TRUMP: A Pre-mortem? Or, Death By A Thousand Cuts?

Submitted by Caleb Pilgrim

To return to Trump ….Today is day 1075 since President Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. According to the Washington Post, by December 16, 2019, he, Trump, had made a mere 15,413 false or misleading statements (otherwise known as lies). Some claim that he even lied about his father, Fred Trump’s place of birth.

Arguably, the Post’s figures might well have been inaccurate. We do not know and we will never know the exact number of lies Trump would have told family, friends, acquaintances, strangers, his Cabinet members individually or collectively, or even lies he might have told himself during the period. The Post’s figures might therefore have been limited to his “public” lies, and the Post’s estimate far too low.

Such has been POTUS’s achievement here – a far cry from President George Washington who allegedly never told a lie – that American social scientists have now developed a new category pertaining to lies: awarding politicians, such as Trump, “the bottomless Pinocchio”. He is clearly unable to control his lying; a medical condition sometimes known as “mythomania”.

By contrast, a pastor friend, a diehard Trump supporter and a black evangelical here in the N.E USA, like another friend and former Barbados unsuccessful political candidate in last year’s May 24, 2018 election; these see Trump, notwithstanding his “truthful hyperbole” as a great man of destiny. To be fair, the Pastor’s wife, more wise, more discerning, early intimated that as far as she could see “God is not the author of confusion”.

The die, however, has now been cast; the Mueller Report completed; the transcript made available; the Whistleblower’s report publicized; ditto the IG’s report; the respective House Committees have done their inquiries and Reports. and the House has voted its two Articles of Impeachment. The Senate reconvenes in short order.

It now remains for the Senate under Chief Justice Roberts to schedule and conduct its impeachment trial of the President, a rarity, in the context of looming Primaries and a 2020 Presidential election. Senators McConnell and Graham, prospective jurors in any impeachment trial, have said that they already decided the matter. What happens if or when Senator Schumer and the Democratic Senate minority somehow file with C.J Roberts a motion to disqualify McConnell and Graham and any other juror who has already prejudged the matter? And, witnesses such as Bolton and Mulvaney? Remember that for many Republicans Trump remains the only game in town.

It is therefore appropriate to essay some brief, if random, remarks on POTUS, his Administration, certain of its policies and his prospects at this juncture.

In using the term “pre-mortem”, I do not mean to suggest that Trump’s defeat this November is a foregone conclusion. We have been here before with disastrous consequences, as former Secretary of State Clinton belatedly discovered. In a sense, he must harp on the economy. and his apparent “success” …. the economy stupid”?

Yet, there is an inescapable law of diminishing returns. Just ask any older man. (Even King David, 1 Kings 1, when he was old and cold). This law, it seems, applies in almost every sphere, including politics.

Consider a politician, a man not unlike Trumpf who thinks one way. He then speaks a second way. He then acts a third way. He trifles, obfuscates, deflects, dissembles, even lies. Bullshit and trivia persist as standard, daily political fare. His public, usually fickle, often misinformed, uninformed or even dis-informed. But, as Lincoln remarked, you can trick them some of the time, but not all of them all of the time.

As reasonable people, we must therefore resist the idea of The Idiot Posing as Intellect, or some Trump (The Tramp-in-Chief), a renegade bolshevik businessman and Putin stooge masquerading and declaring himself (soi-disant) a man of high IQ and “a very stable” geni-ass. (Cf. his late Wharton School Professor, William T. Kelley, a nonagenarian, who described him as “the dumbest goddam student” he, Professor Kelley, ever had in more than 40 years teaching at Wharton; Kissinger’s reference to him as not having “a very orderly mind”; or Tillerson’s description of him – unretracted – as a “moron”; his former lawyer, Attorney Cohen’s testimony that he pressured Fordham and Wharton not to release Trump’s academic transcripts; his absence from the Dean’s list at Wharton despite his boast that he had graduated “top of his class” at Wharton; all in the context wherein he (Trump) demanded to see President Obama’s transcripts and academic materials). Truly, a man of seemingly impregnable, untouchable ignorance, with legions of rats of all varieties scurrying around upstairs.

