Who is Misleading Who? The Case of the Grand Renaissance Dam | ZeHesha

Who is Misleading Who? The Case of the Grand Renaissance Dam

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By G/Kirstos Abbay
September 21st 2020.

The case of Abbay (Blue Nile) River is indicating the sign of aggression against sovereign right and an intrusion in The Ethiopian Internal affairs. No one in this world who thinks is just, cannot ignore this contemporary issue that is deliberately brewing in the Sub Saharan Africa. Ethiopia has been tolerating if not millions thousands of provocations by Hallucinated Egypt’s Government for hundreds of years. The idea of constructing a dam on the Abbay River was conceived about five hundred years ago by a few Ethiopian Emperors in ancient times. The construction has been postponed up to now due to several factors. One of these was the negotiation made between the governments’ of Egypt and Ethiopia. This includes The Kingdom of Egypt annual payment of 500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Maria Theresa (silver Coin) for Ethiopia as a compensation for soil erosion.

This agreement had been practiced for many years until the European Colonisers massively invaded the African Continent. It is clear that which European country colonized Egypt, and that country has no good reputation in global politics, rather it is mostly known as anti-peace time bomb plotter, and cancer in the making of the modern world. Ethiopians knew how far Egypt had been exercising such trend to control the development of Ethiopia.

Ismail Pasha

There were several attempts, from direct military invasion through the port of Massawa (Eritrea) in the north, and through Somalia in the East. In 1874-1876 Ottoman Khedive Ismail Pasha of Egypt had employed about fifty American military officers, and Swiss General known as Munzinger to control Ethiopia. Both attempts had failed due to the bravery act of the Ethiopian patriots.

­­­­That was not the end; Egypt’s Government have been supporting different rebel groups from 1974 up to now, including Ziad Barre of Somalia, Jabeha and Shabia of Eritrean secessionists, TPLF (Tigray Peoples Liberation Front), OLF (Oromo Liberation Front) and WSLF (Western Somalia Liberation Front) and many others. Not only these but also, Egypt has been practicing different types of biological warfare against Ethiopia. These also include crop fungus and weeds, and also human and animal infectious viruses for many years to demoralize the people and to drag the nation’s development.

The most surprising thing is whenever the Ethiopian Government plans huge projects Egypt has been actively lobbying with the expected financial donors not to finance any Ethiopian project. They have been running fast to closing the doors of every possible avenue. There is no wander that Egypt’s government is hypnotised by its colonial masters. It has been cloned to act doing evil things against the Ethiopian Nation. The only reason for this is the Abby (Blue Nile) River.

The Abbay Renaissance Dam has been planned to be constructed Ninety Two years ago by The US Government Aid. American Engineers came to Ethiopia in 1932 and surveyed the site up to 1934. The construction of the dam was to be started the following year in 1935. This huge project brought a very big concern to the European Colonisers that was controlling Egypt. They thought it will affect their cotton farms that supplies raw materials for their textile factories, and sesame farms that produces edible oil for their people. Then the cunning coloniser designed a double edge sword diplomatic strategy.

The first was to instigate the Italian Government to invade Ethiopia, assuring they will give any technical and diplomatic support, ignoring the charter of the League of Nations (a member country invading another member country). The second was advising The US Government to withdraw the engineers from Ethiopia, stating the region is going to be a battle ground and it will not be safe for their subjects to stay there. In those days, USA was not a member of the League of Nations.

Then, USA Government accepted the advice and took out the engineers from Ethiopia. That was a very big betrayal committed by The US Government against Ethiopia. If The USA Government said “We have started a project and we will never go out of Ethiopia before we complete our project!” then, Mussolini led Italy will never dare to invade Ethiopia, because it will be against the interest of The American Government.

This evil strategy made a fertile ground for Mussolini to invade Ethiopia with mechanized artilleries including bomber plains, and used globally denounced mustard gas. This brutal act have killed not only innocent Ethiopians but also, damaged the heavily rich flora and fauna of the countries heritage.

In 1973 Emperor Haile Selassie went to The USA seeking military aid, for Somalia’s President Ziad Barre was preparing to invade Ethiopia. The King was certain to get the expected military aid from the USA government, because Ziad Barre was supported by Soviet Union, and Ethiopia went war to South Korea and The Congo supporting USA. The then President of USA was Richard Nixon and he was not enthusiastic to give military aid, instead he was willing to allow purchase for cash money.

The king was not pleased with such type of negligence, and disgraceful treatment. Anyhow, the Emperor paid the money and came back home. When President Nixon was impeached due to Watergate Scandal, and was succeeded by Gerald Ford on the 8th August 1974, and 20th January 1977 President Jimmy Carter took office.

It was unfortunate for the Emperor, as soon as he arrived in Ethiopia there has been civil unrest brewing and people’s reaction against his kingdom. University students were the promoters for the change of his government. There were many slogans drafted like ‘Land for Farmers’, gradually the national army joined the revolt.

All of a sudden, the army used their military communication devices and formed a committee later known as the ‘Derg’ (a military Junta) and took the charge. This volatile condition gave courage to the aggressor and Somali troops invaded the country in 1977 before the purchased weapon reached Ethiopia. Ethiopians who lived in the frontier were severely affected, many people were killed, and huge number of camels, and cattle were robbed. Totally it was a very tragic experience for Ethiopians after the Italian aggression in 1935.

The Derg (Military Junta) cabled President Jimmy Carter to expedite the weapon explaining the real situation. The new President neither had enough knowledge of the region nor about the close friendship of Ethiopia and America. His response was negative, but he didn’t repent his remorse until now if he was biased by an outsider. We believe it was a hypocrite act.

Due to this fact, Ethiopia had to seek for another alternative to defend its sovereign territory. The only option they found was to go to Moscow seeking immediate military aid from The USSR Government. Though there was ideological deference, God fearing Christian country Ethiopia, submitted to the denounced Atheist Communism for the sake of its sovereign right. Following this accord with the USSR Government, 20 years of ideological and military aid agreement was signed

President Jimmy Carter

This was the real fact that Ethiopia was forced to take a bitter decision because of the betrayal of President Jimmy Carter led American Government. If this was the end it was good, but also the weapon that was cash purchased by Emperor Haile Selassie 1st was given to the enemy Ziad Barre Troops by this immoral president of The USA.

President Jimmy Carter made these grave mistakes and lost strategic Ethiopia in the Horn of Africa. It is clear that the President had no idea about the Arab Israeli war in the 1960’s. If he had even a clue about it he wouldn’t commit such stupid mistakes. After this, Ethiopia became out of reach for The USA Government.

