Jaideep Shergill: It’s the end of the world as we know It…

30 Jan,2017

By Jaideep Shergill


Many of you readers will remember the lyrics of this famous anthem by the band, R.E.M. More recently, Stephen Colbert parodied the song on his year end show. Little did R.E.M then and Colbert now have any clue of what was to come in the new year, once Trump was sworn in.

Of course, Trump has since continued to play to his supporters whilst ignoring the rest of America and the world as he signs order after order wreaking more havoc everywhere.

President Obama signed 277 Executive orders while in office, an average of 35 a year. Trump has already signed 13 in a week.

If Trump has his way, there will be a giant wall separating the USA from Mexico, the Klu Klux Klan will see a revival, minorities will be discriminated against, immigrants will be stopped from entering the USA, Deportations will be a way of life, NATO will be dismantled along with half a dozen trade deals, the media will be forced to cover only what he wants and this is only the beginning. Wait and see what happens next!

Trump also has quickly made the cut and has the unique distinction of now joining the ranks of some of the worst leaders of modern times including Robert Mugabe, Bashar al-Assad, Kim Jong Il, Moammar Qaddafi, Saddam Hussain among others. Trump now joins the ranks of the greatest megalomaniacs, misogynists, despots and nut jobs on the planet!

When I was growing up, I would devour superhero comics from India and overseas: A much harder proposition getting hold of DC or Marvel back then (you kids have it much easier now). One of my favorites even back then was Captain America. Steve Rogers stood for everything that was right and fought against evil relentlessly. Captain America was created during war time (1941) a patriot super soldier whose only purpose in life was to fight the Axis powers and his arch enemy was Red Skull, a Nazi agent.

Since Trump has thrived on misinformation and alternate facts, lets see how everything looks in the alternate universe right now. For starters, Trump could easily be the next Red Skull. The composition of the Axis powers has changed of course and Trump aka Red Skull now has Russia, Iran and Turkey on his side. May be North Korea and Pakistan will be next to join the new Axis. Many of these nations including Trump’s regime are responsible for muzzling the media and not allowing free press and dialogue. Opposition is taken as dissent and going backwards in time vs. forward seems to be the new normal.

Of course, on social media and elsewhere, I am even seeing comparisons between Trump and Adolf Hitler. Even closer to Red Skull now, you see.

So what’s missing now is a 21st century Captain America to take him on and new set of Allies who can deal with this mad man. A number of experts continue to wish and pray that Trump doesn’t stay two terms. In fact, there is a growing school of thought which says that he may not even last a full term. This said, one must also remember that its not so much about how long Trump lasts but whether the rest of America and the world can out last him.

Until this happens, I will continue to hum along and pray for us all…

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