Thursday, June 04, 2020

A Review on How Dictators use the Military on a Democracy

The Dictator's Handbook, reminds me over the years way from the 70's as a child hearing the TV and News about Ferdinand Marcos, President of the Philippines who in September 21, 1972 the same day we were lying in state my grandfather in Manila declared Martial Law. I remember watching all the protest though I didn't really understand much what was going on. I do remember seeing in a black and white Zenith TV, a youth group protesting from the national park of Luneta all the way to Malacanang Palace the official seat of power. I saw how the tension started as they walked near the Palace up to the metal gates then all hell broke loose, tear gas bombs, water hoses, batons with metal riot gears and the rest is not rated to be written in this blog.  

Then when I became a grown person decades ago in mid 80's Ronald and Nancy Reagan hosted the dictator in the White House a year or so came the so called EDSA Revolution in 1986. The marches went back this time a different scene. Imelda, the former First Lady and the sick tired dictator was on the balcony of the Palace proclaiming himself the winner of the the just concluded Presidential election over then Corazon Aquino. That was the changing times in a third world country, a firm ally, the Philippines. The world watch as the protesters ransacked Malacanang Palace finding 5,000 pairs of shoes from the Former First Lady. While this was happening the Philippines First Family was flown to Honolulu, Hawaii in exile while the US Customs seized millions worth of jewelry and dollar bills.

The 1986 Revolution took 16 years in the making from 1960's when the dictator started running for office. It also took years of economic recovery unfortunately the mark of political dynasty and corruptions still exist today. This country was just an example of stories like Cambodia, Thailand, Cuba, and the last we recall Iraq's Saddam Hussein which also regularly hosted the so called dictator then  and his wife while they were in power. In 1990's I guess that gave me the foundation on entrepreneurship plight and my quest in inspiring and advocating for the youth and people with limited income. Hence was also the foundation why we sell books with this mission as this was my own little way of reflection and advocacy.

In Feb. 5, 2013 Jim Powell's article on Forbes quotes, Dictatorships are often unexpected.  They have arisen among prosperous, educated and cultured people who seemed safe from a dictatorship – in Europe, Asia and South America.  This is very true as as there are a lot of circumstances that leads to this. What my observation is that there are the tendencies already inherent but then the circumstances or circumstances suddenly comes and all of a sudden it's done.

Today some local Mayor's has ended city curfews which I commend. Free expression to protest of grief should not be banned. And if you want to be an accomplished seeing myself as witness through Martial Law this is a basic principle you need to reflect as this is a part cause. 3 months on a lock down is already imprisonment for some. The fact and fear of the contagious virus gauge the success of the shelter in place.

However, when you see thousands of every race, culture and gender in the planet on the streets to the extent of crying for humanity, this is something else. I personally had seen, heard and know what these inequalities are. But maybe out of fear of merely thinking that change is not happening hence I keep silent. But as I reflect on what's going on I tell myself I need to get back to my writing as this way I can show my support.

We have a lot of ways we can do as we have different situations in life. But Like the Rev. Al Sharpton said today in Minnesota., "The times have changed, we are in a different time and we need to adjust our clocks so we get the right time".

Peace as we celebrate the life of George Floyd. Black Lives Matter.

Alex Esguerra


Saturday, April 21, 2018

A Higher Loyalty, Views, Perspectives

I Was a Top Clinton Aide. Here’s What I Think About Comey’s Book. - POLITICO an article I just read talks about another different perspectives on Former FBI Director James Comey’s actions in his new book, A Higher Loyalty

Clearly Jennifer Palmieri in her Politico article shares an overall democratic sentiment on how  the Clinton email investigation cause Hillary’s losing the 2016 election. It preceeded on her analysis as a political operative on Comey’s intent to be at the helm of the media spotlight and his executive actions beyond his role as FBI Director in her viewpoint.

There’s so many factors as she herself outlined on the personality and career history of Director Comey. Yet as any other politician on high level career positions like her, Comey and even Hillary, the previous background and work history is colorful with achievements leading to these high positions. Hence, whether the intent for Comey’s actions were really intentionally done to further climb up the bureaucracy and or not will eventually be unveiled over time. 

Historically, defeated candidates especially Presidential ones like Hillary who has prepared for over 10 years to run twice and get defeated will take a few years of healing from ones inner self and soul. In turn, a high profile executive like Comey whom as Jennifer said took actions beyond his position with goals to go up the chain whom eventually got fired. The story on Comey will be there for a while in lieu of his book but eventually he is going to be out of the spotlight unlike Clinton as after all historically she is still a Former First Lady.

The hiatus is still up most likely as long as the Russian meddling on the 2016 elections investigation concludes. It’s going to dwindle most likely if this current President wins a second term. 