It was a very big loss for USA, but the next leader President Ronald Regan took the case seriously and started to devise a new strategy to regain the lost Ethiopia. His vice president George Bush Senior went to The Sudan Khartoum, and talked to TPLF rebel leaders and vowed to give any assistance to overthrow the Communist Derg regime. The rebels received hundreds of Mercedes Heavy trucks, modern military communication devices, medicines, packed food rations, as well as cash money.

Besides, there was extensive media coverage given, praising these rebels and demonising Colonel Mengistu’ Derg Regime. There were several attempts done to change the government of Ethiopia, especially the loser Ex-President Jimmy Carter have devised many ways to disintegrate the army Generals and to make a coup d’état. He flew several times to Nairobi, Kenya and he was not honoured to get entry visa to Ethiopia.

President George Bush Senior

In 1991 America had the opportunity to interfere into the Ethiopian Affairs officially. It was represented by the African Desk Director Mr Herman Cohen, who pretended to be impartial to negotiate the rebel groups with the Ethiopian Derg Government representatives in London, in May 1991, but at the end, he again committed a grand betrayal upon the Ethiopians historic heritage and natural sea access of the Port of Assab. Not only this, but also, approved Eritrea’s separation from Ethiopia without the consent of the Ethiopians.

The conspiracy continued and another important agenda that was perceived by Ethiopian enemies for over a century

was achieved. The year 1991 didn’t favour Ethiopia like that of 1974; it will be remembered as the darkest year in Ethiopian history.

Mr. Herman Cohen

That time, Secretary of the United Nations was Mr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali who is originally Egyptian, approved the separation of Eritrea without proper proceedings. The well known power maniac the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi betrayed the people of Ethiopia to secure his top position by distancing away the leader of Shabia, President Isayas Afeworki. If he was genuine enough he could take some time to discuss about the interest of both nations Eritrea and Ethiopia, based on international conventions. Even the two leaders might have discussed thoroughly the impacts of separation and most probably they might have agreed to administer together without dividing the interwoven peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia. Power maniac Meles Zenawi was not confident to become the top man if Isayas agrees to give up cessation. Instead Meles in a hurry wrote supporting letters to African Union and The United Nations, that Eritrea should be recognized as an independent nation afterwards. The African Union was reluctant to accept the claim quickly because they knew that the two nations cannot be separated easily, which have thousands years mutual history. The Egypt born, Boutros Boutros-Ghali led United Nations,   accepted the request without hesitation or taking any considerable cooling period.

Mr. Boutros Boutro-Ghali

In this regard Ethiopia is always deliberately and systematically victimised by Egypt. We need the global community to understand the real fact before judging the position of Ethiopia. In spite of all these chains of sufferings Ethiopia has no interest to take any reprisal.

 

President John F. Kennedy

Even though there is one fact that cannot be denied. Though there are unlawful decisions made by American Diplomats against their country, Ethiopians have special love and respect to The USA. There were mutual interests in the past between the two countries, especially in dissolving the League of Nations and forming The United Nations.

Besides, the emergence of the great leader President John F Kennedy, who was a far sighted person in the contemporary world. He established the Peace Corps group and many young Americans travelled all over the developing countries around the world, and many of them were teaching in Secondary Schools in every region across Ethiopia. It is believed that this type of attachment enhanced the relation to develop further. Not only this but also, many Ethiopian scholars have studied their advanced degrees in The USA.

President Donald Trump

Currently, there are millions of Ethiopian origins who made their home in America. Their contribution to The USA Socio-political Economy is beyond comprehension.

Bearing this in mind, The USA Trump Government should act as a neutral and genuine mediator between Egypt and Ethiopia on the case of The Grand Renaissance Abbay (Blue Nile) River Dam. As indicated above the governments of Egypt have never been being passive in the Ethiopian affairs, instead they were actively working day and night either to destroy or to close doors of any opportunity Ethiopia is planning. We all know the brutal bloody hands of IMF and World Bank. If they are not willing to support Ethiopian Projects, they can keep their money but they shouldn’t take side to help one country and to harm the other.

There is no doubt about the position of President Trump, it is clear that he is a straight forward person. It is also believed that there are hired lobbyists who are trying to mislead him. Currently, only 43% of Ethiopians have electric access, the rest 57% are still suffering in darkness, while Egyptian electricity coverage is 100%.

Furthermore, Ethiopia needs to use its own water wisely to generate power and to run light industries. It would be disgraceful to hold the expected money that Ethiopia should get from World Bank. History will record this type of corrupt and infidel verdict.

If Egypt was really concerned about the volume of the Abby River water to flow abundantly, she must raise funds to support the forestation program that Ethiopia is doing to maintain the environment. Centuries have passed when countries harming one another, but this is the 21st century that global community should stand together to combat common enemy infectious diseases. It is not recommended to act solely; instead all countries should help one another. Ethiopians have no interest in taking revenge of what was being done by the Egyptian governments so far.

The only win-win resolution would be supporting one another instead of spending millions of dollars to disrupt other countries developments. Hallucination is a sign of mental disorder, and the incumbent Egyptian government should try to treat itself to get out of colonial hypnotism. It would be wiser to use the funds to other societal needs rather than spending on devilish plots and defamation propaganda.

I believe that President Trump’s Government will review the case of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam which is being constructed on the Abbay (Blue Nile) River. So, they will give the right recommendation to World Bank, to release the money without any precondition. In this regard President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of Egypt should also support the outcome. Ethiopia has never been an enemy to Egypt and will never be in the future. This is the truth and peace is much better than dispute.

If you have views about this article send it to gkabbay@gmail.com. People have the right to know the truth.

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54 Comments

  1. Fact check: Donald Trump is የመጨረሻ ቀዳዳ ውሸታም። So it’s dubious and utterly ridiculous a claim to say that he is “straight forward person.” Donald Trump has made many false or misleading statements, including thousands during his presidency. Commentators and fact-checkers have described this as “unprecedented” in American politics, and the consistency of these falsehoods has become a distinctive part of both his business and political identity.[9] Trump is known to have made controversial statements and subsequently denied having done so, and by June 2019, many news organizations had started describing some of his falsehoods as lies. The Washington Post said his frequent repetition of false claims amounts to a campaign based on disinformation. According to writer and journalist Nancy LeTourneau, the debasing of veracity is a tactic.[14] Within the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency, The Washington Post began a Fact Checker column that tallied untrue or misleading statements, with the database reaching 20,000 on July 9, 2020.

  2. G/Kirstos Abbay (Fake name A.K.A TDAL) ,

    Trump is not into Ethiopia. He doesn’t care about Ethiopia. Give it up man. Times have changed.

  3. Another long and boring article by the usual guy using another fake name.

    ‘A cat may go to a monastery, but she still remains a cat.”

