Wednesday, 24 February 2016 02:28

Only in America!

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The presidential election has added yet another feather to the uniqueness of America. It is about the only country with the exception of Nigeria where you have as many as 22 individuals in one Party vying to become the nominee of their Party. How quickly they drop out one by one is also unique to America. In Nigeria candidates dig in to qualify for any stipend that may come to them from the Electoral Commission. Many in Nigeria are in the race not to win at all but to qualify for that stipend or some high visibility position in the State or Party after they their loss. Can you believe that?

It is a different ball game in America. Candidates enter the race because they believe they have something to offer but if their showing in the polls or tha actual voting return a zero appeal in them, they drop out as fast they came in even after they have spent hundreds of millions to get the voters' attention .Jeb Bush the favorite of the Republican Establishment quickly saw the hand writing on the wall following the outcome of the South Carolina primary that gave him only 4 percent of the total tally. American politics is like no other in the whole world. The Blacks who preponderantly vote Democrat today used to vote for the Republicans 9 out of 10 before the new deal. The whole South give equal support to both Parties until Lyndon Baines Johnson floated his new deal legislation that he knew was going to make the Democrats lose much of their appeal in the South, but he signed the deal into Law nonetheless, because he knew it was the right thing to do.

The miracle that occurred on July 4, 1776 when the British finally granted independence to his greatest colony ever has continued to grow at astronomical proportions reducing Great Britain, the former colonial master to nothing but a lap dog of America. Great Britain is today content and happy to remain America's most trusted allies among the nations of the World. It did not take time at all for the British Empire on which the Sun never sets to realize she could no longer compete with "Uncle Sam" and "God's own country" and the Leader of the Free World.

One of the greatest British War Prime Minister, Winston Churchill clearly saw the hand writing on the wall when he flew out to Washington DC to seek the help and the involvement of the United States in the Second World War. America was led at the time by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The American involvement was the last straw that broke Adolf Hitler's back and assured the sweeping victory of the Allied powers. The victory led to the eventual formation of NATO which was led by a 4 Star General, Dwight Ike Eisenhower who later became the 34th President of the United States.

One could argue that the greatness of America all started with the American Constitution which is now recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the 8th Wonder of the World for its depth, scope and relevance and the genius of the founding fathers who put it together by putting a renewed emphasis on three words "We the People"

Thomas Jefferson, the man who did the final editing of the Constitution became a transformational figure. He instantly became a celebrity and he ended up becoming the third American President from 1801 to 1809 following in the footsteps of George Washington the pioneer President from 1789 to 1797 and John Adams the second President from 1797 to 1801.

America remains a jigsaw puzzle, all things considered. Who would have believed some 10 years ago that a man like Donald Trump and a self-proclaimed Socialist could rise this high in the polls to pick a nominee for each of two dominant Parties in America?  Nothing is written in stone in American Politics.

I just love America. I persuaded two of my sons to become part of the American success story by following the footsteps of their grandfather, my own father, a veteran of the Royal West African Frontier Force who fought under the British flag in the Second World in Egypt, Ceylon and India from 1939 to 1945. If I was born in America the Military would have been my first choice of a career as the first recipient of the British/Canadian Legion Scholarship for children of veterans of the Second World War in Africa.

I love it when a child reaffirms the greatest accomplishments of their parents or go beyond like often happen in America. John McCain who became a Navy pilot and a prisoner of war in Vietnam was born to a father who was an Admiral in Panama. George Walker Bush Junior became a fighter pilot in the Reserve of the US Navy following on the footsteps of his great father, George Bush Senior who was a fighter pilot and a war hero himself in Vietnam   No country on Earth exemplifies this observation better than America. The uniqueness of America is what has informed my decision to write this piece at a time I feel so frustrated about making predictions on American politics because the menu has drastically changed. Donald Trump seems to have changed the ground rules because "Let us make America great again" which is the clarion call of Donald Trump has meant different things to different people.

For the Blacks and the minorities in America, it could mean a return to the not so pleasant past when the highest job a black man can ever hold in the White House is that of a gate keeper. Today the white man opens the gate for the black man's Limousine to come in. That could be part of what Donald Trump is promising after such a glorious outing by the first black President in more than 250 years of America's Independence. If Trump becomes the Republican nominee, the Blacks the Hispanics and the minorities have another day with Destiny in America and that is why I or people like me can never vote for a Donald Trump even with a gun pointed to our head. It is that simple.