Perhaps, Republican Senator Romney, when he was thinking more clearly, had Trump’s measure, when he counseled Trump against releasing his tax returns, and then subsequently described him as a “fraud” and a “conman”. Thus, by way of example, Trump has always proclaimed his love for the military. Yet, beyond his serial draft dodging, and whatever his personal demons, the only war he (Trump) seems ever to have fought may well have been limited to some gilded boudoir with relatively expensive “toys” such as “Stormy” Daniels and Karen McDougal, going rate between US $125K and $150K.

No one can say that he (Trump) had been in the US Air Force; then exiled himself to Canada, Sweden, Denmark, the U.K., or elsewhere, rather than kill so-called “gooks” in the “swamps” and muddy/paddy fields of Vietnam. He made the great escape. He now poses as a “chicken hawk”, like many another draft dodger.

The Reader might still note that in terms of re-election strategy, it is still open to Trump and his advisers to start a war, if necessary, and before the elections, if this will gee up his domestic support. E.g in the case of Iran. Many a red blooded American would then rally to “the cause”, with typical shouts of “USA” “USA”. The problem will be one of graduated response and escalation? In response, the Ayatollahs and the Iranian National Guard may have to decide on the feasibility of shutting down the Gulf – following up on their attack on Saudi oil infrastructure some time ago. Beyond profiteering by armaments manufacturers, the military-industrial complex, billionaire investors, what would be the implications for the world economy, OECD and LDC countries and the least developed countries?

As to the issue of race, Trump’s re-election strategy, the Black, Latino and minority vote.

Fortunately, many no longer deny the fact that POTUS is a racist. For too long, the naive denied this fact, despite the overwhelming evidence, (his spawning of birtherism, his notorious ads about the Central Park Five after their sentences had been vacated and all criminal charges against them withdrawn; the EEOC housing discrimination complaints against him – I would not be surprised if there was not at least one Barbadian family allegedly victim of his housing discrimination; his abuse of African countries and Haiti as “s—hole” countries; his attacks on the inner city as “rat and rodent infested”; his own admission that he is a “white nationalist”).

As to his palpable disdain for Mexicans, rumor once did percolate that his daughter, Tiffany, had dated a wealthy Mexican young man while at Wharton. Imagine some Mexican with his grubby paw on his beautiful, pristine, blonde, blue-eyed daughter! Enough to make a “nationalist” nauseous! Who knows the source(s) of his animus against Mexico and Mexicans?

To my mind, to deny that President Trump is a good old fashioned racist largely surrounded by white supremacist advisers, such as Stephen Miller, is like witnessing a man in a bank, pointing his gun at employees and customers on the bank’s floor, and denying that the gunman was a bank robber. What stupid poppy cock!

Yet, Trump can still make inroads into the Black Vote (with “Blacks For Trump” and some of his allies). What if Trump and his advisers, including Secretary Carson, following the reparations advocates decide to expend some political capital and give black families some sort of money (not “40 acres and a mule”, far less will do), or even Yang’s “Freedom Dividend”? Many a hungry belly black may well be seduced by such an obvious political ploy and vote for Trump.

As to his foreign policy, unlike the Kennedy Doctrine, the Johnson Doctrine, the Nixon Doctrine, and others, the Trump doctrine seems at best a series of ad hoc, incoherent, non-sequential non-points, never going beyond slogans such as “MAGA” and “America First”, reflecting Trump’s typical, torrential nonsensical tweets.

Several decades ago, the British Yearbook of International Law kindly published an article that I had written on some aspects of trade in the natural resources of Namibia (1990?). The French Revue des Revues subsequently dismissed the article in two words “tres interessante”. However, we all got it wrong. There was/is no such country as Namibia, per Trump in one of his recent addresses to the UNGA, He should be forgiven for not knowing the name of such a namby pamby “s–hole” country. And, thank God for small mercies insofar as he did not confuse Namibia with NAMBLA.

Imagine, also, that iyou were an immigrant, a green card holder, and a veteran who had been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria. You return “home” to the USA. You find yourself in conflict with the law, felony or misdemeanor. You are convicted in a court of law. You are then deported to Mexico courtesy of a Commander-in-Chief who never served. (ICE officials who might never have served either). And, there are several hundreds such deported veterans in limbo in Mexico, a country they would have left in their very early childhood when their parents brought them to the US as minor children.

We need not speak of the moral obloquy involved in Trump’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents and caging them, with resulting psychological problems.

