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Pavor Nocturnus during the Fortnight of Trump's
CCUN, January 20, 2017
looking for his inauguration view
Entering 2017 in political America has been a true centennial
celebration of Surrealism, American style… at least in ideology and
politics, if not in art. We may not quite have the quality-legacy of
surrealism provided by Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx or Pablo Picasso to
Europeans a century ago, but we are poised to receive an overdose of new
political reality shortly after Donald Trump is installed as our 45th
president tomorrow, January 20. Plan on it… count on it!
at the makeup of Trump’s proposed cabinet, most if not all members likely
to be confirmed by the Senate without regard for societal consequences or
ethical scruples, tells us to discard not only the post-molting skin of
liberalism espoused by Obama, but our endoskeleton as well if its
vertebrae are contaminated with progressivism.
Some among us
have been questioning for over two months why we keep referring to Mr.
Trump as our President-Elect, when we consider his credentials lacking
legitimacy, blaming FBI’s James Comey and/or Russia’s Vladimir Putin for
the unanticipated election results. However, constitutionally if not
democratically, Trump has been unequivocally elected; for, as our august
political leaders are quick to point out, we are definitely not a
Democracy but a Constitutional Republic; so, we must stop seeking
democratic refuge in the vote count or other illusory democratic symbols
which might suggest ours to be a government of the people, by the people,
and for the people. Ironically, however, and in total fraudulent
disregard, we have these same leaders of this bipartite plutocracy tell us
time and again, as we are force-marched into serial wars, that our
fighting battle cry is for democracy. And the big lie marches on in
virtuous cadence thanks to an elite-promoted, misguided patriotism
custom-tailored for fools. Fools who fail to admit that all empires are
by their nature evil, including ours, no matter how protective and benign
we portray ourselves to be.
Our 2016 presidential election came to
us as an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) few expected would detonate,
and even fewer that it would cause such level of damage… with all three
branches of government genuflecting to the Right, while the Lesser-Right
party (AKA the Democratic Party) would be pronounced dead on arrival in
our nation’s capital.
A friend, and peer, from India composed an
apropos epitaph for that party in an email he sent me as greeting for the
New Year. “A party,” he said, “that is a sum total of minority groups
without a strong common thread uniting them is headed for failure in the
long run.” My friend had been more explicit in the past pronouncing the
cross-sections of both Democratic and Republican parties to be
non-representative of the US diverse population, not just in terms of
wealth but race, culture, lifestyle and religion.
I must say that
my email exchanges during the past ten weeks (post-election) with peers in
five continents have ascribed to an anxiety and tone never experienced
before. What had been a political curiosity less than two years ago
evolved to a slight concern upon Trump’s winning the GOP nomination,
turning in the past two weeks into a series of emails with an incubus
imprint that can only exist during a night of terror.
many of us in the United States expected these pavor nocturnus as a
serious epidemic ailing the undocumented population after the election.
All of a sudden, the empty bipartisan rhetoric of the past regarding the
enforcement of immigration laws had taken a new turn with a president
intent in tackling the immigration issue with a cocked double-barreled
shotgun of a border wall with Mexico and deportation. Little wonder that
not just DREAMers [about 1.8 million children, mostly Mexican, illegally
brought into the country and eligible for the Obama Administration’s
“deferred action” initiative] but 10-15 million other undocumented
immigrants living in the US would be susceptible to these nights of
terror. It is understandable!
But people in other lands… whether
in Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, France, Germany, India,
Indonesia, Spain, or Venezuela, why should they care to the point of also
suffering these nights of terror?
We are just a
pavor nocturnus away from Trump’s inauguration. For some of us, the
incubus attacks on these nights of terror preceding Trump’s assumption of
power will soon become trump-reality – day and night. So we’ll wait for
the aftermath of an unreal 2016 presidential election for either the
certification of our fears or, if lucky, their total rebukes.
Whatever awaits America, and the world, with the advent of
twitter-irrepressible Trump I am hoping that an email I received from a
peer on November 9, last year, was neither congratulatory nor ill-wished
as it read, “Americans finally received their just deserts in their
election of Donald Trump.” We’ll soon see what our just deserts are.
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