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About Samuel N. Omwenga

I am originally and ultimately from Kenya. Upon graduation from Rutgers, the State University School of Law, Newark, I embarked on a private legal career as an attorney at my own firm and after more than 10 years of active practice in the Washington, DC area, I moved on to international business consulting assisting business people and investors interested or doing business in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean. I enjoy reading and writing--or more precisely, blogging and when time allows, I like taking my family out on nature excursions. My Pet Peeve: Things that move slowly without a good reason.

The Untimely Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Tragic and Consequential More than Any Before Her

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The iconic Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, otherwise popularly known as RBG passed on last evening and you can almost touch the sense of loss felt across the nation.

This is because RBG was not only the iconic justice she was and an inspiration for many, especially women across the world, she was one of four justices in the Supreme Court appointed by Democrats or “liberal” justices as they are commonly referred to.

Her passing means one of the most hated, if not the most hated president in US history will have a chance to appoint a third justice therefore having his stench remain with us for a long time. Never mind that Trump and Republicans will try and shove down our throats a conservative justice when voting has started for 2020 general elections.

When I first saw the news of RBG’s passing, I felt both sad for the loss of this wonderful human being and sick at the prospect of having the man whose secretary of state never denied calling a moron having yet again another opportunity to appoint another justice of the Supreme Court.

So much so such that I woke up and couldn’t sleep anymore thinking about this so I decided to do the only thing I can do under these circumstances and that is just to write and share my thoughts about this.

I have several thoughts that have been in my mind since I had the sad news and these are jumbled in my mind and I have privately shared some of them with family and friends but let me try and organize them here.

To begin with, I hope the greatness of this wonderful woman will not be overshadowed by the elephant in the room and that is, her vacancy. I hope the media, including those of us who blog will take time at least the next few days before she is buried to focus and highlight her accomplishments.

To this end, let me just quote verbatim what former President Barrack Obama said about RBG and this sums up very well what everyone is saying about her:

Sixty years ago, Ruth Bader Ginsburg applied to be a Supreme Court clerk. She’d studied at two of our finest law schools and had ringing recommendations. But because she was a woman, she was rejected. Ten years later, she sent her first brief to the Supreme Court — which led it to strike down a state law based on gender discrimination for the first time.

And then, for nearly three decades, as the second woman ever to sit on the highest court in the land, she was a warrior for gender equality — someone who believed that equal justice under law only had meaning if it applied to every single American.

Over a long career on both sides of the bench — as a relentless litigator and an incisive jurist — Justice Ginsburg helped us see that discrimination on the basis of sex isn’t about an abstract ideal of equality; that it doesn’t only harm women; that it has real consequences for all of us. It’s about who we are — and who we can be.

Justice Ginsburg inspired the generations who followed her, from the tiniest trick-or-treaters to law students burning the midnight oil to the most powerful leaders in the land.

Michelle and I admired her greatly, we are profoundly thankful for the legacy she left this country, and we offer our gratitude and our condolences to her children and grandchildren tonight.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals. That is how we remember her. But she also left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored.

I fully concur and echo these sentiments and may RBG rest in peace.

On the political end, there is no denying RBG’s passing and who replaces her will have great impact and determination on which direction the court takes. Again, Obama summed it up very well and let me quote him again, he said,

Four and a half years ago, when Republicans refused to hold a hearing or an up-or-down vote on Merrick Garland, they invented the principle that the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in.

A basic principle of the law — and of everyday fairness — is that we apply rules with consistency, and not based on what’s convenient or advantageous in the moment. The rule of law, the legitimacy of our courts, the fundamental workings of our democracy all depend on that basic principle.

As votes are already being cast in this election, Republican Senators are now called to apply that standard. The questions before the Court now and in the coming years — with decisions that will determine whether or not our economy is fair, our society is just, women are treated equally, our planet survives, and our democracy endures — are too consequential to future generations for courts to be filled through anything less than an unimpeachable process.

The former president is right on.

Republicans in the senate led by Mitch McConnel will commit an unforgivable political blunder if they ram down our throats anyone Trump nominates—even if the justice is a known liberal. This is simply because the principle Republicans themselves enunciated is you cannot have a president appointing a justice to the supreme court during an election year.

We are not even talking about nominating someone during an election year in this case but nominating and ramming through the senate someone when elections are already underway, and people are voting!

Were McConnel to be reckless and tone-deaf enough to do this, then this is what I foresee happening, or is what Democrats must do as a response.

First, use the thuggery as a rallying cry to mobilize even more voters to take out vulnerable Republican senators and take over control of the Senate while increasing their majority in the House. It of course goes without saying the same efforts should and must produce a landslide victory for Biden and Harris at the polls.

Second, if Republicans ram through Trump’s nominee at this time when elections are underway instead of waiting for voters to have a say who appoints RBG’s successor, they will only do so by invoking the so-called nuclear option, meaning, doing away with the filibuster rule in the senate requiring 60 votes for important votes like this.

Third, doing away with the filibuster rule that protects the interests of a party out of power may enable Trump and Republicans to do what is convenient for them now, but they will leave to regret it because with Biden as president with both houses under Democratic control—and this must be the outcome if a nominee is rammed down our throats—Biden and Democrats will be able to, and they must quickly ram through far-reaching and impactful legislation to put in check with the Supreme Court can do.

For example, Biden and Democrats can increase the number of seats in the Supreme Court from 9 to 12. This alone will negate all appointments made by Trump and even though there was not much appetite to do this previously, it will be imperative that this happens, if this is how dirty Republicans want to play with power.

All that points to Republicans not being foolish enough to do this and this not even about Trump but the Republican’s own remaining relevant after November.

