America! Are You Better Off Today Than Four Years Ago?

October 12, 2020
By Alemayehu G. Mariam

Friends, Americans, countrymen and women, lend me your ears!

As November 3, 2020 draws near, I want you to ask yourselves one and only ONE question.

Are you better off today than you were four years ago?

Let me break it down for you!

Do you feel healthier today than four years ago?

Do you have better health care services today than four years ago?

Do you have more job security today than four years ago?

Do you have better employment opportunities today than four years ago?

Do you have more peace of mind today than four years ago?

Is your family better off today than four years ago?

Are your children better off today than four years ago?

Are you more anxious, uptight, apprehensive and downright scared about your future than four years ago?

Is your small business better off today than four years ago?

Do you believe your small business will survive, thrive and expand given your present circumstances?

Are you OK with…

Are you OK with the fact that well over 200 thousand Americans have died needlessly through the depraved indifference of Trump?

Are you OK with a president who is a pathological liar?

Are you OK your president does not give a damn about YOU as he swaggers in public as a super-spreader of Covid-19?

Are you OK over 210 thousand deaths have occurred because Trump ignored and downplayed Covid-19 threat?

Are you OK with a president who trashes the Constitution he took an oath to uphold?

Are you OK with the fact that Trump makes false claims to undermine confidence in the electoral system and cast doubt on the legitimacy of the votes and declaring he “will not necessarily accept the result if he is defeated”?

Are you OK with a president who pardons convicted dangerous criminals while mouthing off rule of law and scorning federal judges and demeaning the legal process?

Are you OK with a 2020 deficit (how much more the federal government spends than it receives) which tripled in 2020 to its highest percentage of GDP since WWII?

Are you OK with a national debt of $27 trillion (with a “T”)?

Are you OK with carrying a $27 trillion debt and passing it on as a bitter legacy to your children and grandchildren?

Are you OK with the fact that your personal share of the national debt is $217,000.

Are you OK with the fact that the U.S. trade deficit (net balance of exports and imports of goods) in 2020 is $830 billion?

Are you OK with the fact that the “United States ran a deficit in goods trade of $80.1 billion in July, 2020, the highest on record”?

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Are you OK with the fact that an American tax payer earning $25 thousand a year in 2016-17 paid $1,131 in income taxes in 2016 while Trump paid only $750 (seven hundred fifty) during that period? Are you OK with the fact that Trump paid no taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years?

Are you OK with the fact that Trump is “personally responsible for more than $420 million in debt, most of which is coming due within the next four years”? Do you wonder who are Trump’s debtholders? (Russian oligarchs? Say, what?!)

Are you OK with the fact that “Wall Street feasts on federal coronavirus aid while Main Street starves”?

Are you OK with the fact that prescription drug abuse and opioid deaths “has grown into a much more complicated and deadly drug overdose epidemic” in America?

Are you OK with the fact that college education is increasingly becoming out of reach for low- and middle-income students?

Are you OK with the fact that American college student loan debt in 2020 is a crippling $1.6 trillion?

Are you OK with the fact that over 100 thousand small businesses have closed forever as  mega financial institutions, auto manufacturers, airlines and other industries are bailed out by the Feds?

Are you OK with the fact that nearly 60% of all small business owners say they’re worried about permanently closing?

Are you OK with the fact that 27 million Americans in 2020 have no health insurance?

Are you OK with the fact that in “the first half of 2020, 43.4 percent of U.S. adults ages 19 to 64 were inadequately insured”?

Are you OK with the fact that 23 million Americans will lose health care coverage under the Affordable Health Care Act as the U.S. Supreme Court with a conservative majority will strike down the law in the next few months?

Are you Ok with the fact that “40 million Americans live in poverty” making the U.S. “U.S. most unequal developed nation”?

Are you OK with the fact that “29 million, or 11 percent of adults in the United States” do not have enough to eat?

Are you OK with the fact that over 12 million American children live in extreme poverty?

Are you OK with the fact that “18- to 24-year-olds in America today have among the highest rates of poverty of any age group”?

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Are you OK with the fact that “24 million Americans were unable to pay rent in August 2020”?

Are you OK with the fact that “one-third of American households owed money for missed rent or mortgage payments from previous months at the beginning of August 2020”?

Are you OK with the fact that “Americans who have never had to rely on food assistance before are turning to local organizations for food aid”?

Are you OK with the idea that the state, the government, owns a woman’s womb and has the right under penalty of law to force her to endure an unwanted pregnancy?

Are you OK with the fact that women in America are “paid 82 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to an annual gender wage gap of $10,194”?

Are you OK with the fact that “American police shoot, kill and imprison more people than other developed countries”?

Are you OK with the fact that police have killed 839 people (as of this writing) in 2020, of which African Americans represented 28% (235 victims) of those killed despite being only 13% of the population?

Are you OK with the fact that you as a taxpayer have to foot the bill for police misconduct in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually?

Are you OK with the fact that your online and offline activities are being tracked and monitored and your privacy compromised by big data collection companies and government with total impunity?

