Monday, February 20, 2017

Trump … paranoid delusion

Yesterday, 17 February 2017,  mankind was treated to a Presidential press conference that turned out to be a bizarre irrational soliloquy of self-aggrandizement, aggression. petulance and grandiose lies in a context of paranoid delusion.
The man is delusional. He is paranoid. He has a disassociated appreciation of reality. His self-image is grandiose. He sees himself as being systemically targeted victim on account of his greatness. The ululating crowds that attended his campaign rallies have served as an opium on which he is still addicted. So too as regards his election win. He needs to gratuitously dredge these up to counter very deep seated feelings of insecurity.
Stark proof of all this was served up with blinding clarity starting with his claim that his performance in the first three weeks as President equated to that of a “finely tuned machine”. The reality is that history has not witnessed a more tempestuous, chaotic period for any President. it could not have been more shambolic.
That reality includes the fact that his post-election popularity nosedived faster than any other President in history, starting with millions of womenfolk staging demonstrations across the planet on the day after his inauguration, with Madonna telling him publicly to "fuck off".
When caught out in a grandiose lie that he had secured by far the most Electoral College votes, he resorted to flippant deflection, as was the case with the central issue of what was the truth regarding General Mike Flynn being fired as Chief Security Advisor. Despite the session lasting some 70 minutes this issue of national importance remained as clear as mud.
He deflected this important issue to an obsession as to who "leaked" the information on the Flynn-Russian shenanigans.
Instead of treating the nation to a clear explanation on the Flynn saga he went on an accusatory rant about the media, “fake news” and about leakages regarding classified information. According to him all mainstream media is capriciously victimizing him as Americans, meaning his supporters, are being victimized by just about the whole world.
This virulent attack onthe media, that he is now repeating at every opportunity, is to distract everyone from the fact that he was involved with Flynn and is scapegoating the poor bugger, and to lay the groundwork for a vain attempt later to introduce anti media laws, as he promised during his campaign.
Whatever residual doubts there might have been about all this they were emphatically removed when he brazenly claimed that his executive order, known as “the immigration ban”, was implemented with extreme "smoothness", with only a Court order having been a problem. Even senior members of his own party have repeatedly confirmed that the rolling out of that executive order was so chaotic as to be complete proof of gross incompetence.
The whole world was treated to miles and miles of video and audio footage displaying confusion, chaos, trauma and human suffering at a most alarming scale on account of the attempted execution of his executive order.
This man is suffering from a bad psychotic condition. He is emotionally stunted. He is arrogant in the extreme. He has a grandiose self-image. His personal ethos is one of extreme disrespect and/or contempt for everybody and anybody. He is extremely narcissistic. Bravado, bluster and bull crap are his currencies to mask deep seated insecurity. He is a pathological liar. He is incompetent with no sense of accountability. Irrationality is deeply embedded. He is delusional.
As a King Baby, he is dangerous at any number of levels.
“A person who has King Baby syndrome is typically selfish, rejects criticism, complains, is obsessed with money and belongings and doesn't feel like rules should apply to him. In short, he is someone who refuses to mature.” […/king-baby-syndrome-97f93b414137…]
And yes, he does have an unresolved issue as regards Hilary Rodman Clinton. She still has power over him despite, and because of, the election result. It is eating him up that she won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.
This will not go away.

PS: link to the event ==…/donald-trump-press-conference-tra…

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Come out of the cave .....