Say what you can about Americans and leaving aside the Trumpians for whom neither logic nor facts apply, a vast majority of Americans and I would even venture to say upward of 70% are thoughtful and favor fairness and justice for all.

If Republicans who denied Obama a simple up or down vote for his nominee to the Supreme Court Merrick Garland on grounds it was an election year and now flip their position to say Trump can appoint his nominee not just during an election year, but when voting has already started, they will pay dearly at the polls as this will anger and drive many voters to the polls who would otherwise not bothered to vote.

There; that is my analysis, so I am not concerned whichever way it goes. If McConnell knows this will be the scenario and doesn’t bring up the vote, then he might stand a chance the Senate remains Republican majority though barely; he forces the vote, the Senate flips to Democrats by as many as 5 seats majority.

I have read a statement Senator Mitch McConnel has issued saying he will allow a vote on Trump’s nominee notwithstanding his blocking Obama from appointing one under even less dire circumstances. To put it mildly, the statement and reasons given is as moronic as you would expect a tone-deaf Trump sycophant to do.

He must pay the political price for it and that means let’s use the only power we have against him and all other Republicans in the Senate and that is to vote overwhelmingly for Biden and give him a landslide and help those challenging Republican senators, including McConnel in any way we can, including contributing money to their respective campaigns.

God help us.

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2020 in Law

 

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Trump Squandered Opportunity to “Pivot” and Become the Leader He Has Never Been

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After posting news about the latest book on Trump dropping bombshells about the man, someone responded saying “[Trump] was not voted in based on good character or astitute (sic) leadership credentials and these revelations won’t affect his core base.”

Let me whisper here something many of us know and would like to keep to ourselves by way of responding to that comment: nobody cares about Trump’s cult-like core base that he bragged he can shoot and kill someone and they’ll still adore and support him.

What we were concerned with after Trump shocked everyone, including himself losing the popular vote but being sworn as president in 2016, is that he would abandon his racist and mad stances to “pivot” and go on to win a second term more traditionally.

Going into late last year, however, that had not happened but he had proven plenty he was and still is the very inept and unfit person to be president he proves each day that goes by.

We therefore felt good as we went through the primaries, worried only that the Democratic Party doesn’t buckle and be divided in choosing its flag bearer and leave the party damaged to hand Trump an undeserved victory.

Thank God things went smoothly and Joe Biden emerged and remained the frontrunner and now the flagbearer.

Then in the midst of that Democratic primary came the pandemic which I will confess I told people I talk to about this that this was a second chance for Trump to “pivot” and show leadership no different than George W did following 911 and ride that to a second term much as W did.

Never happened and won’t happen in the less than 60 days left to election day, with early voting already underway.

I can’t say thank God for that but Trump’s inept and total failure to provide leadership during this pandemic is the last nail that nailed completely shut his political coffin, with all other nails being his now proven record of failure after failure, when he was not busy dividing the country, shredding norms, attacking institutions and abusing his office, complete with giving Putin a pass unlike what any other president would have done–and that is to say nothing about Putin having helped in his election in 2016 and is still trying in 2020 to no avail.

Trump’s defeat will be as historic as his accidental election as president because it will prevent the United States from crumbling and ceasing to be a world superpower and leader as Biden’s election means a mostly United States, but Trump’s reelection means an end to America as we knew it and one going full throttle to one led by a lawless dictator no less harmful than Putin or Kim Jung un.

Indeed, Biden’s victory will mean the country as well as the rest of the world breathing a sigh of relief and returning to a better place to live when this nightmare leaves the White House.

In sum, Trump’s base and those who voted for him can dismiss all these character flaws and still vote for him but this time around he will see dust for two reasons:

First, Democrats have a far much better candidate who has not only united the party, he has love and support from Never Trumpers and other Republicans actively campaigning for Biden as opposed to simply not voting for Trump and

Second, a large number of those who held their noses and voted for Trump have now confirmed the very things we were saying about his unfitness to be president and inability to lead and, included in that, is his now confirmed attacks on the military he no doubt hates more than he already had out there in the public as to his disdain for people who serve or have served and sacrificed for the country.

Barring the extraordinary, Biden is our next president and what a good riddance shall that be of this nightmare, along with the swamp the man his secretary of state never denied calling a moron brought to Washington, starting from the man himself and members of his family, especially his son-in-law that is doing damage to the country than people know.

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2020 in Politics

 

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Rebutting Henry Makori’s Piece “10 Reasons Why Ruto Will Be Next President”

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In a column published by the Star, its writer Henry Makori purported to offer these reasons which I now take time to dissect and show how none of them stands in the face of any scrutiny.

To offer full context of what Makori said in the piece, I quote him verbatim and what he said is in italics.

Kenyans love a fighter. The person who stands up to great odds is often a hero, regardless of what the fight is about.

Goes without saying and this is not peculiar to Kenyans alone; it’s a universal concept going back ages.

Ahead of the 2013 election, Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto turned their arraignment at the ICC into an anti-imperialist platform and gave their opponents a run for their money.

True, even though I would not call that giving their opponents a “run for their money” as that phrase is commonly used. That phrase implies or assumes a certain level of fairness and open competition, not a competition where one side is aided by state machinery as was the case in 2013 where Uhuru and Ruto were the beneficiaries of state machinery.

In contrast, the likes of Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi, never known for a fight, hardly stir public emotion.

True but only to a certain extent.

Today, Ruto is the only fighter among political bigwigs.

False. Ruto is only fighting to survive and he knows the prospect of becoming president in 2022 is fast fading away. Put another way, the only way Ruto now becomes president is (a) convincing the system he is not the threat he is believed to be or (b) sits this one out but backs Raila or whoever Uhuru and Raila tosha, if it is not Raila.

Makori then goes on to give what he fashions as “10 reasons why he has a chance of becoming the fifth President:”—again, what he says is in italics.