  4. Mintesinot,

    ድሀ ሲቀማጠል ከወገቡ ቅምጥል።

    ዛሬ ደግሞ ክርስቶስ (Kirstos) ሆነህ ብቅ አልክ?

    ወይ Mintesinot. ውነትም Mintesinot.

  5. The truth behind Trump’s need to lie

    Abraham Lincoln once said, “No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.” To be a good liar you have to keep track of all the lies you’ve told, and to whom, in order to keep the truth hidden. But Honest Abe never knew President Trump, or perhaps anybody like him.

    Donald Trump is a successful liar because he refuses to remember. Not only that: He refuses to anticipate that he will remember the current moment in the future. If you live mainly in the current moment, then the future consequences of your lies will not matter to you. And if you have lived your entire life this way, and to great acclaim and success, why would you ever want to change?

    The president was recently annoyed when Dr. Anthony Fauci stole the spotlight by throwing out the first pitch for Major League Baseball’s opening game. In response, he falsely claimed that the Yankees invited him to throw out the first pitch for Aug. 15. His assertion was roundly refuted a short time later. The incident recalls Trump’s false boast that the crowd attending his 2017 inaugural address was the largest in history. Objective photographic evidence decisively refuted that claim.

    And yet Trump never pulls back on blatantly false statements — lies that are so obvious that they often defy the laws of physics, chemistry and common sense. Defying biology, even in the face of soaring coronavirus cases and mounting deaths, Trump recently claimed that the virus at some point is “going to sort of just disappear.” Of the economic crisis that has thrown tens of millions of Americans out of work, he said in March, “This is just a temporary moment of time.”

    The key to Donald Trump’s psychology is that he moves through life as what I call “the episodic man.” For Trump, each day is indeed “a temporary moment of time.” Psychological research shows that nearly all adults develop stories in their minds about their own lives. These stories — what psychologists call “narrative identities” — reconstruct the past and imagine the future to give people a sense that lives have meaning and coherence over time. As you make daily decisions, you implicitly remember how you have come to be who you are, and you anticipate where your life may be going. You live within narrative time.

  6. Abebe,

    In other words, Trump has amnesia or is willfully ignorant. In either case he is unfit to continue as President. Therefore that’s why he will be ousted in November. Cant wait to get rid of this moron. So sick of him..

  7. The good news about America is that we always makes a correction. As we stand today there is a 75% chance Trump will be defeated in November and will take the Senate down with him, which means the Republicans will be in exile from power for at least a decade or more: One term for Joe Biden and two terms for Kamala Harris. One more month and our national nightmare will be over. America will be back on November 3rd! Vote!

  8. Well written article and very worthy of being a lively conversational piece. The writer should be encouraged to keep writing because he shows to be having knowledge of his trade very well. But I highly suggest to him that he should avoid calling the old country a nation of Christianity only because it is not just that. There close to 30% of the population who profess the religion of Islam have paid sacrifice just as much as their dear Christian countrymen/women. When so many citizens paid the ultimate sacrifice with their Allah created lives to save the country from a bully foreign power on that fateful day at Adwa Muslims were there who stood at the gates of hell with their Christian compatriots. They had lost thousands of their friends and loved ones on that battlefield. So I highly suggest to this prolific patriot writer to reset the way he sees the old country. My preference is not to name the old country as this or that religion country. To be truthful and accurate, the old country is not a nation of Muslims and Christians only. There are others who profess their own home grown creed. It can be called a country of THE two major religions but not only. Other than that I like the article a lot.

  9. G/Kirstos Abbay???? sorry but it’s obvious this is another of A.M’s cut and paste scholarship under the regular disguise, except no self quotes this time but the style is blindingly the same and as always zero substance. If was to grade as a turn paper would give it F-

  10. This a half baked piece of garage. It’s not well written at all unless of course you’re uneducated idiot who falls for a fake name propagandists who has nothing better to do in his retirement except to scribble total shit like this to amuse himself. It needs a lot of fact checking and grammatical editing. For good writers this first draft and not final version. Thank you.

  11. Ittu Aba Farda,

    Please let the readers comment on your article. Thank you.

    ድሪቶ ከነቅማሉ መጥፎ ሰው ከነእመሉ ወዲያ በሉ

  12. Trying to stop the construction of the dam is like telling a home owner that he can not do any remodeling inside his house. Yes the home owner has the legal obligation to dispose any hazardous material safely so not to endanger his family and his neighbors/environment. It is also like foreclosing a home on an owner who have paid the mortgage in full or on the one who never fell behind on the payment. The old country wants to do the much needed remodeling inside its house and it has all Allah bestowed rights to do just that without causing any harm to itself and its neighbors. Do you hear that, you orphans abandoned both by Obama and your other former stepfather? Comprende? Capeesh? Hello!!! Is somebody upstairs? Hello! Hello! Hello!,, I gave up!!!!

  13. I would like to interject something that has nothing to do with the material in this article but I believe it also pressing.

    The COVID-19 pandemic that was showing some signs of leveling off and even slowing down, it is now rearing its head in upward direction here in the USA. Today the new positive cases have registered more than 51,000. Daily deaths are going up too. This is just a few days before the beginning of the fall season. Every quoted expert does not have good news for us about the specter during the season. The only way we can protect ourselves and save our, loved ones and friends’ lives is by following the simple protocol laid out by the experts. Please minimize or avoid, if possible, trips to crowded places, wear your face masks when and if venturing into such gathering places, observe proper social distancing and wash your hands frequently. DO NOT COUNT on the readiness/availability of any effective/safe vaccine anytime soon. You may just forget about any drug that will cure the malady. SARS was here in 2002 and almost 20 years later there is no drug found to be effective to treat patients. Thank Almighty that one just disappeared. So far, that is. But COVID-19 by all its indications seems to be having fits and wants to stay. Dear countrymen/women!!! Do Not Let Your Guard Down!!! May The Almighty Our Creator Watch Over You and Protect You!!! Stay safe!!!!

  14. Intentionally ignoring the major political interests’ players and making Egypt and the US escape goats and to some extent mentioning UK might be admirable but a futile attempt to address Ethiopia’s problem.

  15. Mintesinot,

    Father, once more you sound like በሀምሌ የኮበለለ ሎሌ። የሰካራም ግጥም ሁልጊዜ ቅዳ ቅዳ ሲባል ሰምተ ታውቃለህ? We know this is your idea of fun and games, but ድንቁርና ከልብህ መካከል ተራራ ያህል እንደሚባለው you may also be learning impaired. Please go easy on the አረቄ dada. You might die of lonely drunkenness.

