By Eyobong Ita

Back in 2008 when then Sen. Barack Obama wowed us with his “Yes we can!” Change message (sorry APC, Obama brought “Change” long before Nigerians could say Sai Buhari!), I couldn’t imagine another U.S. presidential election that could be as exciting as that. Boy! Was I wrong?

trump vs clintonRemember, the Obama-John McCain election was exciting not only for having an electrifying young senator taking on an old school senator in John McCain, but also for the infamous interviews McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin granted the media that reduced her from an embarrassment to a laughing stock. Well, you know how that ended with the historic election of Obama as the first black President of the United States of America.

Fast forward to 2016. Not even the Late Oracle at Ibadan Sam Akpabot could have predicted this much excitement. Then again, who knew Donald Trump would be serious about running, let alone have a chance at winning the Republican Party’s ticket?

We always knew the Democrat would crown Hillary Clinton as their nominee, especially since she became a team player and not a sour loser after losing to Obama eight years ago. But despite the huge political contributions of the Clintons in America, Trump is the one making this election more exciting than we could have imagined.

I mean, who would have thought he could run such a smart, in-your-face (often insulting) campaign during the Republican primaries, clobbering 16 other candidates on his way to the nomination.

Then again, who really would have thought Trump could be so daft on certain basic national and international issues to the point of making former Vice President Dan Quayle and Sen. John McCain’s veepee running mate Sarah Palin suddenly look like Albert Einstein? Welcome to the debut of my American Notes. Let’s rumble, folks.

Is Trump Mentally Balanced?

Now, don’t get it twisted, I’m not the one asking that question. A number of Republicans are actually suspecting that Trump may have a mental problem. Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman said recently in his Morning Joe show on MSNBC network that several of his Republican colleagues are now asking him if Trump has a mental problem.

That’s because according to Scarborough, many Republicans are not only worried about Trump’s mental state, they worry more that by the end of the campaign, Trump would not only lose, but will also take down the Grand Old Party )GOP) with hum and the Republican party may be damaged beyond immediate repair. So worried are Republican leaders that sources in the party hinted that party leaders are grappling with how to replace Trump or get an intervention team to force him to focus on the campaign message and stop his self-destructive erratic antics.

Ship wreck panic

Fearing a potential (some say impending) wreck, Republicans are beginning to publicly jump off the Trump ship. At press time, former Hewlett Packard (HP) Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman, a prominent Republican donor, publicly declared that she has not only abandoned Trump, but will also vote for Hillary, donate to her and actively campaign and raise funds for the Democrat nominee.

A former gubernatorial candidate in California, Whitman’s jump from the Trump ship is a huge blow to Trump and the Grand Old Party (GOP), as the Republican Party is known here. That’s mainly in the area of fund-raising, especially since she can persuade many of her peers in Corporate America to donate to Hillary.

A day before Whitman jumped ship, New York Republican Congressman Richard Hanna became the first on Capitol Hill to defect from the GOP and publicly declare his support for Hillary Clinton, saying Trump “is unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country.” That was even mild. President Obama, you would recall, has not only said Trump was unfit, he added that he was “woefully unprepared” for the office of the leader of the Free World. Woefully unprepared? Ouch!

Hillary stirs up more email scandal

Can somebody please tell Hillary Clinton to cut it out? I mean, what is it with the Clintons and the skill to lie without blinking? As president, husband Bill Clinton told us he never had anything with Monica Lewinsky. It turned out Bill had something with her and he was almost removed from office. Now comes Hillary with a diplomatic lie after her terrible handling of the Libya terrorist act that claimed the lives of then U.S. ambassador to Libya and other U.S. diplomats in Benghazi.

As if that was not enough, Hillary was for years embroiled in her mishandling of classified emails, which she vehemently denied. You may recall that just recently, FBI director James Comey concluded after an exhaustive investigation that although she did not commit any prosecutorial crime, she indeed sent out classified emails on her private server and was extremely careless in her handling of those classified materials – contrary to what Hillary told us.

Would you believe that even after that globally publicized findings by the FBI, Hillary Clinton had the nerve to go on a Sunday Fox News Channel show to say that the FBI director said her statements on her email scandal were

As if that was not enough, Hillary was for years embroiled in her mishandling of classified emails, which she vehemently denied. You may recall that just recently, FBI director James Comey concluded after an exhaustive investigation that although she did not commit any prosecutorial crime, she indeed sent out classified emails on her private server and was extremely careless in her handling of those classified materials – contrary to what Hillary told us.

Would you believe that even after that globally publicized findings by the FBI, Hillary Clinton had the nerve to go on a Sunday Fox News Channel show to say that the FBI director said her statements on her email scandal were As if that was not enough, Hillary was for years embroiled in her mishandling of classified emails, which she vehemently denied.

You may recall that just recently, FBI director James Comey concluded after an exhaustive investigation that although she did not commit any prosecutorial crime, she indeed sent out classified emails on her private server and was extremely careless in her handling of those classified materials – contrary to what Hillary told us.

Would you believe that even after that globally publicized findings by the FBI, Hillary Clinton had the nerve to go on a Sunday Fox News Channel show to say that the FBI director said her statements on her email scandal were truthful. Excuse me! Was Hillary drinking Akpateshi? Either that or she was deliberately lying through her teeth?

The only thing that helped her after that bold-face lie was the gift of Donald Trump. His relentless blunders on the campaign trail made the lie of Hillary Clinton pale in comparison to Trump’s ongoing political suicidal mission. So Clinton got a big break.

American 419

For those of you who think American government officials don’t steal public funds, take a walk with me as I introduce you to a  Joseph A. Johnson, a 46-year-old American 419. For many years, Johnson served as the village administrator of Mt. Sterling in the state of Ohio until he resigned early this year. New village officials then began nosing around village documents and found enough questionable dealings to get the county Sheriff involved. It was then discovered that in a span of four years, Johnson allegedly stole nearly S1 million from the village.

A grand jury eventually indicted him of a 30-count felony. The man allegedly obtained a credit card in the name of the village, but turned it into his personal use, buying and spending up to S300,000 on himself. He allegedly falsified paper work to get a retirement payment, which he used to buy a S132,000 house, in addition to a Ford Mustang and a Dodge Charger suspected to have been bought through money laundering scheme.

The indictment accused Johnson of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, stealing while in office, money laundering, tampering with official records and failure to file tax returns. Let me hasten to add that the man is innocent until proven guilty.

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