The United States of America approaches the November 3rd 2020, Presidential election in a state of disarray, frustration, rioting, looting of stores in Philadelphia, Black Lives Matter (BLM), Proud Boys, police defunding, trouble in Democrat controlled cities Seattle, QAnon, another possible impeachment and deep national divide / division and creating deep fissures by Antifa.
The usual electoral issues of gerrymandering, is a practice intended to establish an unfair political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating district boundaries, which is most commonly used in first – past – the – post electoral systems. Gerrymandering can also be used to protect incumbents), voter suppression and lack of transparency have been aggravated by the Covid – 19 pandemic, which makes in – person voting a health risk and has prompted many states to expand mail – in voting. Millions have voted well in advance, which will be another record and voting percentage will reach another peak.
Less than a week from now the election results would have been declared and one of the two candidates would go into oblivion but the legacy of Trump will continue or the world will see the continuation of the Trump legacy for four more years. He has millions of followers and they gulp down each and every tweet good or bad, evil or no evil and retweet them with love and affection. He is an icon in his own way by his strong band of followers popularly called as ‘white supremacist race supporters’ in the Bible belt of the mid-west.
Trump is now pursuing a new policy of dividing the Middle East based on Shia – Sunni rift. I am all for a deal between Israel, Bahrain and UAE, and other countries signing a treaty, but not sure whole of Middle East is any safer. Has the Palestine issue solved? They will have to face the reality. Everyone wants to extend a hand of warmth and friendship to the strong and powerful. Talks have started between Lebanon and Israel to start land trade for both nations to prosper. Sudan will also sign a peace deal with Israel sooner or later and it will be removed from FATF list soon. A great achievement by Trump.
Certainly, Trump is more / very pro – Israel, no doubt. He is siding with the Sunni Arabs, I think mainly for their oil wealth, so he can sell them his ‘beautiful’ military hardware. I have no issues at all with USA having good relations with Israel and with the Arab countries. He is also ‘upgrading’ his military base in Qatar a message to all neighbours to pay him ‘Tribute’.
Regardless of progress made so far or lack thereof, Trump can be commended for the following good work.
North Korea: For several years, previous administrations including Obama, have had difficulty dealing with North Korea. Trump had an out – of – box and unconventional approach of working directly with Kim Jong Un. Even though it was not totally successful, I commend Trump for trying some new approach, “talk to the devil” approach, much like they are talking to the Taliban in Afghanistan. I support Trump’s approach. At least, Kim is not launching any more test missiles to disrupt the neighbouring nations.
Trade discussions with China: Even though I don’t like the style in which Trump deals with Chinese officials and administration, and he has no tact whatsoever, I do commend him for taking on China. China is known world over for dumping goods below cost, to drive out competition from other countries and destroying the local economy.
It has become the factory of the world and supply low quality cheap, which may or may not last till it reaches home. The Chinese government does not hesitate to have their industry put spying or malware hardware / software, etc. All countries complain about China but there is no coordinated action against it. Trump was able to take on China single handedly. Whether one agrees with his modus operandi of imposing tariffs on goods, he at least got an interim accord with China just before.
Trumps regular jingoism with social media is well known. His tweet and Facebook post had a warning message. Facebook is banning all QAnon accounts for researching. Yet Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM) are still allowed to discuss which city they are going to burn down next. President Trump has spoken of how supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory, which has grown online in the US, appear to like him very much.
There is one thing that defeats the haters more than anything else – the light of day. The haters lurk in the darkness. They love the anonymity of the internet. But now, Zoom and Facebook have decided to do their part in fighting against the scourge of terrorism. This is a welcome change to past policies of Facebook. This policy will help ‘positive’ votes for Trump. The controversy created by masking Hunter Biden tweets went against the democratic candidate.
In a statement ahead of the forthcoming US American presidential election, Putin has offered Washington the chance to start an extensive dialogue on issues affecting both countries. He suggested that Washington and Moscow exchange “guarantees of non – intervention into the internal affairs of each other, including into the electoral processes” by using telecom technology and other “high – tech methods.” Numerous US officials have long accused Russia of using hackers, and waging online “propaganda” campaigns, in an effort to sway public opinion around American elections. Iran and China have been accused by USA. Moscow has vehemently denied these allegations, arguing that they are baseless, or exaggerated or plain lies.
Controversy erupted due to Cambridge Analytica shocked the whole world. Putin also said that Moscow and Washington must avoid confrontation in the digital field, by signing a bilateral treaty on preventing “incidents in the information space,” similar to the 1972 US – Soviet pact which laid out steps to reduce incidents at sea.
These measures are aimed at “building up trust between our states,” Putin noted, adding that the resumption of “high – level” dialogue on information security would mutually benefit both nations. Washington has stepped up its attacks against Moscow as the US presidential race nears Election Day on November 3rd.
FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the US House Homeland Security Committee earlier this month that Russia was trying to “sow divisiveness and discord,” primarily hoping to “denigrate” Donald Trump’s rival Joe Biden. The Russian Foreign Ministry rebuffed these accusations as “absolutely evidence – free,” arguing that the US malign Russia for political purposes. “We have repeatedly stated that we had not interfered in American domestic political processes and are not going to do so.”
