U.S. Affairs

If you are like me you probably have been scratching your head trying to understand the result of the recent midterm election (November 4, 2014) in the USA. The American white people gave the Republican Party control of the two Houses of Congress (Senate and House of Representative). You ask: how could they do that; what good has Republicans ever done for white people other than promise them the impossible: not paying taxes (they always raise taxes when they come to power). As far as I can see, the little good in America was done by the Democratic Party: it…
Benjamin Aduba: One does not know what to make of this your write up. Clearly, it was written tongue in cheek. I failed to grasp the point you wanted to make. Instead of grappling with the double edged message you presented let me tell you how I feel about Obama and Democrats. I made the mistake of voting for Obama when I thought that he is a black man and probably had some unique insights into the race problem of America and would put them to the governance of America. He came to office and forgot that black folks overwhelmingly…
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 21:43

Addressing Leadership Challenges In Rural Alaska

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Abstract Leaders are people who have the ability to discern what the group they are part of need and decide to help them meet those needs; they set goals pursuit of which help to accomplish the aspirations of group members. Some say that leadership skills are learned and others say that they are part of the individual’s psychological makeup. Whatever are its roots, what is empirical is that effective leaders quickly discern what needs to be done and go about helping to get them done. They have the ability to organize people to accomplish group goals. Group goals are accomplished…
I take a vacation once a year to the “Grand Ole Opry, the most prestigious shrine of country music in the greatest country on Earth. Now that I am retired and have more time to spare, I plan to go at least twice a year to the music city. I am just in love with America, her uniqueness as God’s own country and the varieties of tourist attractions she offers to the world. I have traveled around the world quite a bit. It is hard to find any other country in my esteem that comes anywhere close to America, all…
I watched this morning with total admiration the debate in the mother of Parliament, the British House of Commons. The session was requested by the British Prime Minister, David Cameron in the name, of her Majesty, the Queen of England who at close to 90 still looks as radiant as ever. Thank God the British has long moved away from the autocratic days of King Henry the VIII who had few of his wives beheaded just because he could. The British now has a ceremonial monarchy where the Queen as an allying symbol and the central glue that binds the…
What makes a great President in a great country like America is determined how the individual’s performance and policies in or out of office may have changed or impacted America for better or for worse and how the whole world and generations yet unborn may have benefitted from the individual’s leadership and vision. George Washington as father of the nation and pioneer President made the list by leading the American war of independence and by laying a solid foundation for America. President Jefferson did it by putting his imprimatur on the American Constitution which is now widely acknowledged as the…
It is hard not to feel nostalgic about the glamour and greatness of the United States as one amazing experiment in human history. She is without any doubt the greatest country on Earth and the only surviving super power. The Soviet Union which had been her closest rival has crashed under her own weight because of the inequities in her Communist System. Her central control system and lack of competition simply could not withstand or survive the resourcefulness and creative genius of the Capitalist System led by America. The Soviet Union should have known a long time ago she could…
Between 1789 and 2014 America has had 44 Presidents .We all can agree that those individuals are world leaders in their own right just by being lucky to have been President of the greatest country on Earth even for a short time like happened to William Henry Harrison in 1841, James Garfield in 1881, and John F Kennedy from 1961-1963. We must remember that America became the super power or the dominant nation ii is today thru the hard work and the leadership of those individuals. The home of the Brave and the land of freedom and opportunity actually obtained…
Saturday, 19 July 2014 07:46

Massachusetts, My Massachusetts

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This piece was inspired by Massachusetts Governor Patrick’s acceptance to house some of the young kids who entered US illegally without their parents. Some states have refused to house them but as is usual, Massachusetts has gone beyond the surface and seen these children as also the children of the living God. God will bless you Massachusetts. (See the article below) Massachusetts, My Massachusetts I love you Massachusetts, I love you. You have always been the leader of revolutions From you founding to date You have lived up to America’s expectations. It was you, Massachusetts that stood up to the…
Several years ago I wrote a serial article titled “The God-at-work factor in Obama’s emergence as the first black President. I did so because I for one did not believe Obama could come from nowhere to beat the close to 8 or nine white candidates competing with him. I was actually rooting for Hillary until Obama miraculously beat her to get the nomination. Obama went on to win the election in a landslide beating a war hero and a veteran and a former prisoner of war who I thought was a shoo-in for victory because of his track record and…
In my next life, if I ever have a choice in it, I am going to be an attorney. I never thought I would ever have to do another Trayvon Martin versus Zimmerman type of article before Governor Crist of Florida and the other Republican Governors across the country would have begin to have a rethinking on their penny-wise but pound-foolish obnoxious “Stand Your Ground Law” which has now become a license to shoot first and ask questions later as clearly proved by the Zimmerman versus Trayvon Martin trial and the most recent Michael Dunn versus Jordan Davis trial. I…
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 04:42

Money is not the root of all evils!

