I Support Biden-Harris Because I Don’t Want America to be AmeriKKKa!

By Alemayehu G. Maraim

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., April 4. 1967.

There is a fierce urgency of now to vote out Donald Trump on November 3, 2020!

I Support Biden-Harris Because I Don’t Want America to be AmeriKKKa! Get out the vote for Biden-Harris and vote out Trump-Pence on November 3, 2020

Today is exactly 7 days before D-Day. DUMP TRUMP DAY!

On November 13, 2016, I wrote a prophetic commentary entitled, “Darkness at Noon in AmeriKKKa?”.

It was my warning Donald Trump in the following four years will prove to be America’s Chief of Grief and not Commander-in-Chief.

I presaged Trump will march his campaign into the presidency and pursue a neo-fascist agenda.

I presaged Trump will continue to propagate paranoia, lies, conspiracy theories, disinformation and misinformation.

I argued against myself, hoping against hope. “No, I do not believe it will be darkness at noon on January 20, 2017 at 12 p.m. On January 20, 2017 at 12 p.m., America will remain a shining city upon a hill despite a Trump penumbra.”

I Support Biden-Harris Because I Don’t Want America to be AmeriKKKa!Well, Trump has been a total eclipse on the American Sun for the past four years.

Trump in four years has transformed the City Upon the Hill into a Hamburger Hill of culture wars, white supremacy, social strife and needless deaths from a pandemic.

In August 2016, I wrote a commentary on “Donald Trump the Sacrificer-in-Chief.”

I argued Trump has sacrificed American hope, faith and charity on blaring bumper stickers of hate, bigotry and sectarianism.

Over the past four years, Trump has sacrificed reason, decency, morality and abiding American principles and values on the altar of  bigotry, xenophobia and misogyny.

Trump has transformed the American Dream into the American Nightmare.

Enough of Trump’s lies, corruption, wickedness, degeneracy, depravity and meanness: It is high time to save America’s soul!

November 3, 2020 will go down as America’s quintessential defining moment since WW II.

On November 3, 2020, decent, sensible, fair, principled and freedom-loving Americans will define the moment by throwing out Trump-Pence into the trash heap of history or leap into the abyss of the politics of degeneracy, depravity and irreversible decline.

Joe Biden says, “this campaign isn’t just about winning votes. It’s about winning the heart and, yes, the soul of America.”

I wholeheartedly agree!

The soul of America has been hijacked by a lying con man for the past four years.

The price paid in lost souls is incalculable.

Over 226 thousand souls perished in America because Trump lied and deliberately misinformed Americans about the seriousness of the Covid pandemic and completely mismanaged the crisis.

Today, over 12.5 million souls in America are unemployed.

Today, 83 million souls in America have either no health insurance or the insurance they have is woefully inadequate.

The moment is upon all good American men and women to come to the rescue of America’s soul.

Why I am supporting Biden-Harris and you should too

I voted early for Biden-Harris because it was eternity for me to wait until November 3, 2020.

The contrasting positions of Biden and Trump on specific issues are readily available.

But there are some issues that are near and dear to my heart which have compelled me to vote Biden-Harris.

Biden has taken a firm position on the issues and pledged to:  

Fully support the Affordable Health Care Act giving millions of Americans a lifeline and allow consumers to import prescription drugs putting an end to Big Pharma rip offs.

Increase the federal minimum wage to $15 and hour giving youth entering the labor market and others with limited education and means a fighting chance at economic survival.

Prevent cuts to Social Security and extend more support for our oldest Americans because they are among the most vulnerable segment of our population.

Fight climate change by eliminating carbon emissions from the electric sector by 2035, impose stricter gas mileage standards, and fund investments to weatherize millions of homes and commercial buildings and upgrade the nation’s transportation system.  Biden has pledged to convene a global climate summit to persuade leaders to set more ambitious and enforceable targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Overhaul the immigration laws, stop Trump’s nonsense border wall and provide means for immigrants to adjust their residency status with the ultimate possibility of citizenship for those who are law abiding.

Invest $640 billion over 10 years to ensure every American has access to housing that is affordable, stable, safe and healthy and energy efficient.

Spend an additional $300 million a year on community policing initiatives and condition federal funding of law enforcement on structural reforms in police departments.

Decriminalize substance abuse and deal with drug addiction as a public health issue requiring treatment and rehabilitation.

End the federal use of private prisons and incentivize states to stop using them along with restoration of voting rights for people convicted of crimes who have paid their debt to society.