  1. UHURU BETRAYAL

Ruto keeps his head high despite open betrayal by his boss.

Not true. Although in some cases Ruto has said words which in isolation can be interpreted as being the obedient deputy to the president, in many cases he has said and done things that directly undermine that position and, what he has not done to downright show contempt for Uhuru, his minions have done that for him without abandon, and obviously with his tacit approval.

As to “betrayal,” one can’t call what has happened between Uhuru and Ruto “betrayal.” True, Uhuru promised to support Ruto after completion of his term or the so-called “kumi kumi” pledge. But politicians not keeping promises given is nothing new; in fact, is one thing that all politicians have in common, namely, never take any of their words or promises as a given. If circumstances change, a politician will change direction and cause accordingly.

Kibaki shred his MoU with Raila and he went on to serve as president for 10 years. Raila has shred his MoU and he will use state machinery to have his successor of choice to come in as president and nothing Ruto can do to stop that, much as Raila was unable to stop Kibaki—and Raila had twice the support across the nation as Ruto does.

Uhuru has practically kicked him out of government and the ruling party, hounded some of his allies out of parliamentary leadership and targeted others in a selective war on graft.

True.

Ruto’s refusal to buckle under pressure will serve him well.

The odds are he will buckle under the tremendous pressure he is on and resign as deputy president; if not, those who want him out will find other ways to force him out.

  1. REFERENDUM IS UNPOPULAR

The prevailing view seems to be that a referendum is not what the country needs now but better implementation of the Constitution.

This is a view held by Ruto and those who support him. Obviously, there is the original view that remains and that is the one held by Uhuru, Raila and those who want to see an end to electoral violence every five years. That view is BBI is the solution and that is soon likely to come to pass.

Many believe the planned changes are not for the common good but to benefit Uhuru and Raila and lock out Ruto.

“Many” here means Ruto and those who support him. I refer you to my comment above.

 Like happened in 2005, Ruto is busy turning the referendum against the two.

Though there are some similarities between efforts to revamp the constitution in 2005 and what is being sought in implementing BBI, there are also dissimilarities that are even greater and dispositive of why Ruto cannot have a repeat of 2005. For one, the architect of 2005 revolt against Kibaki is this time protagonist in what would be the equivalent of Kibaki side in 2005. Ruto is no match for that and therefore put this one on the Yes column in terms of BBI referendum passage.

  1. RAILA’S BETRAYAL OF SUPPORTERS

The handshake killed the Raila brand.

False.

While there are many Raila supporters who were disillusioned with Raila’s decision to shake hands with Uhuru for they wanted him to lead them into a revolution or even a secessionist movement, those supporters themselves were and remain to be ill-advised and ill-informed. Raila’s move was a masterstroke that meets and surpasses opposition objectives and I’ll elaborate on this in my next column or one I’ll pen soon.

His millions of supporters wanted nothing short of a revolution following the repeat 2017 presidential election he boycotted.

I would not say “millions” but a significant portion among those who closely follow politics. That number is coming down to fewer and fewer because many now understand what the handshake was intended to deliver and is poised to do just that.

That was the point of Raila’s swearing-in as the “people’s president” on January 30, 2018.

It may have been (and I was personally opposed to the move and told Raila as much) but the handshake is the better alternative for a myriad of reasons no need to get into here.

The handshake was a painful betrayal and demobilized his support base – except the “cows.”

Again, initially, many of Raila’s supporters may have been disillusioned and even demoralized by the handshake but over time that has changed as nearly all of them now see the benefit of the handshake and what dividends lie in wait for its implementation.

Ruto will try to capitalize on Raila’s disgruntled supporters.

He is already doing that but he will fall short as what he is up against is simply insurmountable.

4.CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS

Ruto has turned the war on corruption against Uhuru.

It is a decision he will live to regret.

People who argued that Uhuru was rich and could not be involved in corruption if he rose to power have had good reason to rethink that view.

That’s neither here nor there; what matters is Uhuru has the instruments and he can cause real pain for those engaged in corruption than anyone can ever do against him. With Raila on his side, this is a war those they target cannot possibly ever win.

Corruption accusations cannot stop one from being elected in Kenya. Ruto knows this.

Not true; if Uhuru wanted to, he could have the DP arrested and once again charged with corruption, except this time he will be bogged down with case after case to have room to breathe, let alone run for president. Just because this has not been done before does not mean the system doesn’t have it as one of its arrows in the quiver.

Kenyans tolerate corruption because of state failure. Given a chance, many would readily use public office for private gain. Graft is accepted as “working smart”

That may be true, but it is a double-edged sword. See my comment above.

  1. HUSTLER NATION

Jubilee promised Kenyans, especially the youth, heaven. It has delivered hell. Ruto has distanced himself from the government and resorted to using his money to help jobless youths (hustlers).

You cannot have your cake and have it! Ruto was fully in Jubilee for five years and he can’t run away from that record and say he is now for the “hustler” simply because he has been kicked out of Jubilee and the government for all practical purposes and intent.

The gullible will believe that use of money Ruto is accused of having obtained by corrupt means “to help the jobless” is somehow Godsent and a ticket to State House as president.

Far from it.

We do not need individuals dishing out money (a few shillings) to the poor and calling that a solution to what we need to have done. That was the whole basis of Moi politics—recall he said he can buy any vote for 100 bob. To promote this type of politics is the very definition of backwardness.

 This contrasts with the “dynasties” who are disconnected from the sufferings of Kenyans as they cut backroom deals to retain power and accumulate more.

This “dynasty v us” narrative is a fallacy peddled by Ruto and his supporters when Ruto is no different and probably worse than the purported dynasties themselves.

