When eunuchs run the show

One of the things that you can give right wing populist great credit for is the fact that they have the ability to inspire you. If I look at the stuff that I’ve written in the last two-years, I realise a lot of it has been inspired by the current Occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Whenever I needed inspiration to write about something, I merely had to search the news on Donald Trump and I’d inevitably have something to write about. There’s nothing like an incredibly powerful figure saying and doing stupid things to inspire the creative juices.

America’s comedians have never had it so good. The Donald provides them with material that writes itself and, in a way, American comedy has become a valuable source of social commentary. They’re saying the same thing that conventional news is saying but in a way that makes it, well, funny.

You got to admit that we are living in the world of black comedy. You got to admit that there’s something very funny about the way Trump and his supporters are managing Covid-19. There’s something strangely addictive about watching Trump talk about what a great job he’s doing and how China is awful and how states need to open up and relax their social distancing and stay at home orders, while America’s infection and fatality figures shoot up. At the time of writing, America has lost more people to Covid-19 in five months than they did in the 14-years of the Vietnam War. It won’t be long before the fatalities outstrip that of World War I.

Trump isn’t the only clown making a mockery of leadership concepts. There’s an improved second act of stupidity further south – Jair Bolsonaro. If there is anyone who can Trump the Trump, Jair Bolsonaro is it. The USA’s federal system, has in a strange way saved it in as much as Trump’s stupidity is counteracted by semi-intelligent state governors, whom the Trump cannot sack. Bolsonaro has actually sacked his health minister for doing his job and trying to save Brazilian lives.

While Brazil’s figures are still far behind the USA’s, it should come as no surprise that South America’s largest economy and the “B” in the “BRICS” has been surging up the infection rate table. When I first blogged about Bolsonaro on 4 May 2020, Brazil had 102 thousand cases with seven thousand fatalities. Within the space on two weeks, that figure now stands at 241,080 cases and 16 thousand fatalities. More can be found at: [LINK]

Like the Trump, Bolsonaro does not feel that he’s got to pretend to be seen to be taking precautions. A week ago, he was happily attending a barbeque without a mask as was reported by the Guardian: [LINK]

While there’s a morbidly funny quality of watching Trump and his Tropical Counterpart revel in their disregard for something that has killed by the thousands, one has to ask why people still hang onto the belief that these leaders refuse to do the right thing?

What is it about people who don’t want to listen to the facts? The facts are very clear, this is a very infectious virus that spreads incredibly easily. The perfectly healthy person you were chatting to on the bus could be a carrier and capable of infecting you. That person wouldn’t even know it if he or she did it. We’ve seen the fact that keeping people away from crowds has worked. The countries that enacted social distancing measures early on, like New Zealand, Taiwan and Vietnam have been able to “control” the infection rates.

Countries that have shown courage to shut down vital economic lifelines have saved people. Think of Macao, for example, shut down its casinos, which are pretty much the only economic activity in Macao. At the time of writing Macao has had 45 infections. Let’s remember, Macao is part of China, the place where it all started.

Then there’s Saudi Arabia, which under the Crown Prince, Mohammad Bin Salman (“MBS”), does not have a reputation for being well run. Yet, to his credit, the Crown Prince moved to suspend Umrah, the minor pilgrimage as is reported by the Jakarta Post: [LINK]

In early April 2020 of this year, the Saudi Government went as far as to ask Muslims to postpone the Haj as is reported by the BBC: [LINK]

The Haj and Umrah pilgrimages are not just economic boons for the Saudi Government (pilgrimages being the largest source of revenue after oil) but a source of political legitimacy. The Saudi King’s claim to legitimacy is based on the title “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque.” Suspending the pilgrimages is not just economically risky but politically risky for the Saudi Government. Yet, they’ve done it and the Ungodly at of putting two million people around the world at risk has been averted.

