Opinion – Donald Trump, America’s modern Mussolini – The Washington Post – John Gelmini

Prime Minister Benito Mussolini.

Prime Minister Benito Mussolini. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I agree with Dr Alf, character assassination of Donald Trump is no substitute for rational analysis of the man or what he has been saying.

Donald Trump is bombastic, overbearing, insufferable, rather too keen on using the bankruptcy laws for his own ends over the top and bigoted, and extremely successful in business, but he is no Mussolini.

Trump upset a Jewish audience last week by suggesting that they would vote for him but that he wouldn’t want money from them. In making that statement, he was being presumptuous because he didn’t know who was in the audience, had not asked them their voting intentions or what they thought of him, or whether they were even minded to support his campaign financially. Upsetting part of an important constituency like that in America is political suicide as without their total support and the support of certain other groups, you cannot be elected as American President. Trump will now use the criticism as an excuse to exit the Presidential race, citing the inability of the liberal establishment to say or print the truth.

Both my late parents and my late grandparents knew exactly what life was like under Mussolini and his Fascists and from my late parents detailed descriptions of Mussolini, the man was as much unlike Trump as it is possible to be. However in his mannerisms he was, according to my late father, very like Gorbachev.

Trump will soon have done his job which is to split the Republican vote, raise difficult issues, appear to give little people a voice, become an independent and go back to making more money.

Then the tarnished Hillary Clinton will have a clear run at the White House, as was planned all along.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Viewed through a religious lens, Japan makes more sense | The Japan Times – John Gelmini

English: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at...

English: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G8 summit in Heiligendamm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Emperor Showa (a wartime photograph).

The Emperor Showa (a wartime photograph). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m with Dr Alf on this one.

The Japanese revere Miyamoto Mushashi, a Samurai warrior, born in 1584, who wrote a book called ‘The Book of Five Rings’, which is all about swordsmanship, combat and prevailing over one’s opponents. Businessmen in Japan follow the mental processes and disciplines which can be translated from swordsmanship into business and I suspect their politicians do the same. The philosophy is hardly a lesson in Shinto, compassionate Buddhism or anything remotely approaching the “golden rule”, it is about how to prevail over your opponent using whatever stratagem is needed to “cut him down”. Another philosophy was the concept promulgated by the monk, Nichiren, of a secret war against Islam and other groups of people he regarded as inferior.

The concept of being “chosen” or created by a God or Gods is not new. Hitler for example believed that his “intrepid and cruel ” new men(see Morning of the Magicians), were descended from beings from the Aldebarian star system some 67 light years away. The ancient Romans and Greeks saw themselves as superior to everyone else as did the British in their day and a lot of people in America today.

The Japanese leadership have not apologized for the atrocities of World War 2, possibly because they were forced into war by an American oil embargo, and British and Dutch sanctions but since that time Germany has more than atoned for what happened under the Nazis and the world although troubled has changed. (for a contemporary viewpoint from China’s media open this link).

We in the West have not helped that process because we for perverse and hypocritical reasons did not deal with Emperor Hirohito as a war criminal and sent Japanese war criminals and experts on bacteriological warfare to America, like General Itoh, so that the learning from the experiments the Japanese conducted on helpless prisoners of war could be applied in future conflicts.

The Japanese are technologically advanced and very efficient but they are no more Godlike than anyone else and should be able and willing to learn from others.

“Not invented here” is not a uniquely Japanese phenomenon but under their present leadership they carry things too far.

Their young are not of the same mindset so there is hope for the future once people like Abe are no longer around ,no longer remembered and have “met their makers” .

John Gelmini