In the final analysis, in Trump, we have a man singularly classless, embarrassingly clueless, uninformed and unfathomably uncouth. Bristling with hubris, fire and brimstone, he is more the common man’s” Lord Haw Haw”. But, give him credit. He has normalized the abnormal…He has successfully weaponized unspeakable, mass ignorance and intellectual dishonesty in the U.S. No wonder he says he loves “the poorly educated”). He has so consolidated his leadership of the Republican Party, and might yet demoralize his divided 2020 democratic opposition, all with untold implications.

Caveat: As I have said, always beware of any politician who promises that he will end corruption and “drain the swamp”. Experience teaches that he merely brings in his own new, personal swamp, a la Trump.

A second term, however, is no picnic. Just as Nixon defeated George McGovern overwhelmingly and was then driven from Office, early in his second term; just as Bill Clinton’s Presidency was almost derailed early in his second term by the Lewinsky affair, so too Trump’s chickens may come home to roost before any second term or early in his second term if he should win. Few, if any, at any rate, can indefinitely survive a thousand cuts.

1,453 comments

  • @ Ewart Archer February 10, 2020 9:16 AM

    Cheerleader for Hispanics? You got to be stark raving bonkers!

    The only group of people in the Americas the miller would act a cheerleader for are the descendants of those whom the deadly Europeans came and found and decimated.

    And that you can bet your last Jim Crow cent that the Trumpeter & Family will be the first on that persona-non-grata list of undesirable immigrants (including the stupid the blacks).

    All white Americans prior to the great invasion of the unwashed out of Europe can be considered as undocumented and unwelcome hungry diseased-ridden immigrants who took away the lands from the indigenous peoples by vis et armis.

    What are now called Texas and California today were once part of Mexico aka Hispanic America.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Mr Blogmaster: we have seen two impeachments in our short lifetimes of the three in US history of 240 plus year … so senor based on that and the marked political polarization … seen under Speaker Gingrich, piqued during Bush’s war escapades, explosively deployed at Obama and now used with a vengence by this president then OF COURSE impeachment is all about the POLITICS.

    It was crafted in the US constitution as a POLITICAL remedy for a ‘malfeasor’ in the WH, otherwise a president would be prosecutable by law enforcement agencies, not so!

    I get your drift that the process is supposed to be a non-partisan affair but that is a lark perpetuated by the US and that hubris @Pilgrim mentions.

    One Republican senator looked honestly at the evidence and said the acts were impeachable … at leat five others said the act was wrong but somehow accepted that the president of their union has the power to invite a foreign power into US politics …. AND… their Senate leader stated without ethical or legal ‘shame’ that he was going to coordinate the impeachment trial completely with the WH…

    Of course it’s POLITICAL …

    Consider… a Congress impeached a president because he asked a favor for fellatio from a star struck WH intern and then said it was perfect! Republicans demanded he be found guilty for bringing the presidency into disrepute (and more precisely for perjury) and obstruction of justice (and of Congress).

    Another Congress impeached a president for seeking personal pleasure this time with election tampering via a foreign power (abuse of power) and too obstruction of justice … this time the Republicans said what nonsense.

    So sex in the WH is imperfect and impeachable and an abuse of a president’s power over a supplicant, single female…but seeking to subvert US national power is absolutely perfect and non impeachable and pellucidly not an abuse of a president’s power over a supplicant leader of a nation desperate for US help!

    Yep, that called POLITICS!

    The “long knives approach” is simply political VENGENCE…. which is an ABUSE OF POWER…. another Impeachment is IMPOSSIBLE so he will break all the ‘high crimes and misdemeanor’ barriers with impunity.

    And yes that is the democracy which we love and we pray it continues as fickle as it may be… the alternative is anarchy and a break out of civil war strife…or a Putin style 20 years as Pres.

    Let’s stick with the incredulity of democracy.. it’s still the best of all our effed up governance modes!

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  • CouPeachment… SCHIFF, NADLER AND THE DEMOCRATS RUNNING A COUP AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP UNDER THE GUISE OF IMPEACHMENT

    Trump Derangement Syndrome… THE BETTER PRESIDENT TRUMP DOES THE WORSE HE’S HATED BY THE LEFT, IT’S CALLED TRUMP-DERANGEMENT-SYNDROME.