Seriously, if MBS is willing to take political and economic risk to keep the world safe, why do the Trump and Bolsonaro refuse to see the obvious and take the responsibility that their respective offices require of them? Come on, it’s time that the American and Brazilian voters did their part and voted real men into power.

 

Tang Li

*Although I’ve been based mainly in Singapore for nearly two decades, I’ve had the privilege of being able meet people who have crossed borders and cultures. I’ve befriended ministers and ambassadors and worked on projects involving a former head of state. Yet, at the same time, I’ve had the privilege of befriending migrant labourers and former convicts. All of them have a story to tell. All of them add to the fabric of life. I hope to express the stories that inspire us to create life as it should be.

 

 

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14 Responses to “When eunuchs run the show”

  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Trump is POTUS…and who are you??? a piece of SHIT passing off as a Literati…look in the Mirror before LOOKING at others…like I say if you have NOTHING of substance to say don’t say it here Liars are by the Basketloads and we don’t need another to add on to it

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  • Reality:

    Hard to understand these leaders and their followers.Seems common sense is not so common nowadays…
    Reflection of our world goes wrong.
    So many unnecessary deaths…

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  • Tracey Ching:

    Dear Tang Li,
    Why do you keep on attacking Trump? What business is to you, whatever happen to the president? Why are you not criticising the Singapore leadership? Are you scared?

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Your CONSTANT picking on POTUS…and NOT a whisper on the LeederShit of the PM & his wife who lie & cheat through their teeth…plus the many LEEders…???

    Why???… You left your marbles behind overseas and return as a Eunuch for the LEEderShit???

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  • High pay makes "eunuchs":

    Million $ pay likely makes ministers and civil servants “eunuchs”, i.e., they work mainly for the money. They go along to get along and make sure they do not rock the boat. The result is MEDIOCRITY and big-time failure like (avoidable) pandemic at foreign workers’ dorms.

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  • trublu:

    TangLi sounds like from china before becoming PR/NEW SINKIE?

    But TRUMP IS DISNEY DONALD- QUACK,QUACK ,QUACK!

    Actually,Trump is epitome of ARROGANCE.
    Here too,we have Arrogant XO LEEder$.

    USA IS DECLINING MUCH LIKE SG.

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  • kew teng:

    Trump is the King of ang moh tua kee how lian kind.

    Tangli is right.
    Dont many dont think much of ang moh tua kee?
    So what is wrong here?
    Hypocrisy or stupidity.

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  • limpei:

    Trump is the hero of US and the world!!!

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  • John Richards:

    Tang, Trump has taken hits from all over the world. The Democrats’ attempted coup against him failed miserably. Now with you in tow, they’re trying their best to ensure he loses the election. Remember, before the virus came about, the US economy was booming.

    Small minded people like you who only read the mainstream press are full of shit. There’s gonna be some payback before the elections and much more after it.

    Focus on Singapore and its leaders if you have the balls to match your words.

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  • C wong:

    At least trump has balls to open up. Ours baby steps even though it’s aldry v safe. Still scared.anybody can do the job if wait and wait. We at 60 days for phase one is aldy vvvvv bad compared to epictr wuhan 76 days. Phase two will take 90 days tt s unacceptable . Who the hell takes tt long?????

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  • A Tangy reckoning of man:

    Maybe MBS just scared stiff he and his retinue would go viral with Covid and got nowhere to run – the whole world converges there. He’s also afraid of ISIS promise to sabotage them with disease.

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  • Marianmanis:

    Retired U.S. Navy Admiral, and former Navy SEAL, William McRaven to D Trump:

    “ Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation.”

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  • so what?:

    i like Trump. so sue me!
    remember he doesnt receive a salary..only $1 p.a.
    he was never a politician..he speaks his mind.
    the people voted him in..he wasnt parachuted in like ours were.
    Trump dares to say what needs to be said tho he makes alot of gaffes.
    and he’s the only world leader who dares to tell that bullying China to f.o.
    most other nations are as Trump said before are china’s puppets.

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