eed of a nation is for fresh leadership – both of the government and the opposition. A generation of ‘royal’ pretenders squandered the wealth of the nation and blotched the record of the realm – a change is imperative for survival. A coming change is more improbable than probable: as the plunderers hold reins and are vulnerable to change. Such are the times we live in. Changing pillows won’t do; a system overhaul is required, overseen by a fresh team with a new captain in charge. Placing the old guards in power again – is to fall in line to their wicked ways?
Clintons contributed in bringing Trump to the forefront. Americans took to the streets more to say “told you so” early – to cover the coming embarrassment as ridicule is round the corner. They want to distance themselves openly from those that voted for Trump. Impeachment is the final remedy. It would put the government in a spin, as Donald is no quitter and would end in a blow up. Uncle Sam, why the hell did you plumb for slimy Billy and slippery Hillary with so many Jacks and Jills around? Mr. Stars and Miss Stripes went to town with the establishment and came back home with an unchained mongrel? Let’s hear from dear Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines for his impressions on Donald Duck as he comes to Washington DC to take lodgings in the White House. A repetition of the Wild West is on show.
Let’s search for a model to suit our culture as the Americans did to match their ethos. Surely not one Donald Trump, as our mumbo jumbo culture is more refined and civilized than their Las Vegas tenets. Poor Trump might find it hard locating Sri Lanka given an unmarked map of the Indian Ocean. Such are Presidents of the USA made of today?
"Democracy prevailed - a verdict that gave strength to the silent majority. Would our local silent majority that votes first and thinks later get it wrong in the absence of a proper alternate? "
Would our people – majority shirtless and sleeveless – succumb to sinister insider deals and build bricks to entrench families or plumb for an outsider to emerge out of the non -political class to penetrate the most exclusive club of all? Poor and uneducated are easily manipulated - votes on empty stomachs with mental faculties under done. Yet Salute them! When placed to a back of a wall for a peppering, came back triumphantly knocking terrorism out of sight and out of mind. Time to arise again folks, against mock good governance; yet be mindful not to re-install a fallen administration, in the absence of any other. Two established political parties desire to recycle rubbish instead of sending talent scouts to comb the periphery scenting for fresh blood. Dynasties butt ends and sidekicks control political parties. Northern voters pumped for Clinton for reasons obvious known and smashed a thousand coconuts in the process. Forever they are losers. Don’t ask their Colombo cousins and hear unintelligible vague responses? Understandably it’s too close to home in their quest for a lifelong desire to talk their minds freely in the open. Hillary would open a can of worms for the North but Trump instead may deliver foul fowl? Sri Lanka is too small for him: it’s his advisors that need attention. Leave it to the Foreign Ministry to get things wrong. Don’t like most things Sampanthan does or says but still he is one of the few leaders that lead a simplistic honest life in a generation that went to seed.
No admirer of Trump but for his spunk - emerged as a one - man band without a leader or a party or followers. He appealed to the People. Republican Party gave him the nominations not out of choice but because of its caucuses and membership; cadres supported his candidature at the primaries for the want of change; Republican hierarchy opted out after they were own failed bids and disowned the choice of their membership. Republican leadership preferred a Washington dervish in Clinton but the constituents held faith with Donald Duck. Media crossed the limits of tolerance of balanced reporting turned crooked with cooked opinion polls. Democracy prevailed - a verdict that gave strength to the silent majority. Would our local silent majority that votes first and thinks later get it wrong in the absence of a proper alternate?
"Northern voters pumped for Clinton for reasons obvious known and smashed a thousand coconuts in the process. Forever they are losers. Don’t ask their Colombo cousins and hear unintelligible vague responses"
Mahinda Rajapaksa, twice defeated, ceases to be infallible, disqualified as a presidential candidate keeps knocking at the door of any office in the offing in his dotage. Is he seeking to show strength that he needs to negative many allegations thrown at his family wildly by displaying he is on a comeback trail? Is he thinking of the nation or his endangered family first? Mindful, his brother Gotabhaya is a more acceptable candidate except to the minorities whose votes do count would vote overwhelmingly against Gota unless economic indicators downturn. Instead MR chooses as his bearer an old reliable fogey fit for political embalming. His odd job men double up as family retainers for small ‘walawwas’. Sri Lankans must be grateful to MR for providing the finest hour to this country. He undid the good by overdoing the unwanted.
Ranil Wickremesinghe is a heartbeat away from Hillary Clinton in the Losers Cup: serial failure but sensibility prevailed to allow a proxy to contest and anoint him as an illegitimate Prime Minister. From a fake position of strength, extracted leeway to gain a favourable general election result that provided him the right to persist as a legitimate PM. The carbon copy at home knows unlike Clinton to find the way to reach his desired goal. By gad, sir, he is a lot more intelligent than the celluloid Clinton couple. Yet, his time was numbered by day 200 of governance: by the loss of reputation of a genuine ‘Mr. Clean’ by trying to safeguard the ugly and being unmindful of the needs of the downtrodden and the critical middle classes.
"The Government needs take just one more step to make a joiner of the Opposition forces by handing the Constitution making to the boys of the LSSP instead of the party loyalists in the UNP as with the disastrous 19th Amendment"
President Sirisena does not require a paragraph: few sentences are sufficient to cover him as he competes for the third berth with a rejuvenated JVP as his competitor at future elections? He comes into reckoning only if he can outdo the spheres where MR gains mileage. Sirisena cannot change stances as he depends on the North to see him through his term of office and could not break his moorings from the UNP. Options would not be taken - MR would forge ahead of him. He would be treated as an esteemed prisoner in a UNP penitentiary.
The Government needs take just one more step to make a joiner of the Opposition forces by handing the Constitution making to the boys of the LSSP instead of the party loyalists in the UNP as with the disastrous 19th Amendment. Historically, most leftists end their lives in the lap of the rightwing parties and become the smartest part of the outfit. In the old days LSSP was held high on integrity: hopefully it is so today too as Constitution making is - as my periscope indicates - just what the Joint Opposition awaits gleefully hoping the LSSP lads would deliver the crown on a platter?