Thursday, 30 June 2016

ENVISIONING PRESIDENT HILLARY CLINTON: “THE BARACK-HILLARY LEGACY”



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I am deeply honored to be telling the vision that has since been on my mind for a while in the most possible way I have ever imagined. I have wracked my mind how best I would tell it; it was not until I was admiringly looking at Mrs. Clinton’s photos  recently and I got the picture (above) that would best tell what I envision in the Presidency of the first female President of the United States, Hillary Rodham Clinton. As I have noted time and again, if there is anything that I admire about President Obama and Mrs. Clinton among the very many things, it’s their authentic selves—especially in the realm of political maturity, for purposes of this article.

As I noted earlier in the road to President Hillary Clinton, her resilience is certainly a thing anyone in the world would admire, she is indeed is a fighter—“fighting for us, we are stronger together”, do those words ring a bell? By now they should be the words every sane American has subscribed to their hearts than the fictional ‘make America Great Again’, when did she become weak, after President Obama’s achievements? That, I do not believe even for a second, because; the writing is on the wall. The Obama administration may not have solved everything but they will go down in history as one of the most successful administrations of the United States.

On the night of the 2008 Democratic convention, when Mrs. Clinton held an olive branch to Obama saying, ‘I will do everything I can to get Barack elected’, that she did; she went on to say these beautiful words from the phenomenal Harriet Tubman that I find very relevant (especially with the never ending republican yammering and bickering): “If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the wood, keep going. If there is shouting after you, keep going. Do not ever stop, keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going”. As it is clearly spelt to all of us, that’s what has brought her thus far, to the milestone for women; as she pronounced eloquently  on the night she became the presumptive nominee for the democratic party.

By far Hillary Clinton is the first woman to ever make it as nominee of a party for the biggest office, president of the United States. As was Sen. Barack Obama in 2008; as first Afro-American to make it through, I find the beauty of this the best story that’s ever going to be written in American politics. When it is written, I will pride myself in having been part of the Hillary train, I have waited for a long time; I am glad my dream is coming to reality: President Hillary Clinton. She does not need to convince me and no one can un-convince me that she  isn’t phenomenal;atleast I have followed her through a big time of my life—I have seen her strength of character through and through, I am certain America and the world in general needs the leader in her especially now.

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Mrs. Clinton doesn’t mince words when it comes to roasting Trump the best way anyone could. In this video, shesays: “…..the self-proclaimed king of death has no idea real ideas for making collegemore affordable or addressing the student debt crisis. He has no credible plan for rebuilding our infrastructure apart from his wall. He has no real strategy for creating jobs apart from a string of empty promises and maybe we shouldn’t expect that from someone whose famous words are, you are fired. But here is what is what I want you to know, I do have a job program and as president, I am gona make sure that you hear; you are hired! And here is the bottom line, economists right; left and center all agree, Donald Trump will drive America back into recession……”.And certainly I agree with Mrs.Clnton and what President Obama said the other day.

One of my best writers, Nicolle Wallace, recently wrote an article you can read ten times consecutively titled, ‘the GOP waits, and waits; for Donald Trumpto grow up’ in which she succinctly puts it: “Mr. Trump is waiting for party leaders to stop reprimanding him for his lean (that is skeletal) campaign operation, his politically incorrect utterances and his inconsistent operations”. Again, those are just raw facts. If in a nightmare, America votes ‘the Donald’ to presidency, which I strongly believe will not happen, because I have faith in American people; you get what you deserve.Beacuse,whatever hole he crawled from, he has been preying on the republicans with his fear mongering antics and bigotry—something republicans subscribe too anyways.More still, if by the same nightmare we don’t launch Mrs. Clinton into the white house, it will be definitive confirmation that gender chauvinism still has its place in the hearts of American men. If you are reading this, when your car is headed down a cliff; the last thing you need is a quiet flag. Let’s stand tall against the world menace, Donald Trump, and stand with her all the way. God bless America and the whole world.
Grace Abaho Sr is an INDEPENDENT BLOGGER

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

THE ROAD TO PRESIDENT HILLARY CLINTON, FIRST FEMALE POTUS.



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Some months ago when I published my sincere and heartfelt memoir for President Obama, whiles endorsing the phenomenal Mrs. Clinton, I emphasized how America should be out rightly proud of the person in the next president of the united states: the first female president, after the first black and successful president, indeed America is a land of opportunity where hard work pays handsomely. If you have been paying attention, you must be aware that she is the only person who has had the worst republican harassment besides President Obama. Recently, I watched Sheryl Sandberg deliver her commencement speech address and they are words she said that would best describe what Hillary Clinton has traversed and how it has put her at the epitome of her political career: “in the face of the void, you can choose joy and meaning. You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience—like a muscle, you can build it up, draw on it when you need it.In that process, you will figure out who you really are—and you just might become the best version of yourself”. I must say that her resilience will always scream aloud the life-blood link it has and how America launched a lady to the white house.

