A mere week and a half ago, Trump came to power in the States. In this time he has metamorphosed from buffoon widely derided by the media to man to be feared and despised. Trump has taken on the mantle of fascist dictator, approving of 'alternative facts' and disapproving of Obama's liberal policies which he methodically destroys one by one, making good on his insidious campaign promises. The travel ban the new President imposed over the weekend left me appalled - and disgusted by my own government's weak, back-covering response.
I'm not familiar with articulating my feelings on politics. Especially given the interesting times that we find ourselves living in - those who know me personally will know that I have a tendency to descend into incoherent, rage-filled rants that conclude in a mist of depression and helplessness. I'm going to share a well-known poem by Thomas Niemöller that will hopefully do a better job at expressing my feelings of dismay and desperation regarding the ban, and everything else.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Remember that silence can denote compliance. Please, if you feel strongly about what Trump is doing, speak out, in any way you can - whether that's on your Twitter, blog, YouTube or a cardboard sign. Don't sit by as history repeats itself.
Pictures above from the emergency demo at 10 Downing Street on Monday. I feel like these might become a fixture over the next four years...