U.S. Affairs

A few hours from now, the Year 2016 is going to become History as we all prayerfully make the transition to 2017. Tomorrow is not guaranteed to any of us. Only God knows what may happen to any of us the very next minute. In a way human beings are like the squirrel which left its safe and secure nest on the tree to go cross the street and to go fetch some nuts for lunch. I have seen one such squirrel get run over by a car, no questions asked. I see its innocent but luckier companion come out…
In the age of Globalization when information travels faster than the speed of sound pretty much like the air we breathe, the path to peace in the world and the path to Nuclear Freeze should be of serious concern to all of Humanity regardless of ideology or national or partisan loyalty. Kim Jong Un of North Korea has now carried out more than 50 nuclear tests compared to 17 under his father and grandfather. Even though those test are carried out in the Pacific and in North Korea's territorial waters and air space, the whole world could predictably suffer a…
I am very pleased to see Mr. Obama's two terms as the president of the Unites States come to a successful end. I am so grateful that he overcame those who wanted his presidency to fail. I thank God that those who wanted to make him a one-term president failed. I am so glad that his terms in office are almost over. I have never been as involved in the political process as I was in Obama's elections and administrations I campaigned in three states including Ohio and attended both inaugurations. The cold winter of 2008 did not stop me…
GIVEN THE THREAT OF ISLAMIC TERRORISM, THE WEST NEEDS SCIENTIFIC CULTURE TO HOLD IT TOGETHER Ozodi Thomas Osuji Every society needs a shared belief to unify its people. At present the West has no overarching philosophy that it teaches that holds its people together. As a result, the people are floundering, groping for a new belief and seem ready to fall to another Middle Eastern religion, this time to Islam. Islam would drag the West back to another one thousand years of dark ages, as Christianity did to Europe when it became Europe's sole weltanschauung. Ordinarily, people need gods to…
The 2016 election is over and the winners and losers have been identified. In this preliminary result sheet are the major winners and losers. As time goes on we will keep updating the results. The final report card will be issued in 2018 December which will correspond to Mr. Donald J. Trumps mid-term. Readers are invited to add, delete and move around the pieces as they see fit. Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba Boston, Massachusetts December 20, 2016 WINNERS LOOSERS 1 Donald J. Trump For beating Democrats, Republicans and Wall Street Mitt Romney. Trump ended his political career 2 The Republican Party…
During the campaign season, Mr. Trump promised to change the ways of Washington permanently. Based on his cabinet selection thus far, he seems to be on his way to actualizing the promises. The best part of his choices is that it would end long debates over some very important America’s policy issues. The case of US foreign policies come to mind. From the end of World War II US intelligence has seen Russia as the greatest security threat to US. A few liberal politicians had called for an easing of tension between the world’s number one and two powers but…
In the words of my favorite Gospel song titled, "Nobody greater than you" by Darius Paulk, I am inclined to say the opposite about Trump. I have searched high and low and I have looked high and low and still cannot find anybody worse than Donald Trump when it comes to conflict of interest in Government. Trump believes that a President can do anything even though he was the most vocal in calling Obama an outlaw President for using Executive Orders to deliver some of his campaign promises and mandate the Republicans have used their majority in Congress to block…
THE NATURE OF POLITICAL REALISM VERSUS POLITICAL IDEALISM; POLITICAL SCIECNE VERSUS OPNIONIZING ON POLITICS My telephone conversation with you this morning actually helped me to understand you more than I did before. Apparently, you hold strong opinions and argue them with all the strength you have. That is good; one should be opinionated. I actually admire your political idealism for I used to be that way. Most political science professors would see you as dogmatic, full of self-assertions and seemingly unteachable because you do not seem willing to listen to facts as opposed to your subjective opinions on political phenomenon.…
To save what is left of his dignity, before official announcement of Mr. Trump's choice for Secretary of State, Mr. Romney should remove himself from consideration. Mr. Romney was my governor once and I will hate to see this his public humiliation keep going on longer. He has smelled power and done so many important things in his life: multi-millionaire; partner in Bain Capital; Governor of Massachusetts; ran World Olympics; Republican nominee for the president; etc. There are not many people whose resume look as good or better than his. He got it made already. Most analysts know from day…
The preamble to the United States Constitution begins with these words: "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America" "We the people" is from the Greek word demos which means the common people as in: The common people of an ancient Greek state. 'In Sicily the tyrant is the ally of the rich and the foe…
Fans of this column would notice I haven't been writing as often as I used to do ever since Donald Trump came from behind to win an election he clearly should have lost in a landslide if he was your conventional candidate. I apologize for predicting he could not win. I blew it but did so many pundits around the world but Professor Ozodi Osuji of Alaska got it right because he warned me, but I thought he was crazy. Trump broke all the rules of the game, trounced and knocked out 16 other candidates including several Governors to emerge…
Sunday, 04 December 2016 12:56

Is Donald Trump a Fascist?

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Is Donald Trump A Fascist Or A Nationalist And Populist? Jay Worley: Here is the essay on whether Trump is a fascist or not that, yesterday, I promised to write for you. Enjoy. Ozodi Fascism/ˈfæʃɪzəm/ is a form of radical authoritariannationalism that came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe, influenced by national syndicalism. Fascism originated inItaly during World War I and spread to other European countries. Fascism opposes liberalism, Marxism and anarchism and is usually placed on the far-right within the traditional left–right spectrum. Fascists saw World War I as a revolution that brought massive changes in the nature of…
The American liberal is a curious animal. He is found at the forefront fighting for the civil rights of minorities. The American conservative seldom thinks about the rights of minorities, certainly he does not care for black folks welfare. I do not remember any recent piece of legislation that benefits black folks that was authored and passed in Congress by the Republicans. You are free to disabuse me and tell me what they did to help black folks (other than their nineteenth century efforts to end slavery). This essay was motivated by a disturbing conversation that I had with a…
Friday, 02 December 2016 16:29

Are Politicians Feckless People?

