Still reeling…

first_img…from TrumpYour Eyewitness is enjoying the consternation in some camps at Trump’s victory. In the US, he saw this demonstration – which the Stabber gave front page prominence – screaming “Trump – NOT MY PRESIDENT”!! So are they planning to migrate out of the US? Cause if they don’t, they’re stuck with Trump at least for the next four years and will have to deal with his initiatives and their consequences!But your Eyewitness has a question to those folks. What happened to “democracy” which American’s been teaching us benighted natives since the Monroe Doctrine of 1823? Didn’t the US fight two world wars – and who knows how many other skirmishes: Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq etc etc – to make the world safe for democracy? Don’t they want America to be democratic?Trump’s victory is a victory for democracy just as Jimmy Carter’s or Obama’s or any other US Presidents. But like with Britain and Brexit, there are some folks who insist that democracy isn’t to be placed at the services of who they define as “the great unwashed”. These are the elitists. But their problem is they want to have it both ways – to channel their elitism through the two political parties with their money but control those parties – and of course their position on the issues.If they were honest about expressing their views on the “yahoos” in the boons, they’d have a powerful defender in Plato…the Greek Philosopher who singlehandedly invented what is now “western philosophy”. Plato said rulers ought to be “philosopher kings” – the rabble would be too easily swayed by (what else?) “rabble rousers”! In America, the party system has done a very good job winnowing out outside “demagogues” as real contenders for the presidency.No outsider has ever managed to pull off what Trump did. The ones who tried – even Ross Perot who was also a billionaire – played by the rules of the game. Not Trump. With his brashness AND his money, he went DIRECTLY to the masses and articulated their fears. And this is what “direct democracy” is supposed to be, no?But the funny thing is, the founding fathers also were leery about this direct democracy…which is why they inserted this “electoral college” business. The popular vote actually DOESN’T elect the president but 548 pledged ELECTORAL votes. Trump received 279 of these but when they meet in December as the “Electoral College” they’re not LEGALLY bound by their pledges!!So some diehards think some Republican delegates will “turn” and vote for Clinton!! Ain’t gonna happen.Why would they throw away their control of both Houses AND the Presidency? That’s power, baby!!…from robbery of RoheeYour Eyewitness isn’t a conspiracy theorist but he’s trying to get his head around the robbery of former Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee. Who also just happens to be the General Secretary of the PPP. Of all the houses in all of Eccles, they pick on Rohee’s? Of course it could be pure serendipity, but your Eyewitness will not rule out enemy action!! He HAS been a tad critical of his successors, hasn’t he?But the ramifications of the robbery of Rohee goes further than his material loss and the trauma of his maids. This merely reinforces what has been going on all over Guyana at all levels of society. Pick a paper…any paper…on any day and you’ll see a robbery under arms being described in all its sordid and frightening detail.Guyana is in the throes of another crime wave…and like most waves, it’s building slowly as it moves towards the Christmas season.To crash with fury on a hapless populace.…from the waterWill GWI never come off the headlines? As soon as one scandal’s buried, up comes another. After blanket denials, one operative of the water company now announced that the untested “purifier” antinfek was not used at Bartica – only in Diamond.So that makes it OK?!last_img read more

Broncos know how Patriots’ dynasty feels

first_imgDENVER — Denver’s quest for a third straight Super Bowl title was over almost as soon as it began. John Elway had retired, paving the way for Brian Griese. Terrell Davis suffered a knee injury while making a tackle on an interception return. Shannon Sharpe soon joined Davis on the bench with an injury. The Broncos started 0-4. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita It’s an unprecedented feat and, much like hitting .400 in baseball or breaking 60 on the PGA Tour, it has long stood as one of the most elusive of challenges in sports. And while every sports fan knows what an amazing feat it would be, nobody quite relates like the Denver players who were around in 1999, the last time anyone in the league had a chance. “It’s impossible,” defensive lineman Trevor Pryce said. “I have one statement: I went to the Pro Bowl the year the Ravens won it. Ray Lewis was at the table, talking crazy about repeats and three-peats. I said, `OK, remember this. You’ve got an `X’ on your back. We had it twice. It’s hard to win it. You will not win it again.’ And they didn’t.” In one sense, the Patriots have been lucky in that they’ve been able to keep their core together and still have the means to fill in missing pieces. Part of that is because some of their best veterans like Troy Brown and Tedy Bruschi have been willing to play for less in New England than they could have gotten elsewhere. But if it’s not one thing, it’s another. This season, injuries almost did in the Patriots. Bruschi, Richard Seymour, Rodney Harrison. Corey Dillon, Matt Light, Kevin Faulk. All are key cogs who missed significant time. When the Pats came to Denver for a regular-season game on Oct. 16, they barely resembled playoff material, let alone a wannabe dynasty. “We weren’t even close, for a number of reasons,” coach Mike Shanahan said. The New England Patriots visit the Broncos today for a playoff game that could move them two wins away from the third straight championship. center_img A weakened defense and a struggling offensive line that caused Tom Brady to take a beating were a big reason they fell behind 28-3. Their championship mentality is a big reason they rallied and nearly tied it, before falling 28-20. “There are a lot of things that are different” between now and then, Brady said. “I don’t want to sit up here and rattle off all the things that I think we can accomplish. We have to just play better football.” Since then, they certainly have. Over the final six games of the regular season, they allowed only 2.9 yards per run. Brady has thrown for a career-high 4,110 yards. They won six of seven before falling in the regular-season finale, a game in which coach Bill Belichick rested many of his starters. Still, all those stats only speak to the bigger point that the Patriots are champions, they know how to win, and they know how to do it with everyone else targeting them. “It’s why they are what they are,” Shanahan said. “They’ve got a chance to do something pretty special.” So, of course, does Denver. Only six players remain from the last Super Bowl team and much has been made of the fact that the Broncos haven’t won a playoff game in seven years and haven’t played host to one in that span, either. Gone is Mile High Stadium, the site of Denver’s last home playoff win, 23-10 over the Jets in the 1998 AFC Championship game. In its place stands Invesco Field, the newer, cushier and, many think, not-quite-as-loud replacement. The tandem of Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell are now in the position held by Terrell Davis, who at the time of Denver’s championships was on a pace to become one of the best backs in the history of the game. Sharpe, one of the game’s best, has been replaced by the not-so-well-known tandem of Jeb Putzier and Stephen Alexander. And Elway? After Shanahan’s experiment with Griese failed, Jake Plummer became the heir apparent. Plummer versus Brady might seem like a mismatch, but so far this season, Plummer has answered every challenge. He appreciates what the Patriots are trying to do. “They’re going after something that has never been done,” Plummer said. “Everyone wants to be the greatest, and if they go out and win another one, it will be hard to say that they’re not the greatest dynasty ever, as far as the NFL. We want to put a halt to that and they want to continue on, so it is going to be a big challenge for us.” One of the most impressive stats about the current New England dynasty: The Patriots are 10-0 in playoff games since 2001, the year of their first Super Bowl win. Still, they know that before them, seven teams, including those Broncos of the late ’90s, won two straight Super Bowls. Not one of those returned to the big game to go for a third. “Teams come at you harder when you get an `X’ on your back. It’s the nature of the game,” Shanahan said. “Not too many teams have been able to do what New England has done. Now, they’ve got a chance to do something nobody’s done. It’s why they’re very special.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img