Re-grate America, Again!

Everyone has turned their eyes to the upcoming USA presidential election. The interest far surpasses normal political curiosity especially internationally. What’s really going on is a lip-biting and knowing look and the possible descent of the modern day Roman Empire. The American dream is by popular admission suffering the foreseeable display of imaginary design, economic disruption, intolerance and inequality. It is sadly useless to lay the entire blame for the current state of American affairs at the doorstep of the entertainment artist and current president Donald J Trump. Trump is just a sequel to emerging events, the second act of a once comic demonstration.  Trump is clearly out of his depth and America is paying the price. The American “deplorables“ have unwittingly backed themselves into a corner from which they are for almost every strategic or political reason unwilling to resile although in my opinion their unprecedented defeat is imminent on November 3 next.

The most telling feature of recent circumstances is the picture  of Trump somehow proclaiming that social unrest is the predictable eventuality of American society under a Joe Biden presidency. This is nothing short of side-splitting in view of the fact that the insurgency has arisen during Trump’s administration – a hazard which Trump himself has repeatedly projected as impossible and it certainly is not in line with his so-called law and order theme. Aside from the contamination of his own candidacy and administration Trump’s characterization of America as a hotbed of revolt positively fails to address the racial injustice at the root of the problem.  Nor by the way is there much convincing dialogue by Trump or his cronies about universal humanitarian preoccupations like the environment, health, education and infrastructure. Within these broader confines is the ever-present and out-dated Republican nonsense about constitutional entitlement to bear arms! Roy Rogers and Buffalo Bill are still alive and well in America!

Roy Rogers (born Leonard Franklin Slye, November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998) was an American singer, actor, and television host. He was one of the most popular Western stars of his era. Known as the “King of the Cowboys”, he appeared in over 100 films and numerous radio and television episodes of The Roy Rogers Show. In many of his films and television episodes, he appeared with his wife, Dale Evans, his Golden Palomino Trigger; and his German Shepherd, Bullet. His show was broadcast on radio for nine years and then on television from 1951 through 1957. His early roles were uncredited parts in films by fellow cowboy singing star Gene Autry and his productions usually featured a sidekick, often Pat Brady, Andy Devine, George “Gabby” Hayes, or Smiley Burnette. In his later years, he lent his name to the franchise chain of Roy Rogers Restaurants.

The greedy deceit and selfish deception on behalf of Trump and his obsequious Republican supporters will not only ensure their collective demise but also the purification of the Grand Old Party.  Trump has become – or more exactly Trump has overtaken – the Grand Old Party and replaced it with afternoon-quality television entertainment.

The world we are living in is driven by the belief in success, in growth, in money. This thinking was leading us into the ecological crisis — and social injustice — we are living in.

Make America Great Again!

Trump’s MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! sign used during his 2016 presidential campaign before Trump selected Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate.

A button from Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign

Make America Great Again” (frequently abbreviated as MAGA) is a campaign slogan used in American politics that was popularized by Donald Trump in his 2016 presidential campaign. Ronald Reagan used the similar slogan “Let’s make America great again” in his successful 1980 presidential campaign.

Bill Clinton also used the phrase in speeches during his successful 1992 presidential campaign and again in a radio commercial aired for his wife Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential primary campaign. Democratic pollster Douglas Schoen has called Trump’s use of the phrase as “probably the most resonant campaign slogan in recent history “, citing large majorities of Americans who believed the country was in decline.The slogan has become a pop culture phenomenon, seeing widespread use and spawning numerous variants in the arts, entertainment, and politics, and used both by those who support and oppose the presidency of Donald Trump.

In the Trump era, a Voice of America journalist showed it is a loaded phrase, because it “doesn’t just appeal to people who hear it as racist coded language, but also those who have felt a loss of status as other groups have become more empowered.” However, others have denied this, claiming that the slogan refers to “making America an economic powerhouse, a military powerhouse, pride in being an American.