Today the American Currency the Almighty Dollar has long replaced the British Sterling as the most valued Currency in the whole World. I hear rumors that Vladimir Putin is looking for ways and means to permanently remove the Dollar for all international exchange and business out of jealousy. Putin is going on a mission impossible because he is never going to succeed.

Where was Russia or Vladimir Putin when America led the World to float the World Bank and the IMF? Where was the Soviet Union or Russia when the same America led by FDR and Harry Truman led the World in creating the United Nation from the League of Nations and putting the Headquarters in New York, the Financial, the Real Estate and the Diplomatic Capital of the World? American founding fathers have laid such a solid foundation that cannot be easily uprooted by any over-ambitious players in World Politics like Putin. They can try but they will not succeed.

Vladimir Putin is wasting his time. He could make all the efforts he wants to reduce America to just another super power, it is not going to happen because America greatness is not founded on a quick sand. Its foundation is laid on a solid rock and that goes from one generation of Americans to another if you see what I see.

Miracles happen in America all the time because miracle is in America's DNA and life blood. I laugh when I hear Donald Trump say to the world he is going to make America great again as if to say that America has ever stopped being a great country since 1776. Jefferson William Clinton the 42nd President of the United States put it best when he calls the bluff of Donald Trump telling him that America has never at any time lost her uniqueness but that America's best days are still ahead of her.

Donald Trump is therefore turning the truth on its head to claim he is going to make America great again unless he meant it in the way I have earlier on mentioned above. He should go tell that to the Mountains. America already has enough military and economic power to deter competition or aggression from any country in the world. Any new President can only enhance that greatness by what they do just like Hillary is promising to do. No one President however powerful or benevolent can solve all the problems of America as a world leader. Every President can only do but so much. They come to office play their part in trying to make the Union more perfect by breaking new frontiers that build on the progress already put in place by the old and current generation of American leaders.

To be talking of making America great again or talking of a Revolution after Obama's tenure is to suggest that Obama has failed which is totally false. The only person telling the truth between Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders is Hillary Clinton who admits that Obama has performed and has refused to be a lame duck President that Trump and Bernie Sanders would want to make him. That he is busy right now getting ready to nominate the replacement for Justice Scalia and his decision to finally close Gitmo is one clear proof of that. He has the constitutional right to do so and would remain President and proactively so till the new President Hillary is sworn in on a date certain on January 2017.

Donald Trump is going to set in motion the most dangerous Arms Race the World has ever known if he becomes the Republican nominee and if by any accident he goes on to be elected President.

While President Obama and the Democrats have tried in 8 years to prevent the proliferation of deadly weapons around the World, Donald Trump's policies are going to endanger the peace of the World and start another arms race the World does not need and does not deserve.

Donald Trump forgets that some of those nations like Russia and China talk less of other European nations like Britain, Germany and France or other Middle East countries like Egypt, Iran, or Turkey have their own national pride and history to protect. Many of them reserve the right would to resist any attempt to be rolled over by the Trump presidency. Any attempt by Donald Trump to bully them like he has done to the other Republicans running against him during the primary season is never going to augur well for America and the good work that generations of American Presidents have done so far to maintain world peace by not flaunting America Power the way Donald Trump has been doing.

Donald Trump wants America to have power like a lion and he wants America to use that power like one. That is going to be a panacea for War and instability that America cannot afford. Why fix America, if it is not broken. America and the whole world have, so far, used the United Nations and the International Court at The Hague to maintain peace and stability around the world by rooting for collaboration rather than conflict.

Why bring a Donald Trump who says he is not coming to build on the status quo" but coming to rock the boat. What Donald Trump is promising can only make sense to some radicals in the Republican base and never to the mainstream of Americans who believe in "Live and let live" policies that are designed to maintain America's greatness without threatening the right of other nations to aspire to their own greatness progress and self-actualization, Every nation wants and needs what America wants, and each nation deserves a chance to make their own people happy and fulfilled just like America.

That said, let me now briefly address the main focus of this write-up. Whenever you think America has reached the end of the road something happens that fundamentally turns the whole situation around for America like no other country on Earth.

When the race to conquer space first started, The Soviet Union was clearly several years ahead of America. The Soviet Union became the first country on Earth to launch Yuri Gagarin into space. Young John F Kennedy was President at the time. He clearly saw the challenge to America and he called his country to action to not just catch up with the Soviet Union but to surpass it. He gave the country's scientists only 10 years to meet the challenge.

He fired up Americans to believe in themselves and their capacity to be anything they want to be. He gave them 10 years to get the job done. America responded with iron determination and hard work. In 8 years America landed the first man on the Moon in grand style and safely brought the man back to Earth. The one little step of Armstrong on the Moon became the giant step for Mankind as Armstrong put it on landing on the surface of the Moon.