    It Was All BS… TRUMP HAS BEEN ACQUITTED OF ALL ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT LEVELED BY VICIOUS, EVIL, AND DIRTY LEFTIST POLITICIANS, WHO CARE NOTHING FOR THE AMERICAN FAMILY.

    WHAT’S FOR DINNER? NOT ONLY IS THE STATE OF OUR UNION STRONG SO IS THE STATE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AFTER 3 YEARS OF DEMOCRAT SCAMS AGAINST HIM.

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  • @ Blogmaster:

    Let me digress for a minute to pay tribute to the recently departed, Kamau Brathwaite. (R.I.P). He represented the best in some of us, Barbadians.

    He was a visiting Professor at Yale @ 1988 or 1989 attached, I believe, to the Department of African-American studies. I happened to audit a course he taught in which he included some of the works of Claude MacKay, who some consider the big voice of the Harlem Renaissance. In addition to “Banjo”, Kamau would have urged us to appreciate MacKay’s poem, “If we must die”.
    https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44694/if-we-must-die.

    A short poem which Sir Winston Churchill used to rally the British in one of his broadcast seeking to rally the Brits against the vicious Nazi onslaught, but which poem Churchill, an arch imperialist, could only attribute to an “unknown writer”.

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  • @ Caleb

    Thank you for mentioning the late Kamau, on of the greatest four or five Caribbean poets and certainly the best Barbados has ever produced. He compares with Cesaire, Walcott, MacKay, Guillen and Jose Marti. I am still waiting to see how the nation will recognise this great cultural icon and how his old school (a former Barbados Scholar) will mark his passing.
    By the way, Claude MacKay, the great Jamaican, WAS the voice of the Harlem Renaissance; his poem, If I must Die, was recited by Churchill before launching the war.
    Is there a Barbados canon? Certainly BU does not do culture.

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  • @ Hal:

    Indeed, Sir. Your point is well taken. Kamau also during his time at Yale invited D Walcott – who was at Harvard at the time – to come up to Yale and do a lecture inclusive of a poetry reading. Among other things, he helped us to get a better grasp of who we are and who we ought to be amid the maelstrom of cultural imperialism.

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  • “To read Kamau Brathwaite is to enter into an entire world of human histories and natural histories, beautiful landscapes and their destruction, children’s street songs, high lyricism, court documents, personal letters, literary criticism, sacred rites, eroticism and violence, the dead and the undead, confession and reportage. An epic of one man (containing multitudes) in the African diaspora, Brathwaite’s world even has its own orthography and typography, demanding total attention to the poem, forbidding casual glances. Born to Slow Horses is a major book from a major poet. Here political realities turn into musical complexities, voices overlap, history becomes mythology, spirits appear in photographs. And, in it what may well be the first enduring poem on the disaster of 9/11, Manhattan becomes another island in the poet’s personal archipelago, as the sounds of Coleman Hawkins transform into the words and witnesses and survivors. Throughout Born to Slow Horses, as in his earlier books, Brathwaite has invented a new linguistic music for subject matter that is all his own.”

    Poet Kamau Brathwaite reads from Born to Slow Horses

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  • @ Caleb

    Kamau died having a battle with both the DLP and BLP governments about land he owned near the airport on which he wanted to build a cultural centre. They denied him planning permission.
    Have you noticed the Mottley government has not made an announcement on Kamau, days after his death. She is a former minister of culture. We live in a land of philistines.

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  • How are we going to remember the life of Kamau Brathwaite and celebrate his many gifts – both as a nation and on BU?(Quote)

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  • Are going to apologize for making another false statement?

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  • “Are going to apologize for making another false statement?”

    @ David BU

    Don’t expect any apology from “Lord Perfect,” remember, he does not make mistakes or false statements.

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  • @ Blogmaster &
    @ Hal

    I personally believe that a national and/or regional honor is in order. Perhaps, CARICOM might be encouraged to make an Award of the Caribbean Community, or a suitable laureate honor, by way of formal application/nomination by the Barbados Government, honoring Kamau.

    The Barbados Government might also again honor Mr. Brathwaite, posthumously, as the nation’s poet laureate.

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  • Correction: Order of the Caribbean Community? If he was not awarded it during his lifetime, or some similar honor, posthumously.