In the letter I wrote to President Obama on Presidents’ day, I emphatically said that Hillary Clinton’s maturity is one I still long for in so many leaders of the contemporary world—how she easily united her camp with senator Obama’s after her loss in the 2008 Democratic nomination. A paraphrase of Jesus’ seventh beatitude: “You are blessed when you show people how to cooperate instead of how to compete or fight.Thats when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family”.Certainly,yes,I am sure Jesus knew of the times like now when he said these forever meaningful words. In the first endorsement I wrote for Hillary Clinton, at the beginning, I begun with I quote from HARD CHOICES that I have been in love with for a while now: “Do all the good you can, at all the times you can, as long as you can”. At this point, I want to call the Bernie camp to unite with the Hillary Camp and together look forward to the bigger picture of a united America.God bless America and the whole world-Grace Abaho Sr,INDEPENDENT BLOGGER.

ONE UGANDA, ONE PEOPLE: “MORE THAN JUST THE COLORS”




The words of Joseph Addison: “When I look upon the tombs of the great, every emotion of envy dies in me; when I read epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire goes out; when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tombstone, my heart melts with compassion; when I see the tombs of parents themselves, I consider the vanity of grieving for those whom we must quickly follow: when I see kings lying by those who deposed them, when I consider the rival wits placed side by side, or the holy men that divided the world with their contests and disputes, I reflect with sorrow and astonishment on the little competitions, factions and debates of mankind. When I read the several dates of the tombs of some that died yesterday, and some that died six hundred years ago, I consider the great day when we shall all be contemporaries, and make our appearance together

