September 24, 2016
Our Weekend Entertainment–Here’s Bobby Vee
Another Weekend is upon us and soon September will give way to October, and after that Americans will go to the ballot box to choose Obama’s successor in The White House. Who will she be? Your guess is as good as Dr. Kamsiah’s, or mine.
Our American friends are facing many challenges at home and abroad, quite reminiscent of 1968 when Din Merican was a 28-year-old student in Washington DC.
At Pochengtong International Airport, Phnom Penh with Dr. Kamsiah Haider
America was then embroiled in the Vietnam War and engaged in the Cold War with The Soviet Union. Today, the Land of the Brave and the Free is caught in a Middle East mess over Syria with a resurgent Putin-led Russia, and waging a war against international terrorism, while having to cope with social unrest and economic anxieties at home.
In 1968 , it was Richard M. Nixon and Hubert H. Humphrey and in 2016 it is Donald J. Trump and Hillary R. Clinton. In that election, Nixon won narrowly. Could the outcome of this election be a Republican Presidency? Although it is a toss-up at the stage and, therefore, too close call, that possibility cannot be ignored.
History could be repeating itself since the human race never learns its lessons, and we collectively are damned to repeat follies of the past.
We should be well advised not to vex and wane over this since we cannot do anything about big power rivalry except to suffer the consequences when men with awesome power compete for supremacy.
Men and women, young and old, and children die as politicians in power and their advisors play their war games in the comfort of their plush offices in their respective capitals, and at the United Nations, that useless relic of Second World War.
Dr Kamsiah and Din Merican are, however, happy to present Bobby Vee as our guest entertainer for this weekend. May Bobby bring back sweet memories of a bygone era for you. –Dr. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican
Bonus No– Via Veneto by Dean Martin