From a near lifetime of conversations and, especially as regards social media, it has always been a source of great frustration that so many people end a debate as they started it, i.e., each side firmly locked in to their particular stance.
This occurs whatever the hard facts and evidence that has emerged in the debate. Blindingly obvious truth is simply ignored. Great pride is taken in being able to remain unmoved and as stubborn as the dumbest donkey on the planet. Stubborn pigheadedness is seen as a virtue.
The source of the virtue is typically religion, culture or political ideology. As regards political ideology the Trump camp has even advanced the novel concept of “alternative facts”.
We also put ourselves and our opponents in “boxes”. So we have a White box, a Black box, A Muslim box, a Christian box ... etc. We jump into our box, stay there and keep others in their boxes, come hell or rain ... lol.
To explain why this is so we need to go back in time. Whether you are a “creationist” (believe in the Bible and Adam and Eve) or an “evolutionist” (an avid student of Charles Darwin) the reality is that we all reached a stage where we found ourselves in a cave. We were there in family groupings, huddled together riddled with apprehension, confusion, ignorance, bemusement, superstition and supposition about the world outside, with all its wonders including other creatures that were in competition with us. This competition included us being on their menu as much as some of them were on our menu. Those were very, very dangerous times and survival demanded that we acted with unbending loyalty to our grouping in every respect.
Everything we knew was handed down to us by our elders. They themselves had been recipients of such knowledge from their elders. In this way the collective knowledge of our group was seen and accepted as the guarantee of our survival. Not deviating from this body of collective knowledge was therefore undoubtedly the greatest of virtues.
Despite this however, we know beyond any doubt whatsoever that deviations did occur. Feel free to imagine that one day a member of the cave dwellers brought home some embers from a forest fire, started by lightning, and decided to “cook” the evening meal instead of eating it raw. Then another member found a way to extract iron from rock and make better arrow heads. At each stage that a member of our species deviated from the status quo, and tried something new, something different, we advanced as a species.
No change for the better could/would have ever occurred if some of our forebears had not broken ranks, questioned the status quo and tried something new and different. In the end we advanced from being primitive cave dwellers to a species that put men on the moon.
It was not an easy journey. Change was always resisted, strongly resisted. That is why great minds like Socrates and Aristotle were persecuted and even executed for daring to question the status quo and insisting that what had been learnt and handed down before was wrong. It is a truism that whether it be religion, culture, political ideology or any other body of knowledge or belief, it was all conceived, formulated and expressed at a time when man, as a species, was more primitive and less informed than he is now. For this reason alone there can be no sentient reason why they cannot be examined, questioned and reviewed for validity. Even a donkey will deviate from the path you have trained it to take to its food stall if it sees better food somewhere else.
Understand that your current body of knowledge is a cave that you are in that is not of your making. It was all handed down to you by others who had less opportunity and information than you have to know and understand. So we really do need to be able to have open minds that are receptive to questioning everything, even our most cherished beliefs and convictions. Is this not obvious?
After all we once believed in witchcraft. We believed that the world was flat. Before 1948 we had no concept of human rights. Slavery was normal. Gender inequality was normal. Might was right. Colonialism was normal. So will you please accept this invitation to come out of your religious cave, your cultural cave, your political cave (box). It is dark in there. Expose yourself to that which is new and different. Be hungry about facts. Be greedy about evidence. Be skeptical, even loathsome, about opinions.
So in debate always ask yourself these questions. Am I ignoring facts? Am I ignoring evidence.? Is my stance steeped in belief, dogma or ideology? Am I being stubborn?
We all need to think more and believe less. A mind that is incapable of change is incapable of improvement. It cannot change if it remains ensconced in the cave of the past.
Yes your cave/box makes you feel save. But know this. That cave/box is a prison. It is the prison of ignorance. It limits you as a human being.
There is just no other way that you can advance as a member of the species known as homo sapiens.


