US politics should not lend themselves as a model

Letter from America: with KENNETH MUFUKA

Unaware that the audios were still on, former British Prime Minister David Cameron complained bitterly to his mates. They had just concluded a meeting of the G-8. Then US President Barack Obama, Cameron said, was the most narcissistic leader he had ever met. He never lost an opportunity to lecture them on the virtues of the US democracy, which he believed to be the mother of all democracies. “My foot,” Cameron said, “does not the young man know that the UK is a thousand years old?”

The issue here is an old one. Americans are ahistorical. They pretend to be something they are not. But Cameron is not the first European to be shocked by that presumption. French leader General Charles de Gaulle (1960) withdrew France from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) because he felt that the older, mature European nations of Europe should not place themselves under the leadership of an upstart enfant terrible, the USA.

The present events in Washington illustrate de Gaulle’s apprehension about American leadership, their infantilism (childishness), the ahistorical nature of their reactions to events (unawareness of history, even recent history) and their constant childish bickering, cutting up, showing off and effeminate behaviour.

Their reaction to the shenanigans of President Donald Trump showcases all their weaknesses. But Trump is not the first to provoke that reaction. In 1994, then President Bill Clinton was charged with lying about a long-running affair he had with a 22-year-old intern, Monica Lewinsky. Clinton had a repertoire of 23 other “women cases” behind him and had been barred from the Arkansas Law Society for bad behaviour.

South Africa’s Nelson Mandela was visiting at the time. The whole of Washington was agog with the story of Monica. Monica’s friend, who had a mind to blackmail Clinton, had kept Monica’s sperm-filled underwear in a plastic bag for a day such as this. Mandela requested an audience with Speaker Tip O’Neill, the famous Irishman.

“Do you tell me that this great country, this great Congress (450 men and women) have no weightier business than to look at a woman’s underwear?” Mandela asked O’Neill.

Mature countries like Britain handle crises with sagacity and temperance. Britain’s iron lady, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, was challenged for leadership. Thatcher came out with a plurality of 37%. After 13 years in leadership, if became clear that it was pyrrhic victory.

Three wise men from the House of Lords visited her. After a few nice words, they went straight to the point. “Maggie,” Lord Solomon was the leader, “it is time to go.” She merely wanted them to confirm that that was their “wise opinion” and the career of the iron lady came to a peaceful end.

I have taken pains to show that Americans are a tempestuous nation, despite their much blustering about everything, their politics is a haven for scoundrels. The reason is very simple. Any decent man, with any common sense, would be foolish to enter the circus of the insane.

As I write, Wednesday, Congress is due to present a charge sheet against President Donald Trump at the gate of the Senate House. The charge is that he contradicted his oath of office by filing to protect the Capitol (Congressional Buildings) from marauders and scoundrels.

The charge is based on a speech he made at the White House to his supporters.

The Capitol is two kilometers from the White House. There were 450 000 people from all the 50 states. By the time he finished the speech, some rascals were already scaling the walls of the Capitol Building. One rascal sat on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk and had his picture taken by a friend. In the melee, a policeman was trampled; one woman air force veteran was shot through a window. In all, five died.

In a follow-up speech, Trump said these words:

“Go home with love and peace.

Remember this day forever.

We had an election that was stolen from us.

But you go home now.

We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. We don’t want anybody to get hurt.”

Our readers will not find this poetic speech anywhere in their captured journals. The Democratic machine has closed all room for debate. Was Trump responsible for a war veteran who climbed over the window?

To what purpose?

Like chickens, Speaker Pelosi and her cohorts were all over the place last week, Wednesday. Trump must be removed from office. He is a danger to our democracy. He threatens the rule of law. A summary of their crime list is listed by Professor Richard Reich, a Bill Clinton acolyte.

“Trump’s cruelty, vindictiveness’, non-stop lies, corruption, rejection of science, chaotic incompetence and gross narcissistic, brought out the worst in America.”

The earliest thus charge can be heard by the US senate is January 19, exactly less than a week from today. At midnight hour, the Praetorian Guard (Caesar’s Guard) will change over the keys of the White House from President Donald Trump to President-elect Joe Biden. The chief justice will be awaiting a call for the formal transfer of power.

Consider that. What is the purpose of the impeachment of Trump now?

American leaders have shied away from classical education. In that false step, they daily trample upon wise advice of the sages. Aristotle and Cicero wrote about the cardinal virtues of temperance, prudence, justice, and fortitude.

Oh, how I miss my political guru, the late Eddison Zvobgo. How would a temperate man behave in the face of provocation by Trump? Suppose a mad man spits in the face of a wise man, does the wise man then engage in a spitting contest with the mad man?

Trump is 72 years old. In four years he will be 76 years old. A chance to become president comes only once in a lifetime. Is it wise to enter into a spitting contest with him now and risk angering his 73 million followers?

But the missing link is the historical fact. Reich says that Trump is a non-stop liar. Before Trump took office, Hillary Clinton collaborated with the New York Times and the FBI, even taking an insurance policy that Trump should not be elected. If elected, they made sure he would be removed from office.

Gathering a team of 19 cut- throat FBI attorneys, 40 veteran investigators, they issued 2 800 subpoenas, 230 orders, engaged 15 foreign countries and briefed 500 witnesses to confirm the concoction that Trump was a Russian spy. After 22 months, $30 million spent, nothing was found. In the course of this mother of all witch-hunts, hundreds of lives were thrown down the river.

One witness, KT McFarland, was threatened with unknown punishment if she did not “give Trump away”. It took her a whole year in some Scottish resort to recover from the ordeal.

This explains Trump’s paranoia. People who do not study history should be shot. They place events out of context. Peace.

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