It’s been a bad day.
- It’s the last day of my brother being 17. From tomorrow he will be an adult.
- It’s the end of #Project324.
- Christos woke me up today at 730am.
- It’s raining when it’s supposed to be 30 degrees.
- And Donald Trump is very likely to be the Republican nomination for the US elections.
The scariest part is that, now, not even a cataclysm could stop him. We have been living in the perfect storm for a year now and through it Trump has risen. What have we done to stop him? Jokes, dinner conversations and brushing off any chance that he may be the next president of the United States. You may be wondering – what do we care? We are all the way across the pond. A person like Donald Trump paying his way to becoming a president is something humankind should be ashamed of. A man who preaches sordid, morally repugnant, racist, sexist comments. A man who fat-shames women, used menstruation as an insult, has threatened to build a wall between the USA and Mexico and has suggested banning all Arab descendants from the country he intends to lead; this man is presumably in the forefront of a presidential election. A man who mocked a New York Times reporter, Serge Kovaleski, who has a chronic condition called arthrogryposis which affects the movement of his arms.
What does this mean for the future of our community? If a racist, megalomaniac, narcissist, who started life off with a ‘loan’ of 1 million dollars is in charge of one of the most powerful states in the world? It means that he will be in a position where he can exert his outdated and unintellectual ideas onto the international community. He will be part of international summits, he can make strategic movements which can affect international relations, peace treaties, warzones and he can look at refugees in the face and tell them they are not welcome in America. This is not a world i want my brother to be an adult in.
Leaving aside the real side of the devastation a Trump rule would bring, lets look at the ethical consequences. Where a corrupt man like Donald Trump is allowed to take over the most powerful seat in a country – how can we ever expect to live in a world where equality, diversity and respect for each different human are upheld? What will stop every other racist moron to run for president? What role models will the next generation be inheriting?
There is no time like the present to make a stand. Go out and vote, fundraise for refugees, volunteer at a homeless shelter, learn about disabilities. Read about current issues and get involved. Make changes, make a difference, leave your mark on the world. Don’t let our kids, your kids, all the kids grow up in a war ridden world, where refugees are treated like anything less than humans.
Don’t let our legacy be a Trump.
If you need your faith in humanity restored, here are some messages we got for Christos’ birthday.