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The Pain before the Paen!

By: Basil Jide Fadipe
Medical Surgeon, Teacher, Social Commentator
Justin Fadipe Centre
Commonwealth of Dominica
West Indies
fadipeb@cwdom.dm

Want to talk records ? Here is one. …Attorney at law then …Law professor then …First Lady Arkansas then …First Lady United States then …American senator then …Presidential candidate then …Secretary of State then again …Presidential candidate. One long unbroken career, …a lifetime ….if by half inside public gaze ; and to jig the memory just in case every of her climb mined with gut- wrenching distractions; When it wasn’t a Ken Starr, so called “independent” investigator, conducting inquisitions rather than inquiries it was a partisan congress fiendish kangaroo sessions , witchhuntedly in hot pursuit or the FBI rooting for smoking guns or just own peers ….green eyed rivals or as cruel irony would have it, her own husband …mind-bending philanderous soap operas; ….every of her steps, dogged by every kind of hoops

Yet ….with grace and felinity, she prevailed, poise and purpose her leitmotif “Grow to help as many as you can, for as long as you can, in as many ways as you can ” Or words to that effect . That was the charge to young Hillary Rhodham from mum. Scrutinise her records all of thirty years and counting, that ‘charge’ rooted as it were in authentic ‘Methodist’ tradition has remained Hillary’s chief push and intellectual lodestar. If these don’t command unstinted admiration

Or constitute unchallengeable grounds for presidency what else will. Scout in any part of the world, the United States in particular, to check how many there are who could hold any office or public influence for all or some of thirty years, and all there are to unearth are token misdeameanours …..mal- routed emails and allied trivias. In less than a decade of power or influence, most public officials, I’m certain would be foot or neck deep in some manner of greed or misappropriation, self enrichment or cronyisms, Or all kinds of self indulgent shenanigans each to the grade of a mortal not venial sin

Hillary….Nope !! The Clintons remain some of the most investigated Americans in history!! Yet each witch hunt ( that is what they all are ) turn up only a set of VENIAL sins, …Hillary’s ….no more than “carelessness”, ( FBI chief ) ….. non indictable mole-hills Yet make mountains her distractors wish. In the nature of things , responsibilities such as Hillary’s must needs have involved lots of correspondences, each day heaps enough to mop up endless hours For those who care to know, it is also in the nature of things that the more cerebral of our daily commitments are best executed late in the nights when the world is full of sleep, the air, relatively cleansed of distractions .

Certainly for me, the dead of the night is the prime of my ‘day’, the unique interlude inside my circadian when my neurones shuttle the fastest. And I’m willing to bet it is same for many my kind. Imagine….for the likes of Hillary. For the hard-at- it addictive worker, It is instinctive, in-ostensibly so to never want to part with work; ready even to carry home, unfinished work; ….lie on the sofa or in the quiet of the study, slaving away to beat up on assignments and deadlines , innocently unmindful of what protocols may demand or what regulations may be thereby flouted.

Why in the case of Hillary do detractors seek to make a ‘song and dance’ of this, imputing crime not credit. I suspect only because inside the shark-infested red oceans, of adversarial politics swimmers, more so the naive/ innocent do so at own risk. …each swimming lane, a via dolorosa, the gory attacks hijacking the neutrality of the waters. ….and of course, in the religion of democracy, majority, no matter how wrong is moral. It’s the reason virtue will often be mangled by those who will work themselves into knots inventing untruths and muds against the other.

When a Hillary mindful of mud inventors and slingers proactively girds her loin, witch hunters out to target the ungirded see girded loins they scream ….crucify!!! ….they d rather open flanks, game for their poisoned arrows. Hillary constantly staying a step or two ahead of her detractors, fogging their views, smoking their plots is construed as lack of transparency: why would Hillary or anyone want to live inside a transparency that can only offer assasins perfect aim. Drain the swamp, then demand visibility; not the other way round . So stellar the career and character of Hillary Clinton, the world is unable to resist the constant crave for a piece of her, ever ready to part with thousands, even millions to secure her attention.