Reminds me of one Donald J Trump who fooled poor and racist whites that he is one of them and will help them fight to keep America white and he succeeded in doing so but those same whites and racists are no better off than they were in 2016; in fact, they are worse off!

Were Uhuru to become president, the poor will remain poor because there is no vision he has he could not have had implemented as deputy president and we no of no legislation or proposals he put forth to improve the conditions of the poor or to create jobs.

Everything he promised, the stadiums, the factories and so on none came to pass so he suffers the consequences though not exactly as Uhuru who, for his part, he simply wants to leave a country more peaceful and on a path to the development that eluded the duo last 7 years.

  1. NOT ANOTHER KIKUYU

Kenya’s politics is tribal. Everyone is aware three of Kenya’s four presidents are Kikuyu, two of them father and son. Uhuru told Kenyans he would support Ruto to succeed him. Jomo Kenyatta and Mwai Kibaki betrayed allies who backed them to get state power. Ruto could benefit from the Kikuyu hoi polloi who reject being branded as betrayers one more time.

Here is a reality check for you: If you think Kikuyus who are supporting Ruto are doing for their love for the man or because Uhuru promised him 10 years, you are completely naïve and have no clue what is going on.

The only reason Ruto has enjoyed the support he did in Kikuyu nation is twofold:

One, hatred of Raila in the region. Not all, but a large segment of the Kikuyu community can’t stand the notion of Raila becoming president. These poor folks have been so programmed all their lives it is virtually impossible to cure them of this disease but, thankfully, more and more of the community is now starting to warm up to the notion of Raila being president because of no less an effort by Uhuru and his men and women to reverse cause and say this is the right thing to do.

Two, Ruto engaged in a stealth campaign for years to woo politicians from the region to support him. Support for Ruto in Kikuyuland is as firm as a house built on sand. Yes, the money Ruto has spent in the region has endeared him to many, but the support is as artificial as any can be. Once BBI is implemented and the campaigns roll around, nearly all that support will evaporate and all but the hardcore haters of Uhuru because he now loves Raila as his brother will not back his preferred successor. Keep in mind, it will be the first time the Kikuyu vote will be split but Raila or anyone Uhuru backs other than Ruto need not have the near unanimous vote from the region, only enough to provide the requisite margin of 50%+1.

  1. CLOSE TO CHURCH

Ruto is an evangelical Christian. It makes strategic sense that he has focused his philanthropy on raising funds for churches. Delegations of church leaders’ troop to his Karen and Sugoi homes nearly every day. Kenya is a majority Christian nation and the Church has massive political influence.

There are two types of Christians: those who exploit Christianity to enrich themselves and those who genuinely advance Christianity in the true meaning and spirit of the faith. The former are no different from your ordinary crooked politician busy stealing from the public till; in fact, these types of fake Christians will gladly welcome such stolen loot as good for “spreading the word of God” when in reality the loot is good for them and their lifestyles.

The latter Christians (those who truly live up to the faith’s calling) can only be neutral and guide their congregants as the spirit leads them, not because of having been bribed to do so.

Given this dynamic, I wouldn’t put much stock that Ruto is an Evangelical, much like I would put any stock in 2020 that Evangelicals still support Trump in America; if you’re in a sinking boat, nothing will stop you from sinking the only thing you must do is get your life-vest on and hope to be rescued by someone—in this case that someone is the next government.

  1. HE STARTED EARLY

Ruto has been a 2022 presidential candidate for the last seven years. He backed Uhuru to inherit Central votes.

This is also his undoing; had Ruto lied low and waiting for a more opportune time to strike, he would not have alienated and alarmed many in the system as he has to have them draw and aim their weapons at him to politically finish him as they have. So, this is a net minus than it is any gain.

Other politicians have declared their intention to run but many of them – Kalonzo, Mudavadi, Mwangi wa Iria – pose no serious challenge.

True.

Raila, whom Uhuru is expected to back following the handshake, has not declared he will run. That makes Ruto the frontrunner in the coming election even going by current opinion polls.

True but only to an extent. Raila has not declared but you can take it to the bank barring something catastrophic, Raila will be on the ballot for 2022. That being the case, if Uhuru backs him as he is expected to, it will be all but a foregone conclusion he will be our next president—regardless of how Ruto performs or even whether he vies at all.

  1. JUBILEE IS DEAD

Whoever Uhuru will support would likely split Jubilee even further. The expected coalition between the ruling party and ODM (and possibly other parties) will take time to cobble together. By the time their compromise candidate will hit the ground, Ruto would already be miles ahead.

As I and others have repeatedly said and repeat here, most gains Ruto made in Mt. Kenya region have been erased already and, going forward, the powers that be will make sure the man from Sugoi has no room to breathe, let alone mount a serious presidential campaign.

Put another way, the system’s preferred candidate will be our next president.

Ruto was the beneficiary of that system, he knows how sweet it is to be sworn against all odds and having not won at the polls as was the case for him and Uhuru, now let him be prepared to suffer the same medicine as prescribed by the very same system.

  1. INCUMBENCY ADVANTAGE 

Unlike his mostly lackluster competitors, and despite being isolated by Uhuru, Ruto is the second highest-placed insider in the current government.

False, I assume you are not including Raila as a “lackluster competitor” but, given the man will vie barring something catastrophic, the man (Raila) is the second highest placed insider in the current government, not Ruto.

Conversely, were Raila not to vie, then whoever he and Uhuru back (and they will under that scenario) will have all the benefits of incumbency and Ruto will have none, not even being in government altogether.

He enjoys the trappings of power and the privileges of incumbency.

Not anymore.

Ruto is for all practical purposes and intent merely an occupant of an office in title but nothing else.

Having an office with no power and scant budget to do anything is not exactly having the power and privileges of incumbency.

He knows how the system works and will likely use that knowledge to great political advantage.