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In the two countries that I have some knowledge of, USA and Nigeria, citizens have very little respect for political leaders who manage their affairs. They do not trust them because they think they are fickle. Are they feckless also? Take the case of Donald Trump’s Presidential victory and the events going on now in the Trump Tower. Look at the people who are trooping in and prostrating and bowing before him. They are mostly men and women who said very ugly things about candidate Trump, his policy positions and his “ability to be president.” Nikki the Governor, said the…
Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:22

Judging Donald Trump

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This morning I wrote an essay titled the second coming of Christ into our lies. When I ended it I said that I am now going to refocus my attention to the world of the here and now and leave metaphysics alone. Metaphysics does not improve our world. A little while ago, my mind returned to the Bible. I wanted to know whatever made Jesus tell his followers not to judge. If you are a Christian you will recall that on several occasions Jesus told his followers not to judge, and not to condemn other people. He told them to…
First Draft completed on November 24, 2016 Donald Trump is not a known quantity in American politics. He competed for the presidency and political scientists like me did not take him seriously. We heard him boast about his "tremendous intelligence" but laughed. But here we are; the man is now the president-elect of the world's greatest economic and military power. In this piece I decided to look at some of his "tremendous plans". The final draft of this essay will be sent to the "narcissistic king" who apparently is self-centered, amoral and opportunistic and uses people to get what he…
Americans have spoken loudly and clearly. They want the Grand Old Party to deliver its many promises to the land and they have provided the tools to do the job. The tools are: The Supreme Court. Mr. Trump ran on this need to have a conservative appoint the Supreme Court judges. The electorate obliged. They voted for Mr. Trump. There is an open position in the court and the President needs to just send anybody up there, best of all one that would be a carbon copy of late Justice Antonin Scalia who passed away in March or Justice Clarence…
The voting is over and Mr. Donald Trump has received the call from Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton conceding the election to Mr. Trump. And as they say “America has spoken” – in the manner of electoral language required by the constitution Trump won. In the manner of everyday English language majority of Americans said that Mrs. Clinton won by over a million votes. But since the language of the constitution is the official language in the electoral process the President-Elect is Mr. Trump. But Clinton may still win this election by the back door. Mr. Trump will implement Mrs. Clinton’s…
Friday, 18 November 2016 07:50

The 45th US President Donald John Trump

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Here 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…
Above Latin cliché which means "the voice of the People is the voice of God" was crafted by the Roman Empire which has since derailed like other great Empires before it like the Persian Empire around the River Tigris and Euphrates, the Ottoman Turks Empire, the Greek, the Egyptian, the Russian, the Chinese, the Japanese and the British Empires. For your information all of those Empires have become History. Going by that analogy, many have predicted and rightly so that sooner or later the "American Empire" or American domination of the World is sure to come to an end whether…
I was very good in Latin in my High School days at Oyemekun Grammar School where Latin was one of my best subjects second only to History which became my major in my final year in the University. I remember cracking a joke in Latin that caught the attention of most of my classmates including one "Ojo Ode" from Ode Ekiti who was equally good in Latin. I jokingly said "Sukunmus Riranmus" and I translated it to mean "We do not lose our vision while we are crying or shedding tears" That joke caught the attention of my classmates like…
Final: Why Donald J Trump Won The Presidential Election In 2016 Ozodi Thomas Osuji If you look at the two candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, regardless of your political orientation you are forced to conclude that Hillary is smarter and is the more polished of the two. She appears well schooled in the ways of the political world; she says all the right things. Donald appears like an uneducated bum from the boondocks, a hill-Billy from the Appalachian backwoods of Kentucky; Trump seems so dumb that you wonder what he is doing wanting to be the president of the…
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 19:24

Congratulations to Donald J. Trump

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It is about 11:00 AM and I feel down and sleepy having not slept all night following the 2016 US election results. This Wednesday might be a wash for me as I mourn Secretary Clinton’s and our loss. I was a strong Clinton supporter and joined Nigerian Union Diaspora in endorsing her campaign and joined those who chastised some Nigerian Americans like Ozodi Osuji and Ejike Okpa who were very vocal in their support of Mr. Donald J Trump. I congratulate Mr. Trump and his Nigerian-Americans and other supporters on their victory. Winning does not make their agenda as advertised…
I want to make this article the last in my series on why Hillary would make History 3 days from today while Trump would make Hysteria and would be consigned into the garbage heap of History for a long time to come... I am happy and relieved to do it because I now know, for a fact, that the so-called October or November surprises that Donald Trump and Giuliani and his camp were planning to spring from nowhere to steal this election from Hillary have now miraculously blown up in their faces before it is too late. What goes around…
Monday, 31 October 2016 21:40

On Ekwueme's infantile Christian conservatism

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On Azubuike Ekwueme's Infantile Christian Conservativism Ozodi Osuji "Conservatism as a political and social philosophy promotes retaining traditional social institutions in the context of culture and civilization. Some conservatives seek to preserve things as they are, emphasizing stability and continuity, while others, called reactionaries, oppose modernism and seek a return to "the way things were".[1][2] The first established use of the term in a political context originated with François-René de Chateaubriand in 1818,[3] during the period of Bourbon restoration that sought to roll back the policies of the French Revolution. The term, historically associated with right-wing politics, has since been…