Are you OK with the fact that nearly 60 thousand federal prisoners (38%) in 2020 are African Americans in despite being 12% of the population?

Are you OK with an antiquated  U.S. immigration policy in total disarray?

Are you OK with the fact that the U.S will increasingly experience extreme climate and weather events with devastating impact on human safety, infrastructure, agriculture, water quality and quantity, and natural ecosystems because Trump is dismissive of climate change just as he was of Covid 19?

Are you OK with a president who refuses to condemn white supremacists and encourages white extremists and terrorists to stand back and stand by?

Are you OK with the fact that domestic right wing terrorists are secretly planning and scheming to kidnap and kill state governors and other officials?

Are you part of the “42% of Americans calling race relations extremely important to their vote in 2020 on par with the economy and health care”?

Are you OK with Russian meddling with U.S. elections?

Are you OK with the fact that American visitors are banned from Europe and other countries as Covid 19 vectors?

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Are you OK with the fact that an American passport which was regarded as a golden ticket for holders to trot around the globe with ease is today is a badge of shame?

Are you OK with the fact that America once respected and feared throughout the world is today held in contempt and pity as a nation with no moral compass and in political disarray?

Are you OK with privatization of public education where private profit is given priority over public benefit?

Based on the facts of the past 4 years, do you believe the next 4 under Trump will be better for you and your family?

In March 2016, I wrote about Trumpenstein  and the Republican Party.

I argued the Grand Old Party had birthed a monster in a political experiment that went awfully wrong.

In Mary Shelley’s 1823 book Frankenstein (The Modern Prometheus), the nameless monster is brought to life by his creator in a grotesque medical experiment.  The monster is ugly and without feeling and sympathy. The monster learned to hate and be angry at everyone. In his hateful rage, the monster killed.

It is October 2020.

Ecce Trumpenstein! Behold Trumpenstein who has laid waste of America.

Today, under Trumpenstein, America teeters on the brink of calamity.

Today, under Trumpenstein, over two hundred thousand Americans have needlessly perished in a pandemic.

Today, under Trumpenstein, millions of Americans have lost their jobs and cannot pay their bills.

Today, under Trumpenstein, Americans are polarized by racist, sexist and militarist rhetoric belched out from the Oval Office of the White House.

Today, under Trumpenstein, America’s representative democracy in less than four years has been reduced to an executive idiocracy led by a pathetic, lying, racist, misogynistic and tax-dodging ignoramus and his accomplices.

Today, Trumpenstein, a poor excuse for a president, is out of control and out of his mind.

Today, under Trumpenstein, America has become a FAILED STATE, a country without a government.

Today, under Trumpenstein, the Union lies in the ICU on life support.

Today, under Trumpenstein, America land of the free and home of the brave is becoming land of  a hater president and home of domestic right wing terrorists.

Today, We, the People, MUST rise up and save the “Last Best Hope of Earth”.

On November 3, 2020, We, the People, must reclaim our government from Trumpenstein!

November 3, 2020 is our D-Day. DUMP TRUMP DAY!

Defeat Trumpenstein, the Beast, on November 3, 2020 and SAVE THE UNION.

Friends, Americans, countrymen and women: Are you better off today than you were four years ago?


  1. In Trump’s time before Covid-19 we Americans were much better off than we were in decades in all aspects.

    Even with this current invisible war ,America is doing better than Ethiopia with the rate of growth of covid-19 infections.

    Even with covid-19 we Americans are getting by better than during Obama’s time .

    The amount of people who lost their lives to Covid-19 in America currently is less than the number of Ethiopians who lost their lives fighting Shabiya/Eritrea during the ridiculous Ethio-Eritrean war in the year 1999.

    If you count how many Ethiopians died to hiv in 1999 then you will find out it is greater than the number of Americans who lost their lives to Covid-19 in 2020.

    Eritrean President Isayas is saying he got the best country since not one person died to coronavirus in Eritrea, yet so unless you agree with Isayas and try to implement Eritrean style dictatorship in USA, then you know Trump’s time is better.

    Mr. Bernie Madoff destroyed America, not Trump!!! HOW YOU DOIN?

    We are making America great again!!!

  2. So where is Trump doctrine of ” MAKE AMERICA GREAT???” Even the foreign policy he adopted; including to Ethiopia is the worst than 4 years back. Except racist white America, all Africa-america will damn him instead of giving him another evil time.

  3. The article, if it can be called that, fails to answer its own main question: Who is the Beast and Trumpenstein? And just to be comical were you not a Trumpenstein before you became a born again or is that fake news?, LOL . To put it politely the fundamental question of the moment for Ethiopian Americans is not the obvious question and answer given the catastrophic health criss (over 210,000 dead body bags in America in the last few month and counting) and the worst economy since the great depression. Of course you’re not okay. You should never have been okay with Donald Trump and his antics unless it was ጥራዝ ነጠቅ scholarship politicking. Thus why we should take the hidden drive with a grain of salt. Back in April, in his widely circulated and well received incisive critic titled “Why I have not contributed to the Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund, Bruck Kebede, who is an MBA/MPA Candidate at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, slams the author as a “divisive figure .” The fundamental question back to u : are you more honest today than you were four years ago when you were clapping with one hand “Kudos to Trump in Africa?” Therefore, it is legitimate for us and the public and in fact imperative to scrutinize and analyze the work of “scholars” when we feel that we are being sold once again a bill of goods. Let us first refresh our memory about when Trumpenstein was fashionable before the table turned.