What a worth !!! Yet critics, malefactors and detractors would rather cry tally-ho ascribing taint and corruption where they should learn a lesson or two in the merits of self-transformative self slug. Hillary has slugged all her life inventing a Hillary. ….the product a jewel so uniquely precious every market wishes a stake . To not be tempted by the magnetic luster of a self invented Hillary is to be …..at best a visual wreck, at worst a castrate insensate caricature, There are those who would wish to have us believe she bartered office for money They will want to force this absurdity despite knowing as well as anyone else that in or out of office, Hillary’s field force ….its lure and market reach never stops expanding .

To be sure that’s no aberration; ….persons who have selflessly served others particularly via the unique privilege of high office, like vintage wine only appreciate with time, often legendarily too long into life after office. It is the megalomanic self agrandising kleptocrat who vacate office, nobody wishes to see except behind bars Hillary is that “Jewel in the crown ” the perfect fit for the presidency, ….tuesday the 8th her rendez-vous with destiny. ….email hyperboles no more than the travails of a winner, …the pain before the paean.

 

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Until Africa is respected, no black can enjoy respect

Prof. Basil Jide Fadipe
Medical Surgeon, Teacher, Social Commentator

To be black, no matter how straight or nuanced the story behind the blackness, is also in the end more to be viewed as African….. for good or bad.  And though blacks dispersed around the world no longer represent a homogenous group, ….courtesy history and accidents of history and the penetrant or overriding impact of the two on geneticisation and phenotypic pluralisms, to be black ( shade or sound irrespective) is to be tied into the challenged African historiography, ….its labored mix of plusses and minuses deriving from the dreary image problem, fair and unfair, that Africanity for all of its recorded centuries has engendered. Out there in the larger world blackness equates to africanness and with it constantly comes the risk of being kicked to the sociologic kerb or pond base some, more victim than others, but none ever not a victim, one tint or another, in the fierce global dynamics between colors and racial classes.

 

So plenty and so often are the relative minuses of being viewed an African that m many blacks would rather pant away at m historical revisionism, hastily ready to excise any part of a story that seeks to cant them in the direction of an African rootedness. If success can be lumbered with a thousand fathers, failure or any appearance of it can often painfully look an orphan, no one willing to be its parent . The African trajectory till date can hardly be canvassed in colorful inks ; for reasons as much her fault as they are not, her story and her reality a somber concatenation of tasteless misadventures that give her a Cinderalla profile Cinderallas may be many things to many people but never anyone’s envy.

 

To be sure , at the individual level, there are Africans (and blacks generally) whose tenacity of purpose and the attendant exceptionalism have earned them upward mobility, gravitas and uncommon respect, the pervading tendency however has always been to calibrate any black or groups of them against the generic visual scales that the parent continent produces. Those scales have never been flattering and so no black has ever been able to fully escape the wrench, once he wanders away from base . Hyphenated blacks in their various incarnations ( black-American, black english, Caribbean-blacks or black-anything ) are regularly more profiled for the blackness than the hyphens and therefore may be no more than few dangling shades away from the plight of the unhyphenated. The plight of blacks ( hyphenated or not ) is a common one though tangible differentials ( time and space ocassioned) can be imported into the dynamics to pitch one black or group of blacks agsinst another in a craftily calculated and disingenuous attempt by those who may wish to create and exploit wedges .

 

So it is not uncommon to find blacks staking out ‘superiority’ positions between and betwixt themselves, using calibrations that are in reality ungrounded in anything but superfices. Inside campuses and work places around the world it is not uncommon to find particular black grouping viewing itself as superior to another black grouping, disingeniously unmindful of the common plight before all when all the superfices ( or even artifices) are subtracted. For as long as it seems convenient or self serving either to the ego or the moment or the grand purpose, the fratricidality looms larger and larger , playing into the hands of none but the very agents likely to benefit from any wedge .

 

Over years of traveling and mingling with various kinds of blacks and non-blacks , the sobering reality in my view has come to be that the ‘fastest’ blacks ( hyphenated or not ) will on the global stage, always be judged by the standards of the ‘slowest’ blacks. Until the slowest blacks ( however the calibration is done ) anywhere and most certainly in Africa are able to up their game, no black anywhere will ever get his or her full due of respect . The American white , more guiltily so the poorly educated and poorly travelled amongst them , sees every black as an African and his views of Africanness remains hardly improved over the years, buttressed daily by the kind of news about African affairs hitting his optics at every turn . And though his African American brethren has lived next to him for scores of hundred years now , all he still sees of him is an African undeserving of equal status or equal dividends.