Partially true.

As one who knows how the system works, he will be the first one to tell you it’s virtually impossible to beat it no matter who you are but he’s putting on a brave face knowing he will soon or later succumb to it.

In other words, Ruto knows once the system has rejected his prospect to become our next president, that will be the case and, more importantly, if he tries to show he has the proverbial bigger balls than anyone who has tried and failed before him, the system has other arrows in the quiver to render his candidacy a non-starter to begin with.

Wiser counsel would be for Ruto to accept the fate, lie low and live to fight another day.

In 2027 or 2032, that is.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2020 in Politics

 

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Trump Is A Danger to Our National Security and November Stakes Couldn’t Be Any Greater

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On any given day prior to Trumpianism descending on this country, this incredibly sourced story by the New York Times would have had the subject president packing and out of White House as president.

We are in the accidental 4-year presidency of the accidental President Donald J Trump so the story lands to a cacophony of noises that constitute the Trump presidency and in a sea of drama and antics involving Trump the press and social media can hardly catch-up, let alone dwell on any for any length of time before moving to the next drama.

Some of these dramas are delivering real harm to the country that may be irreparable, while others are pointing to something more gloomy, if not worse such as Trump’s announcement that he is going to Kenosha [to incite violence].

It’s a long article but here is the short of it: Then Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein prevented David Mueller from investigating Trump and his personal connections in Russia, including women that were deemed by leaders in the Intelligence Community to be a threat to national security.

Indeed, this was the basis for appointing Special Counsel David Mueller to investigate but it is now coming out that Mueller was, in fact, hamstrung and not allowed to fully investigate Trump.

It therefore may still be the case that Trump is compromised as was previously suspected and his open adoration of Putin, his peddling Putin’s talking points on Russia’s intervention in US elections in 2016 and in direct contradiction of our own US intelligence services, his refusal to take any action against Russia for their offering bounties to kill American soldiers all point to Trump being compromised.

Again, no other president serving at anytime before Trump would have survived such a suspicion without a full-blown investigation and likely being hounded out of office by it, even if not much was established, especially if voters were given the opportunity to be heard as will be the case come this November.

However, these are strange times, indeed, not just because of the pandemic that is still raging on, but Trumpianism which predates it.

Trump’s cult-like followers may not give a hoot and would be just fine even if Trump outright gave away American top secrets to the Russians but my belief is there are sound, rational independent minded Republicans and others who are not Democrats that will say this is where a line is crossed beyond which they cannot be behind Trump.

Those are the voters who shall help make a difference come November 3rd.

The good news is they are there and coming out publicly in increasing numbers and their influence is already being felt, at least in helping those sitting on the fence to come to grips as to how crucial this election is unlike all others before.

Some of the groups organizing these voters and channeling their financial and strategic assistance to the Biden/Harris campaign include:

The Lincoln Project

Bush W Alumni for Biden

Republican Voters Against Trump

The people behind each one of these groups are American patriots putting country first, not party and certainly not the cult leader many are wont to do for no rational reason other than their own, myopic reasons and those who offer appointment of judges, moving US embassy to Jerusalem and the like are just as lethal to the health of the nation as are these cult-followers who have no reason at all other than sheer admiration of the man—something we’re accustomed to see among cults and despotic regimes such as North Korea.

These are the people that must be defeated come November 3rd lest they fully usher in a dictatorship no less despotic than that of Kim Jung Un.

Think about it this way:

When Trump was impeached by the House, his enablers in the Senate aka Republican senators gave him a pass that has emboldened him to engage in even more lawlessness and abuse of office than he had previously this time affirmatively using his enormous office to thwart effort to end the pandemic, leading to now nearly 200,000 deaths, many who no doubt would be alive but for Trump’s failed efforts to lead in combating the pandemic, when he is not busy undermining other’s efforts, including his own government’s experts.

It is said every election is crucial.

This election is more crucial than all others before.

It will be an election to determine whether we have an America as we used to know it before Trump burst into the national picture as the accidental president he is, or one we will not recognize, let alone want to live under its totalitarianism that’s certain to ensue were people not to wake up and stop this man.

My faith and belief is the alliance of Democrats, Independents and Republicans who still hold dear American ideals that are under assault will combine forces to defeat Trump.

The stakes couldn’t be greater for those who truly love and appreciate the uniqueness of this country that has at least for decades striven to be a better union and made great strides in that direction until Trump burst into the scene riding on racism to stir and rubble up it ugliness she was so desperately trying to put in the long past.

These dark forces must be beaten back to wherever they resided before the accidental 4-year age of Trump.

This is our moment to do just that so, register to vote, if you have not and, more importantly, VOTE!

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Trump is Down, But Not Out!

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If you are like millions of others who want the Trump nightmare over like yesterday, you feel good about where things stand right now, given Biden is ahead in all polls, including comfortably so in key battleground states.

You also have a sick feeling, knowing what happened in 2016. 

As I have been saying and continue to say, the dynamics are significantly different enough to avoid a repeat. For one, Biden does not have the baggage Hillary had that dragged the ticket down.

Second, Trump now has a record that confirms all the fears and concerns many of us had and shouted to hoarseness only to be drowned by the cacophony of racist noises that ultimately made a difference.

Third, there’s COVID-19 which is still raging. The irony here is had Trump properly and effectively handled response to the pandemic instead of dismissing it and undermining his own government’s experts, he could have easily rode on the success to victory.

He did not and that may be the single most important reason he becomes a failed one term president, worse than any in history.

That being said, it’s important to note Trump is counting on three things to pull off an upset worse from our perspective (those who want him out) than the one he pulled off in 2016:

1. Success in tagging Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris embrace leftist policies, and won’t stand up to the violent excesses of the far left, which is the messaging the campaign is pushing hard and helps explain why Trump is doing even better in some battleground states.