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  • @ Caleb

    You are right. The president, a former minister of culture, has made a tribute, expressing her condolences. Unless I have missed something, that is all.
    For our greatest ever poet, there should b a national service of remembrance, he should be honoured with a Fellowship, and one of our main thoroughfares should be named after him.
    I am not talking about naming a primary school, but a great boulevard. For a good example of how other nations celebrate their cultural icons, go to France, Germany, Italy, Russia. We have not even had a national moment’s silence. Why not make him a national hero?
    As I have said, we do not have a national canon, apart from In the Castle of My Skin (a book published in 1952). It appears as if some are happy with a tribute. We celebrate all kinds of minor politicians and cricketers..
    Even I, a philistine, can see the pressing need to celebrate his life and achievements, even greatness. A man who belongs to our highest cultural pantheon..

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  • The Honourable Dr. Kamau Brathwaite, CHB has been a Companion of the Order of Barbados since 1987.

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  • @Hal Austin February 10, 2020 6:45 PM “there should b a national service of remembrance, he should be honoured with a Fellowship.”

    Ahhhh!!! The service hasn’t taken place yet.

    I like the Fellowship idea, and I know just the young artist (female of course) who should be awarded the first fellowship.

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  • How does anyone know what the government has in store as far as further awarding Brathwaite? Criticize for the sake of it every Rh time.

    Sickening!

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  • Actually we could rename his old secondary school Harrison College, Kamau Brathwaite Secondary School. Or Kamau Brathwaite College. Or Kamau College (I like that, it has a nice ring to it) Whichever. Take the name of the old slave master offa we school and honour Kamau at the same time.

    Who could object?

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  • John
    February 9, 2020 10:19 PM

    TRUMP: A Pre-mortem? Or, Death By A Thousand Cuts?
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    An alternative title could have been “Democrats: Suicide by a Thousand Cuts”

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    Could also add instead of pre-mortem predictable!!

    Democrats: “Predictable Suicide by a thousand cuts”

    So what’s happening in New Hampshire?

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  • Is everybody in New Hampshire at Trump’s Rally?

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  • @ John:

    Re gloating over the New Hampshire Primary, and any possible Democrats “suicide”, NOT YET!!!!

    Never rub your hands so early. Remember Mike Flynn, “Lock her Up” and his prison date; Remember Roger Stone now facing 7 to 9 years, if the Prosecutor has his way? The “swamp” is a long way from being drained. Take your time lest you croak/crow too early.

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  • @ John:

    I appreciate your eagerness. But why your apparent haste to ignore honoring one of ours, Professor Kamau B, in deference to returning to your idol, Trump, your “representative of the proletariat”. I am still recovering from your latter argument. Not even Trump himself could have made that crooked argument with a straight face?

    What psychology is it that simply causes you to ignore the recommendations of Hal and Silly Woman and their ideas? Even The Freedom Croaker, despite her legendary, infinite, daily plagiarism, would, I believe, concur in reasonable attempts to have Kamau given his proper due: starting with renaming a national boulevard as Hal recommended; and/or Silly Woman’s recommendation that Harrison College be re-named after Kamau; (All Harrisonians should pressure their Governing Body accordingly. I seem to recall some scuttle but that he started at Cawmere before transferring to HC as many did in his generation), and/or a Fellowship or Endowed Chair at Cave Hill be named after Dr. Brathwaite).

    Really, y’all should make this your cause and move it forward and brook absolutely no contradiction.

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  • One last thought this end. Involve Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor, Cave Hill in the discussion …

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  • @ Caleb

    If the president had used the borrowed money for the demolition of the NIS building and the Probyn Street fire station to build a park instead to renovate the Empire building as the National Cultural Centre, then a good idea would be to erect a statute of Kamau at the front in honour of a great cultural icon.
    But you must remember this is a nation that every year sends senior civil servants and politicians to London, the theatre capital of the world, and few, if any, visit the theatre, the great museums or art exhibitions. We do not do culture.
    Prior to 2006, Kamau (or Eddie as some called him) went to the Barbados consulate in New York to renew his Barbados passport. He asked the clerk to write in, after his name, Companion of Honour (a status in the UK higher than knight or peer), and the young man barked: what is that (in real Bajan)? I do not know what that is and am not going to write it in. Kamau was disappointed.
    Your suggestion that BU should launch a campaign to recognise Kamau is a good one. I remember walking in Walcott Square iin St Lucia shortly after Walcott won the Nobel Prize.

