U.S. Affairs

The statement above presumes that both Donald and Hillary as politicians are both prone to scandal and they both tell lies, exaggerate or shade the truth to look good when it suits their whim and caprices. I will be the first to admit that. Can any of you reading this show me any politician anywhere in the world who does not lie or shade the truth? You are going to come up short because all politicians are liars and they do so with a bold face, but the worse culprit in this election year is Donald Trump as I would…
Political season in America is fast becoming the most frightening nightmare that could deter many good candidates from ever wanting to run for public office in America. I have listened to lawyers and pundits argue on Television all day today that it was a horrible mistake for both the former President and the great Attorney General to briefly meet to even exchange pleasantries in the plane at the Phoenix Airport. They say so because Hillary who is running for the highest office in the World is being investigated for her use of some E-mail Server in her home in Westchester,…
Mr. Ozodi Thomas Osuji in an essay titled Donald Trump the Crude Nationalist and Hillary Clinton the Amoral Smooth Operator (http://chatafrik.com/articles/us-affairs/trump-the-crude-nationalist-and-hillary-the-smooth-operator#.V3Ul1rgrLIU) attempted to analyze both candidates with his most venomous words for Mrs. Clinton. It has been awhile since I have responded to Mr. Osuji’s essays but I find a few comments so far away from the truth that I feel compelled to point them out. Mr. Osuji confesses As noted, I have not been close to either of these two candidates and cannot say anything about their actual behaviors. All I have to go by is my judgment of…
Have you watched the two presumptive nominees of the Republican and Democratic Parties, The Donald and Hillary? I have not seen either in person but over the years have watched them talk, especially deliver speeches. Donald Trump seems crude, very crude; he is very inarticulate and not well informed on policy matters. He appears unable to talk about US domestic or foreign or military policies in detail. He appears lost talking about issues of gravitas. He seems like a street brawler, a thug. He does not seem intelligent and well educated; he seems like your average Joe Blow. On the…
Newton's laws of motion are three physical laws that, together, laid the foundation for classical mechanics. They describe the relationship between a body and the forces acting upon it, and its motion in response to those forces. They have been expressed in several different ways, over nearly three centuries. We are here concerned with the third law which states as follows: When one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction on the first body. For centuries now the West and the East have been exerting…
Many African Americans share the ideology of making America strong, having a limited government and generally having the country a democracy. They would like to vote for Donald Trump because they sense that he is a candidate who would look out for America's interests and make the country strong. African Americans know that Hillary Clinton is basically amoral and will take money from any one with money and give away the country. She has taken money from Muslim Arabs and kept quiet as they oppressed their women. She will probably continue keeping quiet as long as Arab potentates give her…
If there is any other country I love besides Nigeria and the United States, it is Great Britain popularly called "Ilu Oba" by my Yoruba clan of Nigeria. I instantly fell in love with Britain the first time I visited London in 1972 as a new admission to the Royal Institute of Public Administration at Mabledon Place London next door to the University of London at Gower Street. I was a regular visitor to the Public Gallery of the Mother of Parliament for all of my years in London. I went there to listen to Parliamentary debate or watch the…
Saturday, 25 June 2016 09:52

The tragedy of Western liberal democracies

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Something has happened to western liberal democracies; it is as if someone has cast a charm over the people's eyes and they no longer see; they literally cover their eyes to the reality staring them in the face. One of the realities staring them in the face that they have refused to see is the fact that Islam wants to take over Europe and the Americas. It is written in the Koran for Muslims to take over the world and do it by any means necessary, including killing people and telling lies. That is correct, Mohammed, in his holy book…
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 15:49

