Diliman Way

with Homobono A. Adaza

“What the Hell is wrong with us.”
-Governor Gavin Newsom.
California, USA

Unfortunately for us in the Philippines, we have had a number of Presidents who are perfect examples of the statement of Kissinger – Corazon Aquino, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Benigno Simeon Aquino III and Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Something is definitely wrong with millions of Americas – racism, recurrent shooting of people almost everywhere from California to New York, revival of anti-Semitism, insane fanaticism so prevalent in the Republican Party and anti-democratic forces almost everywhere.

Yes, sir, millions of Americas seem lost. They refuse to think. They refuse to be rational. They frown at its beginnings. They are captives of Trump whose ideas are unquestionably insane, if not irrational – anti-democratic, neo-Nazi and catering to weird thoughts about life and the human condition.

Origin: America is a country built by immigrants – Puritan to Huguenot, Chinaman to Mexican. Filipino to Cuban, Polish to Saudi, Libyan to South African, French to Briton, Yugoslav to Swedish, Vietnamese to Korean and many other nationalities. America has become a refuge for the prosecuted and dreamers. But that was the America of Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

America does not belong to the white Americans. They stole the land from the original owners of the land – the Red Americans. The white conquerors had to tap slave labor from Africa to develop the country. Without the help of colored immigrants, America will not be what it is today. The whites should realize that.

Rationality, Trump and democracy: Many front liners in America are colored Americans or hired colored nurses, doctors and many other colored migrants or hired hands. So white Americans should not treat colored people like trash. Whites are no better than colored human beings. Barack Obama is a thousand times better than the lunatic Donald Trump. Obama’s election as President of the United States is an affirmation of the rationality and sanity of the majority of American voters. Only a few years from Obama, American voters suddenly became irrational by electing Donald J. Trump as President of the United States – irrational, disturbed and insanely going for more wealth, more power, more influence and more sex.

In a genuine democracy, the election of Trump as President of the country is an aberration. The way things are happening in America, however, Trumpism is beginning to disturb the whole country and many countries which are interested in the preservation of democracy as a system of government and a way of life.

Why? Trump is not only weird, he is visibly irrational and a bad imitation of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels. Trump believes that lie is an effective weapon for the capture of political power and the promotion of his beliefs. Concrete example of this is his telling America even months before 2020 elections that if he would lose, it is only due to massive cheating. When he lost, he continued with this lie up to this day.

The base and the Republican Party: There is no dispute that Trump has a base – not a Republican Party base. That is why in his isolation from Miami, Florida he has terrified Republicans of the probability of his running again for President in 2024 or going back any time before the presidential election in 2024 through a coup d’etat as hinted by Trump’s National Security Adviser, General Michael Flynt.

No wonder even Republican Senate leader McConnell did everything to block the creation of a Commission to investigate the January 6, 2021 storming of the Capitol which, if it had succeeded, would have prevented the proclamation of duly elected President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris and instead proclaimed the losers – Trump and Mike Pence.

It was former President Trump who told the crowd to march to the Capitol to force Congress to stop the Biden-Harris proclamation. He even said he would join them – but the coward that he is, he did not join – contrary to his public pronouncement before the crowd. It was a frustrated coup to destroy American democracy and install the defeated candidates – Trump and Spence.

If that is not derangement, I don’t know what is.

January 6, 2021 rebellion and developing events: There was overwhelming majority in America which condemned the Trump insurrection. The incident was a direct attack at the American Constitution and her democratic institutions. Top leaders of the Republican Party in both Houses of Congress blamed Trump for the insurrection. But it did not take long for these men to reverse gear after knowing that Trump has taken hold of millions of Americans.

As Goebbels said almost a century ago, a lie repeated many times becomes the truth. This is what former President Trump has been doing. He continues to threaten Republican leaders they better sing a chorus with him that he was cheated in the last 2020 elections otherwise if they don’t, they will all lose in the 2022 mid-term elections. From the reactions of the Trump base, the threat of Trump appears to have a grain of truth. Why?

The majority of the American senators and representatives have joined the Trump line. In four major issues – the creation of a Commission to investigate the January 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection, the infrastructure bill, and the abolition of the Senate interminable, unlimited longwinded speeches to frustrate the passage of urgent measures and the voting rights bills in many states to limit accessing to voting – the Republicans have irrationally strengthened their forces, so there will be no investigation of the Capitol insurrection, the infrastructure bill will be whittled down, the voting rights of citizens will have so many restrictions as being done in many State controlled by Republicans to prevent Democrats and colored minorities from exercising their right to vote and maintain filibuster, the interminable unlimited lengthy speeches to prevent the passage of urgent measures on the pretext that such measures benefit only the Democrats but not the American people

This is the surest way of destroying American democracy and diminishing the growth and influence of democratic forces in the world.

What should be done: Americans should wake up before it is too late. Americans who believe in American democracy and democratic governments and institutions should now fight the anti-democratic forces in America – demolish former President Donald J. Trump by having him prosecuted and convicted by American courts; denounce the Republican Party leaders in Congress and the different States as the agents of racism and fascism to destroy America and democracy in the world.

All colored Americans – black, brown and yellow should join forces to demolish the candidates of the Republican Party in the 2022 mid-term elections in every State and nationally. Their survival, the survival of America and democracy in the world is at the stake in the 2022 elections. And their success should be sustained to the 2024 elections and all elections thereafter.

President Biden should not handle these Neo-Nazi, deranged and anti-democratic forces with sift gloves like Qanon, Ku Klux Klan and the like, including the Republican senators and representative who are following Trump – now campaigning throughout the country to continue promoting his Big Lie about having been cheated in the 2020 elections and other lies which he concocts interminably.

Demolish Trump, all Neo-Nazi and anti-democratic forces in America. In so doing, dictatorships, totalitarianism and strongmanism will start being eradicated in this planet. Democracy may not yet be a perfect system – it has its faults and infirmities. But it is still the best system of government and way of life ever invented by man for men and women. As such, as the Nobel Prize Winner for Literature William Faulkner would have it, “we will not only overcome, we will prevail.” In more specific terms – democracy will not only overcome, it will prevail. HAA

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