Martin Guevara

Donald Trump and Barack Obama

HAVANA TIMES — Well, one era has come to an end, the US people have spoken and chosen Trump as their new president and he has now taken office. Anything else is just nostalgia.

It may not be a reason to rejoice but it’s not a reason to fall into a deep depression either. That is as long as we understand that the democratic game is a sequence of experiments, led by the rotation of the most common and different sentiments among social classes, so as to move forward and to bring cycles to an end.

Even the most amazing cycles we can imagine have to come to an end.

A mishap in elections if well-played can be an opportunity to strengthen the ousted bloc’s beliefs. It’s an invitation for them to wake up and to follow, protect and continue to work on their civil and pacifist achievements. Meanwhile technocrats and businessmen will try to revive business networks and pragmatic areas where they can reveal their more efficient side and take advantage of new paths so as to transmit the wish to live in a free world of progress, harmony and peace.

In the United States, the president can’t do whatever he feels like; he is controlled by a very close and strict, but efficient, power. We can still say that he is the most powerful man in the world when it comes to danger, because he has the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons at his disposal. However, he can’t even fire them on a day of uncontrolled rage or revelry without consulting others first.

On the other hand, Donald Trump is a more predictable person than what he tries to make himself out to be, but a lot more than what you might expect from the most powerful president in the West. Given his little political culture and culture on the whole, as well as his low level of emotional intelligence when compared to his great level of intuition, a strong personality and charisma over short distances.

He’s the kind of person whose discourse can be disgraceful, his jokes unacceptable, but he creates a lively and trustworthy environment in his immediate surroundings without letting those present forget for a second that he’s the one in charge. He inspires the kind of personal loyalty that sects and cults do.

The opposite of Al Gore, whose audience likes his talks but the proximity of his person makes them fall into a deep sleep.

We’ll have to see. Progressive US citizens will have to work hard from now on. They will be on the alert but always watching to see if he will make his worse promises come true and rise up like only the US people know how. And the rest of the world who share the same democratic ideology, embodying the spirit of freedom that the United States has come to symbolize, from time to time, throughout different times in its History. Precisely because the tide is formed there and then sweeps across the face of the Earth, provoking an imitation response or the opposite.

And if it turns out that quick-tempered Trump does more good than bad like many people are afraid he will, well I’ll be happy to take in a deep breath of relief, congratulate him and wish him the best in his new endeavors.

Even though his own team, after the recent electoral campaign, needs to understand that the doubts the rest of the world are having today are more than well-founded.

A new era is upon us, we know the fair players and we accept the rules of the game before breaking into a sweat, so all we can do now is congratulate the winners, take part so that they can do the best they can and if not, work to change them.

The time has come for Trump to shut his mouth and begin to rule. From now on, the ball is in his court and depending on how he deals with his challenges, he will take the following phrase as encouragement or as biting critique, when he hears people shouting as he walks by:

Run Run Donald Gump


5 thoughts on “Time to Shut Up and be President

  • I and others in my circle agreed to never utter the word president and his name together.. it would be an oxymoron . I hope our Canadian leaders can stand up to this narcissistic cyber bully and megalomaniac because heaven forbid that he might force them to use our flights to Cuba in some sort of scheme of economic blackmail to force their hand. With this jerk, I now see that anything is possible.

  • Well, what other choice do we really have? Saludos

  • Oh my! but I have to share the same World, where the danger of the messages of this kind of guys spreading all around it’s huge and close. I only say that we have to keep calm, cold blood, in the meantime keep on watching and acting against the bad politics and excess

  • Anyone who thinks that there was anything fair or indeed particularly democratic about the 2016 U.S. election must be living in a fantasy dream world.
    They need to get down to Disneyland for a dose of reality.

    The USA has a great history.
    It’s conception was ground breaking.
    The US Bill of Rights was a giant step forward for the whole of mankind.
    The USA has a remarkable history and with so many significant achievements.
    But watching this trump circus on my TV????
    To quote a truly great citizen of the USA, ‘The Times They Are A Changin”

    On day one trump and his partners in B***S**t started off with blatant lies about the size of the gathering at his inauguration.
    They weren’t even good lies. They were disproved instantly.
    Start as you mean to go on huh?
    China is powerful, Russia is powerful (less so than previously) and of course the USA is powerful.
    But the USA has always assumed some kind of moral authority.
    This was largely accepted by a significant portion of the world (with certain reservations regarding some tragic ‘foreign policies’).
    But very sadly, any moral authority seems to be slipping.
    Can a government led by this serial abuser of women and serial liar have even a shred of moral authority?

    What this means for lil ol Cuba is anyone’s guess.
    I’m an optimist so I hope for the best.
    As a successful businessman, trump may merely see Cuba as a good business opportunity.
    If this is the case, then Cuba would be getting off lightly in my opinion.

    However his intentions, in so far as he may thus far have any, might not be as benign as that?
    We shall see.

  • It’s easy advice for Martin to give. He doesn’t have to live in the United States during a Trump administration.

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