2. Rousing white working class voters who did not vote in 2016 to come out and vote in large numbers come November 3rd.

3. A leveling or beginning to level curve on coronavirus spread by election night, which Trump has a few unethical and even illegal tricks to pull, including announcing availability of unproven vaccine worse than he has already done with hydroxychloroquine and recently plasma treatment both of which are gimmicks.  

Biden’s task is to strategically counter each one of this and I know I speak for everyone who wants this embarrassment of a president booted out of office to say nothing should be left to chance.

Let’s all do everything we can to help make sure #BidenHarris is elected and, most importantly, register to vote, if not yet registered and VOTE!

As one voter nicely summed this on Twitter: Never count Trump out. Never underestimate him. Never let your guard down. We need to keep fighting until the very end. November is still far away.

Far away indeed November is; let’s keep fighting to the very end.

Never count him out. Never underestimate him. Never let your guard down. We need to keep fighting until the very end. November is still far away.

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2020 in Politics

 

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The Death of Belden Ogwoka Nyabuto

Beldin’s Funeral Convoy

I did not know Belden, a 23-year old young Kenyatta University Adventist student from Kisii, Kenya who was also a singer, composer, teacher and choirmaster but I happened to watch his funeral procession (see the link), which caught my attention and am glad I watched it. Belden was driving a car that lost control as he was coming from a funeral and rushing to get to an an afternoon choir session.

I was moved watching the procession, and in particular, the song played as well as some comments I saw in a related video so I decided to share this widely as my way of saying pole (RIP) to his family and also because I was moved by this young man’s character and what he was able to accomplish in his short life.

I am no musician so no idea how to compose music but I have done my best to transcribe the lyrics of the song playin in the funeral procession (see below) to the the best of my ability for the benefit of those who do not speak or understand Swahili and Kisii languages in which the song is sung.

I must say I was moved to near tears in both when I saw the procession and heard this song for the first time and when listening to it again to transcribe it. The Kisii part really got me and the last stance as I am sure it will get anyone who understands the language.

We all get affected by the passing of some of the people we hear they have died that are not relatives or friends. Happens to me from time to time, the most recent one was Herman Cain, but this young man’s death affected me as if he was family.

It is a reminder how life can be fragile and how good people have a way of affecting others no matter how young or old.

By all accounts I have heard heard from some in the throng that came to his funeral, Beldin loved God, was selfless and was always finding ways to encourage his friends who were down or going through difficult times.

In other words, he was being his brother’s keeper as God instructs us all to be in Genesis 4:1-13.

Belden may have died long before he even fully taken off on his life journey, but he lived by this teaching and for this, his legacy will continue to guide many, especially those he knew or touched and certainly those who have witnessed his funeral and heard or seen the accolades that have flowed since his passing.

As a parent, I cannot even begin to imagine the devastation his parents are suffering, let alone everyone else who was friends or knew him.

I pray for you all, and especially his parents and those who loved him for the loss must be painful to bear so may God give you the comfort to cope, knowing as God promises, we shall be reunited with our loved ones gone before us.

And now the translation of the song in video from about 1:00 minute to 6:49 minute; as noted above, I have done my best to transcribe it as singers sometimes swallow words and therefore difficult to know what they said and some words there is just no English translation, and for those, I have in that case used the closest word in meaning:

Swahili part:

We will remember you Belden

We will remember

We will remember our loved one Belden

We will remember you

We will remember you Belden

We will remember you our loved one

Chorus: We will remember you [Solo: Your efforts], we will remember you [Solo: we will remember], we will remember you [Solo: oh, oh oh], our loved one.

Your beautiful voice [Chorus: we will remember]

Your beautiful mercy [Chorus: we will remember]

We will remember [Chorus: we will remember

We will remember

Our loved one.

Kisii part

Death is awful [OMG! I am tearing up!!!]

It has snatched from us a child who was going to save us

A child who we were looking forward and longing for him to wipe our tears; farewell, go well

Your choir will remember you

Your singers will remember you

Your producers will remember you

Our brother Belden

PMs Productions will remember you

Sound King Media will remember you

[Inaudible] Choir will all remember you

Our brother Belden

Star Chorale will remember you (where he was choirmaster and composer)

KU all to remember you (KU is Kenyatta University where Belden was a student)

[Inaudible] singers to remember you

Our brother Belden

We will remember you

You are our own [Choir: we will remember you]

You are one of our singers [Choir: we will remember you]

Your voice [Choir: our loved one]

Song; that song [Chorus: we will remember]

Over coronavirus [Choir: we will remember]

New Solo: [Inaudible] doctors [Choir: we will remember you]

If you give us heart, we will arrive well [Chorus: loved one]

Now you have left us

It is so saddening

[Instruments and wailing by first solo with refrain “we will remember you]

I know I will remember this young man for sure and take his legacy to be a reaffirmation in God, there is nothing but light. Beldine shined because he put God at the center of his life and endeavored to emulate what Jesus modeled for us all.

Many of us are fortunate to have children who live God centered lives and equally endeavor to model what Jesus modeled for us all through teachings and lessons in the Bible. We are thankful and pray for their doing that which God has already put in their paths and to be their brother’s keepers along the way.

We all can and should be our brother’s keeper as Beldin was.

That’s my prayer.

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Posted by on August 16, 2020 in Religion, Social

 

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Trump Dishonors the Late John Lewis

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According to the Hill, President Donald Trump was not planning to visit the Capitol to honor the late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.). “I won’t be going, no,” Trump said before departing the White House for a trip to North Carolina when asked if he planned to visit the Capitol either Monday or Tuesday to pay his respects to Lewis.

