Another ‘Swing of the Pendulum’


Prophetic. Arrogant, offensive, but prescient. He said it, and did it. Take a deep breath…the name calling, nasty, divisive, financially irresponsible outsider did it. But just how did he do it?

Friends call me up to commiserate.  Some are very clear in their analysis…’tis naught but a return to the ways of the deep south, they say. Deep rooted racism. A rejection of a wonderful gumbo of immigrants, and a swing back to having the good old boys in charge. I wonder.

A swing of the pendulum.

Could it be so? What did Trump offer America? To be selected to lead the nation? Political acumen and experience? Eloquence and a calming philosophy that unifies a fractured nation? A credible approach to global trade and foreign relations? And if not, what else?

Perhaps, the art of the deal? But what deals was he planning? Building a wall to keep immigrants out? Profiling people entering the country? Or playing the game as he said in his quote above?

I cannot help but think that he wins and America loses. I think he played to the basest instincts, to the deep rooted fears of a large segment of Americans, and he won. He says it like it is! Common sense be damned.

The pendulum has indeed swung over to the crazy side.



About Rian Nejar

Rian Nejar is an Indian-American author. He trained and worked as an engineer in India, lived briefly in the Middle East, and arrived in America in the early 90's. After a Master’s degree in electrical engineering in America, he worked as an academic instructor, engineer, entrepreneur, and technical writer over the two decades since. Humbling and Humility ( is his first mainstream nonfiction. He lives and writes in the Southwest United States.
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