25 June, 2021

A Flame-Top With A Torch

America’s struggling masses have made this a trickster’s finest hour

A Flame-Top With A Torch

We watched in utter disbelief as a Fanta-coloured fascist with bad hair, small vision and a large ego won. Markets felt its seismic aftershock: Nasdaq nosedived, the Dow went down 800 points. We had thought Hillary would make her story. But instead of her promised shattered glass ceiling, Trump wants a high wall near Mexico and a door slammed to deport Muslims. This son of German and Scottish imm­igrants, who paid undocumented Polish workers a lowly $5 an hour, and was married to a Slovenian who worked illegally in the US before she got her citizenship, will make good on his promise of rounding up 11 million undocumented immigrants. Funds, Congress approval and sheer logistics be damned.

We hope bridges, physical and metaphorical, will be built. Trump has made bombastic promises on much-needed domestic infrastructure—a welcome idea—but has remained vague on resources. He has shortlists (all regressively anti-abortion, pro-gun choices) to succeed Antonin Scalia, the late, unlamented US Supreme Court justice. Trump will try to repeal Obamacare. He will have...

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