By Jagath Asoka –
What is the number one issue in American politics? Is it Muslims, Mexicans, ISIS, taxes, building a wall, deleted emails, or sex? Yes, sex always trumps everything else when it comes to politics in this country. But, now, it is not just sex; it is sexual assault, not consensual sex that happens when each partner willingly chooses to participate.
I was stunned and literally had goosebumps when I heard for the first time on CNN what Trump had said about grabbing women’s vaginas with his octopus hands. Of course, Trump did not use the word vagina; I do not have to pussyfoot around because imagine for a moment, when you turn on TV, you keep hearing Trump’s words, “I moved on her like a bitch…, and when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the pussy.” “Grab them by the pussy,” is not just offensive language, flippant conversation, or locker-room banter: it is sexual assault. Of course, the word “pussy” was not used as a double entendre. Now, every day, a new woman appears on TV and says, “Trump touched my vagina.” I think, I will be hearing this word “pussy” for a long time in American politics. It is the new “Watergate” and “Monica Lewinsky” in American politics.
Well, I am glad that I have been having a very open and honest dialogue about sex, drugs, religion, and everything else that you can think of with my son—Rocco is a teenager now. Had I not done that I would be in a very awkward situation. I am somewhat blessed; I do not have to explain most of these lewd, lascivious sexual assaults on women and pernicious political rhetoric against immigrants, because my thirteen-year-old son is capable of differentiating what is good and bad, what is right and wrong, and what is moral and immoral. The saddest thing is that some adults have lost this innate ability to see what kids see as univocal.
The amazing thing about this election is that the kids are teaching adults about moral values and question their parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunts who are supporting and defending Trump’s positions on women, immigrants, and physically or mentally handicapped hapless human beings. If you have been raised by a woman, you know one thing about women: They not only have to keep their heads high and move on when they are attacked, denigrated, assaulted, or raped but also often get blamed for their husbands’ sins. I guess this is what we see on TV every day.
When Bill Clinton’s sex scandals were bruited in the media, the Christian fundamentalists in this country crucified him, and he is still trying to resurrect himself; yes, Bill Clinton’s sex scandals follow him like his own shadow; actually, Bill’s sex scandals have become Hillary’s shadow. The same Christian fundamentalists who crucified Bill Clinton, now talk about forgiveness and redemption for Trump for sexually assaulting women. They even say that Trump is a born-again Christian. If this is true, I think Jesus would die again to be resurrected again. Most Christian fundamentalists have chosen to ignore sexual assaults, bullying, and racism that Trump has been displaying openly, and they talk about redemption and forgiveness; to those who say that we must forgive Trump, I would ask: Would you forgive Trump if he had grabbed your daughter’s, mother’s, wife’s, girlfriend’s, or sister’s vagina? I do not know about you, but I feel like saying, “Praise the Lord,” and sing hallelujah, because I truly do not know what else I can do. I am not talking about pious Christians who are compassionate and moral: I am talking about sanctimonious piety which is common in every religion.
This is not a good time to be a brown person in this country, because we all look like Mexican Muslims to Trump’s supporters. If you are unaware of what has been going on in American politics, here is some of the things that I have seen on TV.
When Trump delivers his schizophrenic, jingoistic mumbo-jumbo to his minions, some of them would chant the word “nigger,” like the yogis in India would chant the word “om.”
I recently saw some American teenagers vehemently chanting, “Build the wall; build the wall!” As far as Mexicans are concerned, they are the ones who change diapers and give baths to bedridden hapless elderly Americans. Mexicans have these jobs because most Americans would not do take these jobs, not even for higher wages.
The majority of spineless Republicans ignore this ignominious behavior. When Trump said Obama is not a US citizen, his minions knew exactly what Trump meant: A Muslim nigger, born in Africa, who is not a member of the Master Race, can never be the US President. Being a US citizen is not enough for a Muslim nigger to be the president; he needs to produce a “White Blood Certificate.”
I am sad to say that some brown Sri Lankans are among these sycophants who are supporting Trump. I am not a biblical prophet or Nostradamus, but even a dead person would predict the obvious outcome if Obama were allowed to run for a third term.
Trump is the most popular American in Russia. However, some Russians call Trump and his minions “Useful Idiots.” Even though it sounds like an oxymoron, Russians love Trump and his minions because their anti-American rhetoric is the best political ads in Russia. No mega advertising or propaganda machine can do what Trump and his minions are doing to denigrate this country.
You need to live in this country to experience what Americans are going through these days. The danger in American politics is that fringe elements, including the Christian fundamentalists, who are obnoxious and loud, often violent, and always insolent, are trying to determine the future of this great nation.