For those who don’t follow American politics, Lewis is a civil rights icon who emerged as a key figure of the civil rights movement, having survived a brutal beating by Alabama state troopers during the 1965 march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery that has become known as “Bloody Sunday.” He died at the age of 80 on July 17 after a months-long battle with cancer.

Reading this story about Trump’s decision not to honor John Lewis by visiting the body as it lays in state at the Capitol, my fingers just started typing the following:

Why Mr. President? “Well, I am doing these amazing things to my white people I don’t wish to offend them by appearing to honor a civil rights icon like John was. I mean, he was the best civil rights champion this country ever had.”

“I can’t attend his viewing to honor him. They love me. I said to myself, why go honor John when I can stay away and have all these adoration from my admirers who love that. They were going to come to the convention in their millions but the China virus has stopped us but we can have millions in attendance.”

But, Sir, the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena can only hold a capacity of 15,000 people? Where will the millions be, especially now that you have been forced to cancel the event?

“I didn’t say millions; I said thousands…[inauble] that’s you fake media saying that. I didn’t say it.” [Several reporters audibly sigh in disbelief]

“I am loved by everyone but you’re not going to report that because you hate me” the president goes on, adding, “I have 96% percent approval among Republicans.”

Sir, you’re citing a poll from months ago and one taken before it became obvious you’re incapable of leading in combating the pandemic…

“No I am the pandemic president; I mean I am fighting this pandemic better than George Washington ever did and better than all generals have in the whole world.”

[Room of press empties out but the president continues on rambling, talking directly to the only one camera remaining–One TV, even Fox News clears out as they can’t take the lies anymore]

Oh, and this was about the legendary John Lewis, even though you can’t tell from the rumbling of the master of dissonance. May the great John Lewis rest in peace.

P.S. The foregoing is a parody, for those who didn’t figure it out.

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2020 in Politics, Uncategorized

 

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Trump’s Days In Office Are Numbered

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I have beautiful places and wildlife screen savers that refresh every day on my various devices. I love them all except once in a long while when I see one that’s neither nor as beautiful. In even more rare occasions, I see one that is awful that I don’t like at all.
 
I just saw one such but I quickly reminded myself it’s only there for today, tomorrow there will be a fresh one, which I’ll enjoy seeing as usual, even when not as beautiful or pleasing as some of the best I have seen.
 
Guess why the man his secretary of state never denied calling a moron came to mind as I thought about that?
 
You’re right!
 
He’s awful and sullying the presidency with selling beans from the Oval Office and all but, like this screensaver I don’t like, he’ll not be there tomorrow and a more pleasing successor will be come January.
 
I know there are those who would look at same screensaver I find unattractive and marvel at how beautiful it is, but most of them will have nothing else to compare it to, not the slew of the most amazing and beautiful ones before and to follow.
 
They are in the minority compared to those who know and would prefer the more beautiful screenshots and if given the opportunity, will advance past this not so attractive one and get to the next which is certain to be more beautiful.
 
We cannot advance November 3rd, but as sure as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west, that day will surely come soon and for those God has blessed to make it there, let’s cast our vote that day and even if it is the last thing we do in life, it will make a world of a difference for good or worse of this country; good if you vote for Biden, worse if you vote for the other alternative.
 
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Posted by on July 17, 2020 in Politics, Uncategorized

 

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Voter Suppression Work in Progress, COVID-19 Numbers Suppression Coming Soon

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In perilous times, facts, expertise, and truth are indispensable. President Trump’s flagrant disregard for the truth and his self-aggrandizing exaggerations, specious misstatements, and bald-faced lies have been rigorously documented and debunked since the first day of his presidency by The Washington Post’s Fact Checker staff.

Tomes will be written about the Trump and the disregard of truth by this man whose secretary of state never denied calling a moron. The Washington Post is doing its part tracking and exposing the untruths and lies in the book above and more to come as these are daily occurrences until this man is soon booted out of office.

Don’t get me wrong; the lies won’t stop even after the man whose Chief of Staff also called an idiot is booted out of office, but they won’t be as harmful as they are now.

I have captioned my blog as above because I see a correlation between what Republicans have always done when it comes to voting, namely, making sure blacks and other minorities who support Democrats do not have access to the ballot and the announcement the other day that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be bypassed henceforth in reporting from hospitals across the country on COVID-19 related data, including number of cases reported and deaths.

As for COVID-19, the data being published daily in the media,, including number of deaths from the virus daily is a reminder of how Trump has not only totally failed in providing any leadership to deal with the deadly virus, he is unbelievably actively undermining efforts by the government’s own scientists to combat the pandemic.

As a solution for the latter, namely, evidence of his failures represented by the numbers going the wrong direction for dealing with the pandemic, Trump has ordered that hospitals now send their data to Health and Human Services Department (HHS) under control of his appointee instead of CDC where such data has always been sent until now when Trump wants to hide it from the public if he could (but he can’t) so the next best thing is to make it difficult if not impossible to access it–and that’s what he is doing here.

Reason: so HHS can cook the numbers or at least make it difficult, if not impossible for media to readily and immediately access the data as it’s made available by the hospitals.

Unless this is stopped through court action, reporters will now have to work double or triple harder to access the data and when they do and accurately report, Trump will dismiss it as “fake news,” his moronic or cult-like followers will buy hook, line and sinker and he lives to tell another lie the next day.

That’s his MO.

Fortunately, more and more rational voters who bought this in 2016 have come to their senses and are saying enough of the nonsense as is reflected in current polling.

It’s not over until the proverbial fat lady sings so, keep alert, remain active, and get ready to vote in November to bring an end to this madness.

