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LAST WORD: Why I love Donald Trump

THE LAST WORD: By Andrew M. Mwenda

The new U.S president is a breath of fresh air into a political atmosphere polluted by liberal lies and hypocrisy

Over the last two weeks, the mass media in America and the Western world has been pounding President Donald Trump for imposing a travel ban on people traveling from seven Muslim majority countries. They project Trump as a racist violating “Western values.” Yet Trump’s actions are the logical (and inevitable) culmination of a protracted campaign by Western opinion leaders (liberal and conservative) propagating a false and dangerous narrative that demonises Muslims and criminalises black and brown people.

Democracy assumes that ordinary citizens have power to hold their leaders accountable. However, for citizens to meaningfully perform this function they need to be well informed. Yet many public policy issues are too complex for ordinary minds to digest. John Keynes suggested that ordinary people handle complexity through narratives. A narrative is a complex issue that is made easily understood by ordinary minds. Narratives spread easily and quickly, thereby becoming public goods. But narratives can also stray a long way from the truths, thereby becoming dangerous.

To understand what I am saying, ask what is the biggest threat to the lives of US citizens. You are likely to imagine terrorism. Then imagine the profile of a terrorist. It is likely to be a Muslim male wearing a beard shouting Allahu Akbar! This is because Western media has consistently projected terrorists as Muslims. This media blitzkrieg has led most people to believe that the biggest security threat is terrorism and the perpetrators are Muslims.

This has justified America and her Western allies invading Afghanistan and Iraq, bombing Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Syria in an endless “war on terror”. It has justified the imposition of checks and searches on Muslims traveling to America and the West that make the searches of Hitler’s Gestapo look benign. It has also justified the imposition of security procedures in airports that border on the absurd and forced all governments in the world to follow them. They have arrogated themselves power to monitor all financial transactions not to mention mega data where they eavesdrop on all electronic conversations.

Yet the facts do not prove this narrative. For example, the average number of Americans who die of gun violence is 22,000 per year. Since 9/11, over 300,000 Americans have died in gun violence. How many American citizens have died in terrorism related acts on US soil over the same period? Only 93! Yet over the last 20 years, America has failed to pass even the most modest law on gun control. Why don’t the American media and political elites treat gun violence as a bigger danger? Because the perpetrator has an identity: he is largely an American citizen. He also has a colour, often white.

All societies create narratives on what they think is important and, therefore, see what they want to see. They focus state and public attention on what they have defined as important. But the fact that you do not look at something does not mean it does not exist. And this is where narratives become dangerous. Out of the 27 terrorist attacks (categorised so by the FBI) on US soil since 9/11, only nine have been orchestrated by Jihadist while 18 such attacks have been orchestrated by right wing terrorist groups. The Jihadist attacks have killed 45 people, while right wing terrorist groups have killed 48.

9 comments

  1. The West survives on hypocrisy, serving its ideology of domination. Trump curves the niche of exceptionable honesty and predictability as a political actor. Because his hell-bent desire and commitment ‘to make America great again’ feeds into the ideology of domination, his reign on top will continue to attract as admiration of conservatives as the ridicule of the hypocrite democrats. The political experimentation, depending on the critical balance of the opposing forces, may significantly affect America’s geo-political positioning as the global policeman. While in the end America may attract more enemies than friends, and emerge weaker than stronger, the resultant global restructuring will most likely leave the world better. Trump therefore offers an alternative political experimentation whose positive outcomes are poised to outweigh the negatives. A blessing in disguise of sorts.

  2. Mwenda so are you the hypocrite. It is not that you like Trump; it is that you hate Obama’s guts. Most of what many suggested earlier on would mark Trump’s presidency, namely chaos, ineptness and disarray, is panning out, so quickly. The Muslim ban was unlawful (unconstitutional), rushed and incompetently rolled out. Even some of his supporters are beginning to have second thoughts and experience buyers remorse, and yet it has only been three weeks since he was inaugurated. They’re incensed by his penchant for petty un-presidential tweeter feuds. Things may soon spin out of control.

