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
October 14, 2016, posted October 20, 2016
Mr. President: In the forty years I have been following US presidential elections, I
have never seen a more crass, a more vulgar and for most citizens a more
embarrassing election campaign. Bimbos to the left of them, bimbos to the right of
them, onward charged the two candidates -- with apologies to Lord Tennyson.
A tape is leaked in which Donald Trump is heard boasting of his new womanizing
modus operandi now that he is a reality TV star. It amounts to sexual assault. In
response, Trump shows up at the second presidential debate with a bevy of Bill
Clinton exes and holds a TV news conference just prior to the debate.
There is no response to fact, so Hillary has no answer to the onslaught. She claims
the high ground. In view of the sleazy tactics to defeat Bernie Sanders, now public
knowledge through Wikileaks, and the campaign against Trump the irony is
A few days after the debate, a collection of women accuse Trump of doing to them
exactly what he said on the tape. Lawsuits are filed. Trump denies everything.
Perhaps after 16 years of domestic decency in the White House, the public is
interested in soap opera again. Perhaps the selection process in the major parties is
seriously flawed. Whatever the reason, we have the worst scandal-ridden major party
candidates in living memory.
There are certain facts that cannot be denied. Bill Clinton is a disbarred lawyer. For
most lawyers, it would be the ultimate disgrace and the end of a professional career.
For Bill, of course, it matters little. It is also true that he paid $850,000 to one of the
women to settle an assault case, much in the manner of Dominic Strauss-Kahn and
the New York hotel maid. It ended the latter's presidential hopes. Never so with a
forgiving US electorate.
Hillary Clinton's serious ethics problems (some call them criminal) are ignored by a
compliant, even amnesiac, mainstream media. Starting with her turning $1000 into
$100,000 within a year trading cattle futures -- for a novice small trader a virtual
impossibility given market efficiency (the author himself has explored one aspect). It
also begs the question, why stop when you have such talent. Of course, given two
accounts with a cooperative broker making two repeated complementary trades,
crediting one account with the profitable ones and the other with the losses the
process becomes simple. At the time Bill Clinton's income was about $32,000 so the
money was substantial and equivalent to over $60 million for their present income.
There was a lot more in the Whitewater scandal eclipsed at the time by the salacious
Bill Clinton revelations.
Then there are the vanished emails, where we are supposed to accept the word of
someone far removed from a paragon of truth or virtue. And then the hacked emails
revealing a Janus-faced Hillary exuding separate public and private personae, now, in
her own words, far removed from her middle-class upbringing, toadying up to
bankers, who she told them were in the best position to regulate themselves.
And there we have it -- militarily the world's most powerful nation is going to be led
from next January by either a sexual libertarian with zero political or public experience
demanding faith in him in lieu of policy, or one with a record of mendacity offering a
flood of agitprop -- a choice between the corrupting or the corrupt, the morally
reprehensible and the amoral. How much does it matter when Congress despises
both and is unlikely to cooperate with either?