(Migrant Tales) November 9, 2016: “A date that will live in infamy”

by , under Enrique Tessieri

Migrant Tales insight: When I published this story about four years ago, I imagined was certain that his presidency would be a fiasco. It was the same hunch I had in 2011 when the Perussuomalaiset scored their historic parliamentary victory. I wrote: “Far-right populism is an illness inflicting Europe at present and it now has a beachhead in Finland.”

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It looks like Donald Trump is heading for an upset victory over Hillary Clinton in the US presidential elections, according to the New York Times

A friend in California asked me a few weeks ago what would happen if Trump was elected US president. I told him that the demise of the United States as a world power would speed up. We are living in difficult times.

When will Trump build his infamous wall with Mexico? What about banning Muslims from the US? How many women will he grab by the genitals? How much racism and bigotry will he unleash in Europe on top of the racism and bigotry that we’ve seen already?

Read the full story here.

A saying filled us with hope when Argentina was ruled by tinpot dictators in the 1960s and 1970s: No evil lasts a hundred years, or no hay mal que dure cien años.

A human doesn’t normally live a hundred years, which means that his or her evil cannot last forever.

If we count to ten and think for a second about the possible outcome in the US presidential elections, we shouldn’t be surprised by the shock result.

Too little has been done in the United States to tackle social ills like racism, bigotry, and fascism.

It’s been only about two generations when the Civil Rights Movement ended in 1968.

It’s the same story in Europe. Our lack of resolve on this front will put in jeopardy peaceful coexistence between nations and different groups because Trump’s victory will embolden right-wing populists and fascist.

US President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared right after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 as a date which will live in infamy.

That date was resurrected on November 9, 2016.

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