Paul Walters in Lifestyle, Communications and journalism, Writers Spreading the word in SE Asia • Brand Ambassador Be BEE Nov 7, 2020 · 3 min read · 1.5K

Just When We Thought It Was All Don and Dusted.

( This article was written on 5th November 2020 but I am happy to report that it looks as though it the Don has been dusted )

It’s early morning in Indonesia. A shaft of brilliant sunlight spears through the foliage and spreads a halo of golden light across my newly created garden. A stooped woman of indeterminable age comes at this time each day to collect the Frangipani petals that have fallen from the trees overnight. Her stoic determination is always an inspiration to me as she diligently stuffs her oversized bag with the white and pink petals that will be dried and sold to the perfume manufacturers at a mere 70c a kilo.

Just When We Thought It Was All Don and Dusted.

I have sat up half the night watching the see-sawing results from an election taking place many, many thousands of miles away knowing that, whatever the outcome, the decisions made by the American voters will affect us here on this side of the planet. Although the ancient blossom collector will, in some way be unaffected by this closely fought race as I suspect she has no idea who Donald Trump is or indeed where America actually is. 

This election, which has seen more people than ever before cast a  ballot in a country hopelessly divided but clinging to the democratic principals on which America was founded. However, this fiasco has dragged on long enough, and perhaps a change of government in America will apply a soothing balm to vicious wounds inflicted by both sides over the last four years.


As the nation and the rest of the world holds its collective breath while counting continues others are in their counting houses tallying up the billions and billions of dollars spent by either side desperate to either attain or hold onto the reins of power. Bankers, media companies, tech giants, polling companies, advisors and lawyers are drowning in obscene amounts of cash.

And when it is all over and the Trump/Pence and Biden/Harris bunting, flags and yard signs lie trampled underfoot will it all have been worth it? Will, the incumbent or the challenger wish his opponent well and disappear over the horizon to live out his years in comfortable retirement and trust the winner will do the ‘right thing’ and lead the country back from the abyss?


America and the world have been in this situation before most notably in the drawn-out election of 2000 when, after three long, arduous weeks the Supreme Court decided that the ‘hanging chad’ on some of the voting machines in Florida was enough to declare George Bush the winner over a gracious Al Gore. One would have thought that with technology and the current checks and balances, that this scenario would never transpire again.

How wrong we can be !!

The thing about winning and losing is, as Rudyard Kipling one said, “is to treat those two imposters just the same.” Winners need to be gracious when triumph comes their way for gloating over a defeated rival is bad form. Losers too have to accept their defeat with grace and acknowledge that a better opponent defeated them. 

For the last eighteen years, I have come to understand losing watching my beloved rugby team succumb to a better side, often in heartbreaking, last-minute scenarios. But, we always we tell ourselves, “there is always next year.”


Unfortunately, I fear the sitting president will not be so gracious in defeat as the one thing he fears above all else is losing. Already he and his sycophants are crying foul even though there are still swathes of ballots to be counted. A torrent of tweets, written in capital letters to his eighty- four million followers flow endlessly into the ether that the election is being ‘stolen’ when in fact every measure has been taken to ensure that this was a free and fair election. 



I will be glad to see him and his rapacious family leave the White House for, all in all, it appears to have been a failed experiment. His Napoleonic, bombastic reign has caused much pain and suffering for the poor and disenfranchised while the rich cheered him on reveling in the massive gains on the stock market. However, there is only so much wool that can be pulled over the eyes of the electorate. The millions who voted for him in 2016 are finally seeing through the opaque smoke and mirrors that he so cleverly created during his term and taking a chance on electing the challenger. 



In a few weeks perhaps I can awaken each morning without having to rush to my computer to see what mischief the Commander in Chief has performed while I was sleeping. Maybe the environment will be able to take a deep breath knowing that the next occupant of the Oval Office will try to protect rather than exploit pristine swathes of wilderness from those intent on extracting that which is buried beneath. Perhaps America will resort to peaceful dialogue with its allies and adversaries without treating those summits as a forum to extract a favourable ‘deal’ as if it were a dubious real estate transaction. Maybe the deep divisions within the American community will heal.

One can only hope.


Posts such as this one might be annoying to my many American readers as, who am I to criticize how America goes about their business and how dare I cast dispersions on their sitting president? I am not an American citizen, but just someone who has always looked west to that great country with its breathtaking beauty its innovative people and, even with all of its faults a bastion of democracy. 

Bali November 5th 2020  

www.paulvwalters.net

Paul v Walters is the best selling author of several novels and anthologies of short stories. When he is not cocooned in sloth and procrastination in his house in Bali, he occasionally rises to scribble for several international travel and vox pop journals. 



Nick Mlatchkov 5 d ago · #26

Paul,
If your 'fave' Don gets evicted from the White House u may stay locked down in Indonesia for a prolonged period of time just like Napoleon on Elba ...!

