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Mainstream, VOL LVII No 9 New Delhi February 16, 2019

Trump’s Pick of Strong Men

Sunday 17 February 2019

Trump likes strong leadership,
But only from the Right;
When it comes to Leftwing dictators,
Trump turns democrat.

The man who ordered dismemberment
Of a critical journalist—
Being friendly with oil and investment—
Tops Trump’s approval list.

But Maduro whom the labouring mass support
Is a recalcitrant Bartelby;
“I would prefer not to” he says
“To enslave my economy.”

So much like Gaddafi and Saddam
This Maduro Trump must nix
By backing convenient quisling
Willing to be an Uncle Sam fix.

Kim, however, is another thing—
He has them deadly nukes;
So Trump is full of praise for him,
And likes his strong-man looks.

The Statue in the harbour remains a mute
To the usual pick and choose;
Liberty is alone for quislings,
For the Maduros the noose.

Badri Raina

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