I’m watching the Trump inauguration and the sheer pomp, the motorcades, the crowds, the salutes, the drums, the trumpets, the secret service men with comic book earpieces, the speeches that gloat about how the world is watching.

What world? The counter below the screen tells me 81561 idiots are watching, including yours truly. That’s a thousandth of a percent of the world’s population. Okay, take a hundred such TV channels and that still makes the viewership one hundredth of a percent.

The speaker – a white establishment dude – is waxing eloquent with nostalgia over America’s only two heroes, Lincoln and Washington, men who would probably like to be left alone in their graves (or turn if they could).

And oh yes, Jefferson, an all- time pulpit favorite – the insanely popular third President of the United States. Like to know more about him? He owned 200 slaves and being quite possibly a pervert, he sexually assaulted a few among them, fathering children with them whom he promptly turned around and disowned.

But hey, what’s a sexual assault or two among American Presidents?

Last but not the least are the robotic chorus in all the speeches about Jesus even though America has made a mockery over the years of every one of the Ten Commandments, so brazenly that they might as well have added the suffix ‘lol’ after each line.

But that’s understandable, given that Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan is reading from the scriptures at the inauguration. He insists that it is an honor and of course, over and above his other duties. An important ‘man of God’, the right honorable Dolan is never wanting for things to do – myriads of little things, such as paying off all the hundreds of 10-year old victims of sexual abuse by priests from his church.

The fanfare today doesn’t exactly take one’s breath away. Not anymore. The whole thing looks like one sordid pantomime.

I don’t think any other nation is as narcissistic as America in loving to celebrate itself. No other ceremony I have witnessed looks as farcical and none have filled me with more scorn, more derision, than the presidential inaugural.

Does America believe that putting on shows like this impresses anyone anymore? To me watching Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia, trying wrest control of his nation by force would be time better spent.

There is a forced solemnity in today’s charade in DC, an almost desperate attempt to cloak the drama in dignity and normality – like the white smoke/black smoke BS in papal elections arranged by a bunch of pedophiles in the Vatican.

And all this for what? A man who sees his own daughter as another ‘piece of ass’ ?