If any nation can lay claim to the Moon today as its colony it is only America that can do that. The American flag not only flies on the Moon today, America brought back to Earth the Moon Rock as proof of her conquest and colonization of the Moon. American made sure that pieces of the Moon Rock were shared with the rest of the World as proof of what Humanity can do.

America did not do it in a way to cause envy, she did it in a way to promote future cooperation and collaboration. Her decision to later team up with the Soviet Union to put a Space Laboratory in Space was a classic on how best to promote world peace and cooperation. Satellite Technology which has now revolutionized communication thru Satellite signals is an achievement that has made computer technology in ways that are better imagined than described throughout the World.

What is of great interest to me in this article is the limitless Manpower resources of America from one generation to another. America is so great that the great generation that Tom Brokaw talks so much about in his best seller has indeed captured my fancy as I set out to write this article.

When john F Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, the young President had already reproduced himself before his death. There came a John F Kennedy Junior who was bare 2 to 3 years old by the time the father died. The little boy threw a salute to his father as his casket was being moved around for a state burial at Arlington Cemetery. The little bot not only studied Law like his father, he grew up to be a star like his father. If he had not died in a plane crash, he was on his way to being elected the junior Senator from New York and he would have one day run for President just like his father. Only in America. His plane plunged to the sea and other less scientifically equipped country would never have searched for the wreckage of his plane or looked for his body. But President Clinton ordered for the body to be retrieved even if it means spending the last dime on it and the country did. Only in America.

When the great Tim Russert of "Meet the Press" fame suddenly died, I thought it was going to be just too difficult to find somebody else to fill the vacuum. His young son Luke Russert not only stepped into his father's large shoes by stepping up to the plate and proving himself to be a carbon copy of his father. I can see Luke one day moving to replace his father on the Meet the Press slot. Just when we think the Sunday show has hit the Rock bottom, there came a David Gregory, and then a Todd Chuck who is currently doing the program and has lifted the program to a level nobody could have imagined possible while Tim Russert was still the anchor.

Larry King retired from CNN and we thought there could never be a replacement for him and boom there came a Wolf Blitzer who is doing a beautiful job as we speak. Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon are new stars on the horizon They have all stepped up in their games and doing a marvelous job as we speak

When George Bush the 41st became President two of his sons became Governors in two of the largest states of America. George Bush junior became Governor of Texas and from there ran for President and became the 43rd President of the United States. His second son, Jeb Bush also became the 2 term Governor of Florida and was expected to be President again but for the emergence of Donald Trump who came from nowhere to muddy the waters for him.

America is something else. Here is a country in which a Missouri Senator who was running to be Governor died in a plane crash few weeks before the election and he still managed to beat the Attorney-General of the United States who ran against him. You don't count anybody out in America. As crazy as Donald Trump sounds just imagine how far he has changed all old assumptions about presidential politics in America saying things that would be considered a heresy in the past.

The guy has rewritten all of the rules of the game and has gotten away with them. The elements who have been voting for him knew the guy is as crazy as a fox. It would have been far much easier for a Bozo to be President of the United States than for Donald Trump to emerge as President. Donald Trump believes the greatest attribute of a President should be that of a negotiator or a snake oil sales man with a sugar-quoted tongue who will sell you a dead cockroach and will make you believe you have won a Jackpot Negotiating a Real Estate deal is a far cry from negotiating a Peace Agreement where the other side must be seen to have won something to take back home. Donald Trumps want to win at all times and could care less about what happens to his opponent on the negotiating table. That is what makes him a big security risk to America in my judgment.

I give one more example of the uniqueness of America with the two sons of Mario Cuomo. Their father the 3 term former Governor of New York. His eldest son, Andrew Cuomo, a chip of the old bloc, is today the Governor of New York like his father. His second son Chris Cuomo an ace reporter with the CNN is a carbon copy of his father in intelligence and the gift of the garb.

Late Mario Cuomo is one politician who can melt a stone with his eloquence in the English language even though he was "an Italian guy from Queens" like late Justice Antonin Scalia. Every day I watch Chris Cuomo moderate any of the Town Hall conversation with all of the individuals running for President in this election year, the young man reminds me of his great father, Mario Cuomo  who has been keynote speaker at political Conventions of the Democrats for more than two times because he was that gifted and talented. I regret that the man turned down the offer to run for President.

Only in America do I regularly find these kinds of stories that regularly touch my heart as I pray to have some wonderful children like those I have cited in this article.

I rest my case.

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