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Those who call money the root of all evils have probably not considered the full ramifications of evil. I see money as only one among the other roots of all evils in Nigeria. As I watch wonder boy Steve Kornacki define for America the full implications and ramifications of the" Bridgegate" scandal in New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie who only a few months ago looked like a Napoleon and the best antidote Republicans could ever find to run against Hillary Clinton is so diminished today that he would be lucky if he is allowed to hold on to his governorship…
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 19:39

I Will Play the Race Card Any Day If I Need To

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Republicans are ever so quick to criticize Barack Obama as playing the race card any time he has cause to talk about race. They enjoy quoting him out of context to make him look bad. I say they are wrong to do that because everybody plays the race card including the new Pope who never misses a chance to remind the world to re-examine their consciences like he just did to the world summit of businessmen taking place in Davos Switzerland. The Pope is plating the race card for the right reasons while the Republicans are playing it for the…
Republicans want the Health Care Reform baby pronounced dead on arrival because the umbilical cord is taking a moment too long to drop. In their convoluted minds, the baby has forfeited the right to live because what was supposed to happen within minutes of the baby’s arrival did not occur though the baby and the mother are doing fine and the doctor is still checking out the mother and the baby to avoid any residual problems. Same Republicans who had sworn to see the President fail had initially hoped their Republican-dominated Supreme Court was going to help them shoot down…
“On Thursday, Cheryl Campbell, a senior vice-president of the Canadian-firm CGI, which created the front-end portion of the website, said that overwhelming interest from consumers had triggered the website’s problems. No amount of testing within reasonable time limits can adequately replicate a live environment of this nature, MS Campbell said. But she also blamed administration officials, saying the health department should have served as the "quarterback" on the project and was the "ultimate responsible party for the end-to-end performance". BBC Website, October 24, 2013. The problem that folks are having signing up for the Affordable Care Act, the not working…
I said it before and I would say it again at the risk of repetition that the Republicans are in deep deep trouble in American Politics because of their refusal to clearly see the hand writing on the wall that this first black American President is here to stay. He is “the chosen one and the elect of God” just like the tiny State of Israel. To defeat or annihilate the only democratic country in the Middle East, her Muslim neighbors who can be called the Philistines for lack of a better word to describe them at this time, must…
This week both Gallop Polls and NBC Polls released the latest poll numbers for Barack Obama, the Democratic Party and The Republican Party and Congress. Guess what? Obama’s rating is going skywards. He is now at a level that he has not been at in quite some time. The Republicans are now down to 28 % approval level. The Democrats are doing well, thank you. Congress as a whole is in the dumps. Why is Obama’s approval going upwards? People expect their leaders to stand their grounds, to be tough, to not appear weak, to not give in to terrorists…
On October 17, 2013, we were told by the United States Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew that the federal government would run out of money to pay its bills. He asked Congress to raise the debt ceiling to enable his department to be able to borrow money so as to pay the government’s bills. So, what exactly would happen if the Republican controlled Congress (Republicans control the lower House of Representatives; Democrats control the Upper House, the Senate) refuses to raise the debt ceiling, and thus did not permit the executive arm of the government to borrow money to pay the…
You read in history books of how great empires, such as Rome, collapsed. You read the supposed causes of the collapse and cannot understand how such seeming trivial issues that could have been fixed caused the collapse of those empires. You shake your head in despair and hope that it does not happen again. It happened recently in the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in 1991. Before our very eyes it is now happening to the other superpower, the United States of America. Here, you see two political factions each convinced that its view of reality is…
It is 12:30 AM American East Coast time. This means that for thirty minutes now the US government is shutdown. What does that mean and how does it affect Africans? Let me try to see if I can explain what is going on. Like all governments, the US government runs on budgets. Budgets are plans of how much money a government expects to receive in revenue and how it is going to spend it (revenue and expenditure; expenditure is either capital or recurrent). Sometimes, governments do not receive the revenue that they had expected to receive and if they still…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 04:09

Terrorism In America’s Politics

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Dictionary.com defines terrorism as: “The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes; the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization; a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government” Terrorism is any act that intimidates people; terrorism deliberately arouses fear of harm and death in people; this fear is generally obtained by randomly harming and or killing some people so as to make it clear to all people that the terrorist means business and will kill to get what he wants. The terrorist does not use rational persuasion to convince…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 03:59

Paranoia In America’ Politics

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Dictionary.com defines paranoia as: “a mental disorder characterized by systematized delusions and the projection of personal conflicts, which are ascribed to the supposed hostility of others, sometimes progressing to disturbances of consciousness and aggressive acts believed to be performed in self-defense or as a mission; baseless or excessive suspicion of the motives of others”. Paranoia is a Greek word; in Greek it means being besides ones real self. The term is now understood to mean rejecting who one is and undertaking to be a different self, a self-one thinks is better than ones actual self. The paranoid person wears a…
Saturday, 21 September 2013 08:40

Republicans Are Acting Like Terrorists

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Republicans have learned to use threat of shutting down the US government to intimidate Democrats into going their way even when the majority in Congress has passed something into law. Currently, they are making such threats that unless Obama care is defunded that they are going to not approve funding US government. They want to defund Obama care even though a past Congress enacted it into law. That is to say if Republicans do not get their way democratically they use terrorist methods to seek to get it. They are also threatening not to raise US credit limit thus making…
Whatever is the reason why Obama is doing what he is doing, one thing is clear to me: he does not seem a friend of the United States of America. This essay explores the possibility that Obama is an agent of Arab Muslim Brotherhood recruited to work from the inside to destroy America. I consider Obama an enemy of the United States; an enemy of America is my enemy; therefore, the aim of this hostile writing is to help remove Obama from the White House. Is Obama Just Incompetent Or Is He Bent On Destroying America? Ozodi Osuji Today, September…
Generally, I do not like Dinesh D’Souza’s writings but his views on Barack Obama struck me as fairly accurate. He said something to the effect that Obama is stuck in the 1970s radical students’ teaching on anti-colonialism and the USA as an evil force in the world. I went to college in the 1970s/80s and, as such, was exposed to campus ranting about the evil nature of what we used to call US imperialism. In our minds, the USA stood for world domination. We saw the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR as a positive force working against US world…