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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Zimbabwe ... our heestoree

We Zimboons have all kinds of complaints about the White man, real and imagined. It is as if the White man thundered in, driving armoured cars, and robbed us of everything good. We imagine that this is the reason why we do not have a fancy house, a car, an ipod, lots of cash ... etc.
So here I want to put the record straight ... by taking an honest look back at our history.
The maBreeteesh (British) are the ones that colonized us. They traveled by ship from England to Cape Town. It was a very nasty journey that lasted 3+ months in stinky, rat infested mouldy wooden ships. Some ships did not make it and the bones of the occupants are forever lying in the sands of the Skeleton Coast of Namibia. I have been there. They were also prone to suffering from scurvy, a really nasty disease caused by a lack of vitamin C.
At Cape Town, they did not jump onto the Blue Train and trundle up to Zimbabwe feasting on the best of food and wine. They had to jump into ox wagons. There were no ox wagons in England. For months thereafter these creaking, swaying, bumpy monsters would be their home, day and night.
Africa was very different from their home country of hills, dales, brooks and a serene rolling countryside full of bunny rabbits and nothing more fearsome than a fox. Here they had to contend with bush, full of thorn trees, rolling scrub, flooded rivers, mountains through which they had to carve treacherous passes with men and the pulling oxen dying in the process.
The bunny rabbits and foxes of home were replaced by fearsome creatures such as lion, buffalo, snakes, scorpions, rhino, leopard, elephant and hyena that would collect a baby in the blink of an eye. They were assailed by hordes of insects that bit and stung at every point day and night, with the king of all being the mosquito that took so many lives by way of malaria and black water fever. Three out of four babies died. They had no immunity to tropical diseases such as dysentery.
Worst of all was this little creepy crawly known as nyokamafazi (Centipede in the pic above). When it bit a man he turned into a woman. Can you imagine how horrifying that was?
When they arrived here they were welcomed at first. But there was a problem. Our girls were topless, with their bosoms standing proud in the African sun, defying gravity. This did not go down well with the maBreeteesh ladies whose bosoms were all saggy from all the traveling and being propped up by whale bone bodices.
It got worse as our men had their loins covered only by amaBetchu. i’betchu (loin flap) leaves a lot that can still be seen. It is now called “too much information”. The maBreeteesh men did not like their women being exposed to this. As much as the maBreeteesh women were told to avert their eyes, bibles in hand, Africa’s manhood was on display.
There was bound to be trouble ... and sure enough there was a lot of trouble. One side cocked their guns. The other side raised their spears. They had a fight and then more. These were called the “Pioneer Wars”. I think the name should be changed to the “AmaBetchu Wars”.
We lost these wars because, as my Gogo’s people explained, the maBreeteesh had isgwagwagwa, the Maxim Machine Gun that mowed them down like flies. “Isgwagwagwa” was the sound it made when fired. They were adamant that if the maBreeteesh had not had this terrible gun we would not have lost. They were proud to recount how, under Mzilikazi, they had successfully invaded and conquered the same region without isgwagwagwa.
So the maBreetesh were not the first colonizers. My Gogo’s people were. But we don’t speak about this.
Alas the maBreeteesh won and we were colonized.
As more maBreeteesh arrived the first indigenous words they learnt was “lala pansi”. This was because, being very tired after their long trek from Cape Town, they were told to lala pansi, i.e. to lie down and have a good rest. So naturally they also used these words. With both sides going “lala pansi … lala pansi” it was not too long before the first brown baby was born … and we makarhaadiis (Coloureds) came into existence. To this day the place of this momentous event is called Lalapanzi.
I admire the amaBreeteesh for their courage, fortitude and resilience. I admire our people for having fought so valiantly.
But I am glad the maBreeteesh came.
If they had not come I would not be here.
If they had not come we would still be in the iron age.
The White man, standing in front of you is not the reason why you do not have a fancy house, a car, lots of cash, an ipod, watch … etc. He did not take these things from you. We did not have any of this. We did not even have the wheel.
What the maBreeteesh took was the country. We got it back on 18 April 1980.
Now what have we been doing with it???