  16. አሰተያየት ስትሰጡ አቋማችሁን ልክ እንደ ጸሐፊው ግልጽ አድርጉት። ደግሞም በሐሳቡ ካልተስማማችሁ ደግሞ ይኼ ይኼ ትክክል አይደለም በማለት በሐቅ ላይ ተመርኩዛችሁ ነቀፌታ ማቅረብ ከምሑር የሚጠበቅ ነው። ነገር ግን እንዲሁ በጭፍን የሚሰጠው በጥላቻ ላይ የተመሠረተ አስተያየት የሞራል ዝቅጠትን ከመጠቆሙ በስተቀር የሚያስተላልፈው መልዕከት አይኖርም። ስለአሁኑ ፕሬዚዳንት የተጠቀሰውም ቢሆን ልክ ነው። እርሳቸው ማንንም ለማስደሰት ወይንም ለማስከፋት ብለው የሚጨነቁ አይደሉም ። የመሰላቸውን ሳይደበቁ ወይንም ሳያቆነጃጁ እንደወረደ ይናገራሉ። እንዲሀ ያለ ግልጽ ፖለቲከኛ በዓለማችን ታይቶ አይታወቅም ። ማንነተቸውን ቁልጭ አድርገው ያሳያሉ የፈለገ ይምረጥ ያልፈለገ ደግሞ የመምረጥ ግዴታ የለበትም። መረረም ጣፈጠም ራሳቸውን ሳይደበቁ ለሕዝብ በግልጽነት አቅርበዋል። ከእርሳቸው በፊት የነበሩትንም እኮ አይተናቸዋል ኢተዮጵያ ሄደው ‘ወያኔ በዲሞክራሲያዊ መንገድ የተመረጠ መንግሥት ነው’ ሲሉ ለክብራቸው እንኳ አልተጨነቁም። ኧረ ብዙ አታናግሩኝ በአንድ የአበው ምሳሌ ሀሳቤን ልቋጨው። ሰውየው በግ ሊገዛ ገበያ ይሄደና ባለ በግ ይኼኛው ስንት ነው ዋጋው? በማለት ይጠይቃል። ወቅቱ ድሮ ነበርና $50.00 ይላል ሻጩ፣ ‘እንዴ! ይኼማ የአህያ ዋጋ አይደል’ ሲል ገዥው ፣ ሻጩም መልሶ ‘የሚጥምህንማ አንተ ታውቃለህ’ አለው ይባላል አበቃሁ።

  17. Trump is not just the worst president ever; he keeps getting worse. In the last six month ALONE OVER 200,000 Americans DEAD (including hundreds of Ethiopian Americans) under his watch. And he told us that it was just a flu it will go away soon. “Straight forward person” my ass. go tell that to the families of the dead you stupid MOFO. This kind of bullshit is why we hate politics and politicians especially despise the fake ቅሌታም Abeshas like the so called G/Kirstos Abbay (who cover their face) while feeding the vulnerable and the uneducated this type of nonsensical trash. Go get a life you cockroach. Isn’t what you have already done enough? Your ቀዳዳ has no bottom.

  18. DOWN DOWN WITH TRUMP AND HIS ETHIOPIAN Bootlickers G/Kirstos Abbay (Fake name A.K.A TDAL) , AL, Teshome Debalke, Teshome Albergo, Bizarro, etc. . Despite the flip-floppes We shall build our dam! Ethiopia shall rise.

  19. እውነቱ,

    Don’t agree. The writer is a fake person. There is no good reason to reason with fakers except to mock them as they are insulting our intelligence. Given them their own medicine. That’s the solution. If we knew who he is and what he wants then yeah, otherwise F…this idiot. He can go jump in lake Tana for all we care. Thank you.

  20. Her we go again! The comments section is overcrowded with scribbles of the usual empty tins, with no substance as to why they criticise. They condemn writers just for fun, it seems. (insulting, undermining, disparaging, etc. seem ‘fun’ to these guys)

    I’m sure the writer is a seasoned person and will just ignore these lots.

    Having said that the article expresses the writers opinion with regard the historical developments around the dam building efforts of the country and the challenges it faced. He raises well known facts, and in conclusion he proposes a peaceful end to the century old dispute. I say, well done!

  21. This poetry is inspired by the drunken ሎሌ
    ዶሮን ሲያታልሏት ጥምር መንግስት አሏት
    It seems The golden rule in TODAY’S game of politics
    Is to keep the truth hidden
    ውሸታምፖለቲከኞች UNDER FAKE NAMES
    By G/Kirstos Abbay, ETC, ETC, ETC, ETC
    What have they done to you
    One or two people under fake names
    Create problems and take credit for solving them
    Why are they hiding behind fake names
    Depriving us from our real need for real conversation
    Long walk to freedom just to witness your own people die of lies
    Wow AND YOU WANT A standing ovation?
    It is when you abusing yourself with alcohol AND አረቄ
    ዶሮን ሲያታልሏት በመጫኛ ጠልፈው ጣሏት
    ጀማሪ ይጥፋ ሰካራም ይትፋ
    Fascinated by a life lived by thugs like Trump
    while in Ethiopia guns wasting each other’s lives
    In the streets husbands & wives
    Are bringing up kids who are educated fools
    Why are we burning schools, houses, churches and mosques
    Why not strike constructively and not destructively
    Push further we might get it eventually
    I heard that due to a shortage of good followers
    The production of great leaders has been discontinued
    No wonder why we have the man from Diaspora
    By G/Kirstos Abbay, ETC, ETC, ETC, ETC
    Where have all the real leaders went
    The leader is in you not in the government
    Why not claim our land back
    Why not inherit his plan & see its vision manifest
    The honey is sweet but Ethiopia should be first
    Everybody loves to eat but no one wants to be in the kitchen
    ጀምሮ የማይፈጸም ፈጭቶ የማያልም
    Cooking for freedom can be a deadly and a solo mission
    And so no one wants to fill those slots
    Why get jailed for your thoughts
    Why did it take so long for them to learn the lesson
    Was it coincidence or business decision
    What was the plan of action
    Walk out of jail and brainwash the nation?
    ዶሮን ሲያታልሏት አንቺ አሩጭ እኛ እንከተልሽ አሏት

  22. In current times why do people use fake names? Don’t get it. In the past it made sense because you are scared of the DERG, TPLF, EPRDF but who are you afraid of today? Trump? Abiy? Or the people? Sadly the answer is the latter. If you’re afraid to face we the people then what business do we have to deal with you?