Anyone buying A Higher LoyaltyI believe tries to see a better perspective on what happened on how Comey got fired. Some wants to see if there’s really a case on President Trump. I do not believe that the US for various reasons will impeach a current President.

Feel free to share your views on this book on the comments section.

Alex Esguerra



Thursday, June 29, 2017

America's Dreyus Nixon's Case to Trump's Present Scenario

America's Dreyfus written by Bestselling Author Joan Brady author of the Theory of War writes on the trial of the century during the Nixon years. Similar to incumbent Donald Trump, Richard Nixon also had a single aim in life, "Win".

In 2016 this book had so many reviews about the real story of Alger Hiss. Joan Brady believes that Hiss was innocent but thinks, as did many of his friends at the time, that he was suicidally naive about what he faced. Chambers had appeared before HUAC in 1948 and, in the fashion of the day, had produced a list of alleged communists in government service. 

The main summary of this book is that it is about the dirty tricks employed by Richard Nixon and his allies in the late 1940s and early 1950s to secure the conviction of Alger Hiss, a former government official, on a trumped-up charge of perjury. 

Thus, the start of the discussion on the statements of conversations could have been taped, was just a strategy to ensure the loyalty of Former FBI Director James Comey. Trump admits: 'I did not make, and do not have' tapes of Comey conversations.

The referencing of this book is not about Alger Hiss or Joan Brady. It's mostly to look into the present scenarios depicted on the case of whether President Trump does have a case for impeachment or are we just not used to the Trump ways of someone who has never held a public office prior to becoming President. Likewise, the new era of a President being pro-active on the social limelight of "Twitter" is also new to the world of political science.

As of this writing, the travel ban case being withheld to certain muslim countries for the last few months has finally been lifted by the Supreme Court. Stricter port of entry laws in the US had been announced and a celebrated case about an undocumented immigrant arrested in a sanctuary city as San Francisco, CA.

Since January's Presidential inauguration, a lot has happen, a lot of issues are on the table including the Senate version of the Trump Care Act replacing the Affordable Care Act.

Right now, there are pros and cons about how the administration is performing but at the same they are the sitting administration. We should continue to be vigilant watchdogs yet to some let us let history pave it's way.

Alex Esguerra
Life and Times

Monday, April 24, 2017

New Book Reveals Hillary Clinton Spied on Campaign Staff Emails

New Book Reveals Hillary Clinton Spied on Campaign Staff Emails



Touching on Hillary's campaign rift with the Democratic party and talking about the reluctance of supporters of Bernie Sanders in supporting Clinton as front runner sort of explained initially why people then thought they had a flawed presidential candidate.



The book discusses on Clinton's winning the popular vote yet was not really successful in getting a lot of Senator Sanders supporters. Although Sec. Clinton's campaign staff are her deep loyalist, she spent enormous amounts of time asking existential questions to them.



Yet in summary although the book centers around on the ultimate failure of Hillary, the problematic circumstances and fiasco has nothing to do with her.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Affordable Books and Gifts on line


Affordable Books and Gifts on line



Shattered, a new bestselling book on the failed Campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton, discusses a lot of angles detrimental to the her losing the Presidential elections. It also centers around bottom line to herself as the prime reason she lost the 2016 elections.

Part of it was micro-managing on campaign strategist, data analytics, her continuous quest to find the reasons behind her lost way back in 2008 as the standard bearer of the Democratic party which got Obama got elected.

Instead of focusing more on grassroot campaign eering and meeting more directly with supporters, constituents and detractors it was more on  online metrics, data gathering, social media which is the signature part  strategy that led to the election of then President Barack Obama.

There's a lot to read, expand and deeply understand as outlined in this new bestseller but over and over it boils down to the main cause of defeat, the candidate herself which allowed it.

Alex Esguerra



ADLE International

Friday, April 14, 2017

America's Global Environment Crisis or Not, Is it really important

Support independent publishing: buy this book on Lulu.Wikipedia on climate change says, "The United States is the second largest emitter, after China, of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels. The energy policy of the United States is widely debated; many call on the country to take a leading role in fighting global warming.

  

Red Sky at Morning by James Gustavo Speth is a great read about this topic.

 James writes, "Pollution.Pollutants of many varieties threaten biodiversity.
Toxic substances; oxygen-demanding wastes; nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and 
phosphorous overfertilization; acidification; and photochemical oxidants (ozone)
all degrade the structure and functioning of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems."



In the US alone the Gulf of Mexico is toxic with oil, we’ve caused earthquakes in the midwest when Fracking for natural gas, and 
we’ve blasted the tops off mountains in Virginia looking for coal.
When we turn non-renewable resources into energy we’re releasing toxic gases into the atmosphere, driving climate change and creating a hazardous issues around for all living beings.