 

If only Africa will rise even by her own standards so the benefits of respect can spill over into everything black including for those who now find themselves hyphenated in different lands and climes. It hurts to see how blacks are being felled like game in American cities day upon days . The police kills the black, the media smears the victim and the prosecutor tips the scale; ….over and over, the paranoia of the killer is packaged as acceptable defence inside a sour system that still views the black as a savage import from Africa. Then the post murder parades of talk and analyses, more talk and effete protests ….. then snap into silence. And then again !

 

Africa on her own part must pick up speed to reinvent herself whilst dispersed or hyphenated blacks everywhere on their own part must realize that unless Africa is respected , neither they nor the continental Africans can ever expect to live respectably when once outside of their own genetic base . Taunting each other from inside own respective cubby holes as to who is superior or inferior is being penny wise, pound foolish. Such fratricidal taunts only pull down everyone to the fatigue of all but the detractors .

Professor Basil Jide Fadipe
Medical Surgeon, Teacher, Social Commentator
Justin Fadipe Centre
Commonwealth of Dominica
West Indies
@fadipeb@cwdom.dm

 

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Ben Carson: A Tragic Anomaly

Ben Carson Paradox

By: Basil Jide Fadipe
Medical Surgeon, Teacher, Social Commentator
Justin Fadipe Centre
Commonwealth of Dominica
West Indies
@fadipeb@cwdom.dm

If I’d thought the Ben Carson that popped up on the political stage was nothing but pitiful caricature of expectations, his recent decision to cast his lot with Donald Trump reduces him to a tragic anomaly. Ben Carson is lost in a fugue, wandering farther and farther away from saneness.When recently , some commentators particularly on the European side started doubting his academic credentials, ‎I personally had little difficulty agreeing. Nothing Carson had said or not said since his presidential bid is testimony to intelligence or high learning ‎…..rather eloquent pointers as much to a perplexing ignorance as  mental sluggishness, served in a mushy base of nauseant self centredness. Ben Carson either knows no reality or…. barking mad, ….he has reduced reality to reverse, increasingly locked inside a warped mental state, the product of overinflated ambition and  laser grade schizophrenism chisseling ferociously at his mind. ‎

When he drove a wedge between himself and obama at a white house prayer breakfast he had been invited to, using bufoonedly unproven claims to beat down on obama care, I thought he was not only a very dishonest man, he was also very dangerous : dangerous for a man, wicked for a black. A president Obama … out of a sense of kinship , regard for fellow ‎citizen and assumption of the unfetteredness of a trained mind, extended a brotherly magnanimity to Ben Carson: Carson came, mind furtively fettered to inordinate ambitionspat from deep inside his pathologic guts, poison into the face of his host, dishonest enough to characterise obamacare the worst thing since slavery right to the ear of his host: hoping to be rewarded with a Republican platform to launch lurid ambition‎.

If intellectualism ( and scientific refinement )is less about certificates more ‎about clarity of mind and quality of delivery  Ben Carson comes to the table empty.On the issue of homosexuality, he confused socialization with geneticisation, glibly mistaking what is acquired with what is inborn and conflatingpropaganda with scientific rigor And when his stupidity was outed, he lied, denying he ever said what the entire world heard him say ;In the end, both his stupidity and his dishonesty subsequently came to haunt him…… what kind of intellectualism reduces a man’s breadth to no farther than the tip of his nose.If scholarliness is about incisively prolific thinking, enriched by years of studied and accumulated facts, Ben Carsons shows up little more than arid, obfuscating views and opinions to a set of fermenting ludicrities  totally at odds with cerebrality.

A man who unashamedly would explain the Egyptian pyramids as grain stores for Egyptian Pharaohs around the time of Joseph ; whence such scholarship?If honesty is about dogged affection for and consistent subscription to truths,Carson is stranger to the art. How can he be otherwise?Here is a man who publicly lambasted planned parenthood for trafficking in body parts, condemning same as reprehensible, yet review of his research records revealed he shopped in those very “reprehensible ” places for those very body parts for his own work.If Christianity’s essence is about “being thy brother’s keeper ” ……’us for the other ‘‎, Carson’s ‘us versus them’ is a damnable antithesis, a devil’s advocacy .Yet like many Ben Carsons, many his type,he would constantly drip with biblical and prayer lines at every twist and turn.