  23. ውድ አንባቢያን አሜሪካ ነዋሪ ባለመሆኔ ብዙ ወገኖቼን ቅር እንዳሰኘሁ ተሰምቶኛልና በሰው ቁስል እንጨት መስድ እንዳይሆንብኝ ይቅርታ እጠይቃለሁ።
    በተረፈ ግን በፖለቲካ domestic (internal ) እና foreign (international ) Affairs የሚባል ነገር ስላለ የእኔ ሐሳብ አገራችን ማግኜት የሚገባትን ጥቅም በጠላት መሠሪ ተንኮል ውትወታ እንዳታጣ የሚያግባባ ስለመሰለኝ ነበር። እነጅ እኔ ለፕሬዘዳንቱ ወግኘ ያደረግሁት እንዳልሆነ ይታወቅልኝ። ለማንኛውም ግን ሐሳብን በሐሳብ መቃወም ሲገባ ወደ ስድብ መዝለሉ እራሰን ከማዋረድ በስተቀር ጥቅም ያለው አይመስለኝም። ምሁር ነኝ ዶ/ር ነኝ እያልክ የምትመጻደቅ ሁላ የሌላውን ሥራ ከመተቸት ወጥተህ ለሀገር የሚጠቅመውን የጠፋውን የዘመኑን ትውልድ ለመመለስ ሞክር። ከበሮ በሰው እጅ ሲያዩት ያምር ሲይዙት ይደናገር!

  24. It makes no difference whether you are የአሜሪካ ነዋሪ፣ የሞስኮብ ነዋሪ፣ or የኢትዬጲያ ነዋሪ we are all looking at the same old nonsense whose origins are unknown. Don’t how it is where you reside but here in America we have the right to disagree and to choose and pick what we consume as information and the right to ask where it came from and how and why. Some of us find this fluff useless and mostly disinformation. Still we appreciate the website for allowing us to expressing our views. As the saying goes, one who hides their illness cannot expect to be cured.Thank you.

  25. The intellectuals elites at the Ethiopian-American’s Council need to take matters seriously and weigh in about this ever growing negative sentiment which is developing amongst the new generation of Ethiopians against the current sitting President and the previous Presidents of USA, because we seen how much a simple aid cut can hurt us in these desperate times. Beggar country can not be choosers . We cannot choose the weapon or the aid given to us , all we can do is be grateful for whatever help we got . As you know Ethiopia had been illegally selling GERD bond within USA while the US government gave a blind eye to the illegal GERD bond sales for many many years , if USA really wanted to side with Egypt then the illegal GERD bond sales would have not lasted as long as it did in USA , so please please people don’t bite the hand that is feeding you by trashing personally the now or the previous commanders in chief of USA , do not forget there is no guarantee this year is the last year in office for the current sitting president.

    Mr. Or Mrs. R.G.M.

    Is R.G.M. supposed to be a name given by a not scared person willing to let the readers know who he or she is?
    I assume in times when you are scared you just put ‘R.’ as your name , if you put “R.G.M.” claiming you are not hiding your name .

  26. Here is a very relevant question to G/Kirstos Abbay the fake name writer: if you have no confidence in putting your name and standing behind your own work, why should the rest of us trust it? There is something wrong with that picture, no?

  27. One more thing, it’s also very childish and unprofessional for anyone not to properly sign their own work and be deceitful with a fake name. Even High School newspapers don’t do that.

  28. I want to say this to the dear author of this article. I am sure you are such a person already. Please do not be discouraged by the negative responses and undeserved rude name calling you are receiving because of it. For some of us that is how we were reared and can’t help it insulting people we don’t even know. They remind me those Eyal-Al-Souqs who grew up at the Middle East bazaars unattended. Sometimes I begin to wonder if these potty-mouths are even from the old country. Whether we agree with what is uttered in the article or not, the author had shown his qualities of being anchored and cool headed if he is for or against. In regards to President Trump he did not come out slinging insults and undeserved name calling. He hopes the president will take a look at the affairs of the dam from all perspectives. That shows his being a principled person and maturity. We have enough of shrills and desk banging. I am sure the author hopes that the president will revise his current take on the dam. I also hope that it will be understood that a cabinet official had gone rogue when he gave an order to a sovereign country especially to a proud people like the old country. I also hope that the $130 million aid that was ‘paused’ is one of those wastes that need to be erased. Most of it is spent to pay the salaries of employees who run it. It has been a waste of my and your tax money. But the remainder of the $875 million in the aid package is still going.

    Now many among us were and still are incensed by the president’s alleged calling of African countries ‘s…holes’. Well I have been calling the regimes there since 1960 names much worse than that and they deserve every one of them. That is the way he is. The president is not polished and a Slick Willie as some of his predecessors but he tells it as it is. There are no coded words known to him. Stupid is stupid to him. Disaster is disaster to him. The other one will talk the urgency of democratic governance in every African country at 10:00 AM on Monday morning and will tell you for sure that you have a democratically elected EPRDF government two hours later at 12:00 PM, a government which was mowing peaceful demonstrators, a government that was herding peaceful opponents in filthy jails, a government which had hidden chambers where citizens were being tortured and a regime in which suspected citizens just magically disappear in thin air. That is how we remember some of the predecessors. They were so sharply polished that we were led to take them for granted. They act as if they know it all better than all of us that they are not worried about the consequences on their reputation. That is how most career leftists are. Their left leaning values has given them the skills on how to manipulate the private media. They have convinced a lot of people that they or whoever they support is a choice between life and death. During my career of more than 40 years in the mfg sector I had several bosses. Majority of them were frank to me at all times and I also had two of them who were very unpredictable to work with. These will not tell me what I needed to know on the spot as the others. They gave me smiling faces at all times until the performance day. I had to put up with those crackers until they departed or were shown the door. Some of you may remember the hit song Smiling Faces Sometimes from the 1970’s as it still goes like this:

    Smiling faces, smiling faces, sometimes
    They don’t tell the truth
    Smiling faces, smiling faces tell lies and I got proof
    I’m a-tellin’ you beware of the pat on the back
    It just might hold you back
    Don’t let the handshake and the smile fool ya
    Take my advice, I’m only tryin’ to school ya

    Meanwhile, I want to remind you dear countrymen/women that you have one of the most powerful weapons in the history of mankind, your vote. As I said before vote your conscience and don’t be influenced by some potty mouths or stake holding pundits. As the age old adage goes: Watch your bottom line.

  29. Trump is basically the Robert Mugabe of America (less the brilliant mind of  the African dictator)  We have never seen anything like him in the USA. As US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said last year that people will look back at this period of American politics as “an aberration”.  So if you liked Mugabe who promoted himself as someone who is not polished and a Slick Willie as  his predecessors but he tells it as it is, then Trump is your man.  Although the vast majority Americans  agree that  there is nothing that “tells it as it” about him. He simply a congenital liar.  To me he  sounds more like our self quoting immigrant “scholars” than an American politician.  He will be at home in Africa as a dictator than as our leader. As Americans we are very embarrassed by his behavior and perplexing insistence to endlessly lie. Most people would be embarrassed when caught red-handed telling and repeating an untruth.  But just like our donkeys in the Diaspora, not this guy. So on behalf of America we apologize to the world for his stupidity.  As to the bootlickers in our community, sorry to break the news to you that he is unabashedly racist, so therefore he  does not give a shit about you.  So you can praise him all you want, but there is no love for you from him.  As Ethiopians it’s shameful to see you kissing his fishy smelly ass.  In any case we’ll kick him out of office in a matter of weeks.  Vote on November 3rd.