    “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 (አፈ ምላጭ በደረቅ ይላጭ)

    “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 (አጮላቂ አጭላጊ)

    “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 (አጩለው በለው)

    “Shame On Me For Being Proud of President Obama!” — Alemayehu G. Mariam, 28 Sep 2014 (አጭር ባይኮራ ነፋስ በወሰደው ነበር)

    “The “Virtue-ization” of Hypocrisy by Barack Obama.” — Alemayehu G. Mariam, 27 May 2016 (አጭር ሁልጊዜ ውርንጭላ)

    “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 (አፈር ማሽ በአንድ እጁ አፈር መላሽ)

    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!!!

  4. It’s too late for this and any other Trumpenstein to distance themselves from this failing moron. They are now a proven hypocrites as Matthew testified “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them for everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces…For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

  5. This guy is mentally unstable. Many times, he falls in love head-over-heals with some leaders, and giggles like a little 10-year old girl, and other times, he becomes unreasonably bitter toward others, and acts like a sad and miserable old maid who lives with 28 cats. He thinks he is the smartest Ethiopian, but does not know how to tell his story with a few words. I really do not read more than a few of sentences of what he writes, because if you ever read one of his diatribes, you read them all. Again, he thinks he is the smartest Ethiopian, who can sway people one way or another, with frequently inconsistent stances, but I think he is trash of society and the most miserable narrow-minded individual.

  6. Al Mariam’s brilliant writing has sent the usual minions AWOL. Frankly, I feel ashamed for them. Look at the scribbles of ‘Et born millennia American’, for example.

    In his haste and enthusiasm to criticize the author he compares the US and Ethiopia and discovers actually the US is better than Ethiopia! So surprising! He/she seems to forget that his President by the name of Trump has called countries like Ethiopia ‘s**hole countries’ already Then, how on earth does he/she compare the US with a ‘s**hole country’? I read the article and Al Mariam has not mentioned Ethiopia at all. Just mind-boggling.

    It is often said the Pen is mightier than the sword. How true. The moment Al Mariam pens an article certain known simpletons, some with the hallmarks of Digital Weyane, lose their sanity and expose their mediocrity. Their scribbles say a lot about themselves, nothing meaningful about the author.

    I don’t think the author will have the time but I hope he spends just a minute or two to have a look at these scribbles. Come on, everybody needs some entertainment!

    These scribblers remind me of an old funny story; the story of the elephant and the rat. Some of you might have heard it. Here is a clue – it is about the rat boasting about what it did to the elephant.

  7. Mintesinot,

    የርሷ አሮባት የሰው ታማስላለች

    How is EDTF doing? Plus, is it legal for you politicking in USA while fundraising for a foreign government? Look up the law.

    እህልን አላምጦ ነገርን አዳምጦ

    • If you are for Trump, you must be a pinhead with no outlook or in look for this man. He is a danger for the whole world not just for America. Wake up and smell the Coffee Mitmita!

  8. These medemer disciples’ inferiority complex is boundless They need to emancipate themselves from the mental slavery . The previous American leaders must have done some major trick on them in the past, some of the medemer disciples act as if they forgot Ethiopia is a country same as USA is also a country. These medemer disciples seem to be comfortable in their misery , they talk as if Ethiopia is just a small village in the middle of nowhere while USA is a big country, in the center of everything . Fact is USA is hundreds of years old while Ethiopia is thousands of years old.

    I am sure if USA’s military invades Ethiopia, these inferiority complex filled medemer freaks Ethiopians will surrender without firing one single bullet because they already crippled their own minds with their slave mentality . Their mental slavery already crippled their psychology , with their inferiority complex mind set taking over they ended up being volunteer stooges for life.

    In Trump’s time USA will not deal with stooges , so whether these stooges like it or not they need to loose their inferiority comlexes. in Trump’s America we Americans will not just sit back and watch stooges turn their own country into a s**twhole. These Ethiopian stooges (medemer freaks) blame Trump and his supporters because their services as stooges is not required by Trump’s America. We Americans will not let stooges turn their own country upside down because that was not and is still not what Americans want to happen to other countries.

    On the other hand the stooges want their crimes against humanity with complete disregard of international human rights conventions to continue in Ethiopia, that’s why they are so anti-Trump.

  9. Please, open a gofundme account and take Al Mariam to a Psychiatric/Mental Hospital. You will regret when he throws himself off the Golden Gate Bridge. And, you will see. He is a hero who never lets Ethiopians and Ethiopia down. He will do it.

    By the way, why does he call himself Al, to sound English? Where has his Ethiopian pride gone?

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