Russia’s Tampering – Return of History

With the recent headlines in mind about Vladimir Putin’s maneuvering of the 2016 US Presidential elections reminds me of the book written by bestselling author, Jennifer Welsh

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 The Return of History

Recalling the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 which I personally witness was very much similar to another political change in 1983 in a country like the Philippines when then Philippine President Marcos ended an era under a Martial Law regime by fleeing out the Malacanang Palace en-route to exile in Honolulu, Hawaii.

As author Welsh quoted American political commentator Francis Fukuyama about his famous essay, “The End of History”. The essay depicts the demise between communism and capitalism towards expanding the West Liberal Democracy towards the ideals of “progress”in history. In both of the above events, the breakdown of the wall during the Reagan years signified one of the greatest achievements of the divide between East and West Germany. Growing up in terms of living a couple of teenage years in Germany I can personally testify the mass disparity of income and inequality prior to that historic wall coming down.  At the same watching the news on the developments on the fall of the Marcos regime was very significant to the impoverished society living right at the wall of the Pacific Ocean in Manila.

The book illustrates the traditional barbaric and aristocratic way of a tyrant in this new millennium age by way of Vladimir Putin. The espionage and treason of course is local in Russia but the new cyber way and hacking which was seen in the recent US Presidential elections is a good example. Back in the cold war era it was of course more exemplified by warfare showing off military might. Today’s new tactics on spying, hacking, adware as well as internet viruses and attacks are just some of the most creative way of advance technology led infiltrations.

As Jennifer Welsh writes, ” Another way in which the West could re-examine its recent history and temper its triumphalism would be to look inward and reassess the health of its own political and economic model in this renewed era of competition with Russia”.

Indeed the  Soviet threat in arms takes a turn on a new form with regards to how the West should assess what goes on today and with the recent analysis on how Russia has played it’s cyber attacks during the recent US Presidential elections.

Alex Esguerra

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There was campaign confusion about Clinton’s first interview. Here’s how it really happened. – CNN

https://apple.news/Abn9zP0PASfmXf1i5OjRwAw  shattered

Today when “Shattered” hit the bookstores, it almost sold out in a matter of hours from the shelves. This just shows how people are still trying to wake up to the reality that Hillary Clinton lost the November 2016 elections.

Lessons to comparisons from 2008 to 2016 in how Hillary tried to change her image yet still embarked on the same analytic online metrics rather than grassroots level campaigns which after all she and Former President Bill Clinton used to be sublimed experts in reaching out directly to underlying communities.

Having had the experience on seeing and somewhat involved in years of Presidential campaigns from the Reagan, Bush and Clinton years, Obama truly changed a lot of the mechanics of campaigning garnering armies online and social media.

In spite of this fact, the making of First Lady, Senator, Sec. Of State Hillary Clinton are still integrally image attached to the years pre-Obama. What does it mean? It’s simply that although data analytics online where indeed giving the numbers Hillary’s campaign wanted to see, the candidate should have more reach out directly with localism campaigns and direct contact. Hence, this was also trending in 2008 hoping that her concession speech then would have gotten more direction to her staff. So although a lot of us are still trying to decipher why she lost and keeps hovering on the Electoral College, grassroots campaigns electioneering might be a real factor why such a lost being tied to the making then of candidate Clinton.

So far what we know years from now historians will write about the first woman to achieved nomination to a US Presidential campaign and likewise her accomplishments will tie all what Hillary is all about. Yet as we know we haven’t seen the last of Mrs. Clinton.

The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick, A Review

bridgePulitzer Prize Winning Author, David Remnick writes on the experiences on the first African-American President in 2011, a First Vintage Book Edition by Random House.

This book talks about Obama’s background, his Kenyan roots, the makings of a politico, the presidential campaign, his work as Senator from illinois including his votes during the Bush presidency. It ends in 2009 and beyond after getting elected as President. As we know one of the first things Obama had to work in his transition which eventually pave the way of history writing about one of his best accomplishments was the depth of the economic crisis and recession in modern time. He narrates David Axelrod telling him that “Things was plummeting” and “The skies were darkening” meaning it was a deep, deep recession. History will write what Obama achieved by not allowing the worst case scenario to happen when government stepped in with interventions to the banking, stock market and of course when the automotive industry almost collapsed instantly.

The “Affordable Care Act” which is one of the last signatures of the Obama presidency is currently a long discussion with different groups and the like. Health care and lack of insurance has been a constant issue in the United States and has been a long campaign with the various past administrations and politicians including First Ladies like Clinton. The fact is that there are so many people although still paying a hefty co-pay and dues who benefits from the Affordable Care Act. Hence, trying to read on Obama’s mind, it might be devastating for a signature achievement simply to be abolished after his departure in office. But it is the same reality how it started as there are so many uninsured

It began in March 4, 2007 when then junior senator from Illinois Obama was going to Selma Alabama for a speech. Obama had just launched his bid for the president in a few days enroute to confront his democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

It was a discovery time for the world as Senator Obama tells about himself, his background, his beliefs and his vision as President. It was a also a time “Race” played a big part being the first African American to run in the highest office. What was interesting was the polls capitulated on the African American community behind the candidacy of then Senator and Former First Lady, Hillary Clinton. A big fact was that a lot of that community was not familiar who Obama was. Hillary’s husband the former President as i remember during my time  with the APEC Youth spotlight had surrounded himself with so many african americans, friends, writers and the like. African Americans showed trust in Clinton’s campaign three times over Obama.

Americans. I believe as any politico does it, the word is “repeal” but the true action is “remake” so it will show credit to the new enactors.

Like Obama and past presidents, on the first days after being sworn as president, you start implementing the programs you promised during the campaign, the other party pushes back very hard. Over the years, the reality on the administration, the US Congress and the other parties pushing back causes a lot of consternation and drama in Washington as David Remnick wrote in the book. As people say, “This is the same mess traditional of Washington politics”.

I ended the blog this way in reference to newly elected President Donald Trump’s swearing to become the 45th American President in January 20, 2017. The promises on the campaign, the repealing of signature policies, enactment of new policies as well as the traditional scenarios and politics in Washington. It is too early to judge an incoming administration but it is also fair to say both an advantage and disadvantage for a non traditional politician and businessman to succeed the presidency of the United States.

In God We Trust, God Bless America.

Alex Esguerra

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