U.S. Affairs

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…
Ever since Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump secured their respective party's nomination to be the candidate for the US president, the media has built up great expectations for tonight's debate. We were told what a great rumble in the jungle of Hofstra University, Long Island, New York that the debate is going to be and how decisive it would be in ascertaining who is going to become the president of the United States of America on November 8, 2016. Well, I anticipated the debate with great trepidations. The debate has come and gone and nothing has changed. I was a…
I participated in a Sweepstake online to show up as a supporter of Hillary Clinton in the presidential debate scheduled to take place at Hofstra University Campus on September 26. If I am ever privileged to ask questions or submit questions, all of these 4 would be top of my list. I have pondered long and hard on this first presidential debate in particular and how to give more than 100 million people that are expected to watch it in America alone talk less of multiples of that number likely to watch the debate live around the world at a…
Thursday, 22 September 2016 23:24

Do white police men kill black folks out of fear?

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Have you ever pondered why white police men find it rather easy to kill black men? Upon the slightest confrontation with black folks white police men pull their service pistols and shoot black men to death. It is as if they feel that they have a right to kill black men. Apparently, in their primitive minds they believe that God gave them the right to kill black folks. Alternatively, they believe that their racist society gave them the right to kill black men. It is as if they believe that killing black men have no existential and social consequences for…
A few moments ago, I turned on my television. I heard that white police men have killed some black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma and in North Carolina. I ask: why do they do it, I mean, why do they feel free to murder black men as if their lives do not matter? Are police men hired to kill the people or to protect them? If to kill the people why do we then need them? Why not disband them? Since they are generally recruited from dumb secondary school students why not discharge them and let them go join the ranks…
Sunday, 18 September 2016 17:13

The Myth of a Tight 2016 US Election

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It does not matter where one turns, the headlines scream that the 2016 US election is tight. How tight? Like in Clinton 42% and Trump 42% according to recent polls. There are state polls showing that Trump is ahead in Florida, Ohio, and other battle ground states. In fact, we have polls that show that it is Clinton who has some catching up to do. These are all myths to me and to any discerning newspaper reader or television watcher. We know that if X is a positive number and if Y is also a positive number then X+Y cannot…
I am borrowing a script from the eloquent Joe Biden who once asked Delaware voters not to compare him with the Almighty but with the alternative they might get if they throw him out with their votes. I cannot help but ponder that statement as I saw Donald Trump today pull another stunt on all Americans and not just the minorities he himself has long ago put into that same "basket of Deplorable" within his Party and among his own supporters in this election. That basket contains despicable characters and bigots like David Duke, the Grand Wizard of the Ku…
Last April 21, I wrote the Part 1 to this article titled "American Politics: A jigsaw Puzzle and a Cobweb of Intrigues, shifting Alliances and Maneuvers". I am doing today the Part 2 which I had previously titled, "America: Like a Professor who never stopped being a student" I guess you could say that either of the two titles will be appropriate given all we know about American Politics today. That American electoral Politics has become so complex and complicated. It is a phenomenon that political pundits and historians must ponder for many years to come and why and how…
Feedback To Benjamin Aduba On His Foray Into Historical Analysis Ozodi Osuji Mr. Aduba: This piece is well written. I will give it B for effort. Your attempt at historicity is useful. You showed some understanding of history but your application of that knowledge to what exists, as is your application of knowledge to Nigerian affairs, is biased. You appear incapable of objective and dispassionate analysis; you are always injecting your wishes to what otherwise would have been an excellent analysis. You appear to want to use pure knowledge to serve your private agenda. If you could find a way…
Could Mr. Trump be a greater threat to United States civilization than external forces? When the current presidential candidates who will take charge of America’s future are asked what and who are the greatest threats to America they have consistently selected from a list that is headlined by Russia, ISIS, Al Qaeda, China, Iran, North Korea, etc. The list contains external forces, and is a shorthand for saying that all is OK at home, and that we should be on the lookout only for an invasion from abroad to destroy our civilization and influence. There is a misreading of history…
American voters have a difficult choice to make in this election because they have never had a candidate like Donald Trump. Mr. Trump plays God and is not ashamed to openly identify with and eulogize dictators like Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jung Un while openly castigating the man he wants to succeed as illegitimate and weak compared to those authoritarian dictators. If you take down the leader of your country, you are indirectly undermining your country with impunity. Forget for a minute the skin color of Barack Obama. He is President and Leader of the Free World and…
Just when you think that Donald has irredeemably proved thru many of his utterances and temperament that he is not qualified to be President and Commander-in-Chief of the United States, his recent praise and doubling down on his views on KGB Vladimir Putin must have a chilling effect on his chances in this election. The development is worse than anything Trump has said and done hitherto if you remember that the Kremlin and the KGB and their Communist Government remain big competitors and adversaries in Geo Politics to use diplomatic language. I don't know about you. I am getting sick…
I argue this case on the premise that all politicians, the world over, are liars including the best of them. It is the few of them who get caught with their hands in the cookie jar that are vilified and pilloried in the Court of public opinion. I scratch my head when I hear some Republicans and Trump supporters call Hillary Clinton untrustworthy or dishonest compared to Donald Trump. It is like the kettle calling the pot black. I cannot think of any presidential hopeful in America who lies from both sides of his mouth like Donald Trump. Not even…
I am making this prediction as a licensed Clinician and social worker with more than 25 year experience in the State of New York. I am doing so as a mind reader and a passionate and objective Sahara Reporters columnist who has made so many predictions that have come to pass with clocklike precision in this election season as many Facebook memoirs recalling many of those articles have shown. The latest of them is my article on Joe Biden and why I thought a cross section of Republicans was desperately encouraging Biden to enter the race for the democratic nomination…