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Fay Vietmeier Nov 15, 2020 · #25

@Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
Thanks for that reminder about the Frank-Dodd Act signed into law by our former President (Most congressional support for Dodd-Frank came from members of the Democratic Party)

Tasked with these warm & fuzzy sounding "Consumer Protection" responsibilities
"Consumer Financial Protection Bureau"
"Financial Stability Oversight Council"

The Dodd-Frank Act. The law states that a U.S. bank may take its depositors' funds (i.e. your checking, savings, CD's, IRA & 401(k) accounts) and use those funds when necessary to keep itself, the bank, afloat. Instead of that bank going bankrupt and the bank's assets sold off to be given back to its depositors…Mar 18, 2020

https://www.investopedia.com/terms/d/dodd-frank-financial-regulatory-reform-bill.asp
https://www.theepochtimes.com/how-dodd-frank-made-it-legal-for-banks-to-confiscate-funds-during-a-banking-crisis_3097779.html

https://www.fdic.gov/news/press-releases/2020/pr20037a.pdf

Be assured: the "charlatan" will resurface in the "Great Reset"

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Fay Vietmeier Nov 15, 2020 · #24

@Harvey Lloyd

You say and I agree:
"Hate is a luxury. When media is the driver of a hate narrative it becomes lazy. Once something is hated they nor i have to observe nor concern myself with personal accountability. Just hate and vote for everything against that which i hate. No need to consider the insurmountable amount of data myself, just ride with the herd.
Amazingly the herd never learns their lessons'

"Hate" IS a force.
"God is Love" ... the force behind LOVE
Satan is hate ... the force behind HATE (division-deception-despair-delusion-destruction)

Some "hate" this President ... without regard or understanding of what "FORCE" they are cooperating with
Again: Trump is like any man in this regard: broken-sinful-imperfect ... for ALL men are
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@fay-vietmeier-pennsylvania/unfit-vs-hypocrites

If I have to choose: I'll take plain speak with "rough edges" & right motive ... over polished-poison-platitudes BENT on EVIL

By my observation:
... there are masses of LAZY people
... LAZY people are easily deceived
... LAZY people love ease and EASY
... LAZY people need instant gratification

The concept of examine for yourself ... "examine the evidence" or do your own research ... search for TRUTH sounds like SO ... MUCH ... WORK
... even when ones own health is at risk ... or ones own country is at risk
... people will accept the FOUL-FODDER they are BEING fed by the biased hating media ... without blinking.

It is SO much easier just to be told what to believe ... be told to think (or not think)

True: Doing research takes time, and often the conclusions are not clear-cut
Almost every LIE contains some thread of truth

Thus: DISCERNMENT is priceless.

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Lyon Brave Nov 14, 2020 · #23

Remember. remember the 5th of November!

+1 +1

#18 He did a few things--he changed Dodd-Frank, our banking protections. Now when we deposit our money in a bank, that money becomes the property of that bank. We become unsecured creditors.

If the bank chooses to declare problems big enough, it can institute a Bail-In--the confiscation of depositor funds to pay its own debts [no more bail-outs]. Even safety deposit boxes are not safe. They can crack those open and take the contents whenever they want. The depositor gets a scrap of paper showing they own shares in a failing bank--bye-bye FDIC.

I voted for the guy twice. I had no idea he was such a charlatan

Some of the things he did I don't even want to come close to believing. But I do--I have to...

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Fay Vietmeier Nov 14, 2020 · #21

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. Napoleon Bonaparte

The Swamp is smug ... (they think) they got their way.
Oh YEAH! ... Hooray! They (think they) have the day.

When a puppet becomes a President
“We the people” becomes paupers
When you reward CORRUPTION & LIES
You receive MORE lies & GREATER corruption

... Ashes, ashes, we all fall down ...

“Where there is evil will there is an evil way”
The dance moves of DARK forces are a DECEPTIVE ballet
Before the election ... their chessboard was set to outplay
With unknown players & uncounted resources to outweigh
Pawns were poised to create chaos. Make the polls a mess
The DELUDED powers - think their evil will be blessed

Be assured ... “their sin will find them out"
But not before the "Great Reset" comes about

The worst form of deception is self-deception ~ fem-v

A destination no one should find appealing ... yet masses have arrived here
It is called "Given over"

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Fay Vietmeier Nov 14, 2020 · #20

@Paul Walters

The blossom collector ... a lovely weave.

Yes: Historic numbers of people voted
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/elections/voter-turnout/
But & however ... preceding the election why were hundreds of rules changed - even pushed through without legislative process ( in numerous states) to alter voting processes & promote - even PUSH people to vote by mailing in ballots (I personally received NUMEROUS unsolicited applications for mail in ballot)
(I can describe the changes here in PA but I won't bore the readers here/PA has a history of corruption regarding voting processes)
I would like to think that "honest votes" were all that were cast but I would bet my life that is NOT true.

Are dogs & dead people qualified to vote?

If that be so: then we are not coming back from ... rather we are headed to the the abyss?

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Fay Vietmeier Nov 13, 2020 · #19

@Paul Walters

I have had enough laps around the cornfield of life to know this with clarity:
People see what they want to see and hear what they want to hear.
Truth nor right being the Standard.
As stated below to @Robert Cormack "Tell me lies, tell me sweet little LIES"
Proving: "How wrong we CAN be !!"

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. Napoleon Bonaparte

The Swamp is smug ... (they think) they got their way.
Oh YEAH! ... Hooray! They (think they) have the day.

When a puppet becomes a President
“We the people” becomes paupers
When you reward CORRUPTION & LIES
You receive MORE lies & GREATER corruption

... Ashes, ashes, we all fall down ...

“Where there is evil will there is an evil way”
The dance moves of DARK forces are a DECEPTIVE ballet
Before the election ... their chessboard was set to outplay
With unknown players & uncounted resources to outweigh
Pawns were poised to create chaos. Make the polls a mess
The DELUDED powers - think their evil will be blessed

Be assured ... “their sin will find them out"
But not before the "Great Reset" comes about

The worst form of deception is self-deception ~ fem-v

A destination no one should find appealing ... yet masses have arrived here
It is called "Given over"

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