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Prejudice … We are Guilty as charged

The Reality:
At 5am on 20 June 1960 I joined other lads around the radio of our Hostel Master, Richard Brown. We were breathless in anticipation and excitement. Two boxers on the other side of the World were about to settle a contest of pugilistic superiority. We did not know either of them from a bar of soap.
But we unreservedly rooted for Floyd Patterson, an American boxer, in his fight against Jens Ingemar Johansson, a Swedish boxer. In their previous fight the Swede had beaten Patterson, flooring him 7 times. This proof of the Swede being the better boxer was simply discounted by us. Patterson was our man. He was better. He was superior. He was going to win. He was going to get revenge. It was a revenge that we all needed. The issue/situation was compounded by old debates about Aryan supremacy, first mooted when Max Schmeling beat the legendary "Brown Bomber", Joe Louis, in 1939.
We were now “fundamentalist” supporters of Patterson for no reason other than that we were Coloured lads and Patterson was Black. As was later pointed out to us by Fr Adalbert we had blindly favoured Patterson purely on account of his ethnicity, disregarding who of the two might have been the “saint” or the “sinner”.
Simply put, we were guilty of prejudice; racial prejudice; no more no less. As a German, Father Adalbert knew all about racial prejudice having witnessed the horrors of Nazism and the Holocaust.
We are indeed prejudiced; all of us are prejudiced; deeply biased and prejudiced. It is as natural as breathing. We naturally regard ourselves, and our race, ethnic or tribal grouping, more favourably, more considerately, more sensitively … than we do others. We are naturally inclined to be disdainful, dismissive, even condemnatory of others, whenever they are in a situation of competition with our grouping.
As said we don’t make these distinctions consciously. It is all automatic and just as we do not consciously take a breath we do not consciously decide to be disdainful and dismissive about those in competition with our group. That is why and how we came to be in support of Patterson. As Coloureds it was this Black boxer that we had a racial/ethnic affinity with. He was part of “us” and the Swede was “the other”.
So, with respect, the clichéd statement that “racism is not something that we are born with but must be learnt” is not 100% correct. We are born with capacity for inherent and active bias in “our” favour and against “others”, whether it be about a boxing match, a soccer match, a beauty contest, political leadership ... etc. It is instinctive. 
It is prejudice because it is not based on reason. We don’t think about it.  We don’t reason it out. As said, it is as natural and automatic as breathing. The definition of prejudice is a conclusion that is not based on reason.
In the Beginning:
Feel free to imagine that this was encoded in our DNA when we were once alone in the cave, clinging together, mistrustful, resentful, fearful of everything and everybody out there. It was a matter of survival to stick together at all costs. This instinctive culture was founded on fear then, and still is. So, whether you are English, Jewish, Zulu, Greek, Ndebele, Maori, American, Tswana, Coloured, Muslim, Christian … you are biased and prejudiced in favour your own race, ethnic, tribal grouping as a matter of pure instinct. I adverted to this in an SABCTV1 broadcast.
This was not a problem prior to 1948. It was openly acknowledged, supported propagated. It was both the glue and the propellant of nationalism. In terms thereof nations routinely “went forth, invaded, conquered , subjugated” and even enslaved other nations. The Greeks did. The Romans did it. The Vikings did it. Genghis Khan is credited with killing more people in his conquest of Asia than people killed in the last World War. Locally we had King Shaka Zulu, Mzilikazi and Lobengula doing the same thing.
Might is right” was a universal culture. The 1885 Conference of Berlin specifically authorised the invasion, conquest and annexation of Africa by European nations. This was the blue print for the colonization of Africa.
No one lamented the decimation, brutalization, extermination and genocide of “first humans” such as the Khoi-San of Southern Africa, the Aborigines of Australia, the Native-Americans and the Aztecs of South America.
It is the way the world was and had been from the time Cain killed Abel.
An Epiphany:
Then a chap named Hitler overdid the “might is right” culture, tried to conquer the whole world, perpetrating the Holocaust in the process. The horror of it all induced an epiphany on the part of mankind leading to most nations signing off on the Universal declaration of Human Rights (“UDHR”) at the United Nations (“UN”) in 1948.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Republican Convention