Red Sky at Morning talks about the Eight Steps to Sustainability by having citizens engage and individuals doing things to promote each of these eight steps towards sustainability. Transition 5 on Sustainable Consumption is already an on-going effort today where it focuses on greening consumer purchases.It also touches on Center for a New American Dream an organization giving useful resources on "lifestyle shifts" including guides on how to buy green, parent in a consumer society and they advocate for changes that support more sustainable consumption as the author wrote.

So with recent executive order directing the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency  to withdraw the Clean Power Plan  although concerning as far environment activist are, inn lieu of all the organizations and work in place through the years, “The Trump administration has to go through the same process of putting in a regulation as the Obama administration [did],” Orts noted.
http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/trumps-executive-order-means-environment/

In conclusion, the threat on America and the Global Environment is real. Hence, we have to be pro-active as citizens on protecting the environment and working towards sustainability.  The US however has been a leader on environment science, and any action to damage this would risk climate science so it is imperative we continue to advocate for environmental issues.

Alex Esguerra

ADLE International

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Economy as 2016 winds up to a close and Obama's leaves a legacy

Support independent publishing: buy this book on Lulu.2016 started strong with it's ups and downs on the economy. As we wind down the year amidst a change in the administration on January 20, 2017, 

It has been said that the election of President elect Trump gave a good economic indicator boost from the investments and banking industry in lieu of his plans on taxes, jobs and the like, the future still lies beneath.

Such boost as economists' stated would have not made an impact if Hillary Clinton had won as the markets transcends Clinton was a carry over of the Obama policies.

Yet economist noted that the US economy has been stable and strong with Barack Obama's legacy of job creation and turning around the biggest recession in modern time after taking over the reign from George W. Bush in 2008.

With an average of 180,000 monthly jobs created from January 2016 to the elections in November 2016, the labor market had been growing in the last 74 months.

In Spite of this, the business investments and new productivity efforts did not turn out a lot as expected for the year. Hence, the quality of life of US workers was one the main drawback with Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Obama administration. It is said the a lot of mainstream workers in the midwest and where industrial zones gave a hefty approval and vote for newly elected Donald Trump.

Consumer confidence soared after 15 years this holiday season hence 20,000 point benchmark from the Dow Jones index which Trump twitted as a vote of confidence for his election.

The question lies on how a sitting president will be able to pass policy legislations with congress as after all this is where the divides on opinions was always the challenge of any sitting president. Trump talks about a 4% growth on the economy when he officially takes over, a goal we have to watch and see.

As of the writing of this article, outgoing President Obama had just signed an executive order with sanctions on Russia. Diplomats in Washington and San Francisco were given a 72 hour notice to depart the US while Trump acclaims he will lift the said sanctions as soon as he takes the oath of office. The great divide is with this signing today, the US Congress vowed to make their own independent investigation of the Russian hacking of the US Presidential elections of 2016 with a promise of more harsh sanctions.

As investments and productivity played a big factor in this turn around of the outcome of US elections being said that the declines were compared to the Great Recession and which started to improve right after the elections, this is where we can come back a year from now if this was indeed worth for the outcome.

The maybe's are there as what Obama mentioned that until you get to officially take the helm of the Office of the President is when you indeed will get to know what to do next. Credit goes to Trump as a billionaire business expert on managing the economic aspects needed but until he gets to sit on the chair will he realized what the position entails.

While the strong US dollar right now enjoys a rise in exports, domestic US companies which have international operations had been hurt as their goods and services became more expensive overseas. Hence, Trump's lessening the taxation in order to pushed local operations instead of international, has been one of the battlecry of this incoming administration.

Although the job growth in 2016 was exquisite, a lot of the growth factored on retail and fast foods for example which unequal opportunity factors as these jobs are low paying and minimum wage jobs.
So far economist viewed this neither positive or negative as this were not really good jobs per se.

Another factor affecting investments and productivity especially for small independent businesses are still lacked of working and access to capital. As an example, on the bookselling industry, booksellers were extremely hurt pre and post elections on book sales. The dominance of leading Amazon still continues to hold market share and the price stability of the actual book market value continues to be a challenge to be profitable as an independent small bookseller.

Connecting all of this in 2016 predicts 2017 to be a big working year to get back on track, be "positive" and after all we just have to wait and see how the new incoming administration will deliver their campaign promises to the detriment of the working class Americans.

As I continue my philanthropy in writing in behalf of the small independent businesses, the young entrepreneurs and low income families, my staff at ADLE International and http://www.affordable-booksonline.com contiuues our efforts on books which I thanked greatly.

Alex Esguerra




A Review on How Dictators use the Military on a Democracy

The Dictator's Handbook , reminds me over the years way from the 70's as a child hearing the TV and News about Ferdinand Marcos,...