obama Care through his Executive Power, without a reasonable healthcare alternatives; or wiping out the First African American President accomplishments to the satisfaction of citizens, just to show the top notch xenophobia embedded in the veins of an average American Conservative.
Obama 2009-2016 Trump and Obama at the Whitehouse November 10, 2016 2016
A school of thought might look at Trump's victory as a divine intervention. When the Israelites disobeyed God, He sent them bad leader to discipline them. The Babylonians under Nebuchadnezzar defeated them and put them in captivity. The Persians under King Cyrus did the same. For years US has been swamped with gay marriages, and all manners of deviant behaviors that are shocking to the world. God has given the US Donald Trump for a purpose. As a Presbyterian, Trump claims to participate in Holy Communion, and has not asked God for forgiveness of his sins. He once stated, "I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don't bring God into that picture."
Trump never say the popular phrase, "God bless the United States of America".
Femi Ajayi is a Professor of Policy, Management & Conflict Resolution, at Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State