Watching and listening to the Republican ConventionI was hit by déjà vu. What is being played out has all happened before and Ipersonally witnessed the Rhodesia version.
In each instance the campaign model or strategywas/is the same. Instil fear. Whip up paranoia. Stir up apprehension.
Do this by taking the truth of the existence of athreat and turn it into the BIG LIE that a half-truth often is. Understand thata half-truth is often worse than the most pernicious lie.
Certainly Germany, like many other countries hadthreats to contend with. So too as regards Rhodesia and the USA. However, andit is very big however, none were/are under threat of being overrun by an externalenemy and everyone murdered in their beds or subjugated, as was at leastnotionally the case with Winston Churchill and the United Kingdom, forinstance. ISIS is a threat to the whole world, not just America.
In these situations, the common theme is that thecreated/imagined external enemy is then represented by a named proxy.
Germany brazenly identified the Jews as a start.
Ian Smith named “Communist inspired Blacks”.
The Trump camp identifies Muslims by way of theverbal lynch pin of “radical Islamic terrorists”.
To Germany feel free to add the Polish. To Rhodesiafeel free to add “the Brits and Communists”. To the Trump camp feel free to addthe Mexicans, Chinese and all others that are now disrespecting, bullying andmaking America “small”.
In this way we see how human passions are inflamedat their most basic level. Thinking is replaced by feelings. Cognitive processis pushed out by emotion. Humans find themselves back in the cave stressed outby real and largely imagined threats out there, banding together, driven byirrational emotivism, engulfed by mob instinct.
The mob does not think. Once it is infused with themood of a mob it is only capable of following. It follows whosoever has beenposited as the leader. The leader has been created in the imagination of themob. This has been done by way of stentorian rhetoric that he is great; hecares; he will save you; he is a leader; he is strong … etc. … etc. … withhardly a shred of hard evidence that he has any of these attributes. There is NO hard evidence that Trump is any of the things that are beingclaimed about him. Neither is there a shred of evidence as to how he is goingto make America "safe" and "great again". Whatgives the leader credibility is mood and passion … not merit. The herd instinctis to follow, not to question.
The simplest of cognitive questioning would havemade it obvious to the German people that Hitler was a narcissistic demagogueon a diabolical mission. I was personally driven to distraction trying to getotherwise very bright White Rhodesians to see that Ian Smith’s gambit to tryand preserve White supremacy and minority rule was absolutely doomed tofailure.
At least the paranoia of White Rhodesians wasunderstandable. They did stand to lose their status of racial dominance. WithGermany the herd was induced into embracing Nazism and its fascist culture. TheTrump herd is on a similar path. It feels good about being a herd … aboutacting without question … following a new found leader, whose only credibilityis a torrent of narcissistic rhetoric about himself … about fear … about “usand them” … about lost greatness … about nationalism ... about regainingdominance … over others … dominance over all others.
Ian Smith was simply naïve on account of his racistculture.
Hitler was a narcissistic demagogue with ademonical ideology.
Donald Trump is simply a narcissistic con man. Hehas spotted the real concerns that many American have, as articulated by Bernie Sanders and conjoined them to what Rhodesian Whites and many Americans feelabout losing their status of power and dominance over others.
So he has very artfully hijacked the RepublicanParty and turned its members into a mindless nationalistic herd with truth andjustice being suffocated in the dust being thrown up by their thunderinghooves.
Those thundering hooves are also trampling upon sacredAmerican values, destroying America’s status as the leader of the free worldand seeking to turn it into a pariah State.
God help America.

