1 de novembro de 2017
A Unique Foreign Angle | All from Washington, D.C.
Introduction, by the Author
My fellow reader, I express my gratitude for your willingness to walk through these lines. They dissect all the fundamental nuances of the 2016 presidential election in the United States, and offer much more!
Here, I offer topics and reveal perspectives, which I find essential not only to better comprehend the contemporary political culture in the U.S., but also to refine our judgment beyond the political arena. Considering the former, I am aware of the complexity of the theme; hence, I do not claim to fully address every related issue.
Nevertheless, I do have the intention to trigger your curiosity and thus stimulate you to pursue your own studies as per your strong points of interest. In other words, this odyssey has one major purpose:
To share facts and insights that may be examined, and may then spawn new thoughts, new theories, and new conclusions.
Such a ripple-effect would be extraordinarily gratifying! Primarily, because this work honors a vital element:
We are all entitled to respectfully and openly make our own critiques; likewise, to freely make our own assessments and determinations.
In this connection, the bedrock of this journey is the subsequent:
I wrote these stances and predictions as the events unfolded. Once they were written, regardless of how right or wrong future developments proved me to be, I left my findings intact.
I am confident that you and I share the same deep discomfort, when we witness those know-it-all fake-prophets and second-guessers, lecturing us with their benefit of the hindsight. Just for curiosity’s sake, in the U.S., these folks are commonly called “Monday morning quarterbacks.”
I emphasize that this bedrock is only possible due to my unique business model: I print my analyses concomitant with the chronological narration of incidents over the course of the roughly 16.5-month period covered by this Book—September 8, 2015 (our “ground zero”) to January 20, 2017 (Inauguration Day).
At the very minimum, this business model provides the opportunity:
Furthermore, I not only scrutinize a string of facts as they unfold in real-time, but I also believe that my investigation is more than the sum of its parts. To be precise, the crux here is that I attempt to connect dots that either might not be seen by the naked eye, or are situated outside of the traditional framework, if you will. Consequently:
This entangled puzzle may reveal shocking images, and this set of images may challenge common assumptions. So, be prepared and be open-minded!
At this juncture, it is opportune to underline that the understandings engraved in this publication come from neither a natural-born U.S. citizen, nor a pundit, nor a historian. I am a devoted student eager to grasp all the subtleties of the American Democracy, because I am genuinely interested in the overall attributes of this great nation—just like many other individuals around the world.
I too am a foreigner, an alien who has been living in Washington, D.C., for roughly three years. I was born almost two “score and seven years ago” in Brazil, where I was raised and lived my adult life. Intriguingly, as I moved to the Nation’s Capital, and started to pay closer attention to day-to-day U.S. politics, I had to review the stable assumptions that I had brought with me. In other words, my proximity and dedication to studying U.S. politics did “reveal shocking images” to me in the first place, which triggered an intense conflict between my beliefs and reality.
Therefore, I embraced the beginner’s receptive mindset; accepted the premise that data ultimately trumps our beliefs; and welcomed the rejuvenating process of unlearning and relearning. Hence, I felt strongly compelled to document and share my insights on this new reality, which essentially brings us to this very book.
Considering all of this, if you are looking for a conventional approach or typical writing from a long-established writer, I am afraid you will be disappointed. However, if the opposite is the case, I assure that you will have a lively walk through these pages. I address serious business here with all due respect, but in a cheerful way. Because this is who I am. I see value in being cheery. This is my nature. This is the history of this book.
Speaking of history, although I am not a historian, as I stressed before, this work has an explicit, and intrinsic relationship with history. Obviously, history is not restricted to the past. Rather, it is comprised of all our experiences in the present. Our experiences build and shape history—the history of our time and the history of our lives.
Thus, this book is about a fraction of the history of our time and of our lives. This notion is irrefutable because the central theme of this work is a real story that not only the entire world knows the end of, but is also fresh in everyone’s mind. I am alluding particularly to the 2016 presidential election in the U.S.
That is to say, it is both risky and challenging to discourse about this noteworthy tournament. In addition, my English is not so good. And yet, I am standing in the arena and exposing myself. For those reasons and more, I beg your pardon for my mistakes and misunderstandings. They might have happened, despite my best motivation and rigor to be entirely accurate. By any means, this is my pledge to you:
I scrupulously attempted my best.
Furthermore, it is crucial for me to make clear that if you are not so familiar either with some cornerstones on which the U.S. was founded, or with a few fundamentals of the electoral process in the U.S., here you may have an opportunity to better understand them. With this purpose in mind, in the first two chapters of this book, we look behind and recollect some essentials.
As a matter of fact, we also analyze the past in some other opportunities. The time gone by has an intrinsic value, and therefore, sometimes it is vital for us to use the past to discern new dynamics of the present, and hypothesize about trends of the future.
At the beginning of this Introduction, I highlighted the “major purpose” of this odyssey. Now, as an expression of true desire, I emphasize my ultimate goal with this book:
To provide a tiny contribution in order to guarantee a better world for each and every one of us.
This objective gave me the required impetus and inspired me during every single moment of this journey. The attainment of this goal would be my priceless and perpetual reward.
Fundamentally, I believe that each and every one of us should be inter-independent—a concept that I detail in the Author’s Note. I firmly regard that each and every one of us is a stakeholder in all that Earth has to offer. We are, and our descendants will be, stakeholders in this “better world,” which consequently will be populated by happier human beings. In summary, the core of the matter is:
Every human being is in the same business: happiness!
Let us embrace and replicate this idea!
Therefore, it is now time for each and every one of us to sincerely acknowledge that bettering humanity begins with bettering ourselves individually—it commences in our inner sanctum.
In conclusion, I firmly hope that you find this book valuable in any measure. It is an honor and privilege to have you onboard. Yours truly is exceedingly grateful. Best of luck to us!