Despite the gains of the past decades, the median wealth of black families in America was still some 85% below that of white families last year, according to the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances conducted every three years, the survey listed the factors, such as the intergenerational transfers and home ownership that explains the gap. The median wealth of the black households has risen by 33% in real terms since the year 2016 and by 65% for Hispanic ones, compared with 3% for the white families. Wealth of other groups is higher to both Black and Hispanic combined together. Trump years will be remembered for good wealth creation during his reign years for sure.
Amy Coney Barrett, Donald Trump’s pick to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, met Republican leaders in the Senate, who confirmed her in the job before the election. A devout Catholic, Ms Barrett has said that abortion is immoral, but also that Catholic judges should not try to align the legal system with their faith. But the debate clearly showed the fault lines and President hopeful declaring that he will increase the number of judges in the Supreme Court, if elected. A clear case of ‘sour grapes’.
When Trump took power in 2017 he hoped to unleash the animal spirits of business by offering bosses a hotline to the Oval Office and slashing red tape and taxes. Before Covid – 19, bits of this plan were working, helped by loose policy at the Federal Reserve. Small – business confidence was near a 30 – year high; stocks were on a tear and the wages of the poorest quartile of workers were growing by 4.7% a year, the fastest since 2008. Voters rank the economy as a priority and, were it not for the virus that record may have been enough to re – elect him.
Yet, partly owing to the pandemic, Trump’s shortcomings have also become clear. Long – term problems have festered, including crumbling infrastructure and a patchy social safety – net. The underlying dynamism of the business remains weak, but may pick up soon.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was setting the stage for yet another attempt to remove President Donald Trump from office, preparing a bill to create a commission that could rule on whether he’s too sick to continue as president. “Tomorrow, by the way, tomorrow, come here tomorrow,” Pelosi told reporters on that eventful Thursday at her weekly press conference. “We’re going to be talking about the 25th Amendment.”
The comments came after Pelosi had been discussing negotiations on a Covid-19 relief bill with Trump. She didn’t elaborate on her tease about the 25th Amendment, which provides constitutional guidelines for replacing a President who is killed, incapacitated or resigns, saying she wanted to keep Thursday’s discussion focused on Covid-19 relief legislation. However, it soon emerged that Pelosi and Democrat Congressman Jamie Raskin will hold a press conference on that Friday to discuss legislation for the new commission to ensure “effective and uninterrupted leadership in the highest office in the executive branch of government.” Luckily good sense prevailed on her. World will only remember her for tearing the speech of the President in the Senate. Thank God, for small mercies!
“He’s a liar.” “You’re the liar.” “Will you shut up, man?” Joe Biden and Donald Trump sparred in the first presidential debate. The atmosphere was unedifying. The rules were changed for the last debate, to make it harder for candidates to interrupt each other. Next debate on 15th October is cancelled and debate between two VP candidates was a draw. Last debate was won hands down by Trump.
The ‘buffoon’, as the democratic supporters call him, in the White House just brokered three Middle East Peace Accords and more in the pipeline, something that 71 years of political intervention and endless war failed to produce.
Taliban has endorsed his victory, a rare endorsement from his sworn enemy.
The buffoon in the White House is the first president that has not engaged USA in a foreign war since Eisenhower.
The buffoon in the White House has had the greatest impact on the economy, bringing jobs, making Europe pay for its security, stopped easy money to Pakistan and lowering unemployment to the Black and Latino population of ANY other president.
The buffoon in the White House has exposed the deep, widespread, and long – standing corruption in the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, and the Republican and Democratic parties.
The buffoon in the White House turned NATO around and had EU start paying their dues.
The buffoon in the White House neutralised the North Koreans, stopped them from developing a further nuclear capability, sending missiles toward Japan, and threatening the West Coast of the US.
The Buffoon in the White House turned our relationship to the Chinese around, brought hundreds of business back to the US, and revived the economy.
The buffoon in the White House has accomplished the appointing of three Supreme Court Justices and close to 300 Federal Judges.
The buffoon in the White House lowered your taxes and caused your stock market to move to record levels over 100 times, positively impacting the retirements of tens of millions of citizens.
The buffoon in the White House fast-tracked the development of a COVID Vaccine – it will be available within weeks – we still don’t have a vaccine for SARS, Bird Flu, Ebola, or a host of diseases that arose during previous administrations.
The buffoon in the White House rebuilt our military which the Obama administration had crippled and had fired 214 key generals and admirals in his first year of office.
And if the opposition get into the White House, any US support for Australia against the threats from China will be gone, and then we will find out what being alone will be like.
Coronavirus swept the world. He has the courage to act, and I commend him for that. But who will be hit by Covid – 19, will be known on late 3rd November and I keep my fingers crossed.
So before it is too late, I stick out my neck to watch full moon out of my window and slowly say. Abki baar se, Trump Sarkar.