U.S. Affairs

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…
James Comey the FBI Director who is generally well regarded as fiercely independent and non-partisan by both sides of the isle has just put himself in the middle of a political quagmire that he should have seen coming, if he was more politically-savvy and sensitive to what is happening around him. I would nonetheless cut him a slack on his little but serious mistake just like he himself had cut Hillary a slack when he wisely recommended to Loretta Lynch the Attorney General that while Hillary may have been careless with some of her E-mails, the FBI has not found…
Sunday, 30 October 2016 02:37

Who rules America?

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Mr. Adeyinka Makinde: As promised, I attempted writing a rejoinder to your excellent piece on how a small oligarchy rules America but I found out that to do a good job of it I would have to write several pages (twenty five pages, at least). I do not want to do that so I provide the below abridged response to your piece. In my view, America is ruled by many groups; I tend to adopt Robert Dahl's pluralistic approach to understanding politics in America. Cheers, Ozodi Osuji WHO RULES AMERICA? Ozodi Osuji Political scientists have had a field day writing…
We ordinary mortals on the Democrat side at least see "Trumpism" as nothing short of a bad dream but I strongly believe that God Almighty who made it possible to begin with sees it differently because the Scriptures tell us that God uses the foolish things of the World to confound the wise. "Jehovah Jireh" "Jehovah Nissi". "Araba Nla to so ile Aiye ro" The mighty Force that holds the whole world together deliberately allowed Trump to emerge as the nominee out of a long list of better candidates the Republican Party could have nominated. The Almighty God had done…
I took Comparative Religion as my elective in my first year at the great Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife way back in 1963. My major was History and International Relations, I added Comparative Religion by choice. I was conflicted about how to answer the question posed in this article and I thought taking the elective might help me do so with some effort. 53 years later I think I can now answer the question with a resounding yes. God does not subscribe to Quota. If He does, the Kennedy clan of Massachusetts would have not completely dominated the politics of…
If the US 2016 election were a movie it will get an X-rating. I have been a close observer of US elections since 1976 and have never seen anything like the ongoing 2016 US federal presidential elections. It is an election which if I have minor children still in the home, I would match them out of the living room when election news is on. It would have been a denial of the opportunity to teach them how things work in this country, but it would also have been an example of how things don't work and should not work.…
It took only a split second for Captain Sully to come to the Conclusion to land his plane with hundreds of passengers on board at the risk of instant death had he taken the risk of flying that plane to Newark Airport less than 50 nautical miles away with one disabled engine and the second engine uncontrollably losing power and altitude. The hero pilot did not waste time arguing about what to do with his co-pilot. He simply decided to land the plane on the Hudson River on that fateful day. He uttered from the cockpit three words that made…
I am inclined to start this write-up with a Capital Bank Commercial I love so much. It says: "I shouldn't have to ask. What is in your wallet?" The questioner did not stop there. He returned back to quickly tell his listener "Don't let that get into your head, man, do the right thing; open an Account with Capital Bank" I shouldn't have to ask the Republicans what they were thinking when they chose to make Donald Trump their nominee, but I would ask nonetheless, "what was in their mind with this article?" I took a script from Barack Obama's…
It is nice to have major candidates and any third Party candidate that meats the 15percent opinion poll of likely voters continue to be allowed to participate in presidential debate that has now become the rule and not the exception since the Nixon versus Kennedy debate of 1960. Debate has become part of the ground rules of Democracy in bastions of Democracy like Great Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and even in the Pacific countries like Japan and South Korea and Singapore to mention a few, not to talk of European countries like Ireland, Portugal, Italy and Spain.…
If I could summarize the Trump run for President with just two sentences, above title would be my obvious choice. I predicted it long time ago that Trump is going to unravel and his moribund campaign is going to collapse like a pack of cards when he is forced by circumstances beyond his control to finally release his tax returns or part thereof. I call his tax returns his Achilles feet because deep down in those returns are the reasons why Trump could never be President of the United States. Those reasons pale in significance in comparison to all of…
If it walks and quacks like a duck it is probably a duck. Donald Trump is too fraudulent to be President. The good thing is that American voters always get it right when they go into those polling booths to pull the lever for the best candidate to lead America despite all the partisan politics and endless debate and controversy on who is better qualified and who ultimately has the character the experience and the temperament to be President and Commander-in-Chief who will keep the key to life and death in his hands and is expected to use that key…