Provide free college tuition to students with family incomes below $125,000 thousand and relief to the 46 million college students and graduates suffocating under crushing educational debt. Students with federal undergraduate loans would not have to pay no more than 5% of their discretionary income over $25,000.

Revitalize U.S. relations with Africa and provide appropriate development and humanitarian aid. Trump calls Africa a bunch of “s**thole countries” and has openly advocated war among African countries by urging Egypt to attack the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

D- Day, DUMP TRUMP DAY November 3, 2020

On November 3, 2020, Ethiopian Americans and other recent immigrants from Africa who have become U.S. citizens, like all of their other decent freedom-loving American brothers and sisters, will have an opportunity to decide whether they want to live in America or AmeriKKKa.

There is one and only one way for us to continue living in America and not in AmeriKKKa.

That way is the Way of the Vote.

We must vote early.

We must vote by mail and absentee ballot.

If we are unable to vote early, by mail or absentee ballot, we must come out in full force on Dump Trump Day and kick him out of office at the voting booth.

We must mobilize our friends, neighbors and colleagues to vote out Trump.

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”

This is the time to vote out Trump-Pence and dump them on the trash heap of history.

On November 3, 2020 America shall triumph over AmeriKKKa!



  1. Yes, go where the wind blows. Biden will win next Tuesday. There is no question about it and that’s a good thing for the USA, for  Ethiopia and the world. But if memory serves us right you had also jumped on the Trump wagon before his fortunes turned.  That’s  in addition to spending 8 plus years without once defending Biden’s partner and friend former president Obama from the racist attacks from the likes of Trump and other extremists. If if anything you took their bid to discredit one of the country’s most competent leaders.  It’s important for our “public intellectuals”  to understand that credibility matters and to acknowledge past errors in order to gain our confidence in the future.  So please forgive us if we take your pronouncements with a big grain of salt as it is predictable that it would not take you long to flip again if  the wind blows the other way.  So it is appropriate again to reflect on your past words in order to anticipate the coming years. Most importantly you have failed us here in the Diaspora in relations to the Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund.  Instead of this type of disingenuous መቀባጠር you should have focused in bringing our community together around EDTF, which you have failed PM Abiy and the rest of us  in spectacularly,  dramatic and  eye-catching way just as your former hero Trump (see your comments below) has failed.  As the young man Bruck Kebede (an MBA/MPA Candidate at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government) reminded us a few month ago in his well articulated article “Why I have not contributed to the Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund” that two years have now passed since the Prime Minister’s Abiy Ahmed impassioned plea. So far, close to 26,000 donors have given an amounting to only 1 percent of the Prime Minister’s projection. This is meager fundraising. It may be tempting to blame the diaspora community, but it is time for the Prime Minister to properly evaluate the EDTF’s performance, starting with his selection of the Advisory Council. The Prime Minister should not have appointed divisive, controversial figures to the Advisory Council—particularly as chairman. Yes, I am talking about Alemayehu G. Mariam (Al Mariam), professor of political science at California State University San Bernardino. I am one of millions in the Ethiopian diaspora who have not yet contributed to the EDTF. I decided not to contribute the moment I noticed Al Mariam’s name listed as the Chairman of the Advisory Council. The success of a fundraising team begins with its leadership. Fundraising leaders should inspire, mobilize, and bring people together. I realize bringing the Ethiopian diaspora community together is a challenging task. We are divided across ethnic and political lines, which presents a steep challenge even for a unifying figure. Al Mariam, however, has earned a reputation as a divisive, controversial contrarian.” In fact most of your past outbursts  indicate contradictions, hypocrisy and often just pure fantasy to be generous. Here are some of the infamous quotes for your entertainment:

    “Kudos to Trump’s First Year Human Rights Record in Africa” — Alemayehu G. Mariam, 29 Dec 2017 (Clapping with one hand?)

    “Trump is the grand master of the art of demonization, dehumanization, polarization, vulgarization, personalization, marginalization, infantilization, fictionalization, trivialization, dramatization and demoralization.” — Alemayehu G. Mariam, 12 Apr 2020 (True, but sounds familiar?)

    “The fact of the matter is that President Trump is the first American president to classify “serious human rights abuse and corruption” as a “threat to American national security, foreign policy and economy. That is simply breathtaking! — Alemayehu G. Mariam, 29 Dec 2017 (hmmmm. breathtaking. indeed)

    “I am elated that Trump should take such a bold stand on freedom, democracy and human rights in Ethiopia, but I am not surprised.” — Alemayehu G. Mariam, 11 Mar 2018 (Gone with the wind)

    “Of course, Trump is obsessed with obliterating anything Obama has done.” — Alemayehu G. Mariam, 12 Apr 2020

    “Hail, Barack Obama, Diplocrite-in-Chief! — Alemayehu G. Mariam, 20 Mar 2016 (infantilization?)