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  • The Empire wallls have to be knocked down.

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  • Caleb Pilgrim
    February 11, 2020 5:17 AM

    @ John:
    Re gloating over the New Hampshire Primary, and any possible Democrats “suicide”, NOT YET!!!!
    Never rub your hands so early. Remember Mike Flynn, “Lock her Up” and his prison date; Remember Roger Stone now facing 7 to 9 years, if the Prosecutor has his way? The “swamp” is a long way from being drained. Take your time lest you croak/crow too early.

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    Just having some fun throwing a sprat … looks like I caught another sprat!!

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  • Caleb Pilgrim
    February 11, 2020 5:46 AM

    @ John:
    I appreciate your eagerness. But why your apparent haste to ignore honoring one of ours, Professor Kamau B, in deference to returning to your idol, Trump, your “representative of the proletariat”.

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    Never took to poetry, most exposure I had was Orpheus in first form but I survived untouched.

    Heads Marshall introduced us to Horatius in Latin and I remember bits of the poem describing his stand on the bridge over Father Tiber.

    Then out spoke brave Horatius, the Captain of the Gate:
    “To every man upon this earth, death cometh soon or late;
    And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,
    For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods,

    In yon strait path, a thousand may well be stopped by three:
    Now, who will stand on either hand and keep the bridge with me?’
    Then out spake Spurius Lartius; a Ramnian proud was he:
    “Lo, I will stand at thy right hand and keep the bridge with thee.”
    And out spake strong Herminius; of Titian blood was he:
    “I will abide on thy left side, and keep the bridge with thee.”

    And then of course the bloody bits stuck too!!

    That’s the extent of the lines of poetry I run around with in my brain.

    I can remember verses of hymns from morning assembly clearly which could be described as poetry..

    Math, Physics and Chemistry from third form was my passion and languages.

    Enjoyed Vergil and the “iambic pentameter” in fifth form but I don’t run around honouring him nor do I retain much of his work in my brain.

    BTW, how many Bajans, black or white, even dabble in poetry?

    True, I had an uncle who could recite Julius Caesar, Shakespeare, Sir Walter Scott etc in his sleep, literally, and I can remember one line from listening to him recite in his sleep.

    He used to work from 5:00 am to lunch, rest in the afternoon and then work till dinner and beyond.

    So as children spending time at his house we got to hear him when we were put to rest in the afternoons.

    “Down from his horse did Marmion spring when he saw the Lion-King”

    That’s about all I remember and he could recite for hours in his sleep!!

    Years before I was born his family had some visitors from one of the islands and when he started reciting in his sleep they ran out of the house because they thought he was possessed.

    As children however we used to listen attentively and wonder at his ability!!

    Aunt used to chupse!!

    Rediffusion would play the “Music of the Masters” in the afternoon another fond memory from those days.

    I never got to know the title of the music they used to introduce the program but that is all the music I remember from the program back then.

    Anybody remember the name of the introductory music on Rediffusion?

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  • No appreciation for the Humanities John?

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  • Did BU ever carry anything on Kamau Braithwaite and his land at the airport?

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  • A poet is without honour in his own country … until he dies!!

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  • Whatever happened with him and the land he loved?

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  • abb’dy kens rabbie burns

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  • Then out spoke brave Horatius, the Captain of the Gate:
    “To every man upon this earth, death cometh soon or late;
    And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,
    For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods,

    In yon strait path, a thousand may well be stopped by three:
    Now, who will stand on either hand and keep the bridge with me?’
    Then out spake Spurius Lartius; a Ramnian proud was he:
    “Lo, I will stand at thy right hand and keep the bridge with thee.”
    And out spake strong Herminius; of Titian blood was he:
    “I will abide on thy left side, and keep the bridge with thee.”

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    Applied to Kamau Braithwaite it fits like this.

    Kamau took a principled stand against fearful odds.

    However, there were neither a Spurius Lartius nor a Herminius to be found in Barbados to hold the bridge with him.

    Barbados may produce one but not three principled individuals, not likely!!

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  • @ Caleb

    I see bells have been ringing at Providence church in honour of Kamau. Unless I have missed it, where is the National Cultural Foundation? Where is the minister of culture? Where is our poet laurate?
    We are obsessed with the one-dimensionality of BERT and ignore the bigger picture. Barbados is a failed state.

