Tiny Acts of Resistance

January 30, 2017
wonderful wednesday thirty six

wonderful wednesday thirty threeIt’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:

  1. Sign the petition to rescind the State Visit invitation. He may well end up on British soil but with all the pomp and ceremony of a Royal welcome? No. Add your voice to the 1.25 million others, make our politicians openly discuss British values and what we will and will not accept.
  2. Lobby your MP. One of my local MPs, Dr Wollaston has already set out her position – Mr Trump should not have the privilege of addressing our houses of parliament, that is an honor reserved for those leaving the world in a better state than they found it in. See if you can engage yours.
  3. Educate yourself. Read everything you can, it is only by knowing the facts that you can persuade and influence.
  4. Do not follow him on any kind of social platform. That kind of narcissist lives for the numbers, don’t add to it.
  5. Don’t stop shouting about it. Love must trump hate, use every platform you have to reinforce that message.

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.

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