Yesterday, Thursday 12th July, President of the United States Donald Trump was two miles from my home.
Trump is visiting the United Kingdom for the first time in his presidency to meet Prime Minister Teresa May amongst other things. Last night, he ended his first day in Oxfordshire, attending a dinner at Blenheim Palace. Which is right by where I live.
So I thought it was worth me giving him a warm welcome.
I’ll admit, whereas I used to blog quite frequently about world issues and write long posts talking about this and that, I haven’t found myself able to do so in a while. And I think Trump’s residency in the White House has a LOT to do with that – because world politics and issues at the moment have a tendency to make me feel so, utterly hopeless.
How? How can this man be President? How are we a year and a half in and have him still as President? It is completely mad. This man is in no way shape or form fit for this at all – he doesn’t at all desire to lead the people of America, no. Him reaching for the presidency was a complete greedy grab at power, him desperately wanting to be in control and eating that power over people. And the sickening thing is, it worked. People voted for him, people believe in him, people adore him. Not all people (only about thirty percent of the country at this point in time), but enough to hand him that title.
The things he has done, the bills he has passed and the messages he is spreading not just to America, but to the world are unbelievable, unreliable and unethical.
If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. Learn what he is doing, and demand action.
Lets take a look at the only two former Presidents to be impeached:
Charged with breaching the Tenure of Office Act. Johnson removed the US secretary of war, Edwin Stanton, from the cabinet. In the aftermath of the civil war, the Tenure of Office Act stated that a president could not dismiss appointed officials without the consent of Congress.
Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives on the grounds of perjury and obstruction of justice. Basically, he was impeached for lying about a blowjob. He faced two other charges (a second perjury charge, and a charge of abuse of power), but each failed to pass in the House.
However, even if an impeachment were to happen, the situation would be far from solved. The presidency would be handed to Vice President Mike Pence, who is far from an ideal president and may even be worse than Trump himself.
So what can we do? Fight back. Protest, object and use your voice. Most importantly, use your right to vote. It is so, so vital to do so. This past year we’ve been able to panic right wing governments in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, France, Zimbabwe and more, the latter two even succeeding in voting in new leaders completely. We can’t sit idly by and let this happen. History was never made by people who did that.
It may seem childish to some to parade around a giant baby blimp depicting Trump but it is catching peoples’ attention, and that’s the point of protesting; to, by any means, let the right people know that you are not happy with the current situation. And there are millions of people unhappy with Trump being President – no exaggeration.
And it’s especially important to show it on a global scale. In the past, Trump has done nothing but talk about how much the United Kingdom loves him – but I think it’s fairly clear to the world now that we really do not.
And every single time the world sees someone protest, people are empowered to do the same.
It is a scary time to be living in this world. My only hope is that people who once wished this type of world are now seeing the madness that comes with experiencing it firsthand, and that we as a whole planet can come together and fight to be better, and to vote better, fairer and more just people into our leadership roles.
And that’s why I, and so many people are protesting his visit.