Hope Is Not Lost

I woke up this morning to learn that the impossible was in fact possible. America voted for a misogynistic, racist, homophobic, sexual predator over a highly qualified woman. Donald Trump is the 45th American President.

Having this follow Brexit makes it feel like we are in the darkest time line. Our leaders preach hate, the planet is dying and will soon reach a tipping point, there is war and terrorism across the globe, and yet, I believe there is hope. There is hope we can turn things around, we can learn to love once more, we can save our planet and we can find global peace. Not all is lost, and it’s not too late.

America, it’s time to set the example. If you want to continue to be the leaders of the free world like you once were, then it’s time to step up and earn that right. You are frustrated, we understand that. But being frustrated is not a reason to hate. Trump is your leader now, so show him that you won’t stand for his sexist, homophobic, racist comments any longer. I know it’s easy to be afraid of something you don’t understand. You see people coming into your country who look different to you, pray different to you, love different to you. But is it now your duty as the leaders of the free world to show these people the meaning of freedom. Freedom to practise any religion. Freedom to love who they love. Freedom to be who they are without judgment or prosecution.

It’s also your duty to protect this earth. Trump tries to deny climate change, you cannot let him. The USA produces 6,870 million metric tons of green house gases a year. This is just under a quarter of the worlds total amount. It’s time to fight against deforestation across the globe. 46-58 thousand square miles of forrest are being lost each year to make room for coal mines, palm oil plantations, grazing room for cattle, unsustainable logging for timber. This sounds bleak, but it’s not too late. Demand that your new president enforce regulations for companies who are currently contributing to this mass deforestation.

America, you have elected a monster into power. It’s now your duty to the world not to let him get out of hand. It’s time to show us you are the land of the free and home of the brave. Stand up for love, stand up for your fellow human, stand up for your planet. Do some good for the world.

The Trump Terror

It’s time we talk Trump. I know a lot of people have been talking about the latest of our reality TV stars turned politician Donald Trump. Following in the footsteps of Arnold Schwarzenegger (Governor of California) and Jerry Springer (the Democratic Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio),Trump once again needs to try and outdo his competition by not running for something as trivial as Governor or Mayor, no, Trump needs to try and take on the big job – the President of the United States of America.

It was funny at first, don’t get me wrong; he was a loud mouth buffoon making a mockery of democracy. That was until people started taking him seriously. That’s when Mr Trump went from mildly entertaining to terrifying.

Things became even more terrifying as people who I know and love starting to side with Trump saying “He wasn’t that bad,” and “I think he might be what the USA needs.” Now because these were people who I love, and I respect their opinions, I thought I would research what exactly Trump stands for and what exactly he plans to do for the USA (because let’s be honest, he has never been clear on his stance when it comes to the debates.) What I discovered made me fear for the future more than the prospect of Fox doing another Fantastic Four Movie (disclaimer: watch the 2015 Fant4stic movie at your own risk).

Let’s take a look at his policies –

Starting with Immigration, a hot topic at the moment as the world bands together to support the refugees spilling out of Syria, proving that the human race can pull together, ignore borders and help their fellow man… Except for Trump, who believes that. “A nation without borders is not a nation. We must build a wall on our southern border.” This is taken from his official policy. Apparently Canada is fine without a wall, but he plans to build an actual wall (Anyone else picturing Berlin here?) between the USA and Mexico. Now how does the illustrious Mr Trump plan on paying for this wall? With the hardworking taxpayers money? Don’t be ridiculous, he want’s Mexico to pay for it! More specifically he is going to take the money that illegal immigrants are sending home so their families can afford food and shelter and use that money to build the wall. In 2013 this number was roughly 22 million dollars. This sounds like a lot of money, until you remember that Mr Trump values his own name at ten billion dollars, which is roughly 434 times the amount he is taking from these people to build his wall. This could also mean they will freeze the bank accounts of any business who employees an illegal immigrant, knowingly or not, and will reinstate the money once the employee has been fired and a “small fee” has been removed from the account to contribute towards the wall.

Then there is the “National e-verify” which is described as: “This simple messure will protect jobs for unemployed Americans.” What does that even mean? It’s so vague it’s terrifying. How will this be implemented? There is already a serious problem with homeless Americans not being able to vote due to not having enough identification; if this ‘national e-verify’ goes ahead what is going to happen to americans who can’t prove who they are? There simply isn’t enough fact on this to do anything else but speculate, so let’s move on to what is going to happen to people seeking refuge.

Will Donald Trump stand up and support fellow human beings who are fleeing from conflict and persecution? No, no he will not. Instead he will condemn any city who supports refugees by cutting funds to sanctuary cities. I hear you asking what a sanctuary city is? Well, it’s any city participating in the “welcome movement” (currently 57 cities). These cities take in mass amounts of refugees who are fleeing war torn or otherwise devastated countries. Currently these cities get a federal grant to help house, educate, and rehabilitate these refugees into society. Under Trump these cities would get nothing.

He also plans to remove birthright citizenship. Currently if you are born in the USA you are a citizen (makes sense so far right?) but if Trump takes control then if your parents were illegal immigrants or even refugees and you were born in the USA you can have your citizenship revoked, despite not having any other citizenship.

That’s just immigration, take a break now, go get a drink of water, have a pee, and we’ll keep moving on when you return.

The scariest thing about Trump, and possibly the reason he is so popular, is that he has answers. They might be terrible, and in some cases the implications will be terrifying, but he will have answers. These answers will also be difficult for the Democratic Party to argue against. For example, let’s take something that the Democrats have been fighting for since as long as I can remember, gun control.

To give you background statistics, in 2015, 1,447 people (give or take) were killed or injured through mass shootings across the USA. In Chicago alone, there have been 1,625 people shot in gang-controled areas. If the government cared about the actual number of deaths they would (as Obama is trying to do) make it harder to actually obtain these guns. Trumps answer to this, rather than restricting gun control, he will introduce a minimum jail sentence for anyone caught with an illegal firearm. Now he wants to focus mainly on the illegal guns in Chicago and Baltimore, the legal gun owners can feel free to buy as many guns as they want. But for now we will focus on Baltimore and Chicago.

Now these cities are where he wants to take good children/families out of and relocate them into better cities. Between this and sending anyone with an illegal firearm to prison, it’s going to leave a lot of empty buildings. The prospect of what he might do with these buildings could be terrifying, I personally hope he is just going to make more failed condos for rich people, because an alternative is using it as a place to send any illegal immigrant that Mexico refuses to take back. And that has some truly horrifying implications (Anyone else thinking of a certain camp we saw during World War 2?).

The scariest part of all of this is that no one seems to be taking him seriously. For the longest time we was seen as a joke candidate, the one everyone wanted to watch so they could see him throw a tantrum. If he were 3 instead of 69, we would be sending him to his room for throwing said tantrum, not giving him what he wanted. We need to stop rewarding him for bad behaviour; ignore him when he lashes out, let him cry and throw his fists until he tuckers himself out. Do you really want the next president of the USA to be a misbehaving toddler in a toupee? I certainly don’t.

Okay, I have made a lot of subtle (sometimes not so subtle) references to Trump being like Hitler. I’m sure this will make some people mad, because they can’t bring themselves to believe anyone could be as evil as that. Well you should know that for years Trump slept with a copy of Hitler’s sequel to Mien Kampf right next to his bed. This is confirmed by his ex wife who has also said he enjoyed studying and reading Hitlers speeches.