The Ben Carsons are the worst enemies of the Christian faith,  irresolvable conundrums in the path of the doctrine.If historical awareness,  knowledge of selfand insight into symbolisms are pointers to the cultured mind, Carson remains in the woods, unevolved from blighted beginnings….no Muslim should be allowed in the white house,…… some Syrian refugees are like rabid dogsOnly a short long period ago, it could have been ….no black man should be allowed in the white houseOr…. no black man at John Hopkins. Governor Wallace was an influence only a short while past;”….segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever…”. was his clarion call to stop the Martin Luther kings.

Such is the silliness and vacuity of this Ben Carson, he couldn’t see the parallelism or indignant equivalences between words ( perhaps convictions) : his and Wallace’s.Nor would he be reminded of the tremendous sacrifices endured by his slave predecessors  canalising a path for his generation. The day obama was inaugurated, he met the congressman Louise, fellow fighters with MLK in the civil rights tussle, obama slipped a note into the latter’s hand as they walked past each other” because of you “Obama had scripted on that note, too ready to link his victory to their sweat.Ben claims he has repaired brains but seems his is left as cratered as can be.

To go cast your lot with a man like Trump, defending your decision with the argument  there are ” two Donald Trumps ‎” and on the basis of one Trump  you choose to ignore the other Trump , content to place faith in one, recklessly risking acceptance of the other, you are  by that very argument diagnosing no less a content of schizophrenia in the bipolar Donald as in you ….the admirer. And this, the reason I think Ben Carson  is not just a dangerous man, he is as much  a tragic anomaly. So much said.

Basil Jide Fadipe
Justin Fadipe Medical Centre
Commonwealth of Dominica
West Indies.
 

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Yale Award to Okonjo-Iweala – I Object

Recently, our honourable coordinating minister of the economy was awarded an honorary doctorate by an Ivy league institution. The award has proved to be controversial, especially for some Nigerian observers. Here is what I have to say. Yale University has a right to honour whoever they deem deserving. However, in doing so, they should refrain from dragging third parties in on the side of a misrepresentation of reality.

If the honourable minister had been credited for achievements at the World Bank, or for work done under OBJ to exit the Paris club debt, I would have held my peace. Those are facts and they are verifiable. However, Yale overreached themselves by including the following in their statement:

“As Nigeria’s coordinating minister of economic development and minister of finance, you have tackled corruption, created a vision and path to long-term economic stability, and worked to build a culture of transparency … you have transformed the economic landscape of your nation.”

This to me is akin to Abacha’s children publishing an article on Sahara Reporters​ in which they tried to portray their late father as some great benefactor of the nation. We all lived through his times, and most of us publicly and loudly disagreed with the family and the publication.

In the same light; we have all lived through the GEJ tenure in which Okonjo-Iweala has held office. I for one cannot say that I agree with this commendation. Indeed I feel insulted, that while I am alive, Yale claims that:
        corruption has been tackled in Nigeria
        the country has a vision to long-term economic stability
        we have built a culture of transparency
        our economic landscape has been transformed

Compare these to the reports, year-on-year from:
        The World Bank
        Transparency International

Do these Yale folk take us for fools? Imagine a situation in the US where an official in one of the States leaves office with record debts, a backlog of unpaid entitlements, and broad criticism about rule of law violations and transparency issues. Would Yale deign to honour such a person? What of if this person was a federal official? Even less likely! Yale would defer the accolade, or decide against it, because of the recent record. Even though such a person might have, in the past, done things worthy of commendation.

So why do they deem it appropriate to confer this honour, at this time, and using this citation? Perhaps the Nigeria lobby in the US is still in its infancy, and they know it. Or could it be that the community takes no interest in such issues. For all the patriotism of Jews, I believe quite a few would come out to protest an award that commends Bibi for “advancing the understanding and accommodation of Palestinians in Israel and a new Palestine”. Which is not to say that Netanyahu is not worthy of commendations for other things.

In my humble opinion therefore, this award is untimely, and the citation is wrong. Yale should reconsider it, and even if they choose not to rescind it, the offending statements should be redacted and an apology offered for the misrepresentation and offence it has caused.