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  • Does Barbados do culture?

    Artist Sonia Boyce is to become the first black woman to represent Great Britain at the prestigious Venice Biennale next year.
    Boyce will fly the flag with a major new exhibition at the world’s most important contemporary art festival.
    She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the offer came as “a real shock, but a real delight as well”.
    The London-based artist rose to prominence in the 1980s as one of the leading lights in black British art.
    Boyce’s Devotional Collection is an archive relating to black British women in music
    She showed a film, Exquisite Cacophony, at Venice in 2015
    Her art has often dealt with themes of race and gender, initially working with pastels and then moving into photography, video, sound and installations.
    “That early work in the 1980s was very much about me being the centre of a lot of those images that I was making, and I would often talk about growing up in the UK, being black and being female, and what it was like at that particular time,” she told Today.
    “And the work has since shifted, which I suppose is what we’re going to be seeing when the show goes to Venice.”
    Boyce was made an MBE in 2007 and was elected to the Royal Academy in 2016. She is also currently creating a large artwork for the new Elizabeth Line railway in Newham, east London.

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  • Re honoring Dr. Kamau B. (@ John and @ Hal)

    @ John: Well stated your description of your rites of passage at HC.

    If you believe that Hal’s recommendations and those of Silly Woman have merit, as I do …. your educational experiences at HC, despite their severe, inherent colonial and neo-colonial limitations (especially insofar as they are often historically, socially and culturally irrelevant to Barbadians), nevertheless render you and others similarly situated uniquely qualified to prevail upon the HC Governing Body (at its next scheduled meeting) to adopt the necessary resolution re-naming the school after one of its most distinguished alumni, and one of our own. We fully understand that some will carp, cavil, object, etc, etc. (We still have Lord Nelson’s statue, despite the lotta long talk).

    On the other hand, the current Admin has a 29-1 majority in the House and, with the requisite political will, could easily move to honour Kamau, re-naming any significant boulevard in his honor, as he well deserved, and as Hal wisely recommended.

    Whatever … At any rate, we should not waste a lot of time on such a relatively simple matter.

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  • Blog master:To return to TRUMP:

    Some BU Readers will no doubt have noted yesterday’s resignation of four (4) US Prosecutors in the Roger Stone trial, February 11, 2020.

    As you will no doubt recall, Stone, one of the President’s henchmen, was convicted some time ago, and the Prosecutors had only relatively recently recommended that the Court impose a sentence of some 7 to 9 years imprisonment on Stone. Trump, of course, predictably blew a gasket, and condemned the Prosecutors.

    See:https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/11/politics/roger-stone-sentencing-justice-department/index.html

    The DOJ, under Barr, caved into such interference by POTUS in a matter of prosecutorial independence and discretion.

    The resignation of 4 such professional Prosecutors is unheard of. Clearly, something is wrong in the state of “Norway”.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Caleb, something was wrong in the state of “Norway” years ago when one side of the political divide in the US said it was OK for a US Pres to FIRE his chief police commander (James Comey) because he refused to curtail an investigation into campaign irregularities or promise unequivocal fealty to the him.

    Something was wrong when a US Pres publicly attacked his chief legal office (Jeff Sessions) with recriminations of NOT protecting him from ‘unfair’ investigations.

    Both of those acts are things associated with a Putin or an Erdoğan or any real world dictator NOT a US leader… not like that… not so brazen and against the rule of law.

    And something is truly wrong when the scenes in a movie of southern US injustice as refreshed in the movie “Just Mercy” actually remind you that TRUTH will NOT set you free when an ENTIRE alternative narrative rules the society.

    So you know what, the state of ‘Norway’ is in these throes because many, many folks who we thought were people on integrity and principle have guffawed, looked the other way and otherwise decided that this Pres has every right to HIS alternative norms of truthfulness!.

    That old quote from the pastor is apt as now as ever; to badly paraphrase.. when they came for the FBI director I laughed as that was not me, when they came after the prosecutors, NSC advisors and Ambassadors I was still amused because they went to other jobs and when they came and uprooted my way of life there was no one able to say, NO… as they were all complicit!