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2020 in Politics, Uncategorized

 

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A Speech Trump Could Have Given and Rode To Victory in November But He did Not So Hello Defeat

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During a national crisis, we look to our national leaders to provide direction in how to respond. If it is an international crisis such as this pandemic, we still look to our national leaders to provide direction and to also assure a nation all shall be well, despite the crisis

Good leaders do this as second nature; bad or incompetent leaders never do this at all, namely, never provide leadership on how to cope with the crisis, let alone assuring a nation all shall be well despite the crisis.

In the case of the United State, President Donald Trump has not only failed to provide leadership in combating the pandemic that is coronavirus, he has basically punted and instead opted to make things worse by undermining the government’s own experts and what they are saying needs to be done to curb spreading of the pandemic and ultimately make it manageable as any other common disease.

Ironically, providing leadership in combating this pandemic may just be as simple as giving an edifying and inspiring speech for people to (a) understand the seriousness and gravity of the situation and (b) know and understand what their responsibilities are in combating the pandemic.

Trump has failed on both counts.

He has not made it abundantly clear we’re dealing with a major health crisis the country and the world has not seen since the 1918 influenza pandemic caused by H1N1 virus.

Instead, Trump has done the opposite, variously dismissing the pandemic as somewhat of a nuisance wrecking havoc to “his” economy that will “soon” magically go away, even as the number of infections and deaths keep climbing, now more than 138,000 deaths in the US alone and counting.

Worse, when CDC offered specific guidelines to be followed before reopening the economy, Trump and his minions contradicted and undermined the agency in egging on Trump’s cult-like supporters to demand that states reopen “NOW” and not in accordance with CDC’s rational guidelines.

As part of this obviously counter-intuitive and moronic demands, Trump is fully engaged in doublespeak by on the one hand saying he and the country’s renowned expert and head of infectious diseases Dr. Fauci “get along very well,” his minions obviously taking cue from his criticism of the good doctor have gone further in trashing the doctor just because he is telling the truth about what the situation is and what needs to be done.

As I tweeted earlier, coronavirus is Trump’s Iran hostage crisis for Jimmy Carter only he Trump has done nothing about it other than making the pandemic worse in its devastation and deaths for which he shall pay at the polls in November ten times as bad as Carter did.

As evidence of how horribly Trump has mangled and failed to provide leadership in combating COVID-19, the following is a speech not by a fellow G-7 world leader–all of whom have given their own stellar speeches and rallied to effectively combat the deadly virus; no, this is a speech by one of the presidents from the “shithole” countries, namely, Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda:

Ugandan President’s address to his nation.

Uganda President KAGUTA MUSEVENI warns against people misbehaving during this COVID-19 period, “God has a lot of work, He has the whole world to look after. He cannot just be here in Uganda looking after idiots…”.

Below is his reported statement.

“In a war situation, nobody asks anyone to stay indoors. You stay indoors by choice. In fact, if you have a basement, you hide there for as long as hostilities persist.

During a war, you don’t insist on your freedom. You willingly give it up in exchange for survival.

During a war, you don’t complain of hunger. You bear hunger and pray that you live to eat again

During a war, you don’t argue about opening your business. You close your shop (if you have the time), and run for your life. You pray to outlive the war so that you can return to your business (that’s if it has not been looted or destroyed by mortar fire).

During a war, you are thankful to God for seeing another day in the land of the living.

During a war, you don’t worry about your children not going to school. You pray that the government does not forcefully enlist them as soldiers to be trained in the school premises now turned military depot.

The world is currently in a state of war. A war without guns and bullets. A war without human soldiers. A war without borders. A war without cease-fire agreements. A war without a war room. A war without sacred zones.

The army in this war is without mercy. It is without any milk of human kindness. It is indiscriminate – it has no respect for children, women, or places of worship. This army is not interested in spoils of war. It has no intention of regime change. It is not concerned about the rich mineral resources underneath the earth. It is not even interested in religious, ethnic or ideological hegemony. Its ambition has nothing to do with racial superiority. It is an invisible, fleetfooted, and ruthlessly effective army.

Its only agenda is a harvest of death. It is only satiated after turning the world into one big death field. Its capacity to achieve its aim is not in doubt. Without ground, amphibious and aeriel machines, it has bases in almost every country of the world. Its movement is not governed by any war convention or protocol. In short, it is a law unto itself. It is Coronavirus. Also known as COVID-19 (because it announced its destructive presence and intention in the year of our Lord 2019)

Thankfully, this army has a weakness and it can be defeated. It only requires our collective action, discipline and forbearance. COVID-19 cannot survive social and physical distancing. It only thrives when you confront it. It loves to be confronted. It capitulates in the face of collective social and physical distancing. It bows before good personal hygiene. It is helpless when you take your destiny in your own hands by keeping them sanitized as often as possible.

This is not a time to cry about bread and butter like spoilt children. After all, the Holy book tells us that man shall not live by bread alone. Let’s obey and follow the instructions of the authorities. Let’s flatten the COVID-19 curve. Let’s exercise patience. Let’s be our brothers’ keeper. In no time, we shall regain our freedom, enterprise and socializing.”

In the midst of EMERGENCY, we practice urgency of service and the urgency of love for others✨
God bless us all

👏👏👏, the best and most intelligent public speech ever made during Covid-19. 🎩 off to him. SALUTE a great leader.

Now, had Trump given a speech even remotely close to this one by Museveni and coupled that with providing support to states to combat the pandemic, the curve would have likely flattened a long time ago, the number of deaths significantly avoided and Trump would be cruising to victory come November.

He did not and he cannot as it’s too late now so it’s off to defeat he goes!

That, however, requires you to do two things: (1) register to vote, if you haven’t (2) vote in November for the only person who can right this ship and that is Joe Biden.

Of course, you’ll need to be alive then so, do the least and that is to keep safe and do as the experts say we do: wear a mask and exercise social distancing.

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2020 in Politics, Uncategorized

 

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