  30. I MISS OBAMA!! That was the best times of our lives. The silent majority of Ethiopians love and respect him always and forever!!!

    Don’t worry my people this nightmare called Trump shall be defeated in November. The work we do leading up to Election Day will determine whether we win the battle for the soul of our nation.

    The only way we will defeat Donald Trump is by coming together as a country to organize and win. And we can’t do this without you the silent majority! So register to vote today and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

    We shall win!!! Go Biden!!!

  31. My people, it’s me again!!

    Forgot to mention that this week we lost Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — an American hero, a giant of legal doctrine, and a relentless voice in the pursuit of that highest American ideal: Equal Justice Under Law.

    Today, and in the coming days, we will focus on the loss of Justice Ginsburg and her enduring legacy. But as VP Biden said last night:

    The voters should pick a President, and that President should select a successor to Justice Ginsburg.

    We know this moment hurts. We know so many across the country — especially the women and other people who saw Justice Ginsburg’s life and legacy as an inspiration for their own — are grieving deeply today.

    But in the face of tragedy, we need to keep fighting.

    Our people in the Senate will be working hard to try and stop Trump and Senate Republicans from appointing and confirming a Justice before the people have spoken in the election.

    But it’s our job to make sure that if they succeed, we are able to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat with someone worthy of her legacy, and we can’t do that if we don’t have the White House and the Senate majority.

    We shall win!!!

  32. The destructive Ethiopian culture of writing without any name acknowledged as that of author comes from the horrible Red-Terror era of what’s known as ወረቀት ብተና a clandestine distribution of anonymously written political propaganda brochures and flyers in the 1960’s and 1970s. So what you see is the hippo generation hanging on the that defunct method of communicating in this advanced no-privacy information age of Facebook, Twitter, GPS, etc. So the negative reaction of the younger generation some of whom were not even born at the time or were barely in diapers then who does not understand it is understandable. It’s also a good idea for the oldies and goodies to change with the times.

  33. Ok. I will honor the gag order and will take the rest of this afternoon off. Then I will file a case asking the judge to rule for an induction. How did I end up in Mekele? Who told me to be in the present day Hong Kong? Ok mum’s the word for me until I receive the induction. But before I go silent I want to reiterate what I said before. We as proud US citizens we have the most potent and peaceful weapon in our hands, our vote. If you vote for either of the two candidates and your candidate loses, that is ok. America will still remain in good hands. It has fire proof institutions in place to assure its citizens rights are not grossly violated. It has always been peaceful transfer of power. The sun will rise and set as usual without skipping a beat. Vote your conscience and to whoever you believe in will safeguard your bottom line. Meanwhile don’t forget to protect yourself from the deadly pandemic. Stay safe y’all!!!!

  34. Mintesinot,

    ሀምሌ ቢያባራ በጋ ይመስላል አለች አበሻ።

    Watch that አረቄ father. You sound tipsy again.

    ሀረጉን ሲስቡት ዛፉ ይወዛወዛል እንደሚባለው ፣ ሀሰተኛ ያወራውን ፈረሰኛ አይመልሰውም።

    Take it easy Obbo dada.

  35. Will there be a peaceful transfer of power in the U.S. this year?

    Not so fast. The truth is Donald Trump has refused to commit to recognizing the outcome of the 2020 election, and yet we still have not learned to think of ourselves as a country where he can lose an election and refuse to leave office. So will Trump allow a peaceful transfer of power in the U.S. this year? Maybe not. But Team Joe is prepared for the worst. The only people who have this giddy optimistic view are those who have misled our community and misread the mood of U.S. politics for the last decade and half and including their bright opinion of Trump that turned out to be totally bonkers. Thought Trump would not cut off U.S. ASSISTANCE TO ETHIOPIA, remember that? Lawrence Douglas, a legal scholar and a professor at Amherst College, gave himself the task of methodically thinking through the unthinkable. The result is a slim book, “Will He Go? Trump and the Looming Election Meltdown in 2020.” Douglas begins by taking the President at his word. “While his defeat certain,” he writes, “what is not uncertain is how Donald Trump would react to electoral defeat, especially a narrow one. He will reject the result.” Douglas argues that Trump’s evident intent to hold on to his office, regardless of the will of the voters, is not the best measure of the damage he has wrought or the power he has accumulated. He writes, “A more powerful authoritarian would never let himself get into this situation in the first place; he would have already so corrupted the process that his chance of losing would have been effectively eliminated.” By the standards of entrenched autocracies, Trump’s grip on power is as weak as his grip on reality. Still, the system of government that he has hijacked is not designed to protect itself against his kind of attack. “Our Constitution does not secure the peaceful transition of power, but rather presupposes it,” Douglas writes. Worse, the peculiar institution of the Electoral College, which separates the outcome of the election from the popular vote, practically invites abuse. So we are prepared for the very real possibility that the election might not be decided for at least a month after election day. But the good news is Biden has said if he wins he will order armed U.S. Marchsalls to escort him out of the White House. Or the New York Police department will arrest him and walk him out in an orange prison suit to face criminal charges in his old home state. Hope it will not reach that point, but with this nut case anything is possible. We are prepared.

  36. Now, challenging the outcome of the authenticity of an election result did take place here in America and other democracy’s before. We all remember the 2000 Presidential Election. We remember how one of the candidates admitted defeat and called the other congratulating him for winning the election just to retract his admission moments later. It led to recounts in some states particularly in Florida. The ‘Butterfly Ballot’ was blamed for the defeat that led to a recount until it was stopped by the court. It wasn’t until mid December for the winner to finally deliver a victory speech. But it all went peaceful. I expect this election to be challenged for its results by whoever loses. I hope not but it is possible. The environment was as charged up during the election then but not as tense as this one. In any case, make sure you vote and vote your conscience. And whoever wins he will be the president of all of us. This is not the 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 or 2015 Ethiopia. This not Zimbabwe. This is not Africa. This is not Putin’s Russia. This is not those commies’ China. This is not Venezuela. This is The United States of America. So vote, vote, vote!!! Don’t forget to protect yourself and others from the pandemic. Stay safe y’all!!!

  37. RIGHT now U.S.A. feels like Zimbabwe and Putin’s Russia. But don’t worry America will be back on November 3rd after we defeat this Russian lap dog called Trump.