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  • PS:

    @ Hal:

    Sorry but I missed yours “Where is the Minister of Culture”? I dunno. S/he should have seized and capitalized on this relatively easy – but important and worthy – issue, no? His or her absence might well be emblematic of a “failed” or a “failing” state?

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  • bimjimFebruary 10, 2020 4:41 AM

    For the last two years I have been criticising The Liar In Chief of the United Shitholes of America but, after his acquittal in the Senate, yesterday I decided I had enough I refuse to waste another minute of my time fretting about something I cannot change. If Americans want an inevitable Civil War and fall from global respect, so be it. I have therefore stopped Sharing jokes, images, news items, videos and the laters Drumpf scandal on social media, let the Merkan cards fall where they may, whether that be in Russian hands or totally broke.

    I. Gone.

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    Ditto.

    When those Trump lawyers rose to present their “case” I found it difficult to watch. Especially that Dershowitz character. I tuned out and have not tuned back in. These people have no shame. There is no stopping them. They all say the opposite to what they said before. Dershowitz, Lindsey Graham. It is all on video. They do not care. There is nothing to be done with people like that.

    I spent the time watching videos of the Rolling Stones in concert. Time better spent.

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  • BEST 2020 CAMPAIGN AD SO FAR..

    FREEDOM TOTALLY AGREES WITH THESE DEMOCRATS

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  • I spent the time watching videos of the Rolling Stones in concert. Time better spent.

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    You might like this one.

    You and Donald Trump think alike!!

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  • After nearly a week, the government has finally opted for an ‘official’ funeral. But what is an ‘official’ funeral?

    Literary icon the Honourable Edward Kamau Brathwaite, CHB is to be accorded an official funeral on Friday, the Government announced today

    The service to take place at 10 a.m. at the James Street Methodist Church is to be followed by the burial at Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens, Christ Church.
    The body will repose for viewing at the Clyde B. Jones Funeral Home on Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m., and at the church on Friday, February 21, from 9 to 10 a.m. The service is open to all members of the public.
    Barbadians are invited to pay their respects at the service and to sign the condolence books, which will be opened at the viewings.
    Brathwaite, one of the founding members of the West Indian literature movement died on February 4 at age 89.

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  • What is an ‘official’ funeral? Is there such a thing? What is the protocol?

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  • I’ve hear of a state funeral but I guess an official funeral will be one where you will find a lot of officials …. politicians!!

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  • Caleb Pilgim,

    i have read and loved other poetry by Claude McKay but that one was moving. No wonder Churchill used it in that manner. How many of us believe that he did not know its writer? It just could not be acknowledged!

    Great ideas to honour Kamau! I do remember his fight over the land. Don’t remember what the problem was. Terrible that he should have had to endure that! Seems to me a cultural centre close to the airport would have been a good thing. And we do so need to promote thought provoking rather than mind numbing culture!

    John,

    I happen to love poetry. And yes, the Rolling Stones as well. It is true that none of us can always get what we want, That includes Trump. His time will come sooner or later, probably later. Here’s another Rolling Stones favourite that reminds me of Trump.

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  • What is an ‘official’ funeral? What are the protocols? Or is the president making it up as she goes along.

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  • Why not post the question on the prime ministers Facebook page if you dare.

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  • John
    February 15, 2020 7:38 PM

    I’ve hear of a state funeral but I guess an official funeral will be one where you will find a lot of officials …. politicians!!

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    … and any presidents in waiting will be there too I guess.

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  • ohn,
    I happen to love poetry. And yes, the Rolling Stones as well. It is true that none of us can always get what we want, That includes Trump. His time will come sooner or later, probably later. Here’s another Rolling Stones favourite that reminds me of Trump.

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    Wrong dates!!!

    Trump was not around at the time of Jesus Christ nor the Tsar!!!

    They didn’t teach you history at QC?

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  • John,
    I happen to love poetry. And yes, the Rolling Stones as well. It is true that none of us can always get what we want, That includes Trump.

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    I interpret the poem/music to mean Trump saying I am what you need, maybe not what you want, but you need me.

    Of course he is right, people enough don’t want him but like the adult he is, he is saying to the voters its what you need that is important, not what you want.

    Rush Limbaugh – ” In a nation of children Santa Claus wins”!!

    He said that in the 2012 election.

    The United States of America grew up by 2016 …. well most of them!!!

    By 2020 you may very well find most states have matured and will act as adults!!

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