It’s not funny anymore. In just eight days the efforts of Donald Trump and those holding his strings to divide the world are becoming less the inspiration for comedy sketches and more the thing of our worst nightmares. From the wall to endorsing the use of torture to the steady revocation of women’s rights to the unconscionable ban on refugees – except of course those from countries in which Trump Inc has business interests – piece by piece he is dismantling everything the home of the free and the land of the brave is built on.
And yes, it is our business when it affects British nationals, when he’s accepted an invitation to hang with Her Maj and when he makes our PM look a bit of an idiot. Not least with the decidedly unchivalrous hand holding, it is hard to construe his actions as anything more than an attempt to undermine, but to make nice before signing the executive order on refugees with her plane still on the tarmac was a kick in the teeth.
More than it mattering because it affects some holders of British passsports, the absence of humanity is (once again) everyone’s business. It is not an ‘alternate fact’ that refugees are fleeing something far worse than the possibility of death on the way. They have nothing left and are trying, as is the right of all human beings, to make a new life somewhere else.
Through his hateful behaviour the neon nightmare does seem to have inadvertently united the sane part of the world. Scenes of protest at US airports, immigration lawyers dropping everything to help detainees, countries welcoming those fleeing terror and persecution with open arms and companies like AirBnB offering accommodation to refugees affected by the ban have all been inspirational, offering reassurance that the world hasn’t lost its mind. Even the much lamented Starbucks are pledging to employ 10,000 refugees across the planet in response.
It is easy for us to feel powerless in the face of such overwhelming vileness but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try, there are a few tangible things we could do:
Don’t sit silently by watching the world implode, there is always something you can do.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.