Several things have happened that have incessantly called us to listen to Fear and yet we keep sliding away the fear just to find comfort in the very places where our greatest fear(s) is.Every time we shut down the alarm to this call, we are deliberately saying,  “we hear but let’s pause briefly and see what happens”. Really? Has that ever been a solution when the call is so loud? That, I do not remember. If you don’t listen to Fear; toHistory; it comes back to haunt you. There is a feel-good statement we often tell ourselves, “let bygones be bygones” but: at times ,we ought to come face to face with what history is telling us in the background or else we are bound to crippling the last ounce of hope to the  very bare teething issues in our midst.
I recently read that Andrew Mwenda at long last vowed to fight the FDC to the end but if that’s the case, it’s just going to be one of the toughest vows he has ever made, the teething issues are not just faced by this party. Since by virtue of the fact that I am party to the FDC(a whole political party with many subscribers), I am personally  going to throw away the kid gloves this time and we shall have a mature conversation at the adults table—between Mwenda and I. Exhibits A,B,C&D show how this is yet the most interesting journey of my role play in the swaggerific revolution-each day I share my opinion on anything that unites this country and the world in general, at the back of my mind I always  have the phenomenal Edith Wharton’s words: “an air worth breathing is the air of ideas”. Whether we disagree or not, please let’s keep interacting.
I have attempted to think that we would get this finished by a round-table-talk but I have had futile attempts—no one should say I didn’t try. A while ago, I asked my friend Andrew whether we would meet again after a long time, he screamed yes. Unfortunately, I was out of town and we scheduled to meet when I was back. He had the chance to fool me (I at times think he did, since it was April 1st, he told me we could meet up at his office but he flown off to Boston—as per the intel he later gave me in a message)—I do not share this story out of rage, I share it because I would respect Mwenda for us to weigh in on the third alternative, synergy: that’s the worth of all that effort, read on.
As a university student, in my negotiation class and also the debates I had with the law class (the Positivists and Naturalists debate), we were encouraged to read Roger Fisher and William Ury’sbook, GETTING TO YES, I have since been in the know of two things—the ‘principled approach’ versus the ‘positioned’ approach. Part of the aforementioned effort to have a one-one with Andrew was brought into play by this book. I have unfortunately been made inactive, may not meet soon since the ‘fight’ is on(much as I am hanging by the thread, I am only interested in one fight with Andrew, the battlefield of ideas), that leaves me with nothing but a choice of telling Andrew how I look at him today and which  may worsen tomorrow-read on.
I HAVE THEREFORE I AM Vs. I AM BECAUSE WE ALL ARE’
Andrew Mwenda is a mere political intermediary: He is a man whose besetting vices are self-righteousness and reductionism; he under-estimates the force of political passions—I have continually told him but he never listens but he wants to be listened to: evidential proof herein.
He wishes to enjoy the fruits of politics without paying the price or noticing the pain(Dear Mwenda,does it ever come to your mind that being in prison in a totalitarian regime is an occupational hazard for those who challenge it?). He likes the fruit and not the tree; he wishes to pluck each fruit: liberty, honesty in government, good Medicare, economic prosperity, employment for the populace…. Etc. Thus by definition outside politics or he may think that politics is simply the acts of political parties and politicians—thus narrowing the scope of politics drastically and unrealistically. But steeply though he draws such lines, he always leaves some place for politics. He merely tries to scrub it down, clean it up and tether it firmly until the terrier becomes a fairly lifeless, if respectable, lap-dog. Honestly, he is the guy whose last act of betrayal reads: money is better business.
We are here on earth to help each other, W.H.Audenironically remarked, but what others are here for, only God knows. Let me shock you. I knew Andrew because he was an outspoken journalist against the Museveni government in the day. I am not sure Museveni answered his hurts, since all he complained about have worsened today, but I can make some guesses. He visited and still visits state house and Rwakitura—if you are unaware, this is a brown-envelope insinuation I am making herein. The words of Dag Hammarskjold: “You cannot play the animal in you without wholly becoming the animal, play with falsehood without forfeiting your right to truth, play with cruelty without losing your sensibility of mind. He who wants to keep his garden tidy doesn’t reserve plot for weeds”. Simply put, there is something strange that must have gone on with Andrew—just like junk food and lack of exercise can ruin an athlete’s condition, so does the brown envelopes. If he still reads the bible, I will leave the word of scripture in Phil 2:4: “Do not merely look for your personal interests but also the interests of others”, thus sayeth the LORD.
I have tried all possible ways to paint the picture for my friend Andrew but failed - I thought of something that will possibly make it up to me, a fable from the renowned educator R.H.REEVES, THE ANIMAL SCHOOL.PS: Read with your heart, soul and mind, here we go:
Once upon a time, the animals decided they must do something heroic to meet the problems of a “New World”, so they organized a school. They adopted an activity curriculum consisting of running, climbing, swimming and flying. To make it easier to administer, and all animals took all the subjects.
The duck was excellent in swimming, better in fact than his instructor, and made excellent grades in swimming, but he was very poor in running. Since he was low in running, he had to stay after school and also drop swimming to practice running. This was kept until his web feet were badly worn and he was only average in swimming. But average was acceptable in school, so nobody worried about that except the dark.
The rabbit started at the top of the class in running, but had a nervous breakdown because of so much make-up in swimming.
The squirrel was excellent in climbing until he developed frustrations in the flying class where his teacher made him start from the ground up instead of the tree from top-down. He also developed charley horses from over-exertion and he got a C n climbing and a D in running.
The eagle was a problem child and had to be disciplined severely. In climbing class he beat all the others to the top of the tree, but he insisted on using his own way of getting there.
At the end of the year, an abnormal eel that could swim exceedingly well and could also run; climb and fly a little had the highest average and was valedictorian.
The prairie dogs stayed out of school and fought the tax levy because the administration would not add up digging and burrowing to the curricullum.They apprenticed their children to the badger and later joined the groundhogs and gophers to start a successful private school”. THE END. My friend Andrew and that disagree should be a very smart enough to interpret this fable. I will leave it at that therefore.
Edwin Markham on the golden rule once said: “we have committed to the golden rule by memory, let us now commit it to life”. Basically, our country can’t get any better if our leaders and the agents do not stop for a little while and pause to question themselves into the other person’s shoe: Life’s urgent and most persistent question, what are you doing for others?,Dr.King once noted. Between now and the next time you read from me, Andrew, I am going to believe that maybe you will be present to attune to beating down the single story-syndrome as I earlier noted. And for that one reason, if you have read that,ChimandaNgoziAdichiestays on the list for people I can bank on. In the AMERICANAH, she says: “If you don’t understand, ask questions. If you are uncomfortable asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway. It is easy to tell when a question is coming from a good place. Then listen more. Sometimes people just want to be heard”. PS: the worst form of ignorance is a closed mind.
If I have over-stated the truth, please bear with me and forgive me and where I lack the grain of truth, may the LORD find a way of putting it right. Sincerely: GraceAbaho Sr, INDEPENDENT BLOGGER.