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Republican Party Has to Dump Donald Trump

 …. It has no option whatsoever
Despite the obvious racism Trump displayed in his rantings about Muslims and Mexicans, in particular, there was always just enough obfuscation about what he actually meant for the Republican Party to duck, dive and wriggle.
Now there is simply no room to wriggle.  His attack on U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel for just being of Mexican roots, was undeniable racist, and none other than Paul Ryan, Party Leader confirmed this much in observing that this accorded with the textbook  definition of racism.
Other Party leaders have mumbled this and that but have not been able to deny that this was indeed racist. Mitt Romney however has made no bones about the fact that Trump is racist.
It is also necessarily the case that, at a stroke, he has characterized all humans of Mexican blood or heritage as untrustworthy, because if a Mexican Judge cannot be trusted, simple logic determines that no Mexican can be trusted. So in Trump’s America this grouping stands to be victimized as deviant.
To-day Trump included, in Hillary Clinton rant and froth, that “we will protect and defend Christians”repeating this and removing any doubt about the exclusivity of this protection by way of hand signal/gesture.
 At a stroke Trump has committed to a fundamental breach of the Social Contract, in terms of which all citizens must be protected equally in return for their loyalty to the State, whatever their political affiliations, race, colour of religion.
Incidentally, all Christians should very easily understand that the above constitutes a brazen repudiation of what is at the very heart of the teachings of Jesus Christ as expressed by – “love thy neighbour as thyself, and do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.
The Republican Party has no option but to dump Trump. There can be no wriggling. It cannot be the case that it endorses racism and un-constitutionalism, because the Constitution, in letter and spirit stipulates equality as not negotiable. The obvious analogy is that it would have to dump a candidate who was uncovered as a serial killer/rapist whatever the popular vote.
It matters not that he enjoys popular support. For instance, a law that is passed in terms of popular support, will still be struck down by the US Supreme Court if it is inconsistent with the Constitution. This is not rocket science. It is not complex jurisprudence. It is 2nd year law stuff.
We should remember that Watergate was a saga in which the Republican Party led and brought home the indictment against President Richard Nixon that the President and the Constitution could not be incongruent.

So Republican leaders need to get the above confirmed by its legal eagles and give notice that at the upcoming Republican Convention the Party of Lincoln, Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Reagan has no option but to rule that, just as it cannot endorse a rapist, it cannot endorse a racist and a candidate who is also bent on breaching reconstitution.
For more clarity on this issue view this masterful take by Senator Elizabeth Warren.


On 19 July 2016 the Republican Party official endorsed a bigoted, misogynist, mendacious, brazen lying fraudster as its candidate to be President of the United States of America.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Loss of Courageous Empathy --- as humanity regresses

From the time man was in a cave, huddled together, suspicious, fearful, even terrified of a world that he had very little understanding of, he was instinctively averse to anything and everybody that was different or foreign.
Brotherly love meant just that, i.e., acceptance and love of those that were part of you and yours, not strangers.
As man conquered his real and imagined enemies, human or animal, he developed a culture of dominance. As he started to leave the cave and become more adventurous this culture expanded to “go forth, invade, conquer and subjugate”.
It became a universal culture across this planet. The Greeks did it. The Romans did it. Genghis Khan is credited with killing more humans in his invasion of Asia than were killed in the last world war. In the southern African region, King Shaka Zulu and Mzilikazi depopulated whole regions with their genocidal mfecane campaigns. Subjugation often took the form of slavery.
You will find no text disapproving of slavery in either the Bible or the Quran. It was this culture that drove colonization of the Americas and Africa in particular.
So whether it be colonial Africa, America or Great Britain the culture of dominance is very, very deep rooted indeed. As much as the world was hit by the admonishment by the Man from Jerusalem that “love your neighbour as yourself, and do unto others as you have them do unto you” mankind has never lost this culture of dominance. It has always been there, lurking in the subconscious ready to become manifest given the right conditions.
“Democracy everywhere is facing serious challenges. The United States is gripped by the most bizarre presidential primary campaign in living memory, with populist outsiders threatening to topple established party machines … Europeans trace their malaise to a democratic deficit in the European Union. And, in the United Kingdom, the vision of recovered national sovereignty is fuelling the campaign to leave the EU."
[Subjecting the British electorate to the Brexit referendum by Harold James]
The reason why Harold James describes the USA presidential campaign as bizarre is that Americans, in their millions, are following a man who, by the hard evidence spewing from his own mouth, would ordinarily be dismissed out of hand as a bigoted, misogynistic, narcissistic, dangerous, sexist buffoon. The previous front runner, on the Republican side, Ben Carson, was summarily dumped despite presenting as a modicum of sweet reason and love.
In the United Kingdom the polls are showing beyond any doubt that the primary, overarching concern of those that support leaving the European Union is the issue of “migration”, i.e., foreign invasion of their areas, schools, hospitals … etc. …
Simply put these humans are displaying a strong subconscious need to preserve, secure and protect their dominance against “others”. That is what Harold James is referencing by use of the words “national sovereignty”. It is the prospect of internal displacement by “others” that is the predominant concern, not the economic fall-out. These British humans are not that concerned about losing the strength and advantages of European unity. They are obsessed with ensuring internal dominance by the exclusion of “others”.
It is the same with the Americans. There is a huge insecurity that has infused the traditional gun toting, macho dominant “real Americans”. Consciously and sub-consciously, this almost certainly largely White grouping sees itself, what it has and what it represents, as under threat from all sides.

