The Way It Is: Aftermath of 6 January Attack on the Capitol

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 19 2021
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Five hundred attackers of the Capitol, Washington D C, on 6 January 2021, soon after US presidential election results were announced, were being questioned but conclusions not given as yet. With 222 Democrat Senators for it and 190 against, Nancy Pelosi’s proposition to establish a special committee for a far reaching enquiry was constituted, with a few Republican Senators joining in. 

I recently read an article titled: Twenty one million Americans say Biden is ‘illegitimate’ and Trump should be restored by violence which amply demonstrates the madness of some Americans who are still followers of Donald Trump. A study by the independent, non-partisan researchers at NORC of the University of Chicago sought to find out the extent of widespread insurrectionist sentiments among US adults. 

They found that 21 million harbour insurrectionist sentiments and have the capacity for violent mobilisation. At least 7 million of them already own guns and at least 3 million have served in the US military and so have lethal skills. ... Only a small percent of people who hold extremist views ever actually commit acts of violence, but our findings reveal how many Americans hold views that could turn then toward insurrection. 

Of the 21M who are followers of Trump and want him back as president next time around, now that Biden cannot be dislodged with false claims of cheating at the polls counting, 63 per cent believe the statement “African American and Hispanic people in our country will eventually have more rights than whites; a belief called ‘The Great Replacement’. 54 per cent agree that ‘a secret group of Satan worshipping pedophiles’ is ruling the US Government.” The research also found that the January 6 insurrection represents a far more mainstream movement than earlier thought of as right wing extremism. 

All the above is about the United States of America and far removed physically from us, but of course as US once-a-senator and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said, we are now a global village and we have to be connected and aware of what goes on even in the most distant of countries. America is well able to look after itself. It is powerful and diverse enough to right wrongs and balance imbalances. 

But, smaller countries are not only poor but lack power. Firstly, by all counts Donald Trump as President was not a good leader. His election against Clinton came as a surprise; it was supposed to have been tilted in his favour by outside forces – Russia was mentioned. Elections in Sri Lanka mercifully have been fair so far and that in large measure was due to the impartiality and strength of the word of the Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapariya, serving in this post from March 2011 to November 2020. Who knows about the future. 

Some even fear Elections will not be held. Trump’s term of service as President was believed to be good by strong nationalists as he brought the US back to the forefront of the world. But to many Americans and to very many of us interested observers, he was erratic, idiotic most times, stubborn and not listening to scientists and advisors. He messed up the COVID-19 pandemic drastically. He was even said to be unstable mentally. Rather justified. Strong parallels exist between that presidential era over there and in the relevant Sri Lankan situation. 

Bigots thrive in America. While Blacks, Whites and Hispanics rallied round the cry of ‘Black lives matter’ and strode in marches for racial equality, there live strong and dangerous, narrow-minded white supremacists. They say even the dreaded Klu Klux Kan raised its head under racist, gun lobby favouring Trump. Over here, there definitely is a shift in unsaid policy but keenly felt. Sinhala Buddhists are touted as superior in numbers and in claim to be citizens of the land, and have as a birthright a claim to being more equal than the Muslims and Tamils. 

Minor transgressions of minority races are highlighted as insurrection and need to be crushed. Of course the Muslims fanatics massacred hundreds of innocent people on Easter Sunday 2019, but an underhand promoter and even financiers are suspected. His Holiness the Cardinal has expressed this but nothing has been achieved in uncovering a master mind and a major motive for the slaughter of innocent Christian worshippers by Muslim fanatics. 

It is a great truth that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. From this follows the statement that has truth in it that presidents can go mad. Trump was certainly psychotic, otherwise how explain his sexual misconduct and lies and fraudulent money deals? Thus every country has to be wary. It is citizens’ duty to monitor and criticise justifiably a Government’s intentions and actions. (Kumari)

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 19 2021

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