Dysfunction in Washington – An Apprentice in the White House! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dysfunction in Washington – An Apprentice in the White House!

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

By Dr Dhanpaul Narine

You knock on his door…  And he kicks you from his Tower. You are not the right color.  But you don’t care. You cook, clean, scrub, babysit, Teach, and serve in uniforms.  You stand tall, dream big Break walls, and soar like an eagle. You too are America!

How about those other ‘S’ words?  We can start with savage, slavery and supremacists. Each word tells a story of inhumanity and the burden of nations trying to rid themselves of an embarrassing past.    

When the Europeans invaded the new lands the native Indians were treated as savages. After years of maltreatment and near decimation of the savage another form of subjugation took its place. This was slavery.

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  • Clyde Duncan  On 01/22/2018 at 7:40 am

    And Trump said: “… laziness is a trait of blacks …”

    Reminds me of the other guy who said:

    ‘It does not make economic sense to send shiploads of lazy people half-way around the world to the USA when there was work to be done.’

    On the Pacific west coast, some time ago, they wanted to cut down some trees to build a highway, which got a no-vote – they said ‘continue to use the ferries.’

    One black comedian said: ‘Using the boat to go to work? The last time they tried that – it wasn’t a good deal.’

    Very good commentary, Doc Narine.

  • N.I. Narine  On 01/22/2018 at 11:10 am

    How about less coverage of POTUS. One day of no coverage of the TRIPLE 6 will put a serious dent in the DON.
    His base does not care. He feeds off the MEDIA. Stop the coverage.
    Dr. Narine your other articles are well written.Good luck.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 01/22/2018 at 1:45 pm

    Your closing sentence was spot on, Dr. Narine.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 01/23/2018 at 12:43 am

    Trump in the World That He Insults

    The President is headed to Davos. How can someone so “America First” attend an event so globally minded?

    Amy Davidson Sorkin | The New Yorker

    The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, getting under way this week in the Alpine town of Davos, Switzerland, has long been known as much for its socializing and its parties as for its serious discussions of policy.

    But the organizers do their homework, and last Wednesday the W.E.F. released its Global Risks Report 2018, detailing how factors such as interstate conflicts, earthquakes, market bubbles, and a severe energy-price shock (“increase or decrease”) could affect the well-being of populations and businesses around the world.

    One recurring presence in the report, weaving through a crowd of potential panics and crises that, according to its assessment, he has made more probable, is a figure who is planning to elbow his way through the halls of Davos itself:

    President Donald Trump.

    The report notes that, in addition to such globally devastating acts as the decision to withdraw the United States of America from the Paris climate agreement, Trump has exemplified the rise of “charismatic strongman politics,” which has contributed to a “febrile” geopolitical environment.

    Among other things, the report says, this bending of policies to oversized personalities has increased the likelihood of a nuclear confrontation with North Korea.

    If you are in Davos to assess risk, in other words, just look for Trump. Attended by eight Cabinet members, he’ll be hard to miss.

    Trump will not be entirely out of place, though, in terms of his importance or his self-importance. This Davos meeting, the forty-eighth, will involve some three thousand participants, more than half of them from the private sector:

    “members” of the W.E.F., who pay dues and are drawn from the world’s thousand largest companies, in revenues, and “partners,” at various levels, who pay a bit more to take part. They, along with invitees from the public sector, N.G.O.s, and the arts, are meant to shape “global, regional, and industry agendas.” About eighty per cent of the invitees are men.

    The most recent U.S. President to have attended Davos was Bill Clinton, but so many heads of state and government show up that the W.E.F. had to perform triage in its guide to this year’s attendees, focussing on the G7 (six leaders will be present; Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, of Japan, won’t make it) and the G20 (Prime Minister Narendra Modi, of India, will deliver the opening speech; Trump will give the keynote address on the closing day).

    Although the guide mentions that several heads of African nations will be there, it does not name all the leaders who will have a chance to meet the man who called their countries “shitholes.”

    The leaders of various Muslim and Latin American nations, whom Trump has also belittled, will be present, too.

    Celebrities such as Elton John, Cate Blanchett, and Shah Rukh Khan, the Bollywood idol, will also be attending; it wouldn’t be Davos without them.

