Weekly Letter to President Obama
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INAUGURATION, January 20, 2009
Drunk in its stale air
For two hundred years.
Fettered in mind and body,
The soul, the safe escape
To let me breathe the cries
Of my heart singing
Tears of mel-an-choly.
The tears flow free today
Washing the stains of blood
And sweat in brotherhood.
Raise the curtain then an'
Let the world look in
On this promised land --
We breathe free today.... almost.
--- Arshad M. Khan
We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.
--- Native American proverb
March 4, 2016
Mr. President: The Super Tuesday primaries are over, leaving Donald Trump and
Hillary Clinton the big winners with seven victories apiece; neither has a lock on their
respective nomination just yet and given their unfavorability ratings, it will be an
interesting match-up if they end up as the final candidates.
According to a CNN/ORC poll released on Super Tuesday, Hillary's unfavorability
rating among voters soared to a record high 55 percent while her favorability rating
dropped to a lowest ever 42 percent. It is a trend unlikely to get her to the White
House. Meanwhile, the primaries schedule would seem tailor-made to build
momentum for Hillary. Yet the number of people claiming to be Democrats who would
vote for Trump as a vote against Hillary ought to worry the party establishment.
On the Republican side, Trump is not any better. According to the Huffpost Pollster
that tracks several polls however, the trend is in his favor, his unfavorables dropping
from 62 percent to the latest 56 percent, while his favorable rating has risen to 40
If the anti-establishment anger continues through November, Donald Trump will be
president. What can we expect from him? Who knows! When someone elected on a
"hope and change" platform, repeated strenuously in campaign speeches for months,
has the audacity to trot out an economic crew primarily responsible for the 2008
financial crisis through wanton deregulation at the behest of greedy bankers and a
Secretary of Defense holdover from the previous Republican administration (who in
fact turned out to be a decent man offering wise counsel), then all bets are off.
At the same time, Trump is obliged to go to the Republican well to fill the numerous
political appointee positions across government departments. The government will
function and those looking for a catastrophic disaster leading to change will be
disappointed. Moreover, anyone running a successful multi-billion dollar business
requiring constant interaction with state and local government for buildings and
casino licenses is not a fool or buffoon as the media is making him out to be.
The electorate knows what they will get from a hawkish, belligerent Hillary who has
taken millions from the banking industry, and they don't like it. The odds are in
Trump's favor if he can begin to charm the minorities. One has to remember many
legal minority immigrants and citizens are (even more than others) seriously affected
by illegal migrants in direct competition for jobs and willing to work cheap. In the quiet
of the poll booth, they might well reflect on Trump's promise to curb illegal immigration.