‘Whatever happened to the values of humanity?’

I didn’t want to write another post about Donald Trump, especially since my last post was all about him. I feel like any moment spent on him is a moment too long, but this is about more than just him now. He is no longer simply running around offending people (which was bad enough already), he is actively destroying people’s lives and he has crossed a line.

I am a very strong believer that people are entitled to their own political opinions. I can often disagree with someone whilst still respecting them and respecting their opinion. I can respect a lot of things I don’t agree with but I will not respect someone who so blatantly and viciously disrespects others.

I have read this quote a lot on the internet recently and it perfectly explains how I feel:

 

As long as your opinion doesn’t denounce someone’s existence-what makes them who they are or is a part of who they are; their religion, their race, their sexuality, their gender, their place of birth, their disability-then I will respect your opinion, whether I agree with it or not.

I cannot respect about 90% (if not more) of what Donald Trump says. And to think that he is the president of arguably the most powerful country in the world is truly terrifying.

When I turn on the news everyday I am filled with dread, and everyday that feeling gets worse. In my last post I mentioned how the world was starting to feel like an episode of Black Mirror and I stand by that. It’s been about two months since Trump was elected. Over those months I had the constant nagging worry of what terrible things might happen over the four years of a Trump presidency.

It’s been one and a half weeks of a Trump presidency and my fears are already a reality.

Nothing that Trump has said or done since January 20th has been okay. You don’t have to be a democrat supporter to know that Trump is bad news. It’s scary. I’m scared for the future, I’m scared for the many many innocent people already affected by his disgusting “Muslim Ban”. Can it really be that in 2017 history is repeating itself? It’s appalling.

I want to make something very clear: I don’t believe that all Trump voters are bad people or think exactly like him and I know a lot of them truly believe he will “make America great again”. I really don’t think all Trump voters are xenophobic, sexist, racist, transphobic, or ableist. But what I do think is that if someone voted for him they chose to ignore that he is all of those things. His voters chose him in spite of all the hatred he has spewed about pretty much anyone who’s not him.

And now, like I mentioned earlier- he’s not just spewing hate. He is causing damage to his country. He is dividing families. He is destroying lives. He is putting refugees in even more danger. He is taking away people’s healthcare. How can any of this be okay?

I don’t want to go on too much about it but I wanted to vent. I look around and wonder how did the world get even more messed up than it already was? How can there be so much hatred?

It has been 14 years since the Black Eyed Peas released their original “Where is the love?” and it breaks my heart that it’s still so relevant today.

I didn’t want to write another post about Donald Trump. I wanted to write about how my degree is going, what TV shows I’m watching, my total obsession with Hamilton, my total obsession with Moana…my total obsession with Lin Manuel Miranda in general. I wanted to write about fun things, exciting things, ‘light-hearted’ things. But I felt like I couldn’t ignore the events of this past week. So I’ll talk about fun things another time, they can wait. For now I’ll leave you with “Where is the Love?” by the Black Eyed Peas.

 

Where is the love? – Black Eyed Peas

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One thought on “‘Whatever happened to the values of humanity?’

  1. tobythewastrel says:

    I too wanted to post something recently about something mundane and ordinary, a film review, but I felt that given everything that had gone on, it wouldn’t be appropriate. Thank you for speaking my mind at the moment. 🙂
    You’re absolutely right – it really is fucking terrifying. The other night I had a dream about a world war being declared. What I will say though is that people doing horrible things and oppressing others isn’t new at all – it’s just not something we Westerners are used to seeing so close to home. I want to be positive though, and say that the values of humanity alluded to in the title of this post are still here. The protests and demonstrations that have been going on since his inauguration, the poll objecting to his state visit to the UK – millions of British people, including many Tory MPs, calling on Theresa May to object to Trump’s rhetoric and his senseless actions. I would say our values shine the brightest in the dark, which is quite possibly the corniest metaphor I’ve come up with in a while, so never mind that. There’s even a movement in America called Justice Democrats seeking to reform the party so it’s a lot more in line with progressive values than the current establishment Democrats, who, whilst nowhere near as bad as Trump, are a little too close with the corporations. It’s a movement that I think will appeal to popular vote. There’s even already a legal case to be made for impeaching Trump, given his disregard for the constitution, which is an entity above him. So, yeah – it’s scary, but I’m glad that people are taking notice, and standing up for what’s right. Good work on this – even if it was venting, it was very poignant and articulate venting!

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