20th January 2021
US PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION EDITION
If Trump is
gone before we wake, we
pray to God the news ain't fake.
"LET US PRAY"
"Trump, Trump," whisper, who dares?
Joe and Kamala are saying their prayers."
People love me because I have transcended my ego. I transcend egos better than anyone else. You'll never meet anyone who has transcended their ego better than me!
A New Year, a new President, an old one gone, what's not to celebrate? All over the world, nations have been expressing their joy for a new beginning with lavish firework displays...
There were just five words in Trump's hand-over note to President Biden;
"Joe, you know I won." Ungracious and delusional to the last! But IS this the last we've heard of Trump? Certainly not; there'll be headlines covering his legal entanglements, and his new political plans to formally establish the "Patriot Party". And as with all past presidents, there'll also be the development of his library to keep him, and us, occupied, although this might be more challenging for Trump than his predecessors.
So it's all the more important that his impeachment is fully prosecuted and he is barred from holding public office again.
Biden and Harris's safety is paramount in these dangerous times, and as I watched the inauguration unfold, I was holding my breath and praying that nothing would happen or go wrong...except perhaps to Trump's departing plane.
Anyway, for the time being at least, everything went smoothly and nothing awful happened, which is more than can be said for a couple of weeks ago.
What an appalling state of affairs! We have now seen further evidence, as if it was needed, of the dysfunctionality of the political system of the United States of America, epitomised by its electoral arrangements. The BLM protests last year and the recent debacle on 6th January in Washington DC underscores just how broken is their structure.
How can the world trust and respect a nation that just four long years ago elected a leader who turned out to have...
...AND THEN KNOWINGLYHAD MORE THAN 70
MILLION CITIZENS GO AND ASK FOR MORE? THE MIND BOGGLES!
America has become a laughing stock amongst many countries, especially those it has actively interfered with and sought to dominate.
Not unreasonably, the airwaves have been choked with observations from many such nations...
* Condemning the attack on Congress, Afghanistan requested the opposing
parties to respect democracy, and have offered to send troops to help restore order.
* Kim Jong-un has reportedly mothballed his nuclear weapons programme in the belief that Trump himself has now destroyed America on his behalf.
* Iraq is said to be mobilising an invasion force to bring democracy to the US.
* Mexico has decided that they will now pay for the wall and it is understood that Canada wants one as well.
* And in Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro said in a fiery speech (referencing his Presidential rival, self declared and US backed, Juan Guaido), that, "Americans have now found out that it is easier for them to try to change Presidents in other countries than their own."
* Finally, from Iran comes برو به جهنم
which scholars among you will know means, 'Go to hell!'
It would be funny if it wasn't so awful.
Apparently, in a last ditch attempt to seize the Presidency, Trump tried one last trick.
This in turn led most social media platforms to suspend his accounts,
(ED: one of the few good things that the unfettered and out of control social media giants have done right!) leading to yet more bizarre behaviour as he sought ways of getting round the ban...
...and as reported from various residential districts in the capital where police were called by concerned parents. It seems that a strange, orange-looking man had been approaching children and making indecent proposals.
But now, with a brace of impeachments under his belt, lawmakers are faced with the tricky decision as to whether or not Trump, his family and cronies, are guilty of treason and should consequently go to jail.
His lawyer should probably also join him, as long as they don't pardon their way out...
After all, let's not forget that this is something he has advocated for both of his previous challengers.
decisions are ultimately
made, the US penal system is ready.
In the end though, Trump cost Republicans the Presidency, the Senate and the House. So after all, his dream may yet come true, and perhaps there's a chance to make AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
However, while his supporters continue to march, some are erecting statues in his honour and are awaiting its unveiling in breathless anticipation.
Other statues simply remain anxious.
Meanwhile, the rest of the world
holds its breath and wonders if he will really go...
...and Joe Biden sets about clearing up the biggest mess the USA has ever put itself in.
ED: Coronagrump apologises for showing some pictures in this column that have been presented before, but are offered here once again due to their topicality.
OTHER POLITICS &
From one banana republic to what may soon be another,
probably the closest contender to Trump for ridicule is the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. History will judge the skill
with which he handled the UK's BREXIT strategy, but meanwhile we don't have to wait so long to judge his handling of the pandemic. He has been offered
much helpful advice from cabinet
members, especially regarding the speedy roll out of the country's vaccination programme. This has included putting the vaccine into beer and opening the pubs from lockdown. The idea is that within two days, half the country would be immune! Another proposal involves the training and use of Amazon delivery drivers to administer the vaccines. The entire population would be immunised by Saturday next week, or even Wednesday for those with Prime!
The problem with one vaccine in particular is that it must be stored and transported at low temperatures by specialist firms. An entrepreneurial friend of the Health Minister luckily has the relevant qualification and equipment and has been awarded a £20 billion contract.
Entrepreneurs in general have been thriving on the opportunities presented by the pandemic.
Conversely, many established industries have been suffering to the point of collapse. The travel industry is one such, especially the airlines. Struggling now to save every penny they can, some carriers are going to the most extreme lengths to recoup their losses.
Another business in trouble is the cosmetic and plastic surgery industry. When it was revealed that the coronavirus can live on plastic for up to two weeks, celebreties and regular citizens alike went into panic as plastic surgeons the world over packed their bags...below can be seen the Kardashians receiving the grim news.
All of which gives rise to some interesting, mainly US, social observations:
The sport of choice for the urban poor is Basketball
For maintenance level employees it is Bowling
Football is the sport of choice for front-line workers, while
Supervisors prefer Baseball and of course
Middle management goes for Tennis
The sport of choice for corporate executives is naturally Golf, so one is forced to conclude that the higher you climb up the corporate ladder, the smaller your balls become.
Politicians presumably enjoy a good game of Marbles!
And as we know, the road to parliament
is lined with dicks!
For the USA and, increasingly, many other other parts of the world, let me end this section on a sombre note, as expostulated by Ayn Rand in her 1957 book, Atlas Shrugged.
"When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - You may know that your society is doomed.