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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Sunday, 15 March 2020 09:04


A Bobby M. Reyes's Sunday's "Sermon" (sic) of a Satire

Is Idi Amin the Model for Some North- and/or South- and/or Central-American Politicians in Turning their Country into Versions of  "Aminrica" (sic)?


I ntroduction. While my then-literary mentor, Poet-pundit Fred Burce Bunao, was doing in the late 1980s the copy editing of my political novel, "One Day in the Life of a Filipino Sonovabitch," he asked if I wanted to write also more books about other SOB-politicians. I told him that I was also gathering materials for said books; and I said that one such manuscript that I was working on had the tentative title, "One Day in the Life of a Ugandan SOB."

By the way the "Filipino SOB" book is the cover photo of this Facebook Group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/351743435471147/

Readers can browse also in it the book's Preface and Intro that explain the use of humor and satire in depicting the abuses, corruption and torture of Ferdinand E. Marcos, the then-Filipino equivalent of the Despot Idi Amin. Here is the link to the said Introduction: 
https://www.facebook.com/notes/bobby-m-reyes/about-the-book-one-day-in-the-life-of-a-filipino-sob/10214753104598673/

Perhaps this paragraph in the Introduction may explain why the said "Filipino SOB" book makes use of humor and satire: QUOTE: 
I wrote with humor into both books because of a belief that I share with Simon Wiesenthal, who made a study of humor as “the weapon of unarmed people.” In his book, “The Sound of Polish Laughter,” Alan Levy added that “Polish humor, like Jewish humor, is the humor of a wounded people. It helps people who are oppressed to smile at the situation that pains them.” UNQUOTE.

The book project, a political novel also, was about Idi Amin, who was a "Ugandan president best known for his brutal regime and crimes against humanity while in power from 1971-1979" (as lifted from the Wikipedia). But then Despot Amin had already been deposed and was living in exile in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Then both Idi Amin and Fred Burce Bunao went to the Great Beyond. And so, without the encouragement of my now-departed literary mentor, I shelved the manuscript about the "Ugandan SOB."

Some of my writer friends say, however, that perhaps it is an opportune time to publish the Amin-inspired manuscript that might be called, "One Day in the Life of an Aminrican SOB."

A Brief Description of the Coming Book.

A wannabe politician in the Americas (please take your pick whether it is in South, or Central or North America) decides to run for the presidency of his (or her country) and plan to become the 21st-century version of Idi Amin. Why choose Despot Amin? The budding politician wants to be also "President for Life" -- just like Idi Amin.

The first thing to do is to politicize the churches (even when in real life, Despot Amin was a Muslim, who had at least six wives, three divorces and countless other mistresses). This means turning some of the Christian churches into "Amingelical" (sic) sex, oops, sects. And persuade the church members to say "Amin" at the end of each and every prayer. Yes, and tell the clergy, ministers, pastors and/or priests that in public, they can be like the Redeemer but in the private life, they can be like Idi Amin (who needed to be redeemed). They can rationalize of course that the Redeemer came down to Planet Earth to redeem the sinners (but not the living saints).

Adopt the slogan, "A government off the people, buy the people and (make) poor, if not poorer, the people." The senior citizens, especially those who are hard of hearing, would not know the difference between the words of Abraham Lincoln and a Lincoln limousine-riding politician (AKA the New Amin).

And just like Idi Amin, order the Central Bank to print more paper currency. And let government banks make interest-free loans to commercial banks, stock-trading firms and speculators, so that they can continue to manipulate the stock markets at the expense of pension funds and individual retirement accounts. After all, how much do currency-paper and ink cost? The idea is to make the President's rich followers richer. And who cares if the poor become poorer -- as after all, like Idi Amin -- advocating changes really means giving loose change to the poor; while the rich and the powerful pocket the foreign currency (often bought at the black market) and stash the gold bars and coins.

And yes, be like President-for-life Amin and hold also military parades frequently, so as to amuse the people. Remember that the despotic leader's blind or cross-eyed or color-blind followers and zealots need to be entertained. And the leader has to organize his (or her) fanatical followers to  be more-than Amin-like living zombies; if not emulate the true models that were the Hitler-like "Brown Shirts" and his "Storm Troopers."

Finally, when it comes to natural calamities, illegal-drug epidemics and pandemics, blame the foreigners. Blame the Asians, especially the Chinese. Blame ethnic groups by calling their members drug smugglers, rapists, killers, etcetera, etc., ad infinitum. Yes, blame the refugees and the illegal aliens. But never blame the President, his (or her) Cabinet members, children, in-laws and their cronies.

It should really be easy to compare some national leaders in the American continent to Idi Amin. How? Some of the wannabe despots copy the former Ugandan leader's penchant for "rampant human-rights abuses, political repression, ethnic persecution, extra-judicial killings, nepotism, corruption, and gross economic mismanagement."

So, what else is new in the political world of dictators and wannabe despots? # # #


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