    Mapping every nation that Trump has insulted is an exhausting task. It’s easy to imagine this year’s meeting playing out as scenes from a very dark screwball comedy:

    Trump tries to shake a gaggle of allies whom he has called deadbeats, in order to persuade Erna Solberg, the Prime Minister of Norway, to send more white people to America.

    But on the way he sees the French President, Emmanuel Macron, whose capital he has declared ruined by immigrant terrorists, then bumps into Mexico’s finance secretary, with whom he gets into a fight about paying for the wall. For a respite, Trump scans the room for Vladimir Putin, but, alas, the Russian President hasn’t been seen at Davos since 2009.

    During the 2016 campaign, he boasted that he was “really rich” and a member of powerful circles that his voters could scarcely imagine, where only he would speak for them. But his populism was always putative.

    Though the social entrepreneurs and human-rights advocates in attendance might recoil from the idea, Davos in some ways really is Trump’s kind of place. Hobnobbing at an exclusive club in a resort town?

    After the Inauguration, the Trump Organization raised the initiation fee for Mar-a-Lago, the President’s Florida golf club, effectively marketing access to power. He may well think of Davos — where, for years, his former associate Anthony Scaramucci hosted wine tastings — as a Mar-a-Lago in the mountains.

    This is what might be called the Davos dilemma:

    Countries may scorn Donald Trump, but they are not quite ready to dismiss the President of the United States of America.

    Toward the end of the W.E.F.’s Risks Report, though, there is a section on responses to “stresses and shocks” which includes something called “transformative resilience” — meaning that it helps, in the wake of a crisis, to have a “capacity for change.”

    That sounds like good advice for Democrats, but it also might be a remonstrance about assuming that other countries don’t have options.

    Some Davos attendees might not wait for America to be the world’s leader again.

    As Trump expounds from the stage, they may find themselves thinking about how long they’ll need to keep listening. ♦

  • walter  On 01/23/2018 at 10:27 am

    People actually wanted the Clintons in the WH? Is everything they say about to come out about Obama going to be lies? There were two choices Clinton or PRESIDENT TRUMP TRUMP won. Lets wait and see… you have no cards, they have no cards, we have no cards, in the game.

  • Gigi  On 01/23/2018 at 6:43 pm

    Dr. Narine, that inscription on the Statue of Liberty is poetic sophistry. Never in the history of the US was it ever encouraging or welcoming to the tired, poor, wretched masses yearn to breathe free unless the masses could be exploited. Thus breathing free was never for them. America has a long and hostile anti-immigrant history. I think that the same applies for every country on this planet. Seriously, do you know of ANY country welcoming or inviting such a people? In all fairness, why must the US be an exception? Interestingly, this sonnet “The New Colossus” was written by Emma Lazarus, daughter of a Portuguese Jewish family who settled in NY and made their wealth in the sugar industry.

    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
    Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
    “Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
    With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

    You’re not reading the tea leaves accurately. It’s not what politicians say that one should pay attention to, but what they do. The shut down ended with democrats giving the republican govt EVERYTHING it wanted with just a hint of protest. DACA is no more. Both democrats and republicans wanted it gone. If the democrats were serious about doing something for these DACA immigrants, they would/could have pushed it through when Obama was elected in 2008 and they had CONTROL of congress (both house and sentate). Minority voters are not a force to be recon with, much as they are trumpeted out by the media. Their numbers simply are not relevant.

    The democrat party does not want to be a party of the poor man and illegal immigrants. They cost them money instead of bringing them money. Remember it was Chuck Schumer who said that ‘losing a blue-collar Democrat voter will gain two moderate Republicans voters in the suburbs.’ This is the direction the democrat party has taken. And remember that it is not only those “moderate republican voters in the suburbs” that are anti-immigrant based on dwindling taxpayer dollars being diverted to support them, but “blue-collar democrat voters” as well have more reason to be anti-immigrant because for them it’s about job security. Job security is also an issue for suburban voters. For them it’s people like us – you, me, my brother, my sister, Vishnu Bishram, Rosalie Bacchus and many others who they have to compete with for middle-class jobs.

    Teachers are also are anti-immigrant. I was in a recent conversation with one who teaches in a predominantly Hispanic school. I said well, when the kids are sent back you might be out of a job. Her reply was that Whites will move back into the neighborhood and things will return to normal – as in adequate funding, smaller class size, test scores and Whiteness. Interesting, even though they see Asian students as threats based on their academic performance ( this was mentioned), they do like them because they are the model students.

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