    “Shame On Me For Being Proud of President Obama!” — Alemayehu G. Mariam, 28 Sep 2014 (personalization?)

    “The “Virtue-ization” of Hypocrisy by Barack Obama.” — Alemayehu G. Mariam, 27 May 2016 (demonization or demonization?)

    “The sophistry of history President Obama likes to pontificate about being on the “right side of history” and rhetorically clobber those who are on the “wrong side of history”. — Alemayehu G. Mariam, 04 May 2014 (polarization or fictionalization?)

    So the inconsistencies and contradictions go on and on. The sad state of EDTF has nothing to do with the Diaspora that’s actually very capable and well endowed. But it has everything to do with wrong leadership.

    As to the election Joe Biden, former vice president of USA under president Barack Obama , is on a the brink of a landslide victory to restore the soul of the nation. Vote for Joe Biden!

    Go Joe!!!

  2. Alemayehu G. Maraim is in such delusion that he’s got no clue that he is viewed by most Ethiopian Americans as the cartoonish Mr. Magoo of Diaspora politics. Mr. Magoo, is an an elderly fictional cartoon character. who is short-statured retiree who gets into a series of comical situations as a result of his extreme near-sightedness, compounded by his stubborn refusal to admit the problem. The only difference between the two is that the cartoon character is a rich guy while Alemayehu is not. Otherwise they are pretty much the same. Who does he think he is fooling?

  3. Dear Mimi and “EthioAmerican,”
    I do agree with you on the need for appointing a non-divisive person to EDTF. Prof Al Mariam is too flighty for my tastes! I too am for Joe Biden. Let us remind all our friends to vote on Nov 3 if they have not already done so!

    I read Prof Al Mariam’s stand relative to Obama and Trump as resulting from frustration. Obama, as you well remember, promised a great deal (as in pressing tyrants to abide by rule of law or else). Of course Obama not only did not keep his words but ended up praising Tplf-led government as “democratically elected!” You see Obama repeat his cowardice in Syria, Libya, Egypt, etc. One could the case that Trump is the product of Obama’s indecisions. Let us also give the professor some credit for his sustained castigation of foreign journalists and politicos misrepresenting our country! Best,

  4. Give us a break. Alemayehu needs to castigate himself. He gives himself way too much credit than he deserves. Disagreeing with Obama’s policy is one thing (that’s called democracy) and the Alemayehu way is another thing (deplorable third world shit) that has nothing to do with honest and respectful debate. Plus why all quite about EDTF? He likes to criticize others while overlooking his own total incompetence. የርሷ አሮባት የሰው ታማስላለች። In our eyes he has zero credibility left.

  5. Plus Obama never promised anything about Ethiopia. We know because we are team Obama. Just because Mr. Magoo (Mintesinot) makes is up does not make it true. That’s pure lie. In any case, go vote for Joe!

  6. Mintesinot,

    ያምና ሞኝ ዘንድሮም ደገመኝ ይላል አበሻ። The truth is ያሞላቀቁት ልጅ አይሆንም ወዳጅ። ያምናውን ዘንድሮ የአዋጁን በጆሮ።

  7. No Alemayehu G. Maraim is not “flighty” (whatever that means), he is simply selfish and a person of contrarian disposition than moral conviction watches out only for his own stomach and ego. The fact is that Trump has proven him wrong about Obama, who mind you was president of U.S.A, not Ethiopia despite ‘s the false claims. Moreover, whatever he might or might not have done has been far outstripped and exceeded by Trump. Today no one even recalls anything negative about the former president with the exception of Alemayehu who like the moron Trump is obsessed with the 44th. Mind you this is the guy who shamelessly claimed that Trump “deserves credit” for the youth protest in Ethiopia that made the reform possible. Trump “deserves credit”??? Really? In addition most of us who helped bring the change in Ethiopia are still trying to understand what exactly that he did for Ethiopia except blubber nonsense from 7,000 miles away for years no end that has now been totally discredited along with the looming demise of Trump. What exactly did he do that’s tangible and measurable except hurl insults at everyone that disagreed with him in the name of “fighting TPLF”? Write propaganda? The only real responsibility he has was EDTF, which he has now effectively run into the ground. Thank you.

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