Those threats have built up over time and include the fact of a neutral but “Black President”, Mexicans, Muslims, Chinese and the upsurge of competitiveness for dominance from “other Americans” such as African-Americans and Hispanics. Campaigns and demonstrations like the “Black Lives Matter” movement has served to spook these “real Americans” at the very core of their beings.

This is a hysterical reaction that has built up deep in the psyche, welling up from the subconscious, as much as it is the case with some, such as the Ku Klux Klan and their hero Donald Trump, that such dominance should never have been put in jeopardy in the first place. This pro-Trump grouping feels challenged and insecure in their position and status of dominance.
It is therefore not at all surprising that, as I am typing this out, Donald Trump is making a speech to an adoring mob that “we are going to build a wall … a high wall … a real wall ... a Trump wall …” etc. The absurdity and futility of a powerful nation like the USA needing a wall against “little Mexico” is completely lost on these humans now gripped by a mob mentality of “us and them”. One does not need an overactive imagination to foresee situations where “water boarding and worse” is going the be used to force humans to give up their relatives who might be illegal migrants so that they can be cleaned out like vermin.
What is also particularly worrisome is that the moment he attacked Hillary Clinton for relying on the female vote, and she had actually done no such thing, there was a swing from Hillary to Trump as regards popularity.
The notion, claimed on social media, that Trump is some sort of champion for the now dispossessed, disempowered masses (apparently by Obama), is so ludicrous and disingenuous as to be no more, no less, a bare faced lie. It is quite difficult to imagine a "fat cat" that has had his snout more deeply in the trough of rapacious capitalism than Donald Trump.
This phenomenon is not new. The most horrific example of this, in the modern era, occurred in Germany with the advent of another narcissistic, bigoted, very dangerous buffoon by the name of Adolf Hitler. In that case the “others” were specifically identified as Jews, the Polish and any other human beings found to be different, such as Gays, up to and including Gypsies.
In America the brand logo is “Make America Great Again”. In Germany it was “Nazism”. In both cases otherwise sentient humans flock in their millions to support new found madness in nationalistic fervour, because consciously and sub-consciously their need to regain dominance has been inflamed.
Thus the world is seeing that the courageous empathy pioneered by the likes of Abraham Lincoln is being lost. It had found concrete expression in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed off by nearly all nations in 1948, after two world wars and the Holocaust. It is being lost despite the sterling efforts of the current Prince of the Man from Jerusalem (the Pope) and other voices of reason.
Nationalistic fervour to protect dominance is the name of the game. Unkindness, mean spiritedness, even bigotry and their diabolical effects are now inconsequential with the Americans in particular.

In South Africa the second last voice of courageous empathy, being that of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has been all but silenced.
The last voice,being Professor Jonathan Jansen, is soon to be lost to Standford University in the USA.
It may be that in this way , providence will rekindle it in that hitherto great country, so full of promise as leader of the free world.
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