  38. Biden’s Election Odds Improve After Death of Ginsburg

    Biden Nearly 5 Times More Likely than Trump to Win Election, Forecast Models Average Shows

    As of today Joe Biden is the favorite to win the U.S. election according to an average of 7 different forecast models.

    Presidential elections in the U.S. are not decided by who gets the most votes. In order to actually win the contest, a candidate must receive a majority of votes in the Electoral College. There are a total of 538 individuals from each state who decide which candidate becomes president. Candidates need at least 270 Electoral College votes to clinch the presidency.

    While those electors often follow the popular vote, that has not always been the case. In the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote against Trump, gaining 48.2 percent of the vote to Trump’s 46.1 percent. However, Trump picked up 306 Electoral College votes to Clinton’s 232 votes, making Trump the president.

    In each of the seven election forecast models, Biden was projected to win both the popular vote and the Electoral College. As averaged together by the website Election Dice, those models predicted that Trump has a 17.9 percent chance of winning while Biden has an 81.8 percent chance of winning. Biden’s odds of victory are projected to be nearly five times greater than that of Trump’s.

    Data from The Economist showed Biden holding an 8-point lead over Trump, 54 percent to 46 percent respectively. Biden was projected to get 335 votes in the Electoral College, more than the 270 votes needed to become president. Trump was projected to receive 203 electoral votes.

    Polling site FiveThirtyEight placed Biden ahead of Trump in the popular vote. Biden held 52.7 percentage points to President Trump’s 46 percent. Based on those numbers, Biden was projected to receive 328 votes in the Electoral College while Trump was predicted to get 210 votes in the Electoral College.

    Go Biden!!! Praying for you!

  39. As you know, Trump has openly telegraphed his corrupt plan to declare himself the winner on or just after Election Day, should he be leading in the count at that point, while seeking to invalidate millions and millions of uncounted mail ballots as fraudulent.

    But Trump needs some sort of fake rationale for doing this — both to galvanize his supporters behind this coming effort, and to give the media something to echo in order to cast a haze of doubt over the vote count as it’s happening.

    Given that Trump’s eldest son has a documented track record of trying to corrupt our elections and subvert the national interest on his father’s behalf, it’s not surprising that Donald Trump Jr. is now actively trying to supply that rationale.

    Talking Points Memo reports that the president’s son appeared in a Facebook video, in which he called for an “army” of volunteers to join the campaign’s Election Day security team.

    Indeed, note that Trump Jr. is actively calling for an “army” to mobilize in preparation for the certainty that the counting of mail votes can only reflect a plot to steal the election. Now imagine how loud this will get as the votes are getting counted. It all makes violence or other civic damage more likely.

    Obviously all this might not end up affecting the actual outcome. It’s also possible that Joe Biden could win by a comfortable enough margin that none of this has much practical impact.

    But we should be worried about the prospect of the president of the United States and his senior advisers working to persuade millions and millions of people who trust them very deeply that ongoing vote counting is illegitimate, amid the searing tensions that often accompany close presidential elections. That seems like it bodes very badly for post-election civic peace and for the possibilities for post-Trump civic restoration.

    We’re watching and we’re also ready with our own troops of lawyers and volunteers for all possibilities!

  40. Friend — Today on National Request Your Ballot Day, we’re teaming up with When We All Vote to educate folks on their options to vote by mail and to encourage voters to make a plan to cast their ballot early.

    “When we all vote, we take our power back… The truth is, a lot of folks are hoping we start questioning the power of our votes. So we’ve got to get registered and turn out — in person or through our mail-in ballots. It’s the surest path to achieve the changes that we seek.”
    — Michelle Obama

    Michelle Obama is right — casting your ballot is a powerful way to make change.

    If we question the power of our vote or allow voter suppression tactics to discourage us from voting, we lose out on the chance to make our voices heard — and hold our elected officials accountable!

    Voting looks different in every state. That’s why we want to help make sure you know about important deadlines and changes to voting options.

    When We All Vote put together a user-friendly tool that allows folks all across the country to map out exactly how they plan on casting their ballots. Use their interactive tool and explore all the ways you can vote this fall.

    And if you’re already registered to vote, today is the perfect time to request your absentee ballot or confirm it’s being sent to the correct address!

    As President Obama said last week, since we’re dealing with a pandemic, we need to approach voting like we do everything else these days — we gotta plan! And first, we need to register.

    If you haven’t registered to vote — here’s your chance! Vote.org will connect you with all the information you’ll need to cast your ballot this fall and make your voice heard!

    Whether you plan to cast your ballot by mail or in-person at your local polling place, having a solid plan to participate in this year’s elections is essential.

    Happy National Request Your Ballot Day!

  41. What If Trump Loses And Won’t Leave?

    For months now, President Trump has carefully planted the seed that he might not leave the office of the presidency willingly if he loses. This, in turn, raises a rather thorny and unprecedented question: What happens if Trump won’t go? The answer is bleak. Experts say that the president actually has a lot of power at his discretion to contest the election, and some of the scenarios that could bring us to the edge of a crisis are actually very plausible. That’s just one of the many scenarios the Transition Integrity Project, a bipartisan collection of over 100 experts, explored this summer while researching how a possible election crisis could unfold. This, of course, would be a doomsday scenario, and one reason why so much of this is hard to fathom. A cornerstone of American elections has been the peaceful transition of power, but as research from the Transition Integrity Project and others underscores, there are multiple ways to contest an election. And it’s not limited to just Trump either. It’s very possible were Trump to win in the Electoral College, where he has an advantage, but lose the popular vote to Biden, that Democrats would dismiss the election. We, of course, do not have to look too far back in our electoral history to know that Americans have survived a disputed election before — see the 2000 presidential race. But experts I talked to were worried, given Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric around the election and his own track record of openly flouting democratic norms, that the country wouldn’t be able to handle another full-throttle election dispute. Ultimately, though, neither side finds a compromise and we find ourselves in the midst of a full-blown constitutional crisis. Under the 20th Amendment, we know someone must take office on Jan. 20 as president, yet the amendment is curiously silent on how to deal with a dispute over whether someone has actually qualified to take office. In fact, it’s possible that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could claim that under the Presidential Succession Act, she is next in line to become president and that she would be willing to resign her House seat to serve as president until Biden is ruled the election winner. But if Republicans claimed Trump had won reelection, they very well might object to Pelosi being sworn in. Given a crisis on this scale, it’s hard to unpack what exactly might happen, but it’s very likely things would spiral out of control, and the resulting uncertainty could spark unrest and protests that could very well lead to violence. Of course, considering how high the existential stakes seem to be in this election, it’s not out of the question that Biden might be the one who disputes the result. But even if the worst scenarios don’t come to pass, the fact that we lack a neutral electoral arbiter is surely a ticking time bomb for our democracy. Such an institution may sound difficult to create, but many individual states have used judicial panels to successfully sort through close elections, and other democratic nations have far better laws to adjudicate contested elections. For now, though, in the absence of such measures, the peaceful transfer of power hinges on the expectation that that is how American elections work, but that may be increasingly hanging in the balance, as anyone living in this incredibly polarized era of U.S. politics will tell you.