The war between Christians and Muslims

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Ollie Ogunmokun: if I read you right you said that Christians committed similar mayhem as contemporary Muslims do. You gave the example of the crusades and Spanish Inquisition. Your point is that violence is not restricted to Muslims alone. Ok. Let us talk about the crusades a bit; I do so to show that it was in response to Muslims violence. Mohammed heard his voices telling him to establish Islam in 610 AD. Thereafter, his fellow Meccans thought that he was a lunatic and chased him out of Mecca. He ran to Medina in 622 AD. Over there he gathered…
A Letter To Mr. Marvin Robinson, An Avid Supporter Of Hillary Clinton Ozodi Osuji Mr. Robinson, I have followed your rather unabashed support of Hillary Clinton. It is a free country and, as such, you have a right to support whoever you wish to support. However, I would like you to think about the consequences of another four years of Obama/Hilary type cultural and religious relativism in America. Both of those interesting characters are loved by Muslims. Why? Muslims want liberal Americans to keep talking about the first amendment to the US Constitution that gave us religious liberty. Please note…
If you compare how Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Chancellors are elected or picked in many parts of the world, you cannot be wrong if you conclude that the way it is done in America is not only difficult but complex and absurd .It is absurd because decent and qualified people who value their privacy and confidentiality might be discouraged from running for public office in America where the life of anyone who will be President becomes an open book for every Dick and Harry. Many candidates who eventually become Presidents start the process years before the actual election and they…
The only reason Bernie Sanders has not yet ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination what this article is all about. Those make-believe polls that keep projecting Sanders as a better candidate against a Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton are nothing but a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury signifying nothing as I would show with the remaining paragraphs of this write-up. Keep in mind that Hillary has so far beaten Bernie Sanders both in the popular vote and in pledged candidates across the board as we speak. The last time I checked Hillary was beating…
When many of us in the third World say America is the greatest country on Earth, we make that statement in deference to the greatest generation that tom Brokaw wrote so eloquently about, There are four Americans that readily come to mind in my own world. The first is John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The second is Martin Luther King. The third is Mohammed Ali. The fourth is Willian Jefferson Clinton fondly renamed "Omobowale" meaning "Our own child has returned home". The fifth is Barack Hussein Obama, the first black President, a man with no blemish and a man with not a…
If Harambe the Gorilla was a counter-puncher with an inflammable temper like Donald Trump, he probably would have strangled the 4 year old intruder that recently fell from nowhere into his home and space at the Cincinnati Zoo. I was scared to death as I watched the little boy being dragged around in the shallow pond like a rag doll by the 450 pound Gorilla. Like every Grandpa in America, I was petrified that little boy could easily have been one of my grandkids. It was the closest I thought that boy ever got to instant death from a beast…
The world must take Mr. Donald Trump seriously. Very seriously. I was among the many people who in the pre-season declared clearly and loudly that The Donald was not going anywhere. That was then. This is now. He has taken on the Bush Dynasty and crushed it. He faced off a fellow billionaire, with Massachusetts’ governorship experience, and with successful business experience and political DNA in his heritage (Mitt Romney) and crushed him. He has gone after the war veteran icon, war prisoner, a successful senator, heir to a great military tradition, and deal maker extraordinary, Mr. McCain and made…
I cannot think of a better time to do this article than this Memorial Weekend when the whole nation pays its tribute to the unknown-soldier with the first black President leading the ceremony and laying a wreath at the tomb of thousands of American soldiers buried at Arlington Cemetery at our nation's capital. We can never fully repay the debt we owe to the millions of soldiers who make the supreme sacrifice for our nation in uniform. I am writing this as a father of two young men currently serving proudly in the US Navy. I make the observation as…
This piece is part of a long letter to a Nigerian Muslim who had accused me of hating Muslims. I do not hate Muslims; however, I detest their quick resort to violence in converting folks to their religion. Folks should only use persuasion and reason to persuade people to their point of view. I am agnostic; I am in line with French philosophers, such as Descartes, Voltaire, Rousseau and Diderot; I am a humanist, not a religionist; I believe that we can use pure reason to solve our issues; nevertheless, I suspect that life is more than meets the eyes;…
The outspoken Mr. Donald Trump is in many ways the best Republican in US. He is voicing the true republican feelings and beliefs and many Americans see the truth in his message. He is not always wrong and in fact he is right more times than he is wrong. That is why millions of Americans are voting for him and thronging to his events by the thousands. Baring a miracle, Mr. Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination during the Cleveland Convention in July in the first and only ballot. Those who do not like him or his style but…
Donald Trump believes it is better to double down on how he has managed to blackmail and defeat 16 better qualified candidates that he ran against to become the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. It is so because the Party is so pathologically desperate to win back the White House by all means that they would cling to a snake like a drowning man. With Donald Trump as its flag bearer, the grand old Party has hit a new low in American politics. I dare say that the Party is just about ready to wire itself with dynamite and…
Sunday, 08 May 2016 21:49

My ambivalence towards Donald Trump

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Donald Trump And I, The Dance Of Love And Hate Ozodi Osuji Years ago, I read The Donald's book, "The Art of the Deal" (New York: Random House, 2006; 384 pages). I even went to a workshop based on the book. Eventually, I saw the book and the workshop based on it as another American flimflam; I dismissed them and moved on with my life. Thereafter, I did not pay more attention to the Donald. The Donald came back into my consciousness when he was harassing Barack Obama by questioning his Americanness; he insisted that Obama was not born in…
I love America too much than for me to keep quiet or look the other way when I see some development that could well endanger my short term interest and the long term interest of my children and grandchildren in a country I am proud to call my second home away from home. I am an American by choice and by naturalization. I can be everything in America but President, but I am a happy man that no less than 10 out of my 13 grandchildren who were born in this country can be President of the greatest country on…
It seems that the 2016 general elections field is set as a completion between Clinton and Donald Trump. In my previous essays I had posited that Mr. Trump would go nowhere; that he was a joke. I had asked democrats to help Mr. Trump to win the GOP nomination since he would be a push over. Well, Mr. Trump has won by engineering a hostile takeover of the Republican Party. And he did it by using GOP money to win. He may still build the Mexican wall which Mexico would pay for. Mrs. Clinton; the ides of March has come!…
The longest reigning Deji of Akure, Kabiyesi Erinlakatabu Oba Afunbiowo Adesida the First my grandfather who reigned from 1897 to 1957 had a reservoir of proverbs and stories that became part of his imperishable legacies in Akure till tomorrow. Few of those proverbs and words of wisdom still resonate with me more than 60 years later as one of his many children and grandchildren raised in his Palace. GrandPa once called an abusive husband who beat up his wife so bad and was brought to the Palace to apologize and to make peace with his wife who was asking for…
Fans of this column will recall that I predicted it more than a year ago that the 2016 American presidential election is going to come down to a rumble in the jingle between two American political Dynasties of Bush and the Clintons. That was before Donald Trump threw his hat to the ring. I initially thought like most Americans and people around the world that his candidacy was a joke and nothing more. I felt that way in my heart because I have been a victim of a Real Estate salesman like Donald Trump and I would be the last…
I said it before, and I say it again that American Politics is a jigsaw puzzle compared to how Politics is played elsewhere around the world. You have not seen anything like it. Added to that mix are Nigerian Facebook pundits who are now two for a penny in America, if you have been paying as much attention a as I do. Only in America! When you add into the mix, the Nigerian factor and mindset of Nigerian Facebook pundits which include individuals like Sunday Iwalaiye, Mayowa Adeleye, Laolu Fasuyi, Professor Ozodi Osuji, Alex Kaaba, Chika Onyeani,Alex Omeke, Wande Agunloye,…