  3. 1. Trump has just spent less than a month in White House and is about to complete his Manifesto this is the way to go.

    2.USA this time should stand rebuked.The world was so surprised with the loop holes in the Immigration system imagine despite the stringent measures they had in place for USA Visa application there are millions of illegal migrants in USA is there fraud in this department?yes of course.

    3. Drugs enter USA thru Mexico surely aren’t these drugs responsible for the high college dropout of most blacks and misuse of guns?doesn’t govt have the responsibility of being security conscious by restricting entry to USA?It appears there is some benefits those opposing Muslims entry in USA r missing.

    4.Trump is a good man.one of signs of a good person/husband is ;One who keeps a bible in his bedside locker(That kills us ladies)Why do you think he rest his hand on 2 bibles one of Lincoln and the one given to him by his mother during the swearing in?
    5.All Trump is asking of the world is ,1st develop your nations then come to USA for Vacation.2ndly who does not know that all terrorist are from the Arab world ?

    6.Why are the democrats so much on tension with the Trump regime?its coz there is alot of dirt in the US system Trump is a wise man he has surrounded himself with close business associates and Family to avoid being poisoned or assassinated.

    7.USA has both worlds i.e good showbiz ,Finance,IT & a great health system(The Health facilities are really good( I once went for a dental checkup in the one of the best dental facilities in Ug during the check up the dentist has hitting my tooth with his tools i asked him whether thats they way they check their patients he told yes i told him to stop the check up immediately. In USA the dentist simply scanned my teeth and said they were ok what does this mean that we just need modern equipment to improve our health facilities.
    8.Back dating of ones’s birth date is in UPC .When the Union jack was lowered in 1962 Cecila Ogwal was 30 years of age recently she claimed she was just sweet 70 (I know even Adhola her great friend was shocked)

    • You wrote: “When the Union jack was lowered in 1962 Cecila Ogwal was 30 years of age recently she claimed she was just sweet 70 (I know even Adhola her great friend was shocked)” I really can’t call Cecilia Ogwal my friend; however, there is no way Cecilia Ogwal could have been 30 in 1962. Cecilia Ogwal was a year ahead of me at the University of Nairobi. Let us do a little arithmetic here. If she was 30 in 1962, and it is 55 years since 1962, that means she would be 85 today. Does Cecilia Ogwal really look 85?

      • @Adhola there is nothing wrong with Cecilia being your friend back then friends just held hands without kissing.What is your intention of saying she did not look a mature entrant at the University?The fact is she can’t be 70 even if she completed University at 19 which was impossible then.

        You may be living in USA but me who lives in Africa may have visited a better dental facility.

        How come you have never commented on Archbishop Luwum’s death? How could he have died in an accident on a road which is not a highway.

        • (1)You wrote: “@Adhola there is nothing wrong with Cecilia being your friend back then friends just held hands without kissing.” Cecilia Ogwal is just not my friend. Why do you insist on her being my friend? Why do you want to chose for me friends?

          (2) You also wrote: “What is your intention of saying she did not look a mature entrant at the University?” Mature entrants are those who come to university after they have been out of school for sometime. Their entry is not normal through possession of school certificates; but through a combination of credentials. They tend to be rather older than those who come direct from school.

          (3)You also wrote: “The fact is she can’t be 70 even if she completed University at 19 which was impossible then.” I never said Cecilia Ogwal completed university at 19. Read my comment again.

  4. i think using drones to bomb rather than sacrificing human lives is not being a coward its smart. why would you put your troops in harms way when technology can help avert that. no president is going to the frontline and pull triggers he send troops, why would you call him a coward? that is just below the belt and smells of bias rather than balanced views. why would anyone want to send humans to their deaths and remain in the comfort of their offices and say by sending humans to die i therfore i am brave!!! and you neglect the fact that obama stuck to his promise of turning the control of these countries back to their citizens. he increased funding of the country’s forces and trainings of the security forces. which is what he promised. he just did not yell it, which is what i am starting to believe is what people believe as action. “i am done” is just the same as “I AM DONE”

  5. ..at last I have somebody who thinks differently from the crowd..

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