  42. YAY!!! Breaking news: Cindy McCain endorses Joe Biden

    Cindy McCain, the widow of longtime Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, said Tuesday night on Twitter that she endorses Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The endorsement follows McCain’s appearance in a video about Biden’s relationship with her late husband at the Democratic National Convention in August. McCain offered her endorsement on Twitter after Biden had told donors she was supporting him.

    “My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There’s only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is @JoeBiden,” she said in a series of tweets.

    “Joe and I don’t always agree on the issues, and I know he and John certainly had some passionate arguments, but he is a good and honest man. He will lead us with dignity,” she said. “He will be a commander in chief that the finest fighting force in the history of the world can depend on, because he knows what it is like to send a child off to fight.”
    Biden tweeted in reply, “Cindy — I’m deeply honored to have your support and your friendship. This election is bigger than any one political party. It requires all of us to come together as one America to restore the soul of the nation. Together, we’ll get it done.”

    At a virtual fundraiser Tuesday, Biden had told attendees that Cindy McCain’s decision to endorse him followed President Donald Trump’s comments, as reported by The Atlantic, referring to those killed and injured in wartime as “losers” and “suckers.” John McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam after his plane was shot down on a bombing mission. The injuries he sustained in Vietnam led to lifelong disabilities, including the inability to raise his arms over his head.

    “Maybe I shouldn’t say it, but I’m about to go on one of these Zooms with John McCain’s wife, who is — first time ever — is endorsing me because of what he talks about with my son and (John), who are heroes, who served their country. You know he said they’re losers, they’re suckers,” Biden said.

    The high-profile endorsement from the widow of the 2008 Republican presidential nominee comes as Biden attempts to peel off independents and Republicans alienated by Trump’s comments and actions — including in Arizona, which has emerged as a major electoral battleground. In a video at this year’s Democratic convention, Cindy McCain was featured. “My husband and Vice President Biden enjoyed a 30+ year friendship dating back to before their years serving together in the Senate, so I was honored to accept the invitation from the Biden campaign to participate in a video celebrating their relationship,” she said in a tweet about the video.

  43. Great news about Cindy McCain. Let’s keep up the momentum!!!

    Trump is not a president for all of us and he will never be. He must be defeated in November. And we will never forget the way you treated Obama. This movement in our community is as much motivated as a backlash to that memory as anything else. If Obama was not good enough for you and Trump will never be unacceptable to us. Don’t ever underestimate the resolve of the people. Thank you.

  44. Great news about Cindy McCain. Let’s keep up the momentum!!!

    Trump is not a president for all of us and he will never be. He must be defeated in November. And we will never forget the way you treated Obama. This movement in our community is as much motivated as a backlash to that memory as anything else. If Obama was not good enough for you and Trump will never be acceptable to us. Don’t ever underestimate the resolve of the people. Thank you.

  45. New from TWP: “Trump’s antipathy to Africa is so ingrained that when first lady Melania Trump planned a 2018 trip to that continent he railed that he “could never understand why she would want to go there.” Now we know why he does not like GERD and Ethiopia.

  46. Is it a fact that if Trump loses, he will reject defeat, come what may? Some are still in denial claiming that “This is not Venezuela. This is The United States of America.” With all due respect, that is pettifoggery. We know this man. We cannot afford to pretend. Trump’s behavior and declared intent leave no room to suppose that he will accept the public’s verdict if the vote is going against him. He lies prodigiously—to manipulate events, to secure advantage, to dodge accountability, and to ward off injury to his pride. An election produces the perfect distillate of all those motives. Pathology may exert the strongest influence on Trump’s choices during the Interregnum. Well-supported arguments, some of them in this magazine, have made the case that Trump fits the diagnostic criteria for psychopathy and narcissism. Either disorder, by its medical definition, would render him all but incapable of accepting defeat. Conventional commentary has trouble facing this issue squarely.

  47. One more thing : So it’s the morning of Jan. 20, 2021. Trump doesn’t meet President-elect Joe Biden and his wife in the White House driveway, nor does he attend the inauguration on Capitol Hill. Instead, he proclaims, as he has many times by this point, that the election was a fraud (he has set the stage for this with his false claims about mail-in ballots), and at noon, instead of acceding to the transfer of power, Trump proclaims that the swearing in was FAKE NEWS and that he remains the president.

    Here is what would happen next according to Slate:

    “On the dot of noon, the nuclear codes, which currently allow Trump to order and authenticate a nuclear attack, expire. The officer who has been following him around everywhere with the “football”—which, contrary to popular belief, is not a button or a palm print but rather a book filled with various launch codes—leaves. If Trump and whatever lackeys stay with him prevent the officer from leaving, another officer, holding a backup football, would join Biden at the inauguration ceremony.

    By the same token, the entire U.S. military establishment will pivot away from ex-President Trump and salute President Biden. The principle of civilian control is hammered into American officers from the time they’re cadets—and the 20th Amendment of the Constitution states, “The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January”—no ifs, ands, or buts.

    If Trump orders the military to do anything, they will refuse his order. If any officers obey his order—say, to circle the White House to keep him in power—they would certainly be tried and convicted on charges of mutiny and sedition, and they would know this before taking the leap.

    Meanwhile, the Secret Service will abandon Trump, as they do every president whose term is up, except for a small detail assigned to protect him and his family for the rest of their lives.

    Overseas, foreign leaders will cut off relations with the U.S. ambassadors in their capitals and await instructions from Biden or his acting secretary of state.

    Meanwhile, Biden’s acting attorney general will have drawn up arrest warrants for Donald J. Trump and anyone who remains at his side on charges—at minimum—of criminal trespassing. If Trump calls on the armed forces or militias or the nation’s sheriffs to come defend him, he might also be charged with incitement or insurrection.

    If any of Trump’s aides or Cabinet officers continue to take his orders, they too could face criminal charges and, in any case, would have a hard time finding respectable employment after the pretend monarch is taken away in handcuffs.

    If armed militiamen and sheriffs rally to the White House and they refuse to let U.S. marshals through the gates, a small contingent of Secret Service or the National Guard could be called up to enforce the law. If that doesn’t work, a few M1 tanks rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue should make the would-be rebels flee. It would be terrible if the standoff came to this, but Commander in Chief Biden would have this option available, if necessary.

    In other words, Trump could hole himself up in the Oval Office, but the Oval Office